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About tlc2454

  • Birthday 02/04/1954

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    Santa Clarita, CA
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    Travel trailers, visiting state & national parks, enjoying the great outdoors.
    Love pets, plants & gardening, art and crafting, a good red wine, and breathing in the beauty of nature.

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  1. Took me 8 months to make my match, but I wound up with a 2012 Dodge Durango V8 Hemi with factory tow package. According to KBB: "If you need the ability to tow up to 7,400 pounds, check out the 2012 Dodge Durango. With its sporty styling and impressive road manners, the Durango is far superior to most full-size truck-based SUVs and even earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating." I added WDHitch and anti-sway, and a good trailer brake controller. I've felt very comfortable on short local runs with this configuration. In 2 weeks, I'm heading to Jackson Hole WY to work/camp for the summer season.
  2. ...even though the truck was on a different scale pad than the trailer?
  3. Mick, that's more or less what I included before weighing (except for empty tanks): Kitchen: cook ware, dish ware, drink ware (down to the martini shaker), flatware, utensils, and a supply of corresponding paper goods, trash cans & trash bags Bathroom: tp, toiletries, 1st aid, cleaning supplies, towels Bedding and linens TV, coffee maker, elect heater Spare tire 2 full Propane tanks 1 Battery All camp set-up supplies: hoses, elect cords, chocks, etc. BBQ, camp chair, small folding table Basic toolkit Spare tire & a few other odds n' ends, but nothing weighty Not included: food & beverages; shoes, clothing and personal toiletries; entertainment (games, cards,) & recreational items (like hiking poles, I'm not an athletic sportsperson); pet food & supplies; and all empty water/waste tanks (estimated weight of which we can easily calculate) Nephew took trailer to local CAT scales. Receipt he received showed the truck weight (Avalanche) 6740 lbs and trailer weight 3560 lbs. I'm still believing that a TV with 7000 lb tow capacity, especially V8, will more than adequately meet my requirements since in all likelihood I'm always going to be at least 1000 lbs below max. Now I guess I should look at TV payloads...
  4. OK, I've got the official actual weight of the trailer, with basics packed, 2 full propane tanks, 1 battery and empty water/waste tanks. No clothing or food packed. Came in at 3560 lbs. So I think my GVW when fully loaded is likely to remain under 5000. This is significant when determining a satisfactory tow vehicle. Terrie
  5. So true! I would not be able to pull this trailer if I'd bought the "horse" before the "cart" had I purchased what I thought was the vehicle I wanted...
  6. OK, doing some math.... The "label" on the trailer states: Dry Weight: 3649 lbs The weight of Cargo should not exceed 3638 lbs That makes the GVWR 7287 lbs Full Propane Tanks = ~100 lbs Batteries = ~100 lbs Full Black Tank, 35 gal = 292 lbs Full Fresh Tank, 46 gal = 384 gals For ease of calculating I'm rounding that up to 700 lbs. I don't see any likelihood that both the fresh and grey tanks would both be full at the same time, so didn't include the weight of the 35 gal grey tank. Those necessities add up to less than 1000 lbs, leaving more than 2600 lbs cargo capacity. Since I'm already used to traveling light and we're talking about myself and just my 60 lb dog, I can't imagine ever packing in more than another 1000 lbs. bringing the GVW to the neighborhood of 6000 lbs. I'm trying to narrow down my tow vehicle market....Wouldn't a vehicle with tow package designed to handle up to 7000 lbs be sufficient based on my calculations? Terrie
  7. OK, I've been working on the math....and trying to narrow the prospective tow vehicle field... The Dry Weight (according to the yellow label on the trailer) is 3649. Total Cargo Capacity is 3638. Round up a full black tank (35 gal) and full fresh water tank (46 gals) weight to 700, for ease of calculating. Two full propane tanks and two batteries I'll estimate at 200. That accounts for about 1000, leaving over 2600 Cargo Capacity. Being that it's just me and my 60 lb dog and that I'm already used to traveling light, I find it very doubtful that EVERYTHING else I packed into the trailer would exceed another 1000, so that brings my estimated GVW to under 6000. With that in mind, wouldn't a vehicle with a tow package and rated to tow 7000 be acceptable? Terrie Proud new owner of a 2011 Wildwood T20RBXL
  8. Hi All, Following the suggestions given here, I set out to find my ideal trailer, and 3 months later, I'm a proud new owner of a 2011 Wildwood 20RBXL by Forest River. I think the suggestion to get the trailer first and then decide on a tow vehicle was wise. Although with just me and my dog, I don't think I'll be maxing out the cargo capacity of over 3,000, but if I did, I think a mid-size V6 might not have the umph. Now the search is on for the ideal tow vehicle. Hopefully I'll be road ready before the end of the summer. Terrie
  9. Thanks, everyone, for your input. I feel like I'm really leaning a lot! OK, so for towing capacities of mid-size SUV's, this is what I'm finding: specific models of Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Borrega, Hundai Santa Fe and Ford Explorer with v-6 engines are rated 5,000 lb tow capacity. Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are rated at 6,200 lb. Get into diesel and v-8's and the capacities exceed 7,000 lbs. Shouldn't any one of these vehicles, appropriately outfitted for towing, be able to handle a travel trailer with overall length (not box) of under 23 feet and a gvwr under 5,000 lb?
  10. Thank you for your welcome and for some good reference links. I also appreciate your suggestion that I pick a trailer first and the tow vehicle following the trailer decision. I've been perplexed with which to do first. I'll check out your links, and follow up here with more questions.
  11. Hello All, I'm a recently retired woman eager to follow my RV'ing dream and currently shopping for a rig. I have lots of camping and RV'ing experience, but going it solo (just me and my pooch) is new to me. I am considering a used mid-size SUV as a tow vehicle for a lightweight, up to 22 ft, travel trailer. My research says there are mid-size SUV's that will handle towing this load, but are the specs realistic, or am I being too optimistic about the capabilities of vehicles in this category? (V-6, 270-290 HP, 250-270 torque, towing capacity 5,000 lbs) Whatever vehicle I get will be my only vehicle, and I really don't want to be driving a full-size SUV or big ol' truck day-to-day if I can avoid it. But am I being realistic about a mid-size SUV being able to handle towing a trailer? Any recommendations, advice or experiences to share about choosing a tow vehicle?
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