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Old 07-25-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Towing with a 1/2 ton.

I have seen many posts that starts with with, "Can I tow this?". So I thought I would write about towing with my 1/2 ton.This has been our first year camping with a TT. We have tent camped for years but wanted a little more comfort. (ie nice bed and bathroom) We bought a 23' Wildwood XLITE. This was our 5th trip this year and are loving it.

This weekend we decided to go north on Hwy 1. I have driven this road many times but without a TT. My major concern about this trip was about my brakes and transmission. My Chevy 1/2 ton pulled up and down the winding roads with no problem. I couldn't keep up with the commercial trucks on the steepest grades but not so slow that would be embarrassing. I would used turnouts to let locals pass. Downshifting to reduce braking worked as planned. Being on the North Coast and the temperature was never above 65 degrees surely made it easier on the tranny.

With all my family and gear I am guessing I am at 2/3 of towing capacity (7600lbs) though I am making plans to weigh my rig so not to guess. So if any one is thinking of towing with a 1/2 ton I would say a 23' is quite confortable to tow.







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Old 07-26-2011, 01:10 AM   #2
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that's one of the reasons i chose a 23' HTT. i've driven Highway 1 with it, on the North Coast also, with no problems.
our Coastal Range is taller than a lot of mountains in the East.

by the way, where are the pics from? north of Fort Bragg?
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Glad all went well for you and thank you for sharing your pictures.
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just looking at those windy roads makes me queasy...lol.. i am extreemly paranoid when we are driving even without the trailer.. whenever we go on a new trip i have to google the trip at road view to make sure there's no big hills..lol the truck is fine, its just- "me"- drives poor DH crazy.. every time the tranny shifts im like " what was that???" he gives me the look of death...lol
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:15 PM   #6
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just looking at those windy roads makes me queasy...lol.. i am extreemly paranoid when we are driving even without the trailer.. whenever we go on a new trip i have to google the trip at road view to make sure there's no big hills..lol the truck is fine, its just- "me"- drives poor DH crazy.. every time the tranny shifts im like " what was that???" he gives me the look of death...lol
Ha ha...my wife is the exact same way! Plus my 8 yo daughter gets car-sick too, so we try to stay on the straight roads. Of course, we haven't taken our trailer out of MO...yet...
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just looking at those windy roads makes me queasy...lol.. i am extreemly paranoid when we are driving even without the trailer.. whenever we go on a new trip i have to google the trip at road view to make sure there's no big hills..lol the truck is fine, its just- "me"- drives poor DH crazy.. every time the tranny shifts im like " what was that???" he gives me the look of death...lol
That's nothing....it's paved and everything!

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please, please tell me you are joking and yo did not drive there with a trailer??? i just lost feeling in my lower half of my body... lol!!!!
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No, we did not pull our fifth wheel through that. We did drive up it and out of the canyon without our camper. Wife did not care for the sections where the drop offs were on her side. She wasn't really thrilled when the wall was on her side, but at least she could breath. Kids loved it. lol
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Isn't there a reality show about roads like this?
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