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Old 10-03-2014, 10:55 AM   #51
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This isn't the case for all people. My spacious X17A will likely do us out.
I used to say that with our old Kiwi 17a. We had it for 10 years, and were planning on keeping it a lot longer. Then we saw the X20E. We were done for.

But like you I wasn't going to go out and replace my TV. The reason I went to a PU was because the Trailblazer had a lot of miles on it and it was time to replace it. An opportunity to get something with more capacity.

But to your point about being satisfied with your trailer, we'll probably have the X20E for 10 years or more, longer than we'll have our Sierra I'm thinking.
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:24 AM   #52
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That's just crazy! I heard a commercial or a news report or something about the new Aluminum F-150s, just in passing, so I was going to make a point of looking up their specs. For reference on the 3300 lbs of payload, that's a touch more payload than the 2014 RAM 2500 CC Short Bed with 6.4 Hemi before options! "Towing capacity" is about the same though...



LOL!! That's great! If I weren't terrified of clowns, it would be a more humorous image!

On that note, take a look at a RAM Mega Cab, those things are ridiculous inside, you could fit two clown circuses in there! Twice the nightmare!
Not a fan of the movie "It", I gather...
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:36 AM   #53
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Not a fan of the movie "It", I gather...

LOL! I loved the movie, and the book, but yes, that clown is at least part of the phobia!
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:36 PM   #54
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We have a 26BHS that I pull with a 2011 Durango. Our actual weights are similar to what's being thrown around here, and I have to say it's a great setup. Close to the margins, but I use a pro-pride hitch and that makes all the difference in the world. Wouldn't be comfortable as close to the limits as I am otherwise, but it really is a great towing experience. I actually arrange cargo to get my tongue weight closer to 10% rather than 13-15%, but with the hitch there is no sway so it's not a problem. Once you get the weight distribution dialed in everything rides great.

We have the 5.7 Hemi which has plenty of power although the transmission hunts a bit more than id like on steep climbs. The newer ones have an 8 speed I think, which handles a lot better.

If you are set on the mid-sized SUV (we were) the Durango is something you really ought to take a look at. In many ways it's nothing but a GC with a big butt; same drivetrains, same interior, etc.
what is the towing capacity for this Durango?
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Old 10-04-2014, 10:33 PM   #55
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what is the towing capacity for this Durango?

7400 lbs
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:45 PM   #56
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what is the towing capacity for this Durango?

Sticker says 7400, 7200 with AWD (which we have). I don't remember my numbers exactly, but based on the GCWR (combined weight of the vehicle and trailer) of 12,500ish and what we weigh with the car loaded up, I figured my actual trailer weight limit was more like 6800.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:49 AM   #57
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Sticker says 7400, 7200 with AWD (which we have). I don't remember my numbers exactly, but based on the GCWR (combined weight of the vehicle and trailer) of 12,500ish and what we weigh with the car loaded up, I figured my actual trailer weight limit was more like 6800.
GC and VW Touareg both have similar or higher towing capacity. So either of them is capable of towing as Durango.
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:20 AM   #58
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The tow capacity doesn't tell the whole story. Our previous TT was well below my max tow cap but I was within 200# of Rear GAWR. When we added a 2nd couple in the back seat and their gear we were probably over weight. The yellow sticker will list the weight ratings but until you visit the CAT Scale (the CAT Scale is your friend) you won't know what the weight is on the front or rear axles. The difference between the GAWR and the weight on the rear axle will tell you how much more weight you can safely add. We added a touch less than 1000# to the TT with propane, battery, tools, food, luggage and the like. Add that to the TT's GAW (from the TT's yellow sticker), multiply by 0.13, add an additional #100 for the hitch and you will have an approximate weight you will add to the rear axle weight. Don't forget that people, dog, luggage, fuel ... will also add to the load on the axles. I wouldn't worry too much about being at or a little over weight but being over by #500 or more would cause me some grief.
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I know this is an old topic, and I thoroughly understand your dilemma the tow vehicle. If you can find an older V10 Touareg TDI you could likely tow a smaller 19' bunk house trailer if you and the husband are willing to use the dining set-up as your bed. But honestly, If your budget is for a new vehicle, my suggestion for you is this, buy an older tow vehicle like a 6.0L+ GMC/Ford larger size SUV with mileage around 100-120K for a decent price. Use that as your tow vehicle ONLY. Then buy a fancy VW Jetta wagon, brand new for everyday use. And you get two great and useful vehicles for the same money!
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:30 AM   #60
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2010 Toyota Tundra 4.6L

I just bought a new 2015 Jayco 26 BHS. I was wondering if any one can tell me their experience towing a camper of this weight with a 2010 tundra 4.6L engine. I have been told I should not have an issue.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs)5,470Dry Hitch Weight (lbs)675Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs)7,750Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs)2,280
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