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Old 03-17-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, we are N. Calif newbies to the forum, although I have been lurking for about six months. We are downsizing from a 40' Beaver MH due to not being able to go to all the places we would like to visit because of it's size and maneuverability. We started looking at 5th Wheels about 10 months ago and could not find the quality to match our Beaver, that is until we found the Redwood Line. We have sold the Beaver and are now shopping for a RW 31SL. We just recently purchased a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 Duramax. Now after seeing some of the comments on this forum I'm wondering if I have enough truck. We do not plan to go FT but want to spend 5 to 6 months out of the year on the road, at least that's the plan for now as we are both retired. The rest of the time will be spent with kids and gk's. Once again hi from the Johnston's.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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Go to your Chevy dealership and talk to service manager....ask him who is the most knowledgable on his service staffor service tech about your tow capabilities and if they are as good as Ford about this they should have a Tow brochure and should be able to steer you right...Also ask about adding suspension air bags
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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The tow rating on my truck is 17,800 according to GM sales propaganda. It should be ok with the RW 31SL, I hope.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:08 PM   #5
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Well the dry weight is 11930 and the gvwr 16000 depending on what your gcwr is on your truck is you should be fine.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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Oh ya I forgot welcome to the forum we hope to see ya around someday on the trail.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:21 PM   #7
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Yeah, somewhere down the trail. Maybe at the first Redwood National Rally.
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That would be great!
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:14 AM   #9
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Welcome John317. I have the RW 31sl and I'm towing it with a 6.4l F250 diesel with no problems. You will really like how easy they are to tow. Although the 31sl is their smallest 5th wheel it is a very nice layout, and will fit into 35ft sites.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:00 AM   #10
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Sinder, I see from your profile that you are from Calif. also. What part? Where did you buy your unit? Did you get the disc brakes, and if not how is the stopping power with regular brakes? Did you install a washer/dryer yet? If so what unit and how's the fit? I apologize for all the questions but you are the only one I know of so far with the 31sl.
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