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I am new to this forum and wanted to post a question for input concerning a tow vehicle. I just purchased a Coachmen Freedom Express 192RB:. Hitch Weight: 638 lb. GVWR: 6000 lb. (UVW. 4442 lb. CCC. 1558 lb.) Exterior Length: 22' 5". Exterior Height: 10' 7". Exterior Width: 96".

I am considering a GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado with the 3.6L V6 which has 308 HP and 275 lbs of torque (tow package as well). Max conventional trailer weight it is rated for is 7000 lbs. Or I may possibly look at the diesel with lower HP but more torque (tow rating 7600 lbs for the 4 x 4 short bed)

While the documentation indicates that the trucks will be able to tow this weight what other considerations should I be thinking about and is the 6000 lbs max on the trailer pushing the 7000 lbs rating of the Canyon/Colorado to much.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
 

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Hello,

I am new to this forum and wanted to post a question for input concerning a tow vehicle. I just purchased a Coachmen Freedom Express 192RB:. Hitch Weight: 638 lb. GVWR: 6000 lb. (UVW. 4442 lb. CCC. 1558 lb.) Exterior Length: 22' 5". Exterior Height: 10' 7". Exterior Width: 96".

I am considering a GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado with the 3.6L V6 which has 308 HP and 275 lbs of torque (tow package as well). Max conventional trailer weight it is rated for is 7000 lbs. Or I may possibly look at the diesel with lower HP but more torque (tow rating 7600 lbs for the 4 x 4 short bed)

While the documentation indicates that the trucks will be able to tow this weight what other considerations should I be thinking about and is the 6000 lbs max on the trailer pushing the 7000 lbs rating of the Canyon/Colorado to much.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
Either will tow it fine but IMO the 2.8 will do it in a much more polished manor.

 
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I can't speak to the gasser and your trailer is a bit heavier than mine but my 2017 2.8L diesel tows our 21' Escape, weight probably around 3700 great, way better than my 2010 Tacoma 4.0 V6. Hauled back from California to NM 1000 miles and averaged 20.7 mpg. And, it's a pleasure to drive, towing or not. We use a Fastway E2 hitch by the way and the truck/trailer feel very stable with that since it's weight distributing and sway stabilizer. Enjoy your truck!
 

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Hi there, I have a 2wd Z71 Diesel shorted CC. It is not a V6, but I have seen plenty of V6's towing trailers of my size and smaller. The owners have told me its no problems on flats or small grades. But on larger and longer they slow down quite a bit. Hope you look at what you overall weights will be when loaded. Im pretty sure the payload weight and GCWR will be touch and go if you load 6000# TT to the truck. Your tongue weight will be close to 1000# with 6k TT or more, and that weight goes against the payload #.
I have towed for 4 years now and have had no problems. My TT is a Jayco 21QB (25ft tip to tip). Weight of trailer is about 3500# empty and 5000 loaded. My GCW is about 11000#.
Have towed to California to Michigan, planning Colorado, SD and Utah for this summer...Good luck in whatever you choose.
 

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Just my opinion the Diesel Long Box you would be much happier with. If you want to go fast go with the V6. Diesels where invented to pull. Just a fact. There are several pulling test out there comparing the V6 vs. the Baby Mack. On a side note, I have posted several things to pounder, as I am looking for a camper. What I have found is you have to be mindful of payload. Not so much the weight of Trailer. To better understand what your payload is on a truck, you must look inside the door jam. Most people will tell you these Trucks have a 1,500lb payload. Some maybe do, but in my case I went with skid plates, off road side steps, this all adds up. My payload inside the Door Jam says, 1,150lb. This is critical.
Let me give you example.
My Truck Payload is: 1,150lbs.
Your Trailer Hitch weight is: 638lbs
Passengers: 500lbs
Total weight: 1,136
That essentially would leave me no room pulling your camper in terms of payload, which is why I am looking for campers with a Hitch weight of 500lbs or less.
I am sure your camper is really cool. Unfortunately with your hitch weight, I would look at a Half Ton. Plus God forbid you get in an accident, and you are over payload, not good with the law.
Just giving my honest opinion. Good luck whatever you do!
 

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RLS I just looked up your camper it says Hitch weight 392lbs.The Colorado/Canyon Diesel, would handle your unit very well.
 

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I pulled our 14' cargo trailer with a loaner, a '21 V6 Canyon, just last week. I then pulled it with my '18 Duramax. Both with the towing package. I MUCH preferred the '18. While the V6 has more power off the line, it didn't compare to the steady pull and torque of the Minmax. The V6 was constantly shifting on inclines, and the tach moved up and down from 2500 to 4000 rpm's. The Minimax kept up on hills and no constant shifting. I can only think a much bigger trailer would make it worse. Plus your're getting up there with towing capacity. You don't realuze howmuch you put in them for gear, etc. It adds up fast!
 

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Hello,

I am new to this forum and wanted to post a question for input concerning a tow vehicle. I just purchased a Coachmen Freedom Express 192RB:. Hitch Weight: 638 lb. GVWR: 6000 lb. (UVW. 4442 lb. CCC. 1558 lb.) Exterior Length: 22' 5". Exterior Height: 10' 7". Exterior Width: 96".

I am considering a GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado with the 3.6L V6 which has 308 HP and 275 lbs of torque (tow package as well). Max conventional trailer weight it is rated for is 7000 lbs. Or I may possibly look at the diesel with lower HP but more torque (tow rating 7600 lbs for the 4 x 4 short bed)

While the documentation indicates that the trucks will be able to tow this weight what other considerations should I be thinking about and is the 6000 lbs max on the trailer pushing the 7000 lbs rating of the Canyon/Colorado to much.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

here’s ours. Same trailer, tows well with the diesel. 13.5-14mpg self equalizing hitch or airbags help. Hitch weight is over 500# truck tung rating. But the exhaust brake really shines with this load.
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Buy the diesel, much better tow vehicle. I towed a Winnebago Micro Minnie 2108DS, longer and heaver than yours with no problems with a Camco WDH, no sways, 15-16 MPG when towing. I have the 6' long bed which I think is better for towing as the wheelbase is longer than the short bed, so a little less of the tail wagging the dog.
 

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I can't speak to the gasser and your trailer is a bit heavier than mine but my 2017 2.8L diesel tows our 21' Escape, weight probably around 3700 great, way better than my 2010 Tacoma 4.0 V6. Hauled back from California to NM 1000 miles and averaged 20.7 mpg. And, it's a pleasure to drive, towing or not. We use a Fastway E2 hitch by the way and the truck/trailer feel very stable with that since it's weight distributing and sway stabilizer. Enjoy your truck!
From the description, the Coachmen seems quite a bit heavier. And that's a lot of hitch weight. What is the hitch weight on your Escape? We tow a 5.0 TA, but it is bed hitched, so it's not a problem. If it was my decision, even as a fellow 2.8 lover, I would investigate the overpriced F150's with the 3.0 diesel. All 3 of the big 3 have 3.0 diesels now, but Ford's is the only one with lineage and a decent track record.
 

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I can't speak to the gasser and your trailer is a bit heavier than mine but my 2017 2.8L diesel tows our 21' Escape, weight probably around 3700 great, way better than my 2010 Tacoma 4.0 V6. Hauled back from California to NM 1000 miles and averaged 20.7 mpg. And, it's a pleasure to drive, towing or not. We use a Fastway E2 hitch by the way and the truck/trailer feel very stable with that since it's weight distributing and sway stabilizer. Enjoy your truck!
I'm looking at the exact trailer. Your weight seems lower than I thought. My current traditional RV is 19ft, single axel and 3400# empty. To me the Fiberglass shape seems more Aero. After the GDE tune towing is even better. Better mileage, better shifting.
 
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