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Old 07-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Question Can you say information overload?

It's Newbie KewlKristen Again ... !!??!!

Oh my ... I hope this is normal ... I now have so much information, I'm confused! LOL!!

I know I need to take my time, but I'm anticipating hitting the road for the first time within 30-60 days! As we all know, time flies!

I appreciate all the input I received on my first "newbie" post. I gave all suggestions careful consideration and researched them all. What I think feels comfortable for me, is pulling a trailer between 20-25 feet; anything smaller would be too small and anything bigger might make me a bit uneasy being my first trailer.

Even before this cross-country traveling idea came to mind, I was considering replacing my Jeep Cherokee. I kinda wanted something not more than 5 years old with a V8. I had been considering a Chevy Avalanche or Honda Ridgeline. I need more than a truck cab or even an extension as my sister and/or my oldest son may accompany me on a portion of the trip. I would want more space even without the traveling, because my dog, Bruno, needs space to be comfortable. (He's a rottenlab ... rottweiller/lab mix. My husband came up with that; I love it cuz Bruno is rotten! LOL)

So here's my questions:

- Has anyone towed a travel trailer with their Avalanche or Ridgeline; if so how did it go?

- Between another vehicle and trailer, I would like to keep my costs between $25-30k. (Estimating trailer to be $10-15k; thus vehicle should be between $15-20k. So if you have any suggestion regarding a vehicle and/or manufacturer/model trailer, please share. I'm ready! {Meditating to clear my mind of the previous overload .. LOL! Ohmmmmmmmm.}

I'll continue to research as well, but my neck, shoulders, eyes are also feeling my pain. LOL!


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Old 07-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Have never towed a big Travel Trailer or 5th wheel so can not advise.. but .. What are your plans for that 5 year old JEEP? Though I seriously doubt I can afford it at this time.. You might surprise me. PM please if you are interested.

Seriously, What is the loaded weight of the trailer, then what is the tow rating of the vehicles you are considering.. I do know folks who tow with Chevy Silverados, And I tow / towed with Chevys (my Motor home is power by Chevrolet).

Though some tow over the lmit, I like to saty below 80% if I can, (That is if your truck can tow say 5,000 pounds, try to keep the trailer below 4,000) there is some wiggle room on the rating, but it's best to wiggle UNDER.

The Car maker's web site will take you to the truck tow ratings.
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22-25 tt, avalanche, ridgeline

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