Towing Black Series HQ15 Travel Trailer Camper?

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Does anyone have experience towing a Black Series HQ 15 yet? Just bought one. Pick up Thursday. Tips!





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Naturally we will require pictures when you get it, pictures on the trail, and pictures of your off the grid campsites!

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I'm looking into buying the HQ17 in the next few months. Need the bunk beds it offers. Hopefully the max tow can handle it.
 
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I'm looking into buying the HQ17 in the next few months. Need the bunk beds it offers. Hopefully the max tow can handle it.
The HQ15 is at max tow weight 7000#’s. The 17 is too heavy.
 

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The HQ15 is at max tow weight 7000#’s. The 17 is too heavy.

The HQ15 dry weight is under 5k pounds, the HQ17 dry is 5500 lbs. Will it really be over 7600 loaded up? Tongue weight is within gladiator specs. I have been worried about the JT's ability to tow it. Figured we'd start with the gladiator and if it proves insufficient I will just have to get a better tow rig.
 
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The HQ15 dry weight is under 5k pounds, the HQ17 dry is 5500 lbs. Will it really be over 7600 loaded up? Tongue weight is within gladiator specs. I have been worried about the JT's ability to tow it. Figured we'd start with the gladiator and if it proves insufficient I will just have to get a better tow rig.
Got my HQ15 yesterday. Found out the 2021 dry weight is 1000#’s heavier than earlier models due t adding 2 additional batteries(4 now) and other included updates. Then I transferred what I had in my Lance 1172 truck camper, and boy do we need to go on a major diet! Gladiator was down shifting to 4 th on long gradual inclines ( to the point where I had to decelerate enough to climb back into 5th gear. Not good.
 

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Got my HQ15 yesterday. Found out the 2021 dry weight is 1000#’s heavier than earlier models due t adding 2 additional batteries(4 now) and other included updates. Then I transferred what I had in my Lance 1172 truck camper, and boy do we need to go on a major diet! Gladiator was down shifting to 4 th on long gradual inclines ( to the point where I had to decelerate enough to climb back into 5th gear. Not good.
You might as well start truck shopping, or return that HQ15 for a C12.

If your truck struggles with a trailer on road, and that trailer is an off road trailer, logic will dictate that trailer is going to become a permanent fixture somewhere way off of the highway.

I say it in every one of these threads, but if you are planning on pulling a trailer that exceeds 60% of the factory "tow rating" for any appreciable distance or over rough terrain, prepare for disappointment.
 

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