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Old 10-09-2012, 06:15 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the input, found a 2010 GMC Sierra online I love, makes my options wide open and easy to take bikes
Looks like you are heading towards my setup. Good combination.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:23 AM   #12
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When we was looking to get some hard walls from having our OFF-ROAD POPUP all this time I really liked the idea that hybrid tent bed ideas folded down from the top instead of being pulled out liked on the popup. This opens up a whole bunch of room inside the trailer. You can elect to only use one tent bed end and the other end folded up still doesn't take away any of your inside room. When you stop over at a Walmart or similar place you can move aorund freely inside the trailer and sleep on the pulled out couch.

I read alot about possible leaks around the very large door for the bed ends and it seems to be a concern area for some people. They say the door may warp easy being as large as they are and this may cause some water leaks to deal with. I would have to watch that pretty close...

On the truck you mentioned... The best setup is to get the rear end ratio being the middle one offered. Not a Chevy man but on the Fords this would be the 3:73 gear ratio that gives you the best gas mileage for the best power transfer. The 3:55 gears gives the best gas mileage but the worse power transfer. the 4:10 ratio gives you the best power transfer but the worse gas mileage...

Going from the POPUP with real good gas mileage is really going to suffer when you start pulling the travel trailers... My 2010 5.4 gas F150 gets around 19-21MPG pulling my 4200lb POPUP and would probably drop down to 9-11MPG pulling a 5000-6000lb high wall trailer. The wind drag is the killer.

Just something to think about...
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:50 PM   #13
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On the truck you mentioned... The best setup is to get the rear end ratio being the middle one offered. Not a Chevy man but on the Fords this would be the 3:73 gear ratio that gives you the best gas mileage for the best power transfer. The 3:55 gears gives the best gas mileage but the worse power transfer. the 4:10 ratio gives you the best power transfer but the worse gas mileage...
There is one huge problem with the above .... you forgot my rear axle ratio - 3.08. That gives the best gas mileage and the max tow rating is 7000# -- more than enough for an X17Z. My RV is 3800# loaded and the truck pulls it almost as if it was not there. If the truck is a daily driver (as in my case) then this is probably the best rear axle ratio to get, as one typically tows infrequently throughout the year. As for fuel economy -- I typically get 17 mpg mixed city / freeway and it is rated for 22 mpg on the highway. Best I ever got was 25 mpg on soem back roadds in Louisiana doing about 60 mph. Towing the 3800# 17Z, I get a tad over 10 mpg.
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Me agrees with what was being said - If you can safely tow the load with the smallest gear ratio then go for it... That will give you the best gas mileage... I have just always picked the middle gear ratio which give me the best of both worlds... Coming down the big long grade hills is just as big a problem as being able to go up them.
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Does it have a tow package ? Larry
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Who is your question directed to?
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Should have been directed to jstor1 reguarding the GMC they found. Larry
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Jstor1, I really like our hybrid. We looked fairly closely at the 17Z. My recommendation is think about how you are going to use it, and who will be with you. Then think about what stuff you will want to bring with you and where you will store all those items.

For us, I did not want to live out of duffle bags. I wanted to be able to put our stuff away and have it out of sight. I also did not want to have to load the TV every time we want to go. For us the 23B fit our families need. Storage for everything, dual axle, plenty of room to sleep if we choose not to open the bunk ends.

Again think about how you are going to use the TT. Personally, if you question which unit to buy, I would look at a few more.

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Dealer assures me, not gonna buy without a tow package
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