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Old 01-21-2021, 04:51 PM   #1
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New Alpha Wolf 26DBH-L

Hi All! Looking forward to continuing to learn from all of you. My wife and I just bought a new Alpha Wolf 26DBH-L and are looking forward to some adventures this year. We upgraded from a 2016 Springdale 1800BH that we loved but was getting too small for our growing 2 kids (9 & 12).

I've been camping for about 45 years and have loved every minute, even the rainy ones. I've spent the last 25 years (until March 2020) living in Colorado but moved to Richmond, VA this year to get married and will stay here until our kids go to college and then we'll be back out in CO.

This year, we have a trip planned to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, along with several smaller trips already booked. We camp year-round, which is part of the reason we bought the Alpha Wolf - it's a little better insulated in the floor and walls for mild winter camping.

Initially, we'll be pulling it with our 2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali but know we're going to be right at (or just over) the payload limit. It has a 6.2L and stage 2 towing cam in it so there's plenty of motor, but we only have 1450 lbs. of payload room and will have 650 lbs worth of people and stuff in the truck (I'm a pilot so I'm used to managing weight and balance). We have a Camco Recurve R3 WDH and the first thing we're gonna do is take the whole thing, kids and all, to the scale and see where we're at. TW is advertised at 600 lbs, but I know that's a fantasy.

Anyway, I feel honored to be among you and look forward to many stories and learnings on the road ahead.
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Old 01-21-2021, 05:15 PM   #2
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Welcome from Wisconsin. Congrats and enjoy your Alpha Wolf 26DBH-L.
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Old 01-21-2021, 06:51 PM   #3
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Sounds like you're going to have fun. That extra 10' is going to give you more privacy and everyone more room to move around and relax.
Congratulations on your new rig and welcome.
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Old 01-22-2021, 11:03 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the warm welcome!
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Old 01-22-2021, 02:24 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard. Payload is the key and also a pain!!!
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Old 02-18-2021, 12:58 PM   #6
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Did you get your trailer yet? Curious how it's going
Thinking of a similar setup, grey wolf 26dbh and 2018 Yukon with HD tow.
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:07 PM   #7
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Did you get your trailer yet? Curious how it's going
Thinking of a similar setup, grey wolf 26dbh and 2018 Yukon with HD tow.
Yes, we sure did! We love it. Is your Yukon an XL? The Alpha Wolf pulls great behind ours but I've read that the longer wheelbase of the XL, which ours is, is helpful for stability. We also have the 6.2 engine in ours, which seems to be plenty of motor. I did a cam upgrade last year as well, so it sits nicely at around 2K RPM at 65 mph and doesn't need to downshift on modest grades. I've read that the 5.3 has to stay at higher revs to keep the speed up.

Either way though, you should be fine as long as you're within payload specs for your rig - that's the number that's the easiest to bust with a 1/2 ton chassis.
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:49 PM   #8
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Just a standard, not the XL.

I have to check the weight specs comparison between the alpha and gray
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