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Old 03-15-2019, 08:13 AM   #15
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As usual, there are lots of I've done this for years types of testimonials. DO pay attention to your payload ratings and check your tire ratings.

That said, I have a 23 FT Serenity FB that I tow with a 2014 Silverado High Country, with 5.3L engine. It does fine on most slopes. I use a WD hitch and have it pretty well balanced front to rear. The FB Serenity is one of the lightest in terms of tongue weight, which factored into my decision to go with a 1500. I have stock Bridgestone tires on 20 inch rims which reduces sway quite a bit but am looking to upgrade to Michelins with higher load ratings (approx 150 lbs more per tire). That extra margin will make me feel a whole lot safer. I tow without sway bars (another weight reduction) but the truck has built in sway control (yours may not.) Anything I can do to reduce payload is game, including removing the rear seat which saves up to 200 lbs or so. I also use a Leer trifold tonneau cover to keep weight down. Rarely carry a generator but I do have a Yamaha 2400 that weighs 72 lbs dry. Position everything I can forward of the rear axle.


I have towed a Safari 23 L lounge model with a Cadillac Escalade EXT with 6.2L and it was quite capable, but it was pushing the payload limits with its higher tongue weight. My daughter now uses a Diesel Excursion for the same.
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