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Old 04-13-2017, 10:35 AM   #261
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I've been asked some questions about my chart, so I reworked it to hopefully make it a little more straight forward (below). Also, these weights represent two men in the front seats, so we add about 400 pounds to the front axle of the truck. Note: Bold numbers represent calculations and non-bold numbers represent readings taken directly from the scale readings.

All in all I'm really happy with how the weight situation has turned out. I'm also surprised at how light my tongue weight is even with the generator and mounting tray. The three axles, plus the equipment layout (batteries, propane tanks, holding tanks, etc. really make the tongue weight fairly light on these trailers.

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Old 08-06-2017, 10:08 PM   #262
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2015 6.2 MaxTow update

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Just finished another trip with the Sierra Max Tow pulling our 30 Classic. This time we went across Canada from Ottawa Ontario to B.C. and back. Another 7500 miles or 13,000 KM. The truck now has 98,000 km or just under 60,000 miles on it. To this point in time I have nothing but good to say about the truck. It has run without any concerns and has cost me nothing other than maintenance work. It has not cost G.M. a penny either as it has never had a warranty issue as yet.
I really don't know what to tell you other than this is an ideal tow vehicle for me in the combination that I have. I have towed all over the eastern side of Canada and the U.S. as well as the Rockies and the mountains of southern California and Baja Mexico. No issues, great performance and a wonderful ride. You can pour over the specs and all of the other numbers that we seem to dwell on, or you can just go buy one. You wont be disappointed in the decision. Y.M.M.V.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:35 PM   #263
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Pete,
Thanks for the report. This is very encouraging! I too have been trouble free for the first six months of ownership.

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Old 08-10-2017, 12:28 PM   #264
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OP here. Still going strong at 59,000 miles. It's common to trash OEM tires, but I will say that the OEM Goodyears are only now showing signs of needing to be replaced--with at least half their life spent towing my AS. I would question the cost-effectiveness of replacing these with Michelin LT rubber at a $50+ premium per tire. Note that being all-seasons, these are not the best in deep snow (personal experience without the trailer). Also note that, according to the Manual, there's not clearance for the wide wheels an snow chains. So, if you're in serious snow country you might consider having a set of smaller diameter, narrower wheels.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:39 PM   #265
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This is one of the most informative threads I have come across.

I am in the early stages at looking for a tv. I will also be purchasing a 27 ft AS (nearing retirement).

I have it narrowed down to the Chevy/GMC or the Ford, both with the maximum tow packages. I never thought I would own a Ford but the 150 with the long bed offers payload of 2650 with a towing capacity of 11,600. That extra carrying capacity has me leaning that way.

Anyone else compared the two?
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:06 PM   #266
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Update on the Ford F150. It looks like the 2018 is going to have a towing capacity of 13,000.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:08 PM   #267
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13,200 to be precise, in a super crew 4x2 156" wheel base, which is also configurable to have a 2200+lb payload w/ Ecoboost. That will be quite the capable little truck. I wonder what the diesel numbers will be.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:41 PM   #268
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I've made an addition to my Max Trailering Truck, specifically a Leer 100XL cap or topper. The only options that I selected when ordering cap were an electric rear hatch lock that is integrated with the vehicle's electric locks/key fobs and a fold-down front window with a slide that matches up to the rear window in my truck. From placing the order to delivery required about three and a half weeks. I'm very pleased with the cap.

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Old 09-06-2017, 02:44 PM   #269
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13,200 to be precise, in a super crew 4x2 156" wheel base, which is also configurable to have a 2200+lb payload w/ Ecoboost. That will be quite the capable little truck. I wonder what the diesel numbers will be.
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I suggest that you check out the maneuverability (specifically the turning radius) of any truck that has a 156" wheelbase. My truck has a 143.5" wheelbase and there's a big difference in turning radius compared to my Suburbans and Yukon XLs of the past with a 130" wheelbase. The longer wheelbase is not so bad when towing since you have to make deliberate wide turns. However, driving solo, there's a big difference.

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Old 09-06-2017, 02:53 PM   #270
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I have been looking at these caps also. I was thinking about the taller cap for more clearance and deflect air away from the airstream. I am not sure how these are to live with for visibility
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:57 AM   #271
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I've made an addition to my Max Trailering Truck, specifically a Leer 100XL cap or topper. The only options that I selected when ordering cap were an electric rear hatch lock that is integrated with the vehicle's electric locks/key fobs and a fold-down front window with a slide that matches up to the rear window in my truck. From placing the order to delivery required about three and a half weeks. I'm very pleased with the cap.

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What is your payload now?
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:05 AM   #272
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What is your payload now?
The cap weighs about 150 -160 pounds, so I still have about 980 pounds of payload left with full fuel and no occupants. Note: when I weighed the truck before, we had two adult males in the front seats for about 400 pounds pounds in the front. When we're traveling, my wife and I will have our dog and about two hundred pounds or so in the back so I should have about 500 plus pounds of payload left.

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Old 09-11-2017, 07:17 PM   #273
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Randy,
I suggest that you check out the maneuverability (specifically the turning radius) of any truck that has a 156" wheelbase. My truck has a 143.5" wheelbase and there's a big difference in turning radius compared to my Suburbans and Yukon XLs of the past with a 130" wheelbase. The longer wheelbase is not so bad when towing since you have to make deliberate wide turns. However, driving solo, there's a big difference.

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Thanks. My old Sierra 1500 had a 51' radius, my new 176" WB has a 58' radius. Yes, wide turns. People tend to move out of my way, for the most part.

Sierra had Leer cab height topper, decided to go roll up aluminum tonneau this time
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I just ordered a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab with a Standard Box and Max Tow.
Didn't particularly want a 4x4 but couldn't get the standard box on a 4x2. Looking forward to the 6.2 Engine and 8 Speed Transmission. Looks like the standard Box makes it a 153" wheelbase.
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Pat, congratulations you're going to love the truck!
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:44 AM   #276
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Has anyone had a problem when you're backing up at night? The video from the rear backup camera is so bright that you can't see welk in the rear view mirrors.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:48 AM   #277
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Has anyone had a problem when you're backing up at night? The video from the rear backup camera is so bright that you can't see welk in the rear view mirrors.
Never noticed...I thought the brightness would dim if you turn down the dash lights brightness wheel left of the steering wheel. My truck isn't here right now to try it.
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I just ordered a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab with a Standard Box and Max Tow.
Didn't particularly want a 4x4 but couldn't get the standard box on a 4x2. Looking forward to the 6.2 Engine and 8 Speed Transmission. Looks like the standard Box makes it a 153" wheelbase.
What is the advertised "payload" for your new truck? Also, what color did you order?

Just curious!
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Everything you want to know about the GMC Trucks towing, payload, etc. can be found here.

http://www.gmc.com/content/dam/GMC/g...wing-guide.pdf
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Everything you want to know about the GMC Trucks towing, payload, etc. can be found here.

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