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Old 07-26-2009, 03:27 PM   #21
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Digs, the post about chevy states "Also, the gmc/chevys have air shocks so you will not need to install airbags ever." Make sure your truck has air shocks, and don't believe everything you read. The 2500 series may not need air shocks or air bags in your application. Check the payload with and without air shock option, assuming it is an option. Good Luck.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:01 PM   #22
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Note: If you are seriously considering the extended cab vs. crew cab on whatever brand. I strongly suggest that you load up the kids in both vehicles consider their sizes now and where they will be in 3 plus years. I have an F250 extended cab that I really like. Problem is my 14 year old daughter hates riding in the back seat. She and her friends complain of being cramped (no leg room). I constantly get jabbed in the back with thier knees.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:43 PM   #23
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Note: If you are seriously considering the extended cab vs. crew cab on whatever brand. I strongly suggest that you load up the kids in both vehicles consider their sizes now and where they will be in 3 plus years. I have an F250 extended cab that I really like. Problem is my 14 year old daughter hates riding in the back seat. She and her friends complain of being cramped (no leg room). I constantly get jabbed in the back with thier knees.
Thanks! I'm actually waiting for the salesman to call me back on a Chevy 2500 Crew Cab right now. With any luck, I'm going to bring that truck home tonight, it comes the closest to what we want.

Wind, you're right about the air shocks, they are not usually on the 2500s, he said it could be added, but I'd pay for it. Not a big deal, if I can make a deal on this truck today, I will definitely be a happy camper, and we'll look into the air bags down the road.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:17 PM   #24
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One last thing I forgot, when checking on GVW of the truck, don't forget to add the weight of the cargo top. Also if you have the truck, might want to sneak and weigh it. Mine with a low top on it weighed 800 pounds more than stated. The top only weighs 200 pounds, so the truck was listed light. Good Luck. Also if you get the chance, hook your camper up and go for a ride, city and highway.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:29 AM   #25
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One last thing I forgot, when checking on GVW of the truck, don't forget to add the weight of the cargo top. Also if you have the truck, might want to sneak and weigh it. Mine with a low top on it weighed 800 pounds more than stated. The top only weighs 200 pounds, so the truck was listed light. Good Luck. Also if you get the chance, hook your camper up and go for a ride, city and highway.
Ahhhh, Wind, while you were typing this, I was signing the paperwork LOL. We will weigh her out in the coming weeks, probably going to drive her to Anchorage for our trip next weekend just to get the break in miles on her so we can possibly get in a camping trip before winter socks us. (It'll take us two months to get 500 miles on her if we don't take her LOL)

I'm glad to be done vehicle shopping, I'm very happy with what we bought, and I cannot thank all of you enough for the help with my questions, you really did save us a costly mistake.

She's an '09 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LT, crew cab, 5 passenger, the shorter bed.

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Old 07-27-2009, 08:33 AM   #26
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Nice truck, and I'm sure you'll be happy with the truck and camper, especially as a combination. Just make sure you follow the maintenance schedule and you'll have many happy years together. Make sure and plan a few practice tows before you plan on camping the first time. You may have to make hitch adjustments, and you want to get the feel of towing before you get everyone loaded and all excited about the trip. Good luck, be safe, and enjoy.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:13 PM   #28
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Nice truck, i'm jealous!

The Windrider is correct the air-suspention may be an option. I assumed (duh) that since mine had it they all come with it. If your truck is equiped with it it will say on the Window sticker, something like "Auto-ride suspention" That is what is on mine but they may have changed the language. Regardless, beautifull truck should do the job easily.
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Nice truck, and I'm sure you'll be happy with the truck and camper, especially as a combination. Just make sure you follow the maintenance schedule and you'll have many happy years together. Make sure and plan a few practice tows before you plan on camping the first time. You may have to make hitch adjustments, and you want to get the feel of towing before you get everyone loaded and all excited about the trip. Good luck, be safe, and enjoy.
I'll hit up another forum for checklists for the camper and camping, but a quick ?

The WDH is in the camper, looks to be fairly self explanatory to connect (haven't tried), I know it will need adjusting, but to get the camper to the RV place, we'll need to tow it about 8 miles through the city (fairly straight run, no hills, traffic isn't bad).

Is there a way to measure what type of hitch? to buy for the truck? It has the factory towing package of course, I'm talking about the piece that the ball attaches to to go into the truck's receiver. The one I have on my van lifts the tongue of the trailer and I'm fairly certain I usually see one with a drop on a truck, and I know they come in varying sizes...how do I know what to buy for it? I can't take the TT and the truck in together because i can't tow it without the thing and ball LOL.

I think the WDH has a ball on it...do I just use that to pull it across town or should I go buy a normal one and a ball to take it to the RV place for the inspection and help getting the WDH adjusted? (Sorry guys, I know you're probably laughing because I'm sooooooooo ignorant about all this stuff right now)

And, my other question, is the WDH also the sway control I hear people talk about?

Getting to the WDH is a bit of a pain because i cannot seem to get into the storage area on the camper through the doors, I guess I'm going to have to send a kid down from inside to pull the hitch to me, and replacing the locks on those doors are a priority because I just bend the key when I'm trying to get them open.
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Nice truck,
Hope you are getting either an Equalizer brand or Reese/Drawtight dual cam weight distr'n assembly. Ball will be needed on head assembly usually 2 5/8". I have towed without tension bars for short distances and slow speed if needed. Not really recommended unless tongue weight does not weigh rear of truck down too much
Tension bars should be close to your tongue weight. ie 750 tongue= 800# bars, 900tongue = 1000# bars etc
If you follow instructions that come with it they are quite simple to install and set up. Measure twice and read instructions twice and you should be ok. Will need some large 3/4 drive sockets and larger drill bits to do install. Setup of the bars is key to having no sway. Not enough tension on the bars and trailer will tend to sway. You will find correct link adjustment with some trial and error
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