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Old 03-30-2008, 09:21 AM   #1
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Suburban 1500 TV questions.

Hello to everyone. I just joined the forum and there seems to be a lot of people with lots of knowledge. I need to tap into some of that knowledge.

I have been camping for years in a pop-up and decided last year to purchase a 2004 wildwood LE 27Bh. I dont remember the dry weight, but I think I am right around 4950lbs. I figure about 6-6300lbs loaded.

I was pulling it with a dredfully old and decrepit 97 expy. The tranny was absolutely shot. Compression was also weak. I decided to put this 'ol thing out of its misery.

THUS my dillema.

I purchased a 04 suburban 1500 Z71. (4x4, 3.73, 5.3L,) Low miles (40k). Although the tow rating is lower than the expy, my guess is that I will be ok.
My questions are:

1. The suburban had a factory installed tranny cooler, but no tranny temp guage. This might sound petty, but do most people put in a guage? I know that in the 2500 class suburban, they had a temp guage built into the dash. Is it possible to do the same with the 1500 version? If not, I 've seen mods where people put a guages on a A pillar. Is this common?

2. What mods would you recommend to make towing easier? K&N intake? etc... how about bags for the rear end? (burbs are coil rear ends)

Thanks for everyone's help.


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2004 Suburban Z71 4x4,5.3L, 3.73. Reese dual cam w/WD
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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Many people add on tranny gauges to monitor the temps. A great idea.
My suggestions:
Why not take it to the scales, and get all the weights done to be certain what you have. Better to be safe, than guess, and risk being wrong.

A great WD hitch, with proper sway control is a MUST.

Also, I've towed a trailer about the same weight with a Tahoe with the same specs. It towed pretty well, but the differential evently disentigrated. (mechanic said it was defect, not my fault) Shortly after, I traded for a Nissan Titan...which proved to be a much better tow vehicle all around.


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Old 03-30-2008, 10:54 AM   #3
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I agree with the jollymon.
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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WD hitch - check.
I will get the combined unit weighed the next time I have a second.
On a side note, I was looking at the other forum topics and found info about the Scan Guage 2. it seems that it will give me tranny temp reading. Can anyone confirm/deny this will work for my 04 suburban?

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Old 03-31-2008, 08:36 AM   #5
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Can someone tell me exactly what I need. Have a Wildwood 27RLSS LE. Know I need an equalizer distribution hitch and sway control. Do these all come together, or get them separately? I have a 2 5/16" ? ball. (I know it is over 2". It's what ever y'all have said before.) Do I need sway bars or just a control box?
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:10 AM   #6
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Hello Pat,
It's going to be hard to tell you exactly what you need without knowing what TV you have but to answer some of your questions here's what you'll need at least to get started.

If you get the Equal-i-zer brand hitch the sway control and weight distribution is built in. From the specs looks like you'll need the 1000/10000 lb unit." has the best price on them. You'll also need a good brake controller and I recommend the Prodigy by Tekonsha. RVW also has them.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:44 AM   #7
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I use the Reese straight line weight distribution trunnion bar kit.

I also use the Prodigy controller.

I like the dual cam setup. Seems to work pretty well. Unfortuantely, I cannot compare to other units as I have no experience with others.

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Old 04-04-2008, 11:47 AM   #8
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I'll second the Equal-i-zer hitch from That's where I got mine due to price. It is designed with both the WD & sway control. No chains & very easy to use.

For a brake controller I have the Tekonsha P3 -- this is the next generation prodigy & from what I understand a little easier to use. Very simple & I've had no problems with it.

Good luck......

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