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Old 12-29-2011, 06:00 PM   #1
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We have a 97' Allure, 325 Cummins, runs great.... has anyone ever towed a Chevy Silverado Z71 with their rig? I know my 03' Z71 can be towed with 4 down, but am thinking of finding something smaller. It is below my towing Cap. of 7000 lbs... just looking to avoid any problems ahead of time...


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Old 12-29-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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We have a 97' Allure, 325 Cummins, runs great.... has anyone ever towed a Chevy Silverado Z71 with their rig? I know my 03' Z71 can be towed with 4 down, but am thinking of finding something smaller. It is below my towing Cap. of 7000 lbs... just looking to avoid any problems ahead of time...
Jim, Are you wanting to tow a smaller truck? If you can find something comfortable under 5,000 pounds, I bet you would be a happy man.
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LOL DriVer, I'm always happy....retired this past March... It looks like my truck is GVWR at just under 5k, and I don't see myself in a Smart Car... just not sure how well the rig would travel with the truck in tow... not to mention the diesel bill...this last trip I found Enterprise has rentals for 9.99 a day Fri-Mon... so didnt bother to worry about a toad..
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LOL DriVer, I'm always happy....retired this past March... It looks like my truck is GVWR at just under 5k, and I don't see myself in a Smart Car... just not sure how well the rig would travel with the truck in tow... not to mention the diesel bill...this last trip I found Enterprise has rentals for 9.99 a day Fri-Mon... so didnt bother to worry about a toad..
And $1 a mile with no free mileage?
We looked at renting a U-Haul van at the $19.95/day rate, the per mile charge was something like 75 a mile for every mile driven plus gas.
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I doubt that towing your present vehicle would decrease your mileage by 1MPG. Where you are going to see the difference between a 7K toad and a 5K toad is in the climbing of hills and mountains. You will be going a little slower.
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No, Enterprise 9.99 special includes 100 miles per day.... over that and the fee was .40 cents per mile.... cost me $37.00 for pu Friday ,, return on Monday...
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I am glad to hear about the 10 buck special at Enterprise.... I may need that. That is less than the gas I'd have to buy for this house on Sunday.
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I've seen a lot of coaches on the road towing PKUs and they seem to have no problem. If you're wondering if you can tow it 4 down check out:

Dinghy Towing and Dinghy Guide

This will give you the low down on if you can tow it and what limits there maybe while towing. Our towed it is an old Subaru. We couldn't see buying anything fancy or new just to get beat up being towed. It carries most of our toys that are too big for the bus and gets about 22-24 mpg. It tows great and how often do you realy need a pick up?
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Thanks All, I did look in the Dinghy Guide, said No problem 4 down, also my owner manual said the same thing, but not to worry about pulling the fuse. And Don, that was our feeling about the 10.00 special, why bother towing when renting was so cheap, and 100 miles ... so we just planned around the Fri-Mon deals...didn't always work for total convenience but hey, no worries...and this trip we were out 4 months ( still have the SNB...not giving it away, it's paid for)


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One reason to stay under 5,000 - 6,000 pounds is because you have more tow bar options. I believe you can rule out the lighter aluminum bars above 6,000 pounds. Of course you'll want to check as the ratings may have improved.
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