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Old 06-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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What TV should you buy? Here's the answer.

Ok. Confession time I asked the question "what am I risking?" by being overweight. I had some very good answers and a few that implied I was irresponsible for not having the level of knowledge they had. My question was sincere and led to a big decision.

My decision is irrelevant. But the results are not. I was pulling a 36' TT with a Yukon XL Denali. I had plenty of horsepower but lots of sway. I thought this was normal. I didn't know any better until I started reading these ( and other) forums. I ended up buying a new TV. The results are amazing. This was my first weekend to tow with it.

Before: white knuckles when someone would pass me.
After: I never felt them pass.

Before: two hands on the wheel because I was afraid to lose control.
After: much more relaxed because I was in control.

Before: Over 55mph things became dicey
After: at 70 mph (the legal speed limit) I didn't know the trailer was back there.

Before: two anti say bars and WD hitch...and still lots of sway.
After: Same hitch with one sway bar but no sway

Bottom line get the right vehicle. Don't skimp. I went from the Yukon XL to a GMC 2500HD Duramax. That is what worked for me because my trailer weighs 8,000 lbs loaded. I know because I had it weighed. I truly didn't think the truck would make that big of a difference. Skeptic? Yes. Ignorant? Yes. But not any more.

If you are trying to squeeze by with your current rig, or hoping you can pull the new TT with your old vehicle, do yourself, your family and everyone else on the road a favor. Buy the right tow vehicle. I was skeptical but I am glad I listened to my friends here and made a change. What a difference.

Safe travels and thanks to all for the help.

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I am guessing this is not about a Television?
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i guess it means tow vehicle
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I was wondering what [moderator edit] type of tv does he have?
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I am guessing this is not about a Television?
In the tow vehicle section?
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I was starting to think I put this in the wrong thread. Don't all the cool kids call a tow vehicle a TV? Oh wait. I'm a dad of five. I guess that automatically makes me uncool..

I just wanted to share some enlightenment with other newbies. There seems to be a lot of questions like mine. I was amazed at the difference and glad I was stupid enough to ask.

Hopefully someone else can learn from my ignorance.

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I always answer the what tow vehicle with a suggestion to try a Trail Hauler.

Makes that duramax of yours look like a Chevy 10 (Since you are a chevy guy, for ford guys that's a 150) In short, a Wimp.

A msjor issue in my not very humble opinion and if it ever affects me I may consider action.. AUTO ADS.

You see these ads where they are pulling like 20 tons with some little pick up.

On a closed track
At very low speed

And the voice over braggs about how strong the truck is.

Well........ It's not that strong, but if some owner believes the add and hooks way too much trailer to his way too small tow vehicle.. The thread the O/P here referenced describes the results better than I can.

What you can do at 06 mph on a closed track and what happens at 60 mph on the freeway... Not even close to each other.
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i'm happy that you are now more relaxed towing. it truely makes the trip more enjoyable. after all, when rv'ing, the drive is half the trip.

congrats on your new TV. I got 2 kids and 4 grandkids which also makes me uncool.......but I still call it a TV.
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I am guessing this is not about a Television?
My thoughts too!!

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I always answer the what tow vehicle with a suggestion to try a Trail Hauler.

Makes that duramax of yours look like a Chevy 10 (Since you are a chevy guy, for ford guys that's a 150) In short, a Wimp.

A msjor issue in my not very humble opinion and if it ever affects me I may consider action.. AUTO ADS.

You see these ads where they are pulling like 20 tons with some little pick up.

On a closed track
At very low speed

And the voice over braggs about how strong the truck is.

Well........ It's not that strong, but if some owner believes the add and hooks way too much trailer to his way too small tow vehicle.. The thread the O/P here referenced describes the results better than I can.

What you can do at 06 mph on a closed track and what happens at 60 mph on the freeway... Not even close to each other.
There is no doubt that a truck of that caliber would be nice. But my GMC is my primary vehicle in which I carry customers and drive in Houston traffic, so it's not practical for me.

You do however support my point. When selecting a tow vehicle make sure it is plenty big. It is not just a matter of wear and tear on the vehicle, but the driving experience is hugely better. Stopping. Driving in wind. Getting passed. I had no idea how much better it would be. Then of course there is safety.

With all of the questions about "which tow vehicle" I thought I'd share my experience and the non-analytical side of why more is better.
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Went to Rv dealer with our brand new 2000 F150 no tow package, I installed the hitch. The dealer set me up with a 7900 gross weight tt, torsion bars, no sway bars, didn't mention it to me and I didn't know to ask. It was a fun drive home. It pulled great! I got up to 50 miles per hour with my white knuckles, trucks sucked me in and spit me out like I was a piece of tissue. Got home, had a beer or three to calm my nerves. I solved the problem, I would not pull the tt unless winds speeds were below 5 miles per hour.
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I was starting to think I put this in the wrong thread. Don't all the cool kids call a tow vehicle a TV? Oh wait. I'm a dad of five. I guess that automatically makes me uncool..

I just wanted to share some enlightenment with other newbies. There seems to be a lot of questions like mine. I was amazed at the difference and glad I was stupid enough to ask.

Hopefully someone else can learn from my ignorance.

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Yes TV is the accepted term for Truck unless your a "A" Class person then it usually means a 32" to 40" Television in three or four places in the coach.

Thanks for the insight, and posting up a good piece of information for those that have a Toeable RV.

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