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Ricard350 08-28-2012 07:23 PM

Did I do all of my homework???
 
Hi,

I just brought my first TT a Surveyor SP-293 and I just want to make sure my vehicule can tow it, after reading a lot, its seems ok but a bit border line.

TT Specs

29'
Tongue Weight - approx 560
Dry Weight - 4804 lbs tanken from the yellow sticker

Tow vehicule

2007 Hummer H2
Wheelbase 122"
MAx trailer weight - 6700 lbs
Hitch sticker says 7000lbs weight limit
Max tongue weight 700 with WD hitch, 2008 year is 1000lbs, h2 body/frame are the exact same in 08 they changed the motor/tranny
Curb Weight : 6400lbs
GVWR : 8600lbs
GCWR : 13 500lbs

I figure that I should be ok, even if im sightly above, 2008 rating are much higher, and yet we have the same body/frame/brakes, so my rating are probably more on the safe side to protect the powertrain. With a dedicated transmission cooler, I think I should be safe pulling my TT @ 55mph with smalls slopes.

What do u guys thinks of my setup?

crasher 08-28-2012 07:54 PM

I think your hitch weight when you are loaded with propane, battery and all your stuff will be above 700. How big of bars did you get? what size engine in your H2?

Ricard350 08-28-2012 07:58 PM

engine is 6.0 vortec

Im gonna have a WD hitch with the TT.

What do u mean by "How big of bars did you get?"

What bars are u refearing to ?

Dave_Monica 08-28-2012 08:03 PM

I'd agree that the hitch weight will be over 700#.

The camper dry weight delivered will be closer to 5200#, add a 1000# for supplies and gear brings you to 6200#. For good towing behaviour, it's suggested that the tongue weight should be 13% of the total weight or 806#.

Dave

crasher 08-28-2012 08:04 PM

The WD equalizing bars that come with your hitch setup. They come in a variety of sizes - you are going to need the 1000# bars probably.

However, since I posted, I read the Edmunds review on your truck. They say even though it has a 6 liter, that it feels wheezy and underpowered unloaded because your truck is so heavy. They measured 11 seconds 0-60 unloaded and 9 mpg. Coupled with your short wheelbase, this will not be a very satisfactory towing experience for the trailer you selected. I'd recommend you get a crew cab pickup to tow this trailer - with the weight at 6000# or so, you can probably find one nicely matched. Plus you'd have a much longer wheelbase, which would be nice with a 29' trailer.

Good luck!

Ricard350 08-28-2012 08:09 PM

The 2008 manual states 1000 lbs limit, and its the same hitch, class III hitch on H2 are part of the frame they are molded with, its not an addon. From 2003 up to 2009 H2 body/frames stayed the same. I think they revised numbers for 2008 when they added the new 6.2L engine that had 65more hp and the 6 speed tranny.

Ill check when im gonna tow it on friday....

Dave_Monica 08-28-2012 08:20 PM

Do you have a W/D hitch with integrated sway control?

Dave

MtnGuy 08-28-2012 08:25 PM

Agree with others that the hitch weight is gonna probably be over 700 lbs. Check the hitch sticker further....there should be weight carrying and weight distributing figures. Usually, the weight distributing tongue weight is 10% of the total sticker....in this case 700 lbs. Too close for comfort.

A 33 footer is a lot of trailer for a 122" wheelbased vehicle.

What type of WDH and sway control will be used ??

Ricard350 08-28-2012 08:26 PM

Its gonna be included in the Sale, told me its worth about 1 000$cnd the WD hitch bar with the antisway etc.

MtnGuy 08-28-2012 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ricard350 (Post 244484)
Its gonna be included in the Sale, told me its worth about 1 000$cnd the WD hitch bar with the antisway etc.

Ricard350, the 1st post indicated that you already bought the trailer. Your last post indicate a future purchase. If it is a future purchase, see what others have to say on this forum before biting the bullet. IMHO, I don't think you are going to be comfortable towing the SV293 with your Hummer.


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