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Old 05-15-2017, 08:02 PM   #3341
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Loving it so far don't see a lot of them yet !!!
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:08 PM   #3343
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Nice truck pulling your 5r! You don't see many trailers of that color scheme.
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:40 PM   #3345
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:00 PM   #3346
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We've got the same Escalade! Any issues towing that camper? What's the weight of it? My Escalade gets a little hot towing my camper and it's isn't as big, but I'm here in Florida.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:09 PM   #3347
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We've got the same Escalade! Any issues towing that camper? What's the weight of it? My Escalade gets a little hot towing my camper and it's isn't as big, but I'm here in Florida.
It does get a little hot. I've since added the Tru-Cool 40k trans cooler and it runs much cooler now.. in fact I've barely seen 180 with it (which is where I would ride previously without a trailer in stop and go traffic). Stop and go traffic it runs about 130 now.

It is a lot of trailer for the vehicle. If I had to do it over again I might've passed (we just bought it and the above was on our maiden voyage). I was told it was a little over 6k by the original owner. Since then I found the factory weight capacity sticker which was conveniently hidden in the camper (yes, I'm being sarcastic) and found out it was about 6700 lbs when it left the factory.

However, it's had some work done so I would probably put dry weight at about 7k now. When I weighed it the other day it was at 7200 with basic camping supplies so we're definitely pushing the envelope.

The Esky seems to pull it all fine. Not as perky as usual towing that much weight but it seems to handle it well.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:14 PM   #3348
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It does get a little hot. I've since added the Tru-Cool 40k trans cooler and it runs much cooler now.. in fact I've barely seen 180 with it (which is where I would ride previously without a trailer in stop and go traffic). Stop and go traffic it runs about 130 now.

It is a lot of trailer for the vehicle. If I had to do it over again I might've passed (we just bought it and the above was on our maiden voyage). I was told it was a little over 6k by the original owner. Since then I found the factory weight capacity sticker which was conveniently hidden in the camper (yes, I'm being sarcastic) and found out it was about 6700 lbs when it left the factory.

However, it's had some work done so I would probably put dry weight at about 7k now. When I weighed it the other day it was at 7200 with basic camping supplies so we're definitely pushing the envelope.

The Esky seems to pull it all fine. Not as perky as usual towing that much weight but it seems to handle it well.


Yeah, that's at that limit. I did the tranny cooler, too. Best mod, in my opinion. My heat issues are on the radiator cooling. It stays at half way on the gauge (205-210 on the ECU) but sometimes it will creep up to 230 (3/4 on the gauge) and then come back down. Just kind of sketchy. My camper is smaller at 4747 dry and barely over 5k with our gear. It does fine otherwise. Do you still have the air ride? With your hitch weight, it might struggle.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:39 PM   #3349
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:43 PM   #3350
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Yeah, that's at that limit. I did the tranny cooler, too. Best mod, in my opinion. My heat issues are on the radiator cooling. It stays at half way on the gauge (205-210 on the ECU) but sometimes it will creep up to 230 (3/4 on the gauge) and then come back down. Just kind of sketchy. My camper is smaller at 4747 dry and barely over 5k with our gear. It does fine otherwise. Do you still have the air ride? With your hitch weight, it might struggle.
Yes, I do. Seems to handle it fine which I'm honestly a little surprised by. I do run a Trunnion Style WD hitch and think I have it adjusted properly.

When I hook it up it'll run for maybe 10-15 seconds or so and then shuts off. Pretty similar to how it normally operates.

I don't think I've ever had an issue with the system fighting my WD hitch which I've heard others complain about.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:45 PM   #3351
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Yeah, that's at that limit. I did the tranny cooler, too. Best mod, in my opinion. My heat issues are on the radiator cooling. It stays at half way on the gauge (205-210 on the ECU) but sometimes it will creep up to 230 (3/4 on the gauge) and then come back down. Just kind of sketchy. My camper is smaller at 4747 dry and barely over 5k with our gear. It does fine otherwise. Do you still have the air ride? With your hitch weight, it might struggle.
I've never seen my coolant temp above the normal range.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:19 PM   #3352
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I've never seen my coolant temp above the normal range.


Dang, I've flushed my coolant and done water wetter. Radiator looks in good shape, new thermostat, new coolant hoses. Keep me posted how it goes as the summer comes in.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:24 PM   #3353
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Dang, I've flushed my coolant and done water wetter. Radiator looks in good shape, new thermostat, new coolant hoses. Keep me posted how it goes as the summer comes in.
Will do.
I've been towing in the mid 80's but not above that yet. We live in Georgia so that'll occur soon!
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:38 PM   #3354
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It does get a little hot. I've since added the Tru-Cool 40k trans cooler and it runs much cooler now.. in fact I've barely seen 180 with it (which is where I would ride previously without a trailer in stop and go traffic). Stop and go traffic it runs about 130 now.

It is a lot of trailer for the vehicle. If I had to do it over again I might've passed (we just bought it and the above was on our maiden voyage). I was told it was a little over 6k by the original owner. Since then I found the factory weight capacity sticker which was conveniently hidden in the camper (yes, I'm being sarcastic) and found out it was about 6700 lbs when it left the factory.

However, it's had some work done so I would probably put dry weight at about 7k now. When I weighed it the other day it was at 7200 with basic camping supplies so we're definitely pushing the envelope.

The Esky seems to pull it all fine. Not as perky as usual towing that much weight but it seems to handle it well.
I'm betting you're over on payload. Payload is usually exceeded before towing capacity, and you're already almost at the limit on towing capacity (7600 2WD, 7800 AWD).
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Tow capacity is 7800 or 8200 (depends on who you listen to). Officially it's 7800 I think. You're right about being at or over. I'm not happy about it. Max combined is supposed to be 14,000 for the rig and the trailer. When I weighed it the other day I was at 13,760 and that didn't include a full tank of gas or two of my family members.

I'm going to move some things around, remove some of the items I had in there I could probably do without and see where I land. I'm thinking I'll be slightly​ over or within 100lbs when I'm done.

The vehicle pulls great and outside of the tranny temp which I addressed with a larger cooler seems to be fine.

I am really worried about the weight though.. I sunk over $1000 into this thing after I bought it so I'm deeply in the red as an investment goes already.

The guy we bought it from basically hid the appropriate info from us. I was a newbie to purchasing a full size trailer and I think they took advantage of my ignorance. He told me that there was a brand new roof that was installed and I'm thinking "that's a bonus" but what he didn't disclose was that the old roof was still there and they'd added weight to the trailer when they did it.

Buyer beware I guess.
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:15 PM   #3356
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I got my towing numbers from the 2010 Trailer Life tow guide, attached. Your owners manual should have the real towing numbers, and your drivers door frame sticker should have your real payload.

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Yeah, officially it's 7800 or 14,000 combined.

My front axle has somewhere around 340 left in it but my rear only has around 40 so i'm really close there. I may be able to adjust my hitch a little and move some of that weight up to the front. I also have probably 200lbs I could easily relocate to the rear of the trailer or remove all together. That should help a bit.

I do have an AWD vehicle with the pre-installed tow package.

Like I said I'm not thrilled with it.. anyone want to buy a camper? I got a real nice one I just sunk $1000 into I'd sell you for what I paid for it!

Edited to give exact amounts from my measurements at the truck shop.
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:25 AM   #3359
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:38 AM   #3360
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Looks good but MAN does that have some junk in the trunk! It looks like the wheels are center between the front and back.
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