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RE: Current crop of SUV'S

There is no industry standard for SUV or CUV. Differeent manufacturers, engineers, sales, marketing cannot agree, so neither can consumers. The vast majority of what I think the OP is calling SUV are unibody crossovers, or CUV. There are not many nameplates and sales volume that are actually body on frame today.
APT 11/15/19 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

search for number of GM 2500 pickups with over 300k miles. I expect you'll find a lot. Good reliable motor. Compared to your 5.7L, a little less torque (perceived) at 2500rpm, but will pull harder over 4000rpm. Love mine. I highly recommend finding an 8.1L in that vintage of Suburban (or Yukon XL).
APT 11/05/19 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

I would stick to something about 3500 pounds dry. I do recommend a WDH even if the vehicle does not.
APT 10/11/19 08:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

Payload and receiver ratings are typically exceeded well under tow ratings for (assuming) mid-sized SUVs. Just pay attention to those also. RV veterans, can you move on and also answer OP's questions about floorplan and similar TTs?
APT 10/11/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Get a 1-ton van. No half ton towing 7500 pounds loaded with a family of 6 and their stuff for a year will be comfortable. Nissan NV3500 GM Twins (Chevy Express GMC Savana 6.0L Payloads are over 2500 pounds. Tow ratings are 8500+ pounds. Fuel tanks are larger (i.e. longer distance between fillups @ 8mpg) They cost 60% or less of comparable half ton SUV.
APT 10/08/19 10:31am Towing
RE: Mountain Towing

Since this is your first RV, I assume 7200 pounds is a dry weight estimate of some RVs you have found. There are many half tons that can pull that weight, but you need to look at all the truck specificatinos not just tow rating. For a bumper pull, you will be closer to 8k loaded with 1000-1110 pounds of TW. If that is a 5th wheel, then I estimate that is closer to 1600 pounds of pin weight plus a 250 pound hitch in the bed. There are not many half tons that can support 1850 pounds of pin weight plus other gear in bed and people in cab. There are some more that can support 1100 pounds of tongue weight plus bed full of gear and cab, but that is borderline. Since you mention mountains, then a forced induction engine will perform better than naturally aspirated. Fuel type matters less than torque per $ you want to spend. Are you willing to have the engine turn at 4000-5000rpm at times? If not, get forced induction.
APT 09/17/19 08:41am Towing
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

Should be fine. Those trucks tend to have 1700+ pounds of payload. 7500 pounds loaded, 950-1000 pounds TW. Get a good WDH with integrated sway control. Enjoy.
APT 09/10/19 07:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

Factory built RV uses far lighter construction materials.
APT 09/10/19 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

What are your goals of custom? I expect a lot of time, money in materials, and weight compared to a $15k TT. If you have the tow vehicle, time, and money, it could be fun and built with your pride.
APT 09/09/19 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/members/austincobra-albums-ecoboost-picture60378-torquecurves.jpg Area under the torque curve is what most drivers notice. The green line shows how much torque is available under about 4500rpm than any other compared engine.
APT 09/04/19 09:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: getting a tow vehicle

Are you planning to tow 4 wheels down? If using a trailer, then I highly recommend Subaru Outback.
APT 09/01/19 07:23am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tires

I had Maxxis M8008 and now Carlisle HD. I am happy with both and tow at 70mph.
APT 09/01/19 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Dist Hitch

I would not trust the sleeve. I have heard several issues from slop to worn pin holes. Just get the 2/5" drop shank.
APT 08/19/19 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Real towing advise please

Stick to about 6k dry, get a good WDH with integrated sway control, and enjoy the journey as we ll as the destination.
APT 08/14/19 08:27am Travel Trailers
RE: 2013 GMC 1500 longevity?

Search the used classifieds on how many 200k+ mile GM trucks are on the market. I expect many at not low prices since they seem to last when taken care of. We have 117k miles on 2011 Suburban 6.0L (Similar engine design to your 5.3). I expect to keep it for another 117k miles!
APT 08/09/19 05:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

While it is good to have that detailed analysis, I would stop there. If you are @ GVWR +/- 100 pounds you won't tell much difference. Pick the model your family (or wife) likes best and focus on a good WDH and how to adjust it. If you restore 100% of front axle weight, you will put some of the loaded TW back on the TT axles, not the TV axles, maybe 10%. Move on to the enjoyment of RVing phase.
APT 08/01/19 05:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

My TT is 32' plus another 18" when the rear rack is extended. It weighs 5500 pounds dry, and I expect 6500-7000 pounds loaded depending on the trip. I towed it for 2 seasons with a 2003 Supercrew F-150. When my WDH was adjusted properly, it towed comfortably at 75mph. I now tow with a 3/4 ton Suburban with 600 pounds more payload, but 8" shorter wheelbase. Same trailer still tows well at 75mph. Length is not really an issue. 7000 pounds and 33' or 7000 pounds and 30' will tow very much the same. Longer is usually easier to back up. Just keep in mind any what site you will fit into. Paylaod when loaded up is usually the problem with 2010+ half tons. What does your driver's door label Tire and Loading sticker list your occupant weight as?
APT 07/26/19 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gonna have to change my signature picture..

Congratulations, Mitch. Lots of new memories to make with that new RV!
APT 07/25/19 05:11am Travel Trailers
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

117k miles on our 6.0L/6-spd combo. I expect at least double that. Check out how many HD trucks are for sale with over 200k miles. This engine is very reliable.
APT 07/20/19 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 GMC Sierra Towing

While I agree in principal with Grit, math based upon estimates is poor. "4,338" trailer weight seems like a published wry weight. Could be 5500-6000 pounds loaded with 800 pounds of TW. I have no idea. Collect more data - get some facts to make better decisions.
APT 07/17/19 10:23am Towing
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