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Old 10-11-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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2016 GMC Canyon Duramax towing questions

I'm looking to buy an airstream intn'l signature next year and am deciding between the 23d and the 25. The difference between the GWVR of each is substantial (6000 for 23d and 7300 for 25) and the 25-footer is 5.5" wider. Because of the 25's width and weight, I have a some concern over towing with the diminutive GMC Canyon. It's rated for 7600 but since it is a smaller truck than 1/2 tons that most folks use for towing, I have some concern about how close gwvr to it's max capacity and the extra width of the 25.

I do plan on using it as a commuter too so the mpg is a big factor (should get close to 30 mpg on highway with the Canyon duramax when not towing).

I'd be curious to hear towing veterans weigh in on this as I am a total noobie with towing and trailers. I know its a new vehicle and also am wondering if anyone else is considering this little turbo-diesel.

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Old 10-12-2015, 10:32 AM   #2
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Found this article:
Driving the 2016 GMC Canyon 2.8L Duramax diesel [First Drive] - Truck News, Views and Real World Reviews

Apparently the payload will only be 1420lbs. I'm not sure I'd want to tow a 8 1/2' wide Airstream 25 with this size vehicle, its wheelbase is only 128". Most newer 25s have tongue weights approaching 1000lbs. It has a 21 gallon tank and if it can get 18mpg towing a travel trailer then you have about 300 mile range with 3 gallon reserve. You'll probably have to get external towing mirrors.

A 23fb would be a good match for this vehicle as this model is not as wide as the 25s and the tongue weight is less than the 23D.

I can understand not wanting a larger vehicle due to your needs to commute with this truck. My Ram 2500 is a driveway queen.

Having said all this there are plenty of Airstream owners towing 25s and larger with Touaregs, mini vans etc.

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Old 10-12-2015, 11:30 AM   #3
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Our 2012 Ram has 120" wheelbase and 1430 lbs load capacity to tow our Flying Cloud. What makes it a rock solid stable tow vehicle is the ProPride/Hensley style hitch that also is fully capable of the weight distribution we need. Although our Airstream's GVWR is 7300 lbs we don't normally load it that heavy. We did on one trip cross-country with no problems.

It's early to know how the Colorado diesel will work out, but it has some good numbers for towing midsize Airstreams. Combined with the excellent towing characteristics of Airstream, the stability provided by Hensley style hitches, and the management of loading it could become a decent tow vehicle.
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Wouldn't you need to also consider the load-bearing rating of the Canyon's hitch? Most hitches on half ton trucks max out at 1,000 lbs., and the canyon's hitch rating may be less than this. The 25' and up trailer tongue weights could exceed that with the usual load in the truck bed behind the rear axle.
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If the factory hitch is too light reinforce or replace it with one rated for the trailer you want to tow. Curt and Reese are quick to market upgrades for all pickups because it's common practice.

Interesting, just noticed this little diesel will have an exhaust brake as standard equipment.

Nice little truck on paper, similar weight and towing capacities to many half-tons without the bulk, which is probably why it has similar weight and towing capacities.
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If I were King, I'd make Airstream dealers actually run every trailer across a public scale and post a copy of the weight noting that water, etc. are not included. I'd also have them use a Shurline hitch weight scale so that buyers are looking at real numbers. Wouldn't hurt to have truck dealers actually weigh their rigs too.
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Stay with the 23' . With tow mirrors you'll be able to see down the side.

Besides you want to have a reserve in your tow rating.
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Besides you want to have a reserve in your tow rating.
This is an excellent advice. Having reserve capacity makes the towing experience a relaxed one for the driver. It also reduces the wear and tear on the TV.
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Great points all! Thank you.

I think my biggest concern beyond tongue weight is that tow mirrors do not appear to be a factory option. Looking forward to seeing someone else test the 25' waters with a canyon/colorado before I do....lol.
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Reserve capacity, here's my thought. It's built into the factory spec's. As for reserve capacity reducing wear and tear, many of us use light duty trucks to tow our Airstreams about 10% of the time; that leaves 90% reserve capacity with no reduced wear and tear.

We can play these numbers games all day, but I've got to get our Airstream/light duty truck packed for another cross-country trip tomorrow.
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Everything else being equal, having reserve capacity reduces the wear and tear on the TV. That's just a fact/truth.
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I think it's only a fact.
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I should have known better that the Towing/hitch threads are the place where common sense reasoning and rational thinking gets challenged all the time.
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