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Old 09-23-2014, 12:25 PM   #11
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I don't believe the OP was considering a Honda ridgeline

I think this was just used as a example.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:35 PM   #12
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Thanks for quick replyand suggestions. Can i ask why you are choosing 23RB? We like sofa and walk around Bed.Thanks,Rick
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:52 PM   #13
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I think there was a mix up in this thread, Rick is buying a Jay Flight 23RB, not to be confused with a Jayfeather X23B. The GVWR of the 23RB is 6,250#, far heavier than the X23B.

I'd be comfortable towing 6k# with my Sierra but that would probably be my realistic limit. A 2014/2015 1/2 ton would handle that trailer just fine.
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:00 PM   #14
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I think there was a mix up in this thread, Rick is buying a Jay Flight 23RB, not to be confused with a Jayfeather X23B. The GVWR of the 23RB is 6,250#, far heavier than the X23B.
I was never mixed up
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:03 PM   #15
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Just for comparison purposes, I tow a 28 BHBE that weighs in at around 7500 lbs ready to camp with a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500, CC, 2WD. I'm at my specified maximums on payload with the tongue, the DW, me and the dog, and full tank of fuel. Nowhere close to the stated 9600 lb "towing capacity".

I will never do this again.

Can the truck do it? You bet. Is it easy? I don't think so. I'm always worried about what weight I'm adding, and I would rather just forget about it and be "over-trucked" and have a good time.

I only add this to the discussion because my trailer is significantly heavier than what you're looking at, and my 1/2T truck handles it adequately. IMHO, the trailer you're looking at should be well within range of most properly equipped 1/2T trucks on the market today.

But it has been said before, and I'll reiterate here: Don't just buy for what you're currently towing, there is value in considering what you may tow in the future. If this is all the trailer you'll ever tow, you're good with a 1/2T, but if you think you might upgrade, you'll get in the dance with so many others (including me) looking to upgrade their TV to better accommodate a trailer...

Just my pair o' pennies.
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suv maybe

Thanks for your info. I agree i just want to drive and not worry about that aspect. Towing a trailer has it's own issues. Possibly a capable SUV? Seem most haulers enjoy their pickups though. Thanks again,Rick
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I owned SUVs and vans for years. 3 Suburbans, a Trailblazer, and a GMC Safari. All good tow vehicles for what I used them for. My Sierra is my fist PU. I'm asking myself now why I waited so long! Unless you have a large family, consider a PU. I'm finding it far more versatile than any SUV I've ever owned. But again, this is really just personal preference.
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I also had a 'Burb many years ago. That thing was a tow beast. My dad had a Trail Blazer that towed his bass boat like a champ.

One thing to remember if you have enough passengers to need an SUV is that you'll be bumping up against the payload max with passengers. Three rows of seating is great for a family to get to the mall or the soccer game, but if you have all three rows jammed up with people, and gear in the back, you're going to eat through that payload pretty quick. With a full house, you likely won't have capacity for the TW.
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There are plenty of high-payload trucks out there that comfortably seat 5 or even 6 if needed. If I had a family of 6 I would be looking into a diesel Excursion (wish they would bring that thing back!) or a Suburban as mentioned.

I have also seen guys (some on here) tow with diesel E-series vans for large families - seems like a great idea. I know this is getting off topic, I digress.
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Suv vs. Pickup

Chuck, it is just my wife and i now. New PU's are really nice now and comfortable. I think you are right about them being more useful as far as camping goes. We are thinking of 3 or 4 months of traveling next spring. Trying to get all in order. Tow V. will be a bi priority. Appreciate your opinion. Rick
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