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Old 06-24-2015, 10:05 AM   #11
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What is the GCVW?
16000# according to my spec sheet
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:32 PM   #12
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Update - we put a deposit down on a Hyper Lite XLR 27HFS. It weighs 6404 according to the door sticker empty. Figure in 40# of propane, and the battery and we'll be right around 6500# empty. We're adding in an extra bed in the back prior to pickup so that will add some weight and reduce unloaded tongue weight.

With 3 Queen beds, dinette/bed and the big garage I think we found a pretty good setup for us. This was the lightest TH we could find in our area that would fit our needs and I think should be well within spec for the NV3500 (I hope)
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Old 08-16-2015, 02:40 PM   #13
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Let us know how this works out, as I'm interested in how that combination would work.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:04 PM   #14
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Just remember, it's not whether you can pull it. It's whether you can stop it.


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Old 08-17-2015, 02:14 PM   #15
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Took three trips with it so far, all via the mountains of TN and NC. Nothing like nice 7% grades to take on a maiden voyage!

It went about as expected. Good, but not great. The good - ride was great, power was more than adequate on flat ground and I had no issues slowing down going down the long grades either. It towed very well.

Bad - not anywhere near as much power as my Tundra had and I could tell. Going up the long grades I had it floored in 3rd and could barely maintain 60-65mph.

2nd trip tried adding the top rated intake for the Nissan 5.6 (Airaid MXP). Helped but not much. Also way too loud when towing and your spinning the motor hard up hills. Just got annoying after a while. That came off.

3rd trip - added a Bully Dog GT ECU tuner. Not as good as an Uprev for the Nissan's but its much cheaper and I never plan on adding headers and everything else to get the most out of the Uprev either. The BD made a Huge difference (it knocked nearly 1.5 seconds off the stock 0-60 and that was repeated tests done by me). If I run 89 octane when towing I get no issues with the ECU pulling timing back out either. The same route with the BD I was able to easily maintain 65mph on the way up the grades. I even passed a semi who was chugging along at 50 on the long 6% grade.

So the NV3500 handles the 27HFS pretty well in my book. Sure the motor is a bit weak but on flat ground there were zero issues at all. I could even use the cruise and things were good across the gauge monitors. Weight wasnt an issue visually but I havent had a chance to scale the setup yet. It doesnt sag all that much and the Blue Ox handles things well. It certainly rides and handles better than the Tundra did when loaded down, just has less power.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:26 PM   #16
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Glad things worked out. The engine issues sound like typical towing heavier loads with a gas motor. I had a '13 Sierra before the 250, and I only towed 6-7k with that and it didn't like it unless the road was flat. It was always down shifting just to speed up a bit and a bunch going up hills.

This is my first diesel, and I'll never go back as long as I'm towing. I never knew there was so much difference. My maiden long voyage was to NC mountains as well, so I know that is a good test.
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