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Old 08-03-2015, 07:37 PM   #43
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Just starting week 3 of the maiden voyage with our 76 31' Excella 500....

We have a 2009 Suburban 1500 Z71 as the TV - upgraded K9000 adjustable shocks, upgraded Trans cooler, P3 controller, ez hitch with sway, K&N filter - we travel with 3 boys and a dog- so the truck would be too cramped- but if I could I would have gone with a suburban 2500 or excursion. Maybe after this trip is done I'll start looking...

Don't get me wrong- we love the burb- but I have noticed a few struggles on some grades in the smokies, and a little sway from when the big rigs pass... But everything else has been perfect. We are not in a hurry so I am usually running 55-63 mph... So everyone else can just move on by...
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:30 PM   #44
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:36 PM   #45
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:29 PM   #46
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Cayenne Diesel works well for me. There is a thread detailing many people's experiences with this TV, the sister Touareg and Q7. Diesels are popular with over 400 ft/lbs of torque. They accelerate very handily, have secure handling and get great milage. Payload will be the main concern together with receiver reinforcement. The above thread will give lots of info. If you have other questions on these vehicles, post your questions there.
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Old 08-08-2015, 02:41 PM   #47
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:33 PM   #48
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Yes, a diesel SUV offers wonderful towing torque, good commuting mileage when not towing, and fits in the garage. Factory tow package, with the Hensley Arrow hitch.
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:56 PM   #49
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Performance will vary depending on what you are towing. You don't mention what size/vintage trailer you are looking for. Our Ford Flex handles our little vintage Caravel with no problem.
Your rig looks good Stef. The front of the Flex looks a little high. Are you using a WDH??
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:19 AM   #50
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:19 PM   #51
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Our Z71 burb towing across NY

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Old 09-09-2015, 12:47 PM   #52
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Your rig looks good Stef. The front of the Flex looks a little high. Are you using a WDH??
We are using an EZLift hitch with WD and friction sway control.

I don't know if this pic shows it better, but I feel the rig is overall nice and level when hitched up.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:08 PM   #53
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What does 6% grades mean? Sorry, new to all the lingo!
It's a steep uphill or downhill run - for a long distance. There's a lot more too it... but if I were really sadistic I'd simply say the following:


Go to Roanoke Virginia.

Go southwest on route 221.

By the time you get to Virginia Highland Haven you'll know far more about grades than you ever wanted to know. And you'll never forgive me for sending you down Bent Mountain Road. The route is marked rather well with "not recommended for RV's" signs. Even the VHH website recommends taking the Blue Ridge Parkway instead of the regular route between Roanoke and Floyd VA.

Then if you really want to live dangerously there is "The Tail of the Dragon", and my personal favorite I-80 headed NE out of Salt Lake City. You live in Newport News... Riding the Loch Ness Monster (roller coaster) at Busch Gardens is a similar experience.
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means the road rises (or falls) 6 feet in every 100
Here is a visual of a 6% grade.
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It's a steep uphill or downhill run - for a long distance. There's a lot more too it... but if I were really sadistic I'd simply say the following:





Go to Roanoke Virginia.



Go southwest on route 221.



By the time you get to Virginia Highland Haven you'll know far more about grades than you ever wanted to know. And you'll never forgive me for sending you down Bent Mountain Road. The route is marked rather well with "not recommended for RV's" signs. Even the VHH website recommends taking the Blue Ridge Parkway instead of the regular route between Roanoke and Floyd VA.



Then if you really want to live dangerously there is "The Tail of the Dragon", and my personal favorite I-80 headed NE out of Salt Lake City. You live in Newport News... Riding the Loch Ness Monster (roller coaster) at Busch Gardens is a similar experience.

Absolutely- learned ALL about grades driving in and around VHH... Loved it anyway!!!
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