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Posted: 10/01/20 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey all! New here, so instantly I apologize if this info is somewhere else, and I do not know where. I did some searching, but I'm also at work so I can't steal all the time.

My Wife and I just entered into the travel trailer world. We're pretty much complete newbies. We did our research and found a TT with a bunk house was the best bet with our family, us and 3 kiddos 5 and under. We purchased the new (cringe) Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 267BHSW. We got the Baja package and the rocky mountain edition. We live in AZ, plan to do a lot of dry camping, but also try to traverse the country and show our kids what it has to offer. On top of visiting family in MN and VA. Our intent, or so we thought, was to buy a used 2016-2019 Suburban. Separate our kids in the vehicle, and bring the 4 legged friend inside for comfort too. In talking with some co-workers who have done a lot of camping, they have since advised us to not go with the suburban, as it is more or less the half ton now, they do not make the 3/4 ton anymore (since 2013.) With the trailer being at max 7300lbs, towing up the mountains of AZ, they don't think the 1500 is all that "safe" of an option. Fine, so now our options are a 3/4 truck for the most part as we want something used but with lower miles. Now sacrificing our space (all 3 kids in child's seats, two in rear facing)

The gist. Are they correct? Even with the different engine packages of the newer subs, their point is the transmission and suspension aren't really "up to par" for towing the 30' raised trailer fully loaded. Granted the tow rating of the sub is 8100-8300 - other factors should be considered.

Thanks for your time, and any input. Again, I apologize If this info is out there. I need to get more concrete answers to my wife, she hears me, gets me, but then circles back to the Sub... she wants the space. I... do not want to sacrifice safety.

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Posted: 10/01/20 05:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You really should do something more substantial than a suburban. Check out a ram 3500 single rear wheel with the mega cab. The cab will help with the rear facing seats.

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Posted: 10/01/20 05:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe a 3/4 ton van?

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Yeah the 'burb has been passed by, by the towing world. We had one for years and traveled all over the west but only pulled lightweight popups and later a travelmanor. You need a HD truck like a 3/4 ton. The Crew cabs will give you plenty of room for the kids in the back. And you'll have a lot of storage space in the bed of the truck especially if you get a topper or tonneu cover.

You are braver than I, in taking those small kids camping....LOL. We took ours to all 48 lower states and Canada and Mexico. But we let them get a bit older and they were spaced farther apart. That took quite a few years of course taking 3 to 4 week vacations.


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Posted: 10/01/20 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 3/4 ton van idea of JDC is a good one. My three Tahoes are very similar to subs and I would not go over 6000-6500 and there is only two of us in the tow vehicle.


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Agree with the Ram Megacab - 2500 is plenty of truck for that trailer though. 3500 wouldn't hurt but not necessary. Even without the Megacab the trucks have a lot of room in the backseat. I started RVing with 3 kids under 5 and a full size truck backseat is a lot of room. Plus it keeps them all, "within reach" [emoticon] [emoticon]

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Crew cab truck at a minimum. I've got an 8 year old, 5 year old and 21 month old and 3 small dogs. We have a crew cab 2500, but our next truck will hopefully be more of a megacab style. It just gives more interior room and allows the rear seats to recline which will be more comfortable for longer trips. I'm tall, 6-04, so even with the crew cab we have our youngest behind my wife's seat because there isn't quite enough room for the rear facing seat and my seat all the way back. Keep in mind that a pickup will allow them to touch/pinch/scratch/steal from/etc each other the entire drive.

Hopefully Ford and GM offer a mega cab style pickup in the future. It sure is nice. My 8 and 5 year old are already very tall for their age and will continue to need more and more leg room.

Since you are buying a truck for camping, please start off right and get a heavier truck. The kids will continue to grow, the stuff you bring camping (bikes/toys/wood/grills/etc) will continue to grow. All that stuff adds weight. A half ton might get the job done, but a 3/4 or 1 ton will definitely get the job done and won't be nearly as close to maxed out while doing it.


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7300 is max weight/gvw of the trailer?
Newer Sub will pull that all day long and twice on Sundays.
Will it be the “best” vehicle? Nope.
Will it be safe and have plenty of power? Yup
My only concern would be the air ride and how much weight / weight distribution it would handle. Do they make newer Burbs with just springs?
If so I’d want that preferably. Easier to upgrade suspension if needed.
All the geezernet pansies will tell you you’re going to crash n kill a bus load of nuns.
But they’re old and paranoid.

And if you can get a 6.2 even better.

All that said, I’d prefer a HD pickup or at least a 1/2 ton pickup. But if you want to keep the 3 kids separated and have to have the pooch in the truck and not the trailer then you need a suv for longer trips.
If you want HD and suv, find a nice 2500 Burb or Excursion and deal With it being older.


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I think you'll find any 250/2500 Chevy/Ford/Ram crew cabs are more than sufficient for your needs since they are even larger than the previous gen trucks.


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Posted: 10/01/20 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jdc1 wrote:

Maybe a 3/4 ton van?

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