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Posted: 04/01/19 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BradGalloway wrote:

I have a 2017 1500 silverado. The max tow rating is 9,300lbs and GCWR is 15,000. I just put a deposit down on a 2019 Forest River Vibe 288RLS. They dealer said I could pull it no problem. Its dry weight is 7157lbs and tongue weight is 753lbs. Ive tried to calculate this myself following everyones instructions. I come up good on some, bad on others. Think I could pull this safely? Mostly 2 adults and a dog with not a whole lot of gear other than food / clothes. We also are at sea level and stay close to home when we camp. It's only 2k more weight than my last TT that I pulled with no troubles. Thanks for any help!


34'3", 9660 GVWR, 11.2 tall, me thinks this is to much trailer for the truck you currently have.

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I have towed my trailer with a 1500 Silverado of the same vintage.
I have towed my trailer with a Dmax 3500 SRW and 2500HD, a 3500 Express, and others. It will work to tow the trailer, and probably within specs.

It will not tow it as effortlessly as the others.


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Don't see myself ever going across county with a trailer. I'll upgrade to an RV before I do that!

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The TT your asking about is a RV so what does a upgrade to a RV mean ???


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Don't see myself ever going across county with a trailer. I'll upgrade to an RV before I do that!

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The TT your asking about is a RV so what does a upgrade to a RV mean ???


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For your use, you absolutely don't need any more truck than what you have.
Sea level, flat as a board (southeast near the coast) and local trips, I'd pull that with a 1997 Silverado 1500.
You're talking 8-9000lb trailer. Let 'er rip.
My work truck currently is a '16 Silvy 1500 5.3 and it doesn't have the max tow stuff and I drag trailers that heavy through the mountains regularly. (low alt mountains here, she'd be sucking wind more in the Rockies) Truck don't care. 60k miles and still on original brakes and I drive it like a rental!

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Thanks again guys. They working up the paperwork on the Vibe 268RKS. I'm feeling much better about the decision to change to that. Pretty sure its a trip to Myrtle Beach Travel Park for us. That's pretty much what it has been 95% of the time over the last 5 years. 60 miles flat. We always do mountain trips in a town or Hamlet so we can walk everywhere, so no camping there.

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BradGalloway wrote:

JIMNLIN wrote:

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Don't see myself ever going across county with a trailer. I'll upgrade to an RV before I do that!

[emoticon] [emoticon]
The TT your asking about is a RV so what does a upgrade to a RV mean ???


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Just wondering as I see some say their looking at buying a RV....when their looking for a truck camper.
I mentioned in my 1st post I pull a 10k car hauler with 9k+ lbs on the trailers axles.... with the wifes '16 1500 chevy 5.3 crew cab 4wd.
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I jack the rear up a bit with a Hi Lift jack under the hitch receiver. Remove the 13mm hex cap screw from the OEM bump stops. Simply screw the Sumo on by hand like a oil filter, to threaded stud on a plate supplied from the Sumo kit. Takes all of 3 min to add or remove both.
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BradGalloway wrote:

Thanks again guys. They working up the paperwork on the Vibe 268RKS. I'm feeling much better about the decision to change to that. Pretty sure its a trip to Myrtle Beach Travel Park for us. That's pretty much what it has been 95% of the time over the last 5 years. 60 miles flat. We always do mountain trips in a town or Hamlet so we can walk everywhere, so no camping there.


33'3" 9600 lbs and 11'2", so it is a foot shorter and 60 lbs lighter, should tow a lot easier??? Chris

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