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Old 09-28-2020, 01:40 AM   #1
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We are looking into purchasing a 2021 CrossRoads Sunset Trail Super Lite 242BH. We have a 2017 Tahoe to tow it with.
We would like to get feedback regarding the brand, quality, and any tips for a new RV couple.

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Old 09-28-2020, 10:01 AM   #2
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We are looking into purchasing a 2021 CrossRoads Sunset Trail Super Lite 242BH. We have a 2017 Tahoe to tow it with.
We would like to get feedback regarding the brand, quality, and any tips for a new RV couple.

Greatly appreciate your time!
Couple things to check BEFORE buying the rv.
On the drivers door post of your Tahoe there's a yellow/white label with a statement "occupants & cargo must not exceed XXXX lbs" that's the payload of your Tahoe.
On that specific rv there's a manufacturer tag on the drivers side front corner with the GVWR of that rv.
Use 13% of that Rv GVWR as the tongue weight of that rv + about 125lbs for the weight distributing hitch required to tow that rv + the weight of everyone/everything in/on your Tahoe that didn't come from the factory, loaded just as if you're heading out camping then subtract that total from your Tahoes payload, if it's a minus number you're overloaded by that much. Typically SUVs don't have much payload nor designed for towing a 28'+ rv.
DO NOT get/use any weight numbers from brochures, advertising, & especially ANYTHING a salesman tells you, if you hear "you'll be fine" or "that'll tow anything on the lot" walk away, they don't know or care as long as you buy something.
DO NOT pay attention to rv dry weights, dry hitch weights of any rv nor the "max tow weight" of your Tahoe, those are sales gimmicks & provide no useful information to you. All the numbers you need are posted on YOUR particular vehicles as mentioned above.
There are numerous post on ALL rv forums of newbies like you asking about towing ability of their vehicle. Unlike you they are asking AFTER they've already bought the rv & are now asking what they can do to help better the experience, the answer is "nothing" other than a more capable tow vehicle.
Do your homework 1st crunching the numbers BEFORE choosing the RV.
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:45 PM   #3
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One more thing to keep in mind when planning to buy a trailer to tow with a Tahoe is wheelbase. A 2017 Tahoe has a 116" wheelbase. That's the same length as the wheelbase of my first car. The shorter the wheelbase of the tow vehicle, the less stable it is when pulling a long trailer, especially in windy situations.

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Old 09-30-2020, 09:01 AM   #4
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The guys had excellent advice...The only thing I can think to add is once you decide on the camper your going to buy check back here before you do because there is a lot of information to be had on the PDI...

PS...Good luck with your search...
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The others gave excellent advice, and it's good that you're asking the questions before you pull the trigger on a new camper. Even if the numbers work in your favor for payload and GVWR, remember that the Tahoe is a short wheelbase, and you want your RVing experiences to be great. Towing with a short wheelbase vehicle can turn what should be a long-anticipated, relaxing trip into a white-knuckle ride if it's windy, a busy road with 18-wheelers passing you, etc.

Our trailer is 24 ft overall and I tow with a 2007 Silverado ext. cab, but only a 5ft 9in bed, so it's kind of short. I'm soon going to replace the truck because it's pushing 200k and I want something with a longer wheelbase. Most of our towing experiences have been good, but it's not optimal for handling or comfort.

Best of luck with your planning and purchase!

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Old 10-04-2020, 07:26 PM   #6
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The hitch weight of that trailer is 650lbs. The gross weight of the trailer is almost 8000 lbs. The Tahoe is a short Surburban but I don't know what the tongue weight is, but unless it is well over 800lbs and a tow weight of close to 10000lbs you are going to have to find a new tow vehicle. However you go, you need to get a load leveling hitch as it definitely improves the towing capabilities.
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