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jaydoh

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Posted: 09/21/21 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello All and hope everyone is safe,

I am looking into getting my first TT. I have to buy a used (but recent) SUV (3-row seating) to pull the TT. SUV is for comfort as I have a large family. So the TT will have to sleep 6 or more (preferably with bunkhouse room with a closing door) and master that has doors for privacy.

My kids ages: 15 year old girl, 14 year old boy, 8 year old boy, 4 year old boy, 1 year old

This is what I found so far:
1-ASPEN TRAIL 2910BHS...6639 lbs
2-Aspen Trail 3210BHDS...7794 lbs
3-ASPEN TRAIL 3230BHS...8034 lbs
4-ASPEN TRAIL 3280BHS...7190 lbs
5-Heartland Travel Trailer RV Prowler 271BR...7880 lbs
6-Keystone Rv Travel Trailer RV Hideout 318BR...7686 lbs.
7-New 2022 Forest River RV Cherokee Alpha Wolf 30RDB-L...7002 lbs
8-Coleman BH322...7436 lbs
9-NEW 2021 KEYSTONE BULLET 330BHS (has 2 bathrooms)...7032 lbs


So if you can please answer these questions below:
1) What is a GREAT SUV to pull any of the TT above or any that you know would fit my needs?
2) Which from the list #1-9 above would be the best overall TT in your opinion? and please list reasons that would make it the best fit for my large family? (Additional info: Me and my two oldest are 5'5", others are smaller)
3) Are there certain TT companies to stay away from? (maybe due to toilet, plumbing, electric, issues, etc)
4) For #9 above, should I avoid a 2 bathroom TT?
5) Any additional info you can add would be greatly appreciated because this is my first and I want to get the right TT that we will not grow out of to quick??

Thank you and God Bless. Stay safe and healthy,
James

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Posted: 09/21/21 07:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No suv can tow any of those made in last 8 years. Also you list dry weights, please add 1500 pounds for family of 6 at minimum to each dry weight.
Also determine hitch weight: 14% x 8,500lb is 1190 pounds plus hitch gear 150. Lbs You exceeded max hitch rate right off the bat on a 2021 Chevy suburban


The GM max hitch rate of 1,000 pounds is what killed the 2500 series 3/4 ton suburban. in 2013.

* This post was edited 09/21/21 07:42pm by PAThwacker *


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PAThwacker wrote:

No suv can tow any of those made in last 8 years. Also you list dry weights, please add 1500 pounds for family of 6 at minimum to each dry weight.
Also determine hitch weight: 14% x 8,500lb is 1190 pounds plus hitch gear 150. Lbs You exceeded max hitch rate right off the bat on a 2021 Chevy suburban


The GM max hitch rate of 1,000 pounds is what killed the 2500 series 3/4 ton suburban. in 2013.


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Concur ! Once you add up all of the cargo, human and otherwise, you will realize you need a 3/4 ton pickup.

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Welcome to the forums.

1. A 3/4 ton burb size vehicle or a 3/4 or a one ton size passenger van with your crowd.

2 .You'll have to look at each floorplan and decide which is the best for your needs/wants.

3. TTs to stay away from ? Brands....Thats just a personnel choice as their aren't any brands that someone doesn't like.

4. With your family the 2 bath rooms may make sense.

5. Are those weights you listed a mfg dry weight or the trailers gvwr. If their a dry weight add approx another 1200-1400 lbs for loading. Good luch ...you got lots of looking and decisions to make.


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Posted: 09/21/21 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find an older 3500 van......with a 454 or 460.

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jdc1 wrote:

Find an older 3500 van......with a 454 or 460.


Those haven't been offered in probably 20 years, if not longer, or if ever (in a van).

A GM 3500 with the 6.6L Duramax would be a good choice, if you can find one.


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Posted: 09/21/21 11:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good advice from those above and if you will be towing in high mountains of Rockies or west coast then you will need a really very powerful truck when your TT and tow vehicle is fully loaded.

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Posted: 09/22/21 12:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You don't need 4 tons of trailer to sleep 6 people.

There are much smaller, lighter trailers on the market that will also sleep 6 people.

Another option is to put several people in a tent next to the trailer.

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Posted: 09/22/21 03:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with the tent solution.


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