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Old 03-28-2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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Had to say something

I went to a local RV place, not where I purchsed mine. I like the RV wash they sell. Well it always takes forever to get help here, unless your buying somthing big. So Im looking and I see some obvious newbies talking to a salesman, new himself sounded like. They are looking at a 26 to 28 foot travel trailer. I heard them say they have a chevy colorado. Then I hear the salesman say they would be fine towing one of those trailers with ther truck. So I listen alittle more they have two small chilren and like to bring the family pet. I am not sure of the brand trailer they are looking at or the tow rating of a colorado but from my towing experience that is to much trailer for there truck. They were getting excited as they discussed options and color and that they really liked the 28 foot. So the salesman says well let me go see what kind of deal we can do for you today. Well me being me took the oppurtunity to strike up some casual conversation with them. I told him I think that is a big trailer for his truck. He said he wasnt sure if his truck could tow it ethier, but the salesman said he could. Well I told him ,ask the salesman what the tounge wieght of the tailer is, the dry wieght of the trailer, then figure your family and all your gear. I then asked him if he had a brake controller, his reply, what is that. I told him that I know it is overwhleming and exciting ,but think of his familys safety. I saw the salesman coming I said good luck, they thanked me. The salesman came back all happy, then the guy asked some quetions I told him, then I saw the salesman take out a book. I am not sure if they bought anything or not because I left. But that made me mad the salesman would do that. Hope I did the right thing. Just make sure your truck can tow what your going to purchase, Safely thats all


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Old 03-28-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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Unfortunately what you described happens to often at RV shows and RV dealerships. To often RV sales personal use vehicle and RV manufactures published specifications, and seldom think in terms of towing reality.

IMO many RV sales personal don't tow trailers, thus may lack the knowledge to match a vehicle to the proper trailer.



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Old 03-28-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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Good for you,wish you were around when I bought my first one.
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Dealership near me suckered my parents in to buying a 8000lb trailer a few years back. No big deal except dad asked over and over again if his 2009 Ford escape would tow it.......it wont.
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:52 PM   #5
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I have learned a lot about towing in the years we have had our trailer and know more now. The salespeople just take the tow rating of the truck and the weight of the trailer and if the trailer is less then it is good to go. They know nothing of payload whatsoever.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:26 AM   #7
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I was a newbe when I bought my TT and we have a Sienna minni van and my salesman looked up the tow capacity and the total weight of the trailer and figured in our stuff and let us know we could tow it but it would be close and should not go through mountains with it but here in MN we do not have many anyway. We have been very happy and there is no problems with towing it. I felt much better he took the extra time with us and would go back to him again if he had not retired.
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Had a friend back in the 70's when extended cabs first came out.
He was told the new f150 he had on order would haul a 12ft slide in camper.
I don't have to tell you how far the rear bumper was off the ground when they put the camper in.
Cost him big time to get the rear end of that truck beefed up.
The same can happen when you ask a car salesman if the truck your looking at will pull your trailer.
My favorite quote is, "That truck will pull anything you put behind it"
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If shoppers would tell the salesman who greets them that they'll request that any sales contract include language on the order of - "Dealer/agent assures buyer that buyer's 1958 VW Bug will safely tow buyer, family, typical gear and the subject of this contract" that would weed out a lot of lying salesmen.
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According to most salesmen, any half ton truck will tow any camper.

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