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Old 03-06-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Question Towing your Travel Trailer

We are Newbies and picking our Jayco Jay Feather 23RLSW up 3/12. It will wind up being 26' 4", with an anti-sway hitch. We will be traveling on flat land as well as mountains. Is a 2010 Silverado 4x4 better to pull or will it be ok to pull with a 2007 Tahoe LT 4x4? The Tahoe has more room for the family or they will have to drive separate. And we have heard it makes a difference with the wheel base. Thank ya'll for any ideas or suggestions.

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Old 03-06-2016, 06:17 PM   #2
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I pull a 24ft Starcraft with a F150 v8 with a tow package and as long as I have the tow pkg on it pulls and handles great. I have a equalizer 2 and a weight distribution hitch. I think you should be fine but of course you will feel a little strain on climbing steep grades.

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I would pull with whichever has more gvwr and gcwr.

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Your profile doesn't indicate where you are located. You should be able to do a 20 mile loop in your area with each vehicle and determine comfort level towing. Before long trips you might want to do a weekend within 100 miles to find just how comfortable you are with the chosen vehicle and what things you wished you had on board.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:28 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome.

How big is the family? You have to consider the weight of the occupants, luggage, the weight of the hitch and the tongue weight of the trailer. Operating near or over the payload limit for the vehicle (and rear axle weight limit) makes for a squarely drive and not a very relaxing transit. Payload limit for the vehicle should be indicated on the driver's door.

Loaded with gear, food, propane, batteries your tongue weight will be 200-300lbs heavier than what is quoted in the literature.

Pick the vehicle that has the most payload capacity.
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:10 PM   #6
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Hi, Robbie, and

Originally Posted by Robbie1369 View Post
Jayco Jay Feather 23RLSW...
GVWR 5995
Wet and loaded tongue weight @ 13% = 780

Is a 2010 Silverado 4x4 better to pull or will it be ok to pull with a 2007 Tahoe LT 4x4? The Tahoe has more room for the family or they will have to drive separate.
The problem with the Tahoe as a tow vehicle is it's short on payload capacity. But you may be able to "make do" if you make and follow some rules:

1] Nothing but people plus one 12-ounce drink per person can be in the tow vehicle. Everything else goes in the trailer.

2] No heavy cookware or dishes allowed.

3] Black and grey water tanks will be empty before you get on the road, and only enough fresh water to flush the pottie while on the road.

4] Weigh the wet and loaded rig at a truck stop that has a CAT scale before the trip.

... if the weight on the trailer axles exceeds the combined GAWR of the trailer axles, then you must get rid of some weight in the trailer.

... If the combined weight on the front and rear axles of the Tahoe exceed the GVWR of the Tahoe, then we must shift some of the weight to another vehicle.

... If the weight on the rear axle of the Tahoe exceeds the rGAWR of the Tahoe, then we must shift some of the weight to another vehicle.

And we have heard it makes a difference with the wheel base.
Yeah but that shouldn't be a problem with your Tahoe towing a 23' box that's 27' tip to tail. If you can hook up without exceeding the GVWR or the rGAWR of the Tahoe, then the wheelbase length of the Tahoe shouldn't be a big problem. Yeah, you'd be better of with a Suburban, but you don't have a Suburban. So if you can manage to keep the weights down so you're not overloaded, then you should be fine.
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Always check tongue weight rating of your tow vehicle. Half ton trucks will max out tongue weight long before they even come close to hit their max tow weight rating.

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