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Old 11-03-2011, 06:59 AM   #51
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Though we're staying in context, we're starting to slide off the subject a bit. Just to put a button on this particular topic, usually in a case of a "misprint" in an owners manual, automobile manufacturers have a deep legal department to protect them from liabilities. In this case I don't feel they would do a recall as much as they would more than likely have an amended page insert for the owners manual at the dealer level, or even a sticker with the corrected information that would be placed over that section in the owners manual. Besides that there is probably some small print disclosure on the actual owners manual that says something like, Information and specifications are subject to change and blah, blah, blah.

In a case like this though, considering the owners manual is copied and applies to multiple models of GM vehicles, I would go with the sticker on the hitch since it's being placed on each and every part itself.

We're talking 2012 32BHDS here!
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:31 AM   #52
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I have a 1500 Suburban and I would not even attempt to tow my 32BHDS with it. I use my Excursion and on steep inclines it struggles.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #53
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Our 2010 32BHDS does not have the outdoor kitchen ( was not available that year). Ours weighs 9300lbs ready to camp. I also went with the reese dual cam. With a family of 6, sometimes 7, we have enough room on a rainy day.

I totally agree about the room, it is very nice to have the extra bedroom in the rear.

As far as the weight, thats not surprising. We are not heavy packers, but i will be looking forward to the day that i can get a true actual weight on the rig. I dont think it will go over 10k, but we will see. My biggest concern is tongue weight. I am currently running 1200lb bars and i am thinking i may have to move up to 1500lb bars.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:10 PM   #54
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My tongue weight is currently at 1,280lbs (13% of total). I've been thinking of upgrading to the 1,500lb bars as well, but am having a hard time pulling the trigger. The trailer tows really well with the 1,200lb bars, and my axle weights are all within spec, so I don't know how much of am improvement, if any, I will see by upgrading.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:12 PM   #55
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My tongue weight is currently at 1,280lbs (13% of total). I've been thinking of upgrading to the 1,500lb bars as well, but am having a hard time pulling the trigger. The trailer tows really well with the 1,200lb bars, and my axle weights are all within spec, so I don't know how much of am improvement, if any, I will see by upgrading.

If you don't mind me asking, what are your weights? Total weight and weight on axles?
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My tongue weight is currently at 1,280lbs (13% of total). I've been thinking of upgrading to the 1,500lb bars as well, but am having a hard time pulling the trigger.....snip
I agree, can be a tuff call.

If I had your TV/TT combination (and weights) I would go with the 1,500lb rated bars because with my loading habits I would have a higher potential of creeping above 1,280lbs (at times) on the tongue rather than under. Also, keep in mind that the WDH supports a percentage of the cargo weight placed behind the TV's rear axle as well.

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If you don't mind me asking, what are your weights? Total weight and weight on axles?
Total weight - 17,900lbs
Truck (no passengers, a little more than 3/4 tank of fuel) - 8,300lbs
Trailer - 9,600lbs
Tongue Weight - 1,280lbs

FYI, the truck is a 2006 F250 with 6.0 diesel engine.

I'll have to find my papers to see what the weights on the axles were. I do know that when the WD hitch was hooked up, it brought my front axle weight back up to close to the same as when the truck is unloaded. I'll post those numbers when I dig them out of the trailer.

Tongue weight could potentially go up, but I usually pack more or less the same, and these weights are with the truck loaded for a four day trip, so I don't anticipate taking much extra on other trips. The front storage is loaded to the gills (it stays that way, I don't remove and add stuff for each trip), and the back of the truck was full as well.
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I totally agree about the room, it is very nice to have the extra bedroom in the rear.

As far as the weight, thats not surprising. We are not heavy packers, but i will be looking forward to the day that i can get a true actual weight on the rig. I dont think it will go over 10k, but we will see. My biggest concern is tongue weight. I am currently running 1200lb bars and i am thinking i may have to move up to 1500lb bars.
I am running with the 1200lbs bars. I do not think I would get any better of a tow with the 1500lbs bars.
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Well, everybody packs differently. You say your front compartment is loaded to the gills, mine is not. Thats why i want to get a good weigh and see where everything falls.

I have only towed ours twice since we got it, and i think it could be better. I feel the WD and the Reese DC needs some adjustment. The dealer set it up, and i dont feel they did it right. I wanted to be there when they did it, but couldn't due to work schedule.

I will be winterizing in the next week or so, and the TT will not be making anymore trips until spring. But, I'm going to mess with the WD and DC before i put it up for the winter. I'm thinking i may be light in my tongue weight, not sure until i hit scales though.
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Kirk,

Once you start to tackle the CAT scale and adjusting your Reese WD/DC, you may want to start a new thread over at the "Towing and Tow Vehicle" section of this Forum if you want some additional eyes working with you. Pics of your TV/TT WDH will be helpful as well.

There are also a couple of informative "STICKY's" at the top of the Towing and Tow Vehicle section that may be a good reference.

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