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Lwiddis

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Posted: 11/05/20 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Still may not be under your payload. Which is?


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I think that engine is a little on the anemic side for towning something at max load. On digging a bit, it appears that GM is letting it go in the direction of the dodo bird, looks like 2022 will be the last production year.

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Looking at chevy ordering guide shows the 2020 ZR2 has a 3200 RAWR and may weigh 2100-2000 lb on the rear axle leaving approx 1100-1200 lb payload on the rear axle. The ZR2 diesel take a big hit on towing performance.

Here is a BH from Allen Campers https://www.allencampermfg.com/upload/215%20BH%208.30.pdf that has a 5000 GVWR and dry is 3375 lbs with a 1625 CCC. Bought my first 8' then a 9.5' truck camper in '72 and '76 from them.


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Posted: 11/06/20 12:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You could go with the smaller trailer, but for those of us who've been there or have seen this movie a few times, there's a 90% chance you'll regret it and want to move up to a bigger trailer in a year or so.

I know it's not my money, but consider trading out the ZR2 for a used 3/4 ton or a half-ton already set up for towing. Can't imagine either would be in short supply up in Idaho.

* This post was edited 11/06/20 08:00am by lane hog *



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Have you thought about a pop up?? We started in one, and loved it for the 9 years we had it. Easy to tow. Lots of windows. Ours had a king and queen size beds, and a futon, and dinette that converted to beds.

It’s different from what you’ve been looking at, but it’s worth considering.


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mcblake wrote:

ok, sounds like I will be over weight with that camper....
I have also looked at this one: Coachmen Apex Nano 194BHS, this one is about 3500 pounds and it checks all the boxes. Problem is I can not find any used (pretty sure its new in 2021). It's over my budget of 15k, any suggestion to keep me under that and my weight restrictions?


Didn't write down the models but I know we saw at least 2-3 models with a near identical layout while looking recently. Didn't write them down because they didn't meet our needs.

I would agree that if you aren't in love with the truck, swapping it would open up a lot of better options. If you get out on a rainy weekend, it's going to be really tight with 4 of you in that small of a trailer.


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KD4UPL wrote:

I really thought the diesel Colorado had a higher tow rating than that.



The ZR2 model has a lower tow rating that the other Colorado models.

I had a Viking 17BH that would make a good TT for a Colorado. It had bunks, small fridge, bathroom with shower (but no sink) and a bed up front. I don't recall if it was a queen or full.


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Agree with those that say you are not going to get the towing cap with that truck. Option pop up is about your only solution. This spring check out a camper show and refine your plans.


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If you do not know, rent a trailer.

We were unsure about the floor plan and length we wanted, so we took our best guess. We rented a floor plan we liked which dictated the length and headed for the Ozarks.

10 days on the road and we discovered, the floor plan was wrong and my 200 hp motor and 4 speed transmission would not work well. Who knew.

We did like the 25 foot length and the weight across the CAT scales did give us a useable tongue weight for the max cargo capacity.

Since then, we upgraded the truck and found a floor plan we liked. We have towed over 40,000 miles in 5 years.

Renting was a smart move, before we spent the big bucks.


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Since you mentioned it's your first travel trailer, I'll tell you about my first travel trailer. I've made enough mistakes in my life to know that buying something for the first time is often problematic. So I went out looking for what I thought we would like, but used, and at a steal price. I found it, we towed it around a few thousand miles, put a few extras into it and sold it for precisely what we paid for it. All we lost was the electric tongue jack cost and the onboard EMS system. The camper we bought to replace it has been perfect for us for many years. Just something to consider.


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