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Old 09-18-2009, 01:24 PM   #15
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No, no, no

Originally Posted by Aage View Post won't regret the larger model, and your tow vehicle will pull any 'Stream you choose..
If benjisgal51 is using an '08 Avalanche as her tow vehicle - the max load available is only 1440 lbs, with a max tow weight of 8,000 lbs.

Max weight of even a 25' fb is 7,300 lbs, dangerously to the max allowed by the Chevy published numbers. Hitch weight is probably in the 1,000 to 1,100 lb range, leaving only 300 to 400 lbs for "everything else" in the Avalanche.

Published manufacturers maximum weights are just that - MAXIMUM allowable weights to which the vehicle has been built as stated by the manufacturer.

Are these maximum nevers exceeded? - Sure, every day.

Is it a smart thing to do?

Forest Gump says "stupid is as stupid does".


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Old 09-18-2009, 01:49 PM   #16
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Let's not get too excited about towing capacities and maximum weights and forest gump stuff. Roslyn started this thread by saying that she 10 days away from purchasing a 23FB, not a 25FB.

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Old 09-18-2009, 06:55 PM   #17
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Making the "big buy"

Last spring we purchased a 25' Safari 2007 left over from dealer. Prior to this we camped in backpacking tents. I must be getting older and softer, but the change in our lives is amazing. We are not near full-timers as my wife and I still work part time, but we have traveled over 21,000 miles in the past 2 years. Most of it with our grown son and his girlfriend. It rates as the best times of our lives in the luxury of an AS and its rock solid pulling ability at Interstate Highway speeds. We have been to: Rocky Mountain National, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Sequoia Nat., Yosemite, San Fran., Redwoods Nat., Vancouver,BC, Banff & Jasper National in Canada, Glacier Nat., Yellowstone, Titons, Rushmore, Carolina Outer Banks, etc. None of us know what the future holds for us so we are now living with the motto - Carpe Diem - seize the day. My oldest son was not supposed to live past 5 years old due to his cancer. He is now 36. Stay strong and live life to the fullest.

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