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Old 06-17-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Your Hybrid Tow Vehicle...some help needed

New to the boards here and soon will be a first time Jayco owner. We are upgrading our old Coleman Bayside pop up to the x23f. My question is in regards to towing. Currently we have a 2012 Tahoe that does just fine now and am sure could handle the x23f, but will it comfortably or will it it be screaming down the highway.

Considering a new TV...either Silverado 1500, 2500, or Suburban. Just not sure exactly what we "need" or if we even need to make a change. Thoughts? And what is your TV?
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:33 PM   #2
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What engine? If you have the 5.3 you should be fine. Aside from a slightly higher towing capacity (depending on cab configuration), the Silverado 1500 has pretty much the same drive train. You couldn't go wrong with a 2500, but if you like your current Tahoe, I see no reason to replace it.

The good news is that you'll be well within your rated capacities. Use the Tahoe and if you don't like the performance you can always replace it later. There is no urgency to replace it now.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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Tahoe has the 5.3, 3.42, and hd towing package. If we don't have to upgrade to the Silverado we will probably still look at trading for a Suburban just to add more room. Love the Tahoe, but it sure doesn't have much room in it.
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Have you looked up the towing capacity on your Tahoe? Personally I would call Chevy (not the dealer) up with your vin number, they will look up the OEM specs on the build of you particular vehicle and tell you all the specs. Then ask how that is calculated. Typically it is calculated with an average size driver (170 lbs) and a full tank of fuel and absolutely nothing else in the vehicle. Each person and item added to the vehicle will then decrease the tow capacity. Ask if it has the transmission cooler, it should with the HD package.

Personally with everything you noted in your posts you should be go to go. Comfort level of the TV maybe a different issue, but you should not need to rush out and buy a n new TV just for the HTT.

Congratulation by the way on the new 23F.
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It does have the tranny cooler and the towing capacity is 8200.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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Similar set up to yours and no issues....I'm usually in the 10-12 mpg range. My next TV will probably be a Suburban.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:46 PM   #7
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I tow my Hybrid EXP21M 4,750lbs + with a VW Touareg TDI that can tow 7,700 lbs. I get 33 mpg. Without and 23 with the trailer, with lots of big hills like Northern California I'll get no lower than19. You should just take a look at it and a drive.
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Love the Tahoe, but it sure doesn't have much room in it.
I've always called the Tahoe a castrated Suburban. BTW, I've owned 3 'Burbs over the years.

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Have you looked up the towing capacity on your Tahoe? Personally I would call Chevy (not the dealer) up with your vin number, they will look up the OEM specs on the build of you particular vehicle and tell you all the specs.
No need to call. All of this info is in the manual, and options are listed on the RPO sticker in the glove box.
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You should be fine. I made the same move last year from a pop-up to a 23b with my same tow vehicle, and I have less spare capacity than you do. It's definitely slower, and eats much more gas (15 mpg with pop-up, 10mpg with the 23b), but if you take your time and respect the size difference between what you had and what you have now, you should be ok.
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You should be fine. I made the same move last year from a pop-up to a 23b with my same tow vehicle, and I have less spare capacity than you do. It's definitely slower, and eats much more gas (15 mpg with pop-up, 10mpg with the 23b), but if you take your time and respect the size difference between what you had and what you have now, you should be ok.
What's your tow vehicle?
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