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Old 04-01-2015, 05:21 AM   #1
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TV question

Just got my x17z home. Now some people think my TV is too small. It is rated to tow 4000 lbs. CGVRW IS 9000 lbs. Truck is 2875 lbs. Seem to do OK coming home granted its only a 45 min drive. Like to know other opinions before I consider getting a bigger truck
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I'd suggest hitting the CAT Scale to get your weights, it's the only way to be sure. The numbers on the TT weight sticker are empty weights. Get an accurate tongue weight and check the rear axle weight (from a scale visit). In my experience you will be over the Rear GAWR before exceeding tow max or GCWR. What is your TV? Maybe someone on JOF has similar and will post their weights.
The CAT Scale is your friend.
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Without knowing your specific vehicle and its options (reg cab, super cab, 2 or 4 wheel drive, gas or diesel, etc) its not possible to determine this. As the x17 is a small lightweight camper - provided you don't load up the truck with weight - chances are you're gonna be OK.
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TV is 2007 Chevy Colorado 3.7 4 door 4x4. Will have to check the rest later.
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You have 2 threads open on this subject. Would be much better if it was only one thread so that folks aren't repeating answers.

Maybe a mod can combine them?
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:20 PM   #6
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TV is 2007 Chevy Colorado 3.7 4 door 4x4. Will have to check the rest later.
First question is what is the tires on it? P rated tires are not adequate for towing.. you NEED LT tires..
Since, I believe, the Canyon is unibody construction you can expect hitch problems in the future..
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First question is what is the tires on it? P rated tires are not adequate for towing.. you NEED LT tires..
Since, I believe, the Canyon is unibody construction you can expect hitch problems in the future..
Actually, that's not accurate on either count.

The Colorado/Canyon has a full frame. This isn't a Honda Ridgeline.

Second, 10 years ago I would have said the same thing about LTs vs. P rated. However, P rated tires are now made in a truck/suv type holding anywhere from 40-52 psi. And they are made for light off roading. My current tires are Kuhmos that can hold 51 psi. I run them at 45 when towing and they are stable as any LT I have ever used. And they ride a heck of a lot better when not towing.

Over 8 years I had 2 sets of Firestone Destinations on my previous Trailblazer. Great tire, P rated, max psi of 44. Again, very stable when towing.

Would I run P rated towing a really big trailer? Probably not. But he's towing a 17 footer.
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To the OP: when you brought the travel trailer home, how did it do? If it did not strain, swerve, or brake difficultly, then why worry what others are telling you?
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To the OP: when you brought the travel trailer home, how did it do? If it did not strain, swerve, or brake difficultly, then why worry what others are telling you?
Not worried about a little drive it did find e coming home for the most part. On the highway it would keep shifting from 4th to 3rd every time the overdrive would kick in so I had to put it in 3rd and leave it there. This leaves me do in 95 kph in a 100 zone. Got plans on a 2 1/2 hour trip and a 4 hour trip. Don't want to tare the truck up. Im thinking a bigger TV. Whant to here what other people that have experience towing think.
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I used to own a 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 that I towed my Jayco Featherlite 16xrb. It did the same as what you are describing; at 55 to 60 MPH on straight, level roads, it was fine. However, on inclines or some wind, it would shift out of overdrive into 3rd constantly. If I knew I was going to be driving on some hilly roads, I would disable the OD.

When towing, I'd not worry too much about being able to do the speed limit; we are supposed to drop our speed. However, if your TV is frequently downshifting out of OD, it might be time to get something with some more power, or settle on the lower speed and lower fuel economy.

I gave the Ranger to my son (miss that truck), and purchased a 1/2 ton Ford F150. Huge difference, and now have a "favorite" truck again.
I no longer have a worry (or issues of the OD "hunting") with distance driving with the camper in tow.
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