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    • That tow rating of 8,600# is for a basic vehicle with no options, no gear, a partial tank of fuel, and no passengers...only one 150# driver.  What this means for you is that once you fill up the fuel tank, add all the gear that will normally be carried in the vehicle, and add the spouse, the kids, and the pets, what you will actually be able to tow will be something less. Since you already have the Tahoe, I recommend loading it up like it will be for a trip with full fuel, people/pets, and gear, and taking it down to the local scales to get it weighed.  You'll need to know two numbers for your Tahoe:  The GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating...the most the Tahoe can weight) and the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating...the most the Tahoe plus the weight of anything you tow can weigh).  Once you know the actual loaded weight of the Tahoe, you can use the calculator trailertraveler gave the link to in order to figure out what you can really tow. Additionally, the 7,600# dry weight of the trailer may not be the *actual* dry weight since, typically, manufacturers don't add in options to that figure.  So instead of using the dry weight, always use the trailer's GVWR for your calculations.
    • Welcome to the Escapee forums!  We are pleased that you have joined us and we will do all we are able to help and support you. It is impossible for us to give a definite answer to your towing question, without specific information on both the Tahoe and on the travel trailer. From the little amount of information given, I suspect that you should be OK but that is only a guess. To know for sure one must first verify the maximum weight of the travel trailer. Is the gross weight rating and not the dry weight which is often listed by RV manufacturers. If the trailer weight that you are listing is the dry weight, that means that you can only add a total of 1000# of water, food, and belongings to the total in order to stay under the Tahoe ratings. Water has a weight of 8.34# per gallon so a tank of 50 gallons will add 400+# to your listed weight. If the listing is dry weight When you consider propane bottles, (you probably have two of them on the tongue) they will add about 50 - 60# each, so now that 1000# available for your belongings and supplies has fallen to less than 500# and you haven't yet put anything into the RV.  As you can easily see, this is a fairly complicated subject but if you take your time and do a little study you will be able to figure it out. Take some time and look over the links provided by Trailertraveler and you can do this. It is better to do your study now to be sure that you do not later regret your choice of RV. While there is a learning curve to the process, all of us go through this and it really isn't rocket science, it just takes a little bit of time and study.  We are happy you are here and do not hesitate to ask any additional questions.
    • Welcome to the Escapees Forum! Here is a link to a calculator that will help you match tow vehicle and trailer. A subject that is often ignored in discussions about selecting a tow vehicle is the relationship between the tow vehicle wheelbase and the length of the trailer. SUVs often have shorter wheelbases than trucks and vans. This can affect the tendency for trailer sway.    Here is a an article that explains the relationship between tow vehicle wheelbase and trailer length. Again, Welcome to the Escapees Forum!!
    • Welcome to the Escapees Forum! Another issue to consider is the wheelbase of the tow vehicle in relation to the length of the trailer. Here is an article that explains this relationship and gives some guidance.
    • Thanks. Yes, I have found some mirror extensions for this tahoe if I do make the TT purchase. Thanks for tip
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