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Old 09-28-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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Help with tow vehicle and TT selection

I'm new here, with no travel trailer experience. I'm considering a travel trailer purchase and just want to make sure I have my towing calculations correct.

First, here's what I've got for a tow vehicle:
2006 GMC Yukon XL 1500 with 5.3l V8 and 3:42 gears, with tow package. The vehicle weight is ~5,269lbs, max trailer weight is 7,500lbs, GVWR is 7,000lb, GCWR is 13,000lbs. With a WD setup, it can handle up to 1,000lb tongue weight.

I'm looking at 2 possible trailers. The first is the Coleman 17FQ, which lists a dry weight of 3,296lbs, hitch weight of 453lbs, carrying capacity of 645lbs. I don't think I'd have much issue pulling this trailer with my family and some gear in the truck.

The second trailer is the Coleman 274BH, which lists a dry weight of 4,630lbs, hitch weight of 602lbs, and cargo capacity of 2,970. When I try to run the numbers, which do confuse me, it seems I 'could' handle this trailer, but may not have much margin for error when packing the truck.

Obviously, a WD hitch would be in order, and probably airbags. I just don't want to put myself, or family, in a dangerous position. Oh, I'm from Louisiana, and probably won't be headed for the hills anytime soon. So, it will likely be flat land I'll be traveling.

Thanks much
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:27 PM   #2
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Welcome!

Glad you came by. But I should warn you that it is one of the more polarizing questions. There will not be a consensus.

Fortunately though, around here, even the debate stays civil.
Can you do everyone a favor and open your drivers side door and take a look and see what the Yellow Number is?
Cuz no matter what any of us say, THAT number is likely to be the first boundary you hit when talking about towing from a bumper.

Or put another way, that limit comes into play much BEFORE the towing capacity rating does. Your motor\truck can likely pull more weight down the road than the truck itself can safely accommodate. Thus, the yellow number is what counts most. (Cargo Capacity number is what I am talking about)

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Sit back and enjoy. Lots of great folks here with real experience and sincere desire to help you out.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:42 PM   #3
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Here is the what I called the Yellow Number on my F150:

(The 1533 lbs is what most limits what RV I can safely (comfortably) attach to my hitch. (WD or not) My "towing capacity" has a lot of headroom left after I hit this capacity\limit first.

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Old 09-28-2016, 07:53 PM   #4
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Well, it doesn't really state it the way yours does. If I'm understanding correctly, my curb weight is 5,269lbs, and my GVWR is 7,000lbs. So, my 'yellow number' would be 1,731lbs, right? From that, I would subtract hitch weight, passengers, gear, fuel, etc. to see what my 'overhead' is. At least i 'think' that's how it works, right?
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:04 PM   #5
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You got it
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:19 PM   #6
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1731 is not a bad starting point for that SUV.

It does get consumed FAST with honest calculations. But that is as good or better than most 1/2 ton trucks out there.

By the way, when I looked closely at the candidates (TT's) you listed, you already are "keeping it real". So that puts you ahead of a lot of folks that ask this same question.

Good luck! And we look forward to what you decide on.
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Why the huge jump in choices? A 28ft camper is worlds away from a 20 footer.
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I need something for my family of 5. They both sleep 5. There aren't a whole lot of light options that sleep more than 4.
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Ahhh. Family camping. Emphasis on lots of mattresses.

Don't know how old the kids are, but 25 years ago we did 30 days in a Volkswagen Vanagon and then another 30 in a little popup with 3 little ones. 2,4,and 6

Kids don't see camping quite like we do. They'll think whatever ya do is cool.

Regardless, they are cherished memories. Bet you get the same result no matter what you tow.
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I need something for my family of 5. They both sleep 5. There aren't a whole lot of light options that sleep more than 4.
I hate to be a spoil sport, depending on how old and big your kids are, I can see you in in trouble down the road when the next growth spurt happens.

After you get the kids and dog into the truck, account for anybody over 150#, if you already have teenagers, them puppies seem to only come in two sizes. Scrawny little runts like I used to be and the giants that eat you out if house and home. Lucky for me I had the runts, but now when my son and I see each other, it's a Sumo Wrestling match to give him a hug.

Because I could, I just decided, bigger has always worked well for my in the past and it will work on.

I don't know your candidate trailers, but are any of them hybrids and is that even something you would look at.
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