I have a 16 foot Featherlite that I used to move from Ohio to Washington. Yep, over 8500 foot pass.I would like some suggestions and advice. I am looking at buying a box trailer. I'm thinking about a v nose 16' with tandem axles. Do you guys think that is to much or about right?
Too heavy. Unsafe. Glad you got away with it, and the systems ironically make it easier. But you should have made other arrangements. These are great trucks, but as with ALL new trucks, no lagniappe like older trucks.I just towed an 8-1/2’X22’ enclosed cargo trailer weighing 8000 lbs loaded 1800 miles from NM to GA behind my 2017 long bed 4X4 Duramax without issue. I averaged 10 mpg and occasionally experienced crosswinds and trailer wag but the built in integrated sway control that brakes the trailer when sway is detected is amazing and immediately corrects the sway. It was an impressive trip for this truck.
curious what airlift kit you used? I've always used airlift and really like the company but they said they didn't have one for the colorado so i went with the firestone which is a nice lift but an absolute pain in the a$$ to install and more expensive as well.I have several times now towed a 6x14 Vnose, BUT 74" tall at the door, much taller than my 2019 Canyon. Single axle, W/brakes. Have it loaded usually around the 3500-4k range. Truck handles it great except when I get an occasional side heavy wind gust then I know its back there. I avg 14-16 at 68-72mph. Not bad at all considering my old Ford expedition pulling the very same trailer got 7mpg. I added a Airlift system to the back, mainly to give some added help when I tow my tandem, having the Airlift DID help some with the feel encountered during cross gusts.
Airlift DOES make one for the Colorado Canyon, this is the one I got.curious what airlift kit you used? I've always used airlift and really like the company but they said they didn't have one for the colorado so i went with the firestone which is a nice lift but an absolute pain in the a$$ to install and more expensive as well.
Manufacturers in general I think are getting away from recommending anything on towing anything. Too much liability for them to do otherwise, yet they brag about tow capacities when they try to sell their trucks. Ive always seen the topic of tow such that, the owner needs to know their personal and equipment limitations. Just about anything will tow just about anything, and can do so safely but one has to know the limitations of all things involved. I would not recommend to even tow a jet ski but a 1 ton, to someone who has no experience. And with this modern generations approach to for the most part having a total lack of common sense ability, being out on the open road is scary. I've been towing all things for over 40 years, I know well all the limits of all my possessions and personal ability. I have seen first hand what lacking in either can result (not me). Genx/Mill crowd....they know it all, cant tell em a darn thing, Ive seen a few have road towing mistakes and first thing they want to do is talk about is suing the manufacturer.....in case my point above.EKarlW, thanks for the refreshers. FMI, do any of you see point blank wave offs by GM on towing properly accoutered, light enough, bed hitch trailers with Colorado/Canyon Z71/(Canyon comparable) long bed diesels? I might be missing it, but I don't. In fact, GM sold a 5th wheel trailer hitch lock as a Colorado/Canyon add on goodie for awhile in 2017. Now, I DO see such a flat out verboten warning for trailer bed campers. I can say that quite a few of us do tow bed hitch trailers, just from an Escape/Boler travel trailer rally I attended in Canada. My ~20,000 miles of doing so has been fine. Next to no sway, always felt firm. We just go slow to ease up on the rolling stock....
thanks for that, i am wondering if the problem is that mine is 4WD? what is yours? i could not believe how hard that firestone kit was to install and that was made worse by the instructions that said 1.5 hours or whatever. mechanicking my whole 60+ yr life and OMG i was ready to throw in the towel a few times. a few design tweaks would have made it much simpler.Airlift DOES make one for the Colorado Canyon, this is the one I got.
The airlift was very easy and simple to install, the biggest problem I had was trying to find a place to mount the compressor and control module. took me about 2 hrs total. I did one firestone system many years ago and yes was a pain in arse....however from what I read they are both good systems. Very pleased with mine.
Mine is LWB, 4wd, and of course diesel, SLE model.thanks for that, i am wondering if the problem is that mine is 4WD? what is yours? i could not believe how hard that firestone kit was to install and that was made worse by the instructions that said 1.5 hours or whatever. mechanicking my whole 60+ yr life and OMG i was ready to throw in the towel a few times. a few design tweaks would have made it much simpler.