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Old 06-23-2007, 11:53 AM   #15
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Unfortunately, many RV salespeople would tell you that you can pull a 40' Teton with a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger if that would move an RV off the lot.

You might ask that salesperson to run the numbers for you as we've done here and guarantee that you can tow the RV within the manufacturer's ratings of your tow vehicle - and have them put it in writing... At that point, perhaps they might have some liability.


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Do you still have your owner's manual? I did find some pages in our owner's manual that gives you the information on the GCWR. I can tell you a few things about your Buick though...
SHIP WT: 3891
GVW: 5357
GVWF: 2712
GVWR: 2668

This info was on the Buick website for trailering -

***Maximum trailer ratings are calculated assuming standard equipped vehicle, driver and required trailering equipment. The weight of optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. 10 to 15% of the trailer weight is the recommended trailer tongue load.

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Old 06-23-2007, 05:39 PM   #17
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Question...I've heard of people buying trailers that were too heavy for their tow vehicle and them describing the experience of towing as "miserable" and "scary"...my goal, of course, is to avoid these two adjectives when describing towing my new camper...

Will towing at or near (but not beyond...the Jayco is out) the limits of my tow vehicle (that we have extrapolated from the numbers I actually could get) still make the towing experience nerve-racking? I found a similar camper with about 500lbs less trailer weight and 200lbs less hitch weight (A Sun Valley Road Runner 160) but if towing it still going to be a white-knuckle experience I might just forget the whole thing. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-23-2007, 05:42 PM   #18
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Yeah, I have the owners manual and couldn't really find any information beyond what you gave me. What a struggle to get that GCWR! Rusty's numbers seem to make sense to me so that is what I will attempt to follow.

Thanks for looking those up for me!

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Question...I've found a Sun Valley Road Runner 160 and XT160 available new locally. The weights come in significantly lower than the Jayco, but the floorplan is very similar: UVW 2175, GVWR 2945 high weight 225lbs.

These numbers appear to be a little more palitable, unless the manufacture is fudging the numbers.

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I used to own a 2002 Pontiac Aztec basically the same vehicle. I towed a 20 foot Coachman that weighed a little over 2800lbs empty and loaded I was close to 3500 lbs. I had the transmission cooler and used a weight distribution hitch with a friction sway control. I never had any problems I was able to maintain my speed on the highway and when going up hills I was usually passing the larger rigs. I towed with OD off and never pushed it hard but never lacked for power. The setup was very stable I towed back roads and on the highway. most people would be shocked at how well this setup handled. I sold the Aztek and bought a F150 with the 5.4 only because I wanted to haul more fire wood and other junk and I found that the Aztek had a better feel with the same trailer. If I would have towed the trailer with the F150 first I would have never considered towing with the Aztek because I would have bet it wouldn't be able to. I wouldn't go back to the Aztek since I like the truck and the fact that I can haul more and mentally I feel safer in the truck. I bought a larger trailer so I can't go back. If you want to tow the trailer with what you have go for it. I also found I get better gas mileage towing with the truck then the Aztek and not much worse gas mileage not towing. I think you'll find the more you camp the more stuff you'll want to take.


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