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Newbie Question: Towing a Popup Camper

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by Ryan Bennett, January 18, 2018.

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      ahhh allmyEXes... I am still active in Popupportal.com as Halford There has been hot discussion about GRVW and stupid "Dry weight". Many of the popup owners bought heavy popups thinking that their van or weak vehicles can tow these. My Explorer with factory installed Tow Package was the reason why I bought to tow my 3500 lbs Coleman Niagara.

      Steve is your brother?
       
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      Bill Gullatt was the originator. Is Steve the guy up north central U.S. ?
       
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      Yup Steve still live up north. I been member since Sept 2011 but not sure if I remember Bill my memory isnt that good...
       
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      Just saw this post and thought I would add my 2 cents. I have spent 10 years as a mechanic working on trucks that are overloaded past their intended capacity and it sucks, we replace transmissions like they were free. My advice, if you haven't already bought the truck, is to match (even overmatch) the truck to the camper that you want (what happens if you want a bigger one later?). Transmissions aren't cheap and the added expense of a more capable vehicle pales in comparison to the stress, time, and expense of dealing with an overworked drivetrain. And if at all possible get a truck that already has a tow package. Adding a cooler and wiring, while possible, is not a small or inexpensive job. The point of having a camper is to have fun, not to stress out. The real question is: how much is your time and peace of mind worth?
       

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