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Old 03-19-2016, 08:28 AM   #169
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Congrats to Danielle on her appearance on the VAP Podcast, for the second time. She is truly getting to be a "celebrity" along with Colin Hyde and others..

We are just a month out people...looking forward to a great weekend in a great spot. Late in April it should be awesome....
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:30 AM   #170
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Hoping we still get to go. Transmission fell out of our tow vehicle the other day. It was husbands work truck and not sure if the owner is going to fix it. Our f150 won't pull the camper to the mountains.... keep your fingers crossed! !
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:11 PM   #171
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depending which way you come, the mountains are not very high where we will be. There are a couple of hills but my Chevy Trailblazer 6 cylinder towed 4500lbs no problem. I traded it on an Ford Expedition 5.4 which has more room for us and stuff. Do you have a weight distribution hitch and bars? Makes a lot of difference.
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Old 03-19-2016, 02:07 PM   #172
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I do have the weight distribution and sway bars. Even still... it struggles. We can't even get to carters lake without struggling. Down hill is a breeze... haha. The towing capacity for the truck is 8000 lbs. The trailer weighs 8000 pounds be fore I even START packing. Lol
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Old 03-19-2016, 04:04 PM   #173
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That seems mighty heavy for a 73.. Should be like 5500 what do you have in there?
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:13 PM   #174
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73 '31 landyacht? They weigh 8k
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:20 PM   #175
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Ok you maaaaaaaaaay be right... but I'm not going to admit it... haha. I was told 8k and I swear I have found paperwork on it that said 8k.... hmm...
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:25 PM   #176
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5000 is probably correct for dry weight.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:55 PM   #177
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My 94 excella 31 foot has a dry weight of 7300lb. Yours must be a lot less than that.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:31 AM   #178
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no matter, whats important is having the right tow vehicle and set up right. If your truck is a V8 and has the weight dist set up it should be ok. But you are the best judge of that.
Hope it works out for you guys, I know you are hoping to make it..By the way my 81 Excella was 6000 lbs...it was heavier than the 78 Sovereign we had. But the 66 Overlander we have now is way lighter
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I don't know why it's struggling if it only weighs 5k. The transmission starts getting hot and it acts up, mountains are a struggle and top speed is around 30 mph. It's rough....
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Doesn't that mean it weighs 7100 lbs?
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actually no- "gross trailer weight rating (GTWR) is the total mass of a road trailer that is loaded to capacity, including the weight of the trailer itself, plus fluids, and cargo, that a vehicle is rated to tow by the manufacturer." loaded with everything it can carry max weight.

According to Airstream all 73 Sovereigns weigh just under 5000 lbs.

What engine is in your truck? If it doesn't have a factory tow package, you might need a transmission cooler. Try posting about this in the towing area, you might good someone who has a recommendation to improve the truck
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:01 AM   #182
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Yeah it needs the cooler. It's a v8, 5.4L?? I don't know. It's a v8. Auto transmission. At least I know I wasn't crazy and saw that somewhere.... see I told you it was like 8k pounds. Hahaha. At least it helps me feel not so much of a dumb donkey.
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