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Old 01-21-2020, 05:31 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a few questions for the group. At the present time I do not have a tow vehicle or Rv. I an considering the geo Pro 19 Qb at this time and need some input on the possibility of using a GMC Canyon, 3.6L v6. I know this truck is rated at 7000lb towing capacity. But I would like to hear any input, positive or negative, concerning this class of truck. Any limitations that you guys might be aware of from past experience, etc. As an example, will this be a good or bad combination if I tow in the western states, ie. mountains, etc. vs. the "flat land." Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:41 PM   #2
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You must pay attention to the payload of whatever truck you buy. The tongue weight of the trailer uses up your payload fast. Secondly, a V6 will struggle pulling a giant sail behind the truck as well as having difficulties with all that weight going up and downhill.

Bottom line: Consider a larger truck while you can
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:55 PM   #3
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Welcome from Michigan. You could go blind reading towing/weight threads. two numbers to consider max towing and payload of tow vehicle. Open your drivers door a.nd read the tag for payload. That figure would include tongue weight of loaded trailer and occupants of vehicle. I would leave a safety buffer of 20-30 percent over max weights or you will be starting a thread about being over weight and shopping for a new tow vehicle.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:11 PM   #4
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I would most definitely pick out the camper before the truck and buy the truck to match the needs of the camper with confidence. If you start the other way, you (I) tend to keep looking at bigger and bigger campers until you have maxed out your tow vehicle. It's an expensive mistake to buy the truck, then camper, then realize that the truck didn't do as good as you thought it would.
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:07 PM   #5
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I would most definitely pick out the camper before the truck and buy the truck to match the needs of the camper with confidence. If you start the other way, you (I) tend to keep looking at bigger and bigger campers until you have maxed out your tow vehicle. It's an expensive mistake to buy the truck, then camper, then realize that the truck didn't do as good as you thought it would.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:20 PM   #6
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Hi, I have a few questions for the group. At the present time I do not have a tow vehicle or Rv. I an considering the geo Pro 19 Qb at this time and need some input on the possibility of using a GMC Canyon, 3.6L v6. I know this truck is rated at 7000lb towing capacity. But I would like to hear any input, positive or negative, concerning this class of truck. Any limitations that you guys might be aware of from past experience, etc. As an example, will this be a good or bad combination if I tow in the western states, ie. mountains, etc. vs. the "flat land." Thanks for your input.
I tow a 30í 2018 Rockwood 2604WS with a 2015 Chevy Colorado Z71. I am on the east coast and do most of my traveling within the area of I-81 to the coastal shore and from central Florida to Ontario, Canada. My weight limits are at their max depending on what I choose to carry. I am comfortable with my rig wether in the Mountains or the flats.
I would hesitate trying my rig in the Rockies.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:36 PM   #7
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I would most definitely pick out the camper before the truck and buy the truck to match the needs of the camper with confidence. If you start the other way, you (I) tend to keep looking at bigger and bigger campers until you have maxed out your tow vehicle. It's an expensive mistake to buy the truck, then camper, then realize that the truck didn't do as good as you thought it would.
X3......My theory=== If I got in a tight situation and I had to "floor it" to get out of that situation....Would I be able to do it safely????? Pulling my 5er/TT up a hill is my next concern!!!!!
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Old 01-22-2020, 10:52 PM   #8
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i had a Tacoma V6 4.0 with a 6spd trans, tow capacity was 6500lbs and the TT was 4000 LBS 23FT, it struggled with acceleration and braking, constant shifting on small grades, 3rd gear trying to stay at 60mph, very unimpressive, its gone and got a Silverado 5.3 , much much better, 14 mpg towing, summing up i would get a real truck, bigger the better because in time you might upgrade to a bigger tt, usually thats what happens when there small, it happened to me also, 34ft
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:43 AM   #9
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Welcome from E. OR. I tow an R-pod similar in size to the unit you are looking at with a Tacoma 3.5 V-6 over the mountains and desert here. It does just fine as long as I don't weigh it down with extra water, etc. The biggest problem we had, and it was big, was strong head winds. We could not maintain a safe freeway speed. Only happened once and we pulled off over night till things calmed down. Have towed many miles on the rural two lanes without any significant issues. I think you already realize you're not in a V-8, so have to drive accordingly, but not a problem for me.
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Old 01-23-2020, 02:48 PM   #10
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X-2 Curtputham Consider a 1/2 truck. Will give you better brakes, more power and a margin of safety in cross winds. It also gives you the ability to trade up trailers w/o replacing the TV. Consider that when manufacturers rate these trucks, it is pulling a low flat bed.Many of us have gone thru the experience of going up in TV size. Think about what is going to be comfortable for you towing. LOOK at payload sticker on door of any truck you consider, this is normally the first number that gets exceeded. Figure extra weight for full propane bottles and battery on tongue weight. I agreee, figure an extra 20% safety over limits. on any TV the more goodies, the lower payload #s will be.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:28 PM   #11
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X3......My theory=== If I got in a tight situation and I had to "floor it" to get out of that situation....Would I be able to do it safely????? Pulling my 5er/TT up a hill is my next concern!!!!!
With all due respect, if you are in a "tight situation" (i.e. dangerous), the only thing you should be "flooring" is the brake pedal. Adding energy (velocity) to an impending collision isn't necessarily the dumbest thing that you can do, but it would sure make a strong showing in the list of the top five dumbest things you can do.

It's the same line of thinking as motorcyclists who say "I had to lay it down to avoid a wreck" - No. "Laying it down" *is* a wreck. Laying it down was the result of either poor choices or a lack of skill (or both).
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