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Old 11-19-2020, 02:46 PM   #21
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On the top pic, notice that much of the designated cargo storage is cut off, along with batteries, propane, etc. The area designated "heavy" is right where my EMPTY black and gray water tanks are, while the FULL fresh tank is all the way aft, along with my refrigerator, range, microwave, etc... Placing the load over the axles is good, but not how my Minnie was built.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:19 PM   #22
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Can you show me where A Chevy engineer or any truck engineer says you can only tow 85% of towing capacity to be safe. Serious question. Looks like they’re adopting a third-party standard “SAE”.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:36 PM   #23
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Can you show me where A Chevy engineer or any truck engineer says you can only tow 85% of towing capacity to be safe. Serious question. Looks like they’re adopting a third-party standard “SAE”.
I can’t. As far as I know, you’re good from a “mechanical” point of view as long as you stay under GCVWR, GVWR for both (truck and trailer), all GAWR (truck and trailer), and your receiver/hitch weight limits.

Certainly people have rules-of-thumb that would advise lower values based on personal comfort or risk-tolerance.
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Old 11-20-2020, 03:10 PM   #24
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Hi There - what year is your 2108DS

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Old 11-20-2020, 07:24 PM   #25
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Hi There - what year is your 2108DS

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Old 11-20-2020, 08:30 PM   #26
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I ordered a 2306BHS and I have a Colorado V6 with the tow package. I have about 1000 pounds left on the payload when we are all in it but I’m estimating the tongue weight is gonna be more than 700 pounds. You have to add everything that’s loaded in the back of the pickup truck behind the rear axle.
I had a 2106DS which I towed with a Colorado V6 with the factory tow package. I thought it was adequate, until I traveled to Banff. The truck really had to work hard going up the mountain roads, could not at times even do the speed limit. For peace of mind I traded the truck in for a V8 full size Chev.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:12 PM   #27
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So what about the Z2 Deisel? Or any deisel in the mid size. Does that make up for much of the power needed up steep grades? Worth the extra $4000 in a midsize?
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:15 AM   #28
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I have a 2016 Chevy Colorado with the Duramax diesel and I tow a 2018 2108 Minnie, the 2108 is the 2nd Travel trailer we've pulled with the Chevy, Been all over Colorado to Washington state and have never been slowed to 40 mph, going from Durango to Silverton with 2 major passes and the truck never went over 2800rpms plus I average 16+ mpg, sometimes on flats with a tailwind it'll get 20 mpg, I figure I"m towing 4500lbs +- a few. I'd buy the diesel again in a heartbeat. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:32 AM   #29
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I have a 2016 Chevy Colorado with the Duramax diesel and I tow a 2018 2108 Minnie, the 2108 is the 2nd Travel trailer we've pulled with the Chevy, Been all over Colorado to Washington state and have never been slowed to 40 mph, going from Durango to Silverton with 2 major passes and the truck never went over 2800rpms plus I average 16+ mpg, sometimes on flats with a tailwind it'll get 20 mpg, I figure I"m towing 4500lbs +- a few. I'd buy the diesel again in a heartbeat. Just my 2 cents.
I have concluded from this discussion that if I go with a mid size truck for the 2108 that I definitely would want diesel. Too many mixed reviews on anything less. Good endorsement.
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