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Old 12-13-2012, 11:06 AM   #85
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I'm a little confused by this part of your statement, GVWR is a the mfg stated gross weight, you can't increase that figure. You can overload the trailer however. Is that what you are saying, loaded and ready to go your rig weighs 7640? This would certainly help to explain why the tongue weight is higher too.

Just asking for explaination of the statement.[/QUOTE

Yes, kind'a...the maximum hitched, loaded weight on the axles of our Classic is 640lbs over what the axles are rated for.
The trailer came equipped from the Factory with 2 3500lb axles, 300lbs LESS than the GVWR.
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Wait a minute now you are saying that when hitched your axle weight is 7640 plus you have the tongue weight that is on your TV axles?

7300lbs gross minus 800lbs tongue equals 6500lbs axle weight.

Well some goes back to TT axles with weight distribution but it's not really 800lbs anyhow.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:47 PM   #86
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Wait a minute now you are saying that when hitched your axle weight is 7640 plus you have the tongue weight that is on your TV axles?

7300lbs gross minus 800lbs tongue equals 6500lbs axle weight.

Well some goes back to TT axles with weight distribution but it's not really 800lbs anyhow.[/QUOTE]

Wazbro,

There is no "plus".

I'm not saying....it's what the scales are telling me.

7640lbs on the trailer axles, hitched, WD set, loaded for camping.

The tongue weight is 1200lbs, un-hitched. Well within the rating of our receiver.

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Old 02-11-2013, 11:57 AM   #87
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I wanted to circle back and give everyone an update. I really appreciate this thread and the advice that was given. I especially want to thank Andy for reaching out to me and giving me his advice.

A few weeks ago, it started to become evident that I was going to need to spend, in short order, roughly $2500 on my other vehicle -- a 2006 Toyota 4Runner with roughly 100k miles. I did not really want to sink this much cash into this vehicle, and I started to play again with the idea of instead spending that money towards a new vehicle.

As such, I just completed my first trip this past weekend pulling the 28-footer with a new 2500 Suburban. While I appreciate that I could have gotten there with upgraded hitch and tires on the Tahoe, I feel I got a great deal on the Suburban and my wife and two boys love all the extra room, the captain's chairs, the entertainment system, etc. It's going to be a great family vehicle for years to come and the added bonus of it being more capable is certainly the icing on the cake.

We towed the trailer roughly two hours each direction -- both on interstate 10 and on state highways and backroads. I am not looking back and have zero regret buying it. 18-wheelers didn't push me one bit, and I was able to confidently drive 65-70mph and feel total confidence and control. The engine is a hoss and yanked that trailer up and down hills with ease. I love it.

I'm still using the old hitch and am still toying with the idea of upgrading to a 3P, although I think the EZ hitch will do the job, if necessary.

Again, thanks to everyone for the tips, and while my decision was partly based on the circumstances of my other vehicle, this thread was still very informational and weighed on my decision-making process. I also thank those of you who messaged me privately with additional information and guidance.

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:11 PM   #88
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So glad you spoke to Andy!! Congrats on your new TV. Safe travels!!!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #89
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Congrats...good choice.
Until you have had the chance to compare towing with an HD vehicle versus a lighter duty vehicle, it is really hard to explain.
You have to experience it yourself.
Welcome to the land of relaxed AS traveling...

Good luck with the new truck...Subys are awesome Family vehicles,
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #90
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"...... I just completed my first trip this past weekend pulling the 28-footer with a new 2500 Suburban."

Zep,

Well, you can guess what my thoughts are on your chooz.....

Been real happy with both ours...



Good luck & Safe Streams

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:05 PM   #91
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For you and your family, you certainly made the right choice. Happy camping!!

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