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Old 01-27-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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Just signed up to forum & have question before we finalize our purchase of new camper. We currently own a 98 Fleetwood Mallard 27' and have no problems towing with our 98 Chev Z71 Silverado V8 5.0 liter. We are looking at purchasing 2013 Zinger 33BH w/3slideouts. Salesman said we would have no trouble towing but feel nervous. Does anyone have any knowledge as to if this would be a problem? Sticker in door of truck says GVW 6200 lbs and not sure of what to look at on Zinger specs for actual weight. Thanks to anyone with any feedback.
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We have narrowed it down to the Zinger 33BH or the Jayco Jayflight 33BHTS, both had "as built" certified scale stickers from the manufacturers of 8,850 lbs empty. No way do you have the capacity for the actual tow weight or the rear GVWR for the 1400 lbs of tongue weight. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:01 AM   #3
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http://www.trailerlife.com/trailer-towing-guides/





There may be other sites but this one does go back to 1999, there was no 1998. It looks like, depending on your model, the C and K1500's topped out in the 6-7,000 lbs range.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:47 AM   #4
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Have to agree with Mike, that '98 with the 5.0L is just not enough truck for the new Zinger. My last 1/2 ton was a 2000 with the 5.3L and 3.73 axle and it handled a 6500 lb loaded trailer just fine, but I wouldn't have wanted less truck or more trailer, certainly not both, just from a pulling perspective. And I wouldn't want more weight behind the truck pushing it without the best W/D setup available.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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Our saving grace may be that we are at the coast on flat land but one dumb question, what is W/D?
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Seahag, please understand there is no "saving grace" to exceeding your rear axle capacity or the design limits of your truck. We're not talking about a trailer that is "at" the limit of your truck - your buying a trailer that clearly exceeds the limits by 2K lbs and is 36.5' in length. Not only does that put your family at risk but others as well. I'll get off my soap box...



W/D is weight distribution & a anti-sway system. You will need a W/D & sway device that is very robust for this trailer once you figure out what your going to do about the truck situation.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:22 AM   #7
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Thank you. We do have a sway bar for our current trailer and when we pick up the new trailer, we will make sure we have the proper sway bar for it. Once we pick up the new trailer (about 75 miles from home) we will know how our truck will or will not handle. It may be Camping World delivering it to our home & then borrowing a bigger truck to transport to our permanent lot at camp ground. Then not looking at towing unless a hurricane pops up and forces us to move it to higher ground. Really do appreciate all the feedback and this is the Mrs. I am just nervous about making the purchase but we want more space for the grandbabies.
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You may consider getting a buddy or a registered tow vehicle if it is going to a permanent spot. There are many folks who tow trailers for dealers. Check with CampingWorld they are probably using a private contractor. I would not risk the 75 mile trip, Mike has given youreliableinfo. That rig is to heavy for your truck. Not worth the stress or possible mishap.
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As another Mrs who has had to figure all this out and learn the hard way about tt being too much for a tv, I would not tow that tt with your current truck. Even with the proper tow vehicle you will need more than just a sway bar. You would want a weight distribution hitch with integrated sway control, at minimum Reese dual cam or equal-i-zer and quite possibly upwards of a Hensley arrow. Towing with your current truck is inviting all kinds of having issues. Everything from being pushed all over the road by passing vehicles, to the tail wagging the dog and even stopping issues. How do I know because I have been there with a rig that was less out matched than yours. If something bad does happen and they find you are towing that heavy over your limits you may find that insurance doesn't pay and you may find yourself in some legal troubles. If camping world is delivering it to you, maybe you can just switch delivery to your permanent site.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #10
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Thank you for the feedback. I am not sure of everything my husband has to hook up & tow our current 27' Mallard, but it does prevent all the issues you addressed as we have no trouble towing it. I just have concerns over this new camper we are looking at purchasing as it is much bigger. I just don't understand why the salesman/manager said our vehicleshould tow it. He said the older campers were heavier built than the new ones. This was at an RV show here in Wilmington. Once we get to Myrtle Beach & find our truck will not tow it, then CW is going to have to deliver. Then we will borrow a truck that will tow it. We just don't want to buy a new truck at this time but know eventually a bigger truck is going to be necessary. Just noticed you are from Mebane. My sister lives there. Again thanks for your post. It sounds like you know a lot more terminology than I do but I shall learn it.
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