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Old 02-21-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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I'm just wanting to get some feedback that I'm nuts or not . We currently own a Jayco 29L at around 5500lbs, looking to upgrade that to a 2014 Sunset Trail Reserve ST32BH.

Current tow vehicle is a 2014 QX56 with a tow rating of 8500lbs. The QX handles very nicely with the Jayco barely know it's back there. Have a Reese CAM based weight distribution/sway setup.

I know this will be putting me close to max weight with all the gear when we're loaded up..
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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IMHO Too much trailer. GVWR of the trailer is 9714.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #3
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am I missing something around GVWR that's really 'trailer weight' plus what it can carry - that's completely up to me on what I put into the trailer?
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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Yes, GVWR means nothing just the capacity, it could be 15,000lbs just means it has stronger axles. I think payload will be the biggest issue and the length of the trailer with the short wheel base SUV. Do you know your QX's payload?
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #5
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I can go lookup the payload or look on the door - not sure I'd consider the QX a 'short wheelbase SUV' it's nearly the same size as a Suburban or Yukon XL.
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It's a short wheelbase. It is only 121 inches. My little TrailBlazer had a 129" wheelbase. A Suburban or Yukon has a 130" wheelbase. My Silverado has a 154" wheelbase.
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Mike your tongue weight will be close to 1100 pounds after adding LP and a battery or two, then loading your front pass through and under bed storage. From what I can see the payload may be around 1600lbs. That would leave you with 500lbs for passengers, pets gear..... You asked for our opinion and I just wouldn't do it, the trailer's yellow sticker will be about 7500lbs, with only 1000lbs of "stuff" added you will be maxed out. I would either consider the Superlite line or a stouter tow vehicle, maybe the 300BH although the length is still and issue in my opinion.

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am I missing something around GVWR that's really 'trailer weight' plus what it can carry - that's completely up to me on what I put into the trailer?
What you said is true. BUT the shipping weight is ~7200, that's a bare bones model. Now add any options added plus a battery and 2 tanks of propane plus whatever options the dealer adds, min of 125 lbs. Now add your normal supplies, sewer hose, water hose, power cords etc, figure maybe another 100 lbs. Fill the water tank and there's another 300+. Kitchen cooking supplies, bath towels, and the list goes on.

You are allowed 1 change of socks and underwear

All I can say is when you load up to go camping you will probably over the rated towing weight of your vehicle.

For grins you know the listed weight of your trailer, now go weigh it before you empty it out, make sure it' ready to go. It might scare you.

You asked for opinions and got them. If you're going to ignore them why ask in the first place.
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Hey, just an "aside"....what wheelbase is considered short or long? My f250 SRW has a WB 156". is that considered a long wheelbase?
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