Originally Posted by mnordel
snip....... First, we are concerned that it maybe too much weight for our tow vehicle, we have a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, it is tow rated to 8500 LBS, ......snip
First, welcome to the Jayco forums!
I couldn't agree more, the 298RES is a great and popular floorplan. Unfortunately as Lee mentioned in his reply even a "Super Lite" can be a little heavy for some TV's.
Your Tahoe tow rating of 8,200lbs is a little misleading (as all publicized tow ratings are), but the following forum sticky will explain how to confirm your "actual" tow rating, which Lee touched on: http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3866
Good rule of thumb when looking at TT's is to think in terms of "loaded weights", and avoided being drawn into dry and UVW ratings.
Taking the 298RES as an example, I'll make some realistic "assumptions" on what this TT may weigh when "loaded" for camping:
Building from the 7,300lb UVW, the ship weight will be approximately 7,550lbs. We now add dealer supplied items like the WDH, battery, etc., for another 150lbs.. Your personal cargo and "stuff" can very (we all have different loading habits), but adding another 800lbs would be conservative for your "stuff". We are looking at a "loaded" 298RES TT weight of 8,500lbs.
Note, this loaded weight doesn't include any fluids in the tanks.
Also, take into consideration the TT's "loaded" tongue weight, which ideally you would want it to be 13% to 15% (of loaded TT weight) for a 33ft long TT, which would be 1,105lbs to 1,275lbs (of 8,500lbs). Also, the TT's loaded tongue weight becomes part of your TV's cargo capacity. This loaded tongue weight data would also be used to size your TV's receiver and WDH.
You mentioned that your TV has a 3.42 gear, IMO this isn't an ideal condition for towing a TT of this weight, a 3.73 gear minimum would be more desirable.
I think your initial concerns were "right on", just a little to much weight for your existing TV.
Hope this helps.