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Old 04-30-2019, 06:29 PM   #1
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Towing a Micro Minnie 2106DS

Thinking of purchasing the above Minnie. My truck is a 2019 GMC Canyon with a 2.8 Liter Diesel. My towing capacity is 7600lbs. Can I tow the Minnie safely and without overworking the engine and transmission? Thanks to all that respond.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:41 PM   #2
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Winnebago website list the trailer's GVWR of 7,000. Nearing your max but within the limits. What's your trucks cargo capacity? Where will you be towing? Mountains or flat? How often and for how far?
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:44 PM   #3
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I believe trucks cargo capacity is 1300lbs. Cargo is just me and my wife and small dog (350lbs) plus other small items to be determined. We will be towing mostly flat lands with some hills; rarely in the mountains if ever. Not sure how many miles we will travel with the camper. I will use it mostly for in state hunting trips; 2-3 times per year (500 miles per trip). Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:16 PM   #4
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You should be within your limits without much gear in the truck.
1,300lbs. - 350lbs. (Cargo)= 950lbs.
950lbs.- 700lbs. Trailer tongue weight (10% of gross)= 250lbs.
250lbs.-125lbs. (20 gallons of fuel)= 125 pounds of available cargo weigh till your max. limit. It adds up quick. Be safe and enjoy.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:30 PM   #5
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Thinking of purchasing the above Minnie. My truck is a 2019 GMC Canyon with a 2.8 Liter Diesel. My towing capacity is 7600lbs. Can I tow the Minnie safely and without overworking the engine and transmission? Thanks to all that respond.
When I bought my 2108DS I had a 2016 Chevy Colorado and it pulled the trailer pretty well. It felt safe and didn't feel like I was working the truck too hard. I had to add extended mirrors. I really liked the Colorado. Having said that, since we were planning longer trips, I traded for a 2016 Tahoe. The Tahoe is just a much more comfortable ride and pulls the trailer more easily. Gas milage is about the same with both.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:25 PM   #6
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Thanks Mainely for your input. As I read your response I was wondering how much your fully loaded 2108DS weigh when it was fully loaded. I assume you had the 2.8 Liter Diesel. Also, did you have a weight distribution hitch? I wanted a TV that would fit in my garage and after seeing a few U-Tube road tests with people towing 6,000 to 6500 lbs with the Colorado and Canyon diesels I went out and purchased a new Canyon. Still in the break in phase and looking for a 2106 DS or FBS. Hope I can tow one with my Canyon without over working the engine and transmission. I even thought maybe I should go with a 1706FB or the 1700BH as they are lighter but I really prefer a 2106. However, I do not want to purchase one and regret it later. Anyway thanks for sharing your experience with the Colorado and good luck with your Tahoe.
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grogers, I had the gas 6 cylinder. The 2108DS weighs about 3900 lbs dry, I never weighed it but I don't think I added more than 1000-1500 lbs to travel. I was well within the towing capacity of the truck. Mine came with the factory tow package, Z71, 4 door cab, short bed. I added a brake module, and used the Equalizer hitch and it worked great. I really had no problems with towing the camper with the Colorado. I traded for the Tahoe mostly for long ride comfort and a few more luxury features. Like you I really liked the size of the Colorado.
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350 Lb, that is one hell of a big dog
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:39 AM   #9
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We have a GMC Canyon with the same configuration and are pulling a Micro Minnie 5th wheel with no problem. We don't go up and down huge mountains (Texas), but so far, so good.
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350 Lb, that is one hell of a big dog
Funny, but that 350 is the combined weight of me, wife and dog.
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Went through a very similar process just last year when we purchased our first TT. We're now a couple weeks into our first "big trip" and I've experieced a couple of very important lessons.

First and foremost, our trailer, a Minnie 2250DS, as recently weighed at a CAT scale, came in fully loaded with a full fresh water tank and all our gear at 5,500 pounds exactly. The brochure says the dry weight should be 4,800 pounds, but I am convinced we have added way more than 700 pounds to the dry weight of the trailer. The fresh tank alone would add over 320 pounds! I also confirmed by exact measurement that our black tank is only 20 gallons, not the 25 that the brochure lists. My point being that you cannot rely on the specs in the brochure.

More to the point, even fully loaded at 7,000 max trailer weight, we are well within the 9,600 pounds our GMC Sierra 1500 can "tow". However, and here's where it gets tricky, we were only 10 pounds under our max allowable rear axle weight of 3,950 pounds when we hit the road for this trip. More importantly, we were 280 pounds over weight for the truck as a whole!! Fortunately, I was able to easily shift weight off the truck and into the trailer to correct the situation. The point here, of course, is you must watch your truck's weight and it's maximum axle load as well. The calculations aren't complicated, but the devil is in the details.

For what it's worth, our truck tows our trailer and all our stuff wonderfully. I keep the speed to around 65 mph on the freeway and it is a comfortable and stable ride. My sole complaint is our range. With a 26 gallon tank, we can only drive about 200 miles with a reasonable reserve at our normal 9.3 mpg mileage -- less in hills or a stiff headwind, much less in big hills and a stiff headwind.
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To Jaeger

Thanks for posting this information, it is helpful to know there are several things to keep in mind when determining if you are within "specs".

Forgive my being such a "newbie" but how does one go about making these calculations?
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Hi, I have a 2017 Colorado with the V6, it came with the full trailer tow package and a WD hitch as well. I have a 2106DS and the truck has had no problem with the trailer and I have traveled through the Rocky Mountains a number of times and have had no problems. I rarely travel over 60 MPH as just about any speed faster results in high/poor gas consumption.
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Hi, I have a 2017 Colorado with the V6, it came with the full trailer tow package and a WD hitch as well. I have a 2106DS and the truck has had no problem with the trailer and I have traveled through the Rocky Mountains a number of times and have had no problems. I rarely travel over 60 MPH as just about any speed faster results in high/poor gas consumption.
Thanks TrailerDon for your feedback. It really helps me decide that my Canyon will work well with a 2106. My Canyon has the trailer towing package too. Have a great weekend.
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