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Old 11-29-2011, 08:36 PM   #11
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What weight would you guys recommend as a max for said tow vehicle?
Some use the mythical and unwritten "80% rule". Which simply means you take 80% of your tow vehicles tow rating and use that as the GVWR for your trailer. This allows a cushion for weight in the tow vehicle and other variables and keeps the tongue weight from getting too high by limiting the weight of the trailer itself. With this rule, for example, if your tow rating is 10,000 lbs you would limit your loaded trailer weight to 8000 lbs. This method is somewhat controversial but is accepted by many as a good general starting point for what you can tow and have a safety margin as well.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:37 PM   #12
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I`m not sure about this, but don`t the new 6 speed trannys they are using make better use out of the higher rear gear ratio then say the older 4 speed trannys like I have?........snip
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My understanding is that they do, I just don't know what gain is made when matched to a 3.42 gear. I have read on some forums that when the 6-speed is matched with a 3.73 gear it compares to that of a 4-speed and a 4.10 gear. I don't know how valid this is.

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #13
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Some use the mythical and unwritten "80% rule".......snip
Lee,

I agree, the 80% mythical rule would in many cases keep one out of trouble.

In "mnordel's" case that would be 80% of the publicized tow rating of 8,200lbs, not of the "actual" tow rating because the weights are already factored in.

So 80% of 8,200lbs = 6,560lbs.

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:56 PM   #14
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My understanding is that they do, I just don't know what gain is made when matched to a 3.42 gear. I have read on some forums that when the 6-speed is matched with a 3.73 gear it compares to that of a 4-speed and a 4.10 gear. I don't know how valid this is.

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Bob,

I thought that must be the case otherwise the Tahoe with the 3.42 rear would not have the 8000+ lb tow rating that it has.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:09 PM   #15
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I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the responses. Thank you all.

Not to split hairs but it is actually rated at 8500.. not that it buys me much. 80% gives me 6800 and not many choices I am afraid.

Any suggestions? Had my head wrapped around the size of that 298 and not to whine.. BUT... I want a super lite Eagle 298RES that comes in under 6800.. Oh yeah, and under 25K.. Pipe dream?
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snip........Not to split hairs but it is actually rated at 8500.. not that it buys me much. 80% gives me 6800 and not many choices I am afraid........
mnordel,

Your right, I fat-fingered the numeric keypad

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Finding that floorplan under 7000 lbs loaded may be a tall order,it is nearly 34' long and has two slides. But there are some roomy liteweight floorplans that may be worth taking a look at. The Jayfeather line has a few, and other manufacturers have a line of them such as the KZ Spree http://kz-rv.com/spree/2012_specifications.html
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I've got the 298RES (2011) and we love it. The issue is...loaded...it's pretty heavy.
No water loaded...just general items for say a 2-3 week stay, it weighed in at just over 8100lbs. Fully loaded with water it would be pretty close to the max of 9200...

My tow vehicle for last summers season was a 2006 Chev 2500HD with the 6.0L gasser. No mods or anything...but wow...wasn't impressed at all (sorry to any GM/Chev guys...it's just was my experience).
Now, I'm not saying that I wanted to tow the TT at 70+MPH, but dang...took a bit to get it up to speed and it had trouble holding 65 without revin at 3000 (even in tow mode or 3rd).
In short...for the 6-8MPG it got and the overall power attempting to tow...I'm looking to upgrade BIG time
Even though it did the job...I'm currently looking for my cummins...

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Workingchump, If you get a Cummins be sure and get the 6.7 the six speed automatic is a good puller.
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Got my eyes on one as we speak actually.
2010...Laramie...6.7... "LOADED"
Black on Black...Matching black topper...not a stitch of chrome...ooooooo....
Bleeds testosterone...uh...hmmm.mmm....sorry...

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Not trying to highjack this thread but what's the average MPG you're getting?
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