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- June 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm #173183
sorry, here is the attached record I got from the dealer.
2019 Oliver Legacy Elite II, Hull#444
2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab, 4WD, Denali, Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 Engine with Allison 6-speed transmission
Attachments:June 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm #173188
On page 2 of the document (not attached) it states the Towing Capacity with tow package and standard size gas tank is 9900lbs, which represents my Tundra. With a stated Towing Capacity of 9900lbs, the GCWR of 16,000lbs, and the GVWR of 7100lbs, it is confusing to know which number is the most meaningful?
2019 Oliver Legacy Elite II, Hull#444
2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab, 4WD, Denali, Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 Engine with Allison 6-speed transmissionJune 3, 2019 at 9:32 am #173224
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
Nan , Ken’s Tundra looks like a great truck fo you. The Leer canopy is a high quality fiberglass unit and is attractive when color matched like this one – I had one on my last truck. It provides secure storage and improves highway mileage. The overall truck specs are great, the tow package is a huge plus (the axle ratios are 4.30 which gives more power), you will enjoy the Limited trim interior and seats, the only thing we don’t know is if it has the standard gas tank or the big one. Probably the former, in which case you will be stopping more often to refuel in mountainous terrain. On an Alaska or Yukon trip it could be a worry, and you might have to bring an extra 10 gallons in cans. (Changing the small tank for the bigger one sourced from a scrapyard would be possible, I think, for not too much money.)
However I don’t believe you ever told us how much your animals weigh and how much personal stuff you plan to bring along. As with any light duty truck, weight is always going to be your primary and constant concern. If you want to bring a bike, generator, normal camping stuff and a small generator, it will be no worries. You can’t pack this truck with six adults and their luggage and still have enough leftover capacity for the trailer load….. for a solo traveller that is a non-issue. But I would caution you to keep the trailer tongue as light as possible – do NOT order the tongue cargo tray. A rear rack for a bike is fine and actually lightens the front significantly. Your enemy in this situation is weight in the bed and weight on the hitch…. keep them light.
Have you thought about how to carry your dogs? In my Ram 3500 I removed the rear seats completely, that frees up over 100 pounds of payload. I built an elevated wood platform with hidden storage under the hinged plywood. I used a Pet Loader (folding steps) to get my two 40 pound Labradoodles in and out, it is way too high for them to jump and it is awkward to lift them that high. A cargo net separated them from the front seats so they were secure. A pet hammock and door guards kept the interior claw and drool free.
But there was lots of drool on the glass…
I have a bunch of pics, if anyone is interested I will start a new thread about it. Here is the Raingler high quality net that fits the Tundra: … https://raingler.com/collections/toyota-truck-heavy-duty-cargo-netting/products/2007-newer-toyota-tundra-access-cab-and-crewman-barrier-divider-rfeb
"Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/
Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.
Attachments:June 3, 2019 at 12:32 pm #173260
John, thank you so much for the information and the pictures. I would like to see all of the pictures you have.
My dogs weigh 45 and 55#s so about 100# in all. I weight about 120# so with the dogs about 220# all totaled. That would be it unless once in a while a grandson wanted to go, but two of them are boys with pickups and the other one drives a 25 year old BMW that he is very proud of because he paid for it himself (he is 16 years old).
Very interested in your platform and rig to keep them out of the front seat. I have fashioned something similar in the Kia. I also will be looking at the ramp you use because I cannot pick the dogs up and put them in the truck. I used to have a folding ramp that was a PITA to use for loading my Greyhounds and when they died I threw it away.
Removing the seats is a very good idea because I never haul anyone in the back of the old Kia..I just lay the seats down.
I do not own any stuff like a canoe, dirt bike or for that matter a regular bike or much of anything else. I would probably carry a generator, light weight (PVC pipe) dog beds, dog food, small grill and a lawn chair.
Thank you so much for all of the information and for agreeing that Ken’s truck looks like it will do the job. I was confused about the three numbers that he was posting, but you said it would work if I was careful about the weight. Nan
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