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Old 02-05-2013, 12:18 PM   #11
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The published GVWR for the Swift SLX 165 is 3,500 lbs. I think thats a little close to the max for your vehicle. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is not a good choice if your going to tow with any gear inside. I'd use caution on this one. Sorry for the bad info.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:45 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies. Mike the Jeep would only be used when the truck isn't available. My 2500hd wouldn't even know it's back there. My wife tent camps now and packs light.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:40 PM   #13
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I know of one couple who had the Starcraft Hybrid. they used it about 6 months and decided it was very cramped especially in bad weather. Put your family in there and spend some time with the doors closed and see if it will work for you. I have the 176RB (17Z equivalent) and it is even close with just my DW and I in there and the weather is bad. I pull with a 6cyl Ford Escape and it is not good on hills at all. Currently looking for a new TV.
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According to http://www.rvguide.com/specs/starcra...ble/176rb.html The 176RB is 3370 dry. The 165 is only 2665. That's 705lbs before loaded. The frontal area of the 176rb is also significantly larger. The 17z was her first choice but we decided it was just too much for the Wrangler to pull. Even though the 165 might be small, it's a huge step up from the tent she's been using. We do appreciated the input. Gives us more to think about. We are going to another RV show this weekend.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #15
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I have a 2008 V6 4Runner. I went with the 165 Sport. I didn't feel comfortable with anything larger.
Like you say, it's a step up from our PU and it forces you to spend more time outside where you should be :-)

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After trips to dealers and private owners all over the area, we found a '06 Starcraft XP18rb. We should be picking it up this week.
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