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Old 04-29-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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2016 Chevy Colorado z71 Diesel???

Hey Guys

New to the site but looking for some advice on a tow vehicle. Any chance this new Colorado Diesel can handle towing an '86 Airstream Limited 34 footer?

http://www.trucktrend.com/features/1511-2016-chevrolet-colorado-2-8l-duramax-diesel-first-drive/

Max towing is rated at 7,700 and the research I've done has the airstream at 7,400. I'm also concerned about the tongue weight. Is this a terrible idea? Am I asking for trouble?

Would rather have the smaller vehicle for daily use. Plan on taking the trailer around 3-4 times a year and probably never further than a few hundred miles at a time.

Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:10 PM   #2
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The truck seems to be designed to handle the weight. My concern would be the wheelbase of the truck compared to the 34-foot trailer. But I'm sure folks are doing it with success. I'd be sure to have a good WD hitch with sway control.
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Old 05-20-2017, 01:52 AM   #3
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What tow vehicle did you get? I am considering the Colorado w Duramax.
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Old 05-20-2017, 06:15 AM   #4
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What tow vehicle did you get? I am considering the Colorado w Duramax.
What size trailer are you planning to tow with it. just curious?
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:02 AM   #5
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Hey Guys

New to the site but looking for some advice on a tow vehicle. Any chance this new Colorado Diesel can handle towing an '86 Airstream Limited 34 footer?

http://www.trucktrend.com/features/1...l-first-drive/

Max towing is rated at 7,700 and the research I've done has the airstream at 7,400. I'm also concerned about the tongue weight. Is this a terrible idea? Am I asking for trouble?

Would rather have the smaller vehicle for daily use. Plan on taking the trailer around 3-4 times a year and probably never further than a few hundred miles at a time.

Thanks!
IMO, most vehicles are not satisfactory when at their max limits, and I'm not just talking about Colorado, I believe the same goes for a diesel dually. How close you can get to the max limit, IMO, depends on the following: 1) how experienced you are, 2) how much you tow, and 3) the terrain. If you are inexperienced, tow across the country, and tow in mountains in the heat of the summer, you need much reserve capacity. However, if you are experienced, and travel a few times a year to local parks/lakes in a relatively flat/cool area, you can approach the max limit more comfortably. I guess one way to find out is do a test tow with Colorado and see if you like it. You can ask the dealer to loan you a used Colorado (you cannot tow with a brand new one as its not broke in yet).

Colorado diesel is a great truck. The only mid-size/full-size diesel truck that comes with exhaust brake.

Also, see this video from TFL:
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:30 AM   #6
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What size trailer are you planning to tow with it. just curious?
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Our experience is too much time is spent worrying abut manufacturers' rating numbers and max limits and not enough on the things that really matter. Hitch setup and weight distribution, suspension design, center of gravity, tires and shocks, axle ratios, these are the things that will make a we'll-matched towing combination satisfactory. I like the concept of the Colorado diesel, with good towing setup it will comfortably tow a variety of Airstreams.

I also like the concept and performance of our Ram 3.0 EcoDiesel, which BTW does have exhaust braking with it's variable turbo vanes that are automatically adjusted by the computer. There are aftermarket computer tunes to provide more turbo/exhaust braking, if needed.

We have not needed more as I believe the combination of limited exhaust braking and truck and trailer service brakes are a safer way to hold speed descending steeper grades; eight tires providing braking road traction rather than two. I suspect with the light Colorado and a light trailer, use of the exhaust brake alone ought to be done with caution on anything but clean, dry roadways.
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:38 PM   #8
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I don't think so

That Colorado has a small diesel with not much torque. I also think that truck is too small for a large airstream.
I drove one without a trailer and it lacked power. Not great at all.
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I have never driven a Canyon. I have seen one pull a Bambi. I did drive a Dodge Dakota for a long time. For me, it is just as easy to drive a full sized pickup as it is the Canyon or Dakota size. And the full sized trucks ride a lot better. I do not think a Canyon is a good choice for what you want to do.
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Well, thanks to this thread and a one or two others here on the Airstream forums I switched my choice and bought a used Tundra . . . today.

I have the VW TDI (aka cheating diesel) and turn it in to Volkwagen on June 6 in exchange for a nice check, so today's buy wasn't too crazy, even if it wasn't part of my day's plan when I woke up today.

The Tundra is a 2013 with 69,000 miles. It's certified by Toyota and comes with a one year or 12,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. The original power train warranty is good through 100k miles or sometime in 2020.

This saved me about $10k off my original plan to buy a slightly used Colorado with Duramax and feels like the right thing to do. Hope so!!
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I remain convinced that the Colorado/Canyon is a solid truck. I am forever a fan of diesel. But saving $10k and going with the Tundra (see my other post) was what made the choice for me.
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Tundra much better choice

For a 34' the tundra is a way better choice. The Colorado was too small, too light and way,way underpowered.
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The 34' was the trailer of the original poster. Mine is a lighter, older 22' 1962 Safari. Still think the Tundra will be better in the long haul. Hoping so!
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