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Old 02-12-2018, 03:58 PM   #1
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23 RL and similar size TT owners

Looking at this trailer as a possibility in the near future and wondering a couple things right from the git go:

1) What TV do you pull this size TT with and do you feel it is adequate for the task?
2) Do you use a WDH, and is it required, suggested, needed ???

I know I would have to get a different TV as my current vehicle won't handle one of this size/weight. TIA
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:02 PM   #2
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I tow my 2018 rlsw with a 2003 Tahoe with the bigger engine and the tow package without much problem. We also use a wdh. So far we've only towed it into the mountains once and had no problems. Kept up with the flow of traffic with no problems.

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Old 02-12-2018, 04:35 PM   #3
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We tow our 2017 x23B with a Chevy Trailblazer due to the fact that we already had this vehicle before the TT came along. It is fine, but we will go to a 1/2 ton pickup when it's time for a new TV. A WDH is needed along with an electric brake hookup. I'm sure others will follow with more tech data. Get ready for some fun!

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Old 02-12-2018, 05:16 PM   #4
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We have the 2016 23RLSW, basically the same trailer you're looking at. Towing it just fine with a 2010 F150 5.4L 4WD, 3.55 rear end. The trailer's GVWR is 5995, which means a potential hitch weight of nearly 900 lb. The truck has a payload capacity of (IIRC) 1670 lb. So that leaves me plenty of spare payload capacity. Been to Maine from PA a couple of times with it; probably 5000 miles of incident-free towing.

You will absolutely need WDH and sway control. Those are NOT optional for this kind of towing. I'm using a pretty basic Husky setup - trunion bars, one friction sway bar, works fine. Haven't been able to justify spending the $$$ on an Equalizer or similar.

Newer F150s with the aluminum body have much higher payload capacity, BTW.

Good luck and enjoy!

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Old 02-12-2018, 05:17 PM   #5
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Towing 23RL

We tow our 23RL with a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with the larger V8, automatic transmission and tow package. It handles the trailer well. On the straight and level with no wind (a rarity here in NM) we average 12mpg. We’ve found 60mph to be the mileage “sweet spot”. It’s a fairly lite trailer and it took me a couple of tries to get the gain and boost on the electric brake controller adjusted just right.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:10 PM   #6
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You can see below what we tow our 23rlsw with. No problems
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:55 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies and comments. Anyone else???
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:35 AM   #8
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F250 Diesel towing a 23RB

We have a 23RB which is similar in size and weight. I had a 2015 Toyota Tundra when I purchased the trailer. The trailer was within the specifications of the truck in both towing weight and cargo weight. What I found was that in the hills and in a headwind the Toyota could not maintain highway speed without revving the engine to 4500 rpm which is where the power band was. When driving I felt like the trailer was pushing the truck around especially if there was wind. The truck was capable but by the end of a 400 mile day I was stressed and exhausted. We did not buy a travel trailer to be stressed and exhausted. So I upgraded to a 2017 Ford F250 diesel. The truck is overkill for the trailer but is a pleasure to drive. The truck no longer feels like it is being pushed around and I can go any speed I want in any terrain. We feel much more in control and safer. I use a Husky Centerline WDH and like the way it makes the trailer and truck sit level. No doubt this trailer can be towed by a half ton but I am retired and value my peace of mind highly. My wife enjoys my company much more when i am not stressed. All in all we think the larger truck a good investment. Also we will probably upgrade to a larger trailer in a year or so and the truck will handle it no problem.
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Another experience to share with you. When we were pulling our previous tt an x23b which is about 1,000 lbs lighter than our 23rlsw through the mountains I did not try to keep up to flat lander highway speed. I agree with the sweet spot on the flats depending on the wind it was either side of 60 mph. In the mountains I moved over to the slow lane and and kept my speed up enough to not get in the way of traffic and not get into high revs with the engine. Most of the time I was in line with the 18 wheelers. We were passed up on occasion by diesel pickups pulling bigger campers but we were not in a rush anyway.
I tried to pay attention to the descent out of the mountains and used the manual function on the transmission to not heat up the brakes.
This was with the same truck as below.
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Followup to my previous response. I get MUCH better gas mileage running at 55-60 on regular highways than I do trying to run 62-65 on interstates. My fuel economy "sweet spot" while towing is around 55. And the truck doesn't work nearly as hard. It's much more enjoyable driving.

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