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Old 09-22-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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I HAVE A 2002 AVALANCHE 2500 8.1 3.73 . I HAVE READ THAT THE OEM FRAME MOUNT TEND TO CRACK. I DID GET THE TOW PKG. WHEN I PURCHASED IT NEW. ANYBODY HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH CRACKING? I WILL ADD THAT I HAVE ONLY TOWED SMALL UTILITY TRAILER WITH IT FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS AND THAT WAS ONLY COUPLE TIMES A YEAR. I JUST PURCHASED A NEW 2011 ROCKWOOD 2608SS I THINK ITS AROUND 6700 MAX.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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I have heard the rumor of those cracking also, but never saw any real life proof though. What I have seen real life proof of however, is drive train failure. My brother has a 2005 Avalanche, and the guy I sold my other F-250 to has a 2002 Avalanche. Both of those have had both the rear-end and the transmission replaced/rebuilt. The guy I sold my old truck to used his to pull his trailer, which would be about the same specs as yours. My brother barely hauled anything with his. And I have heard of quite a few other Avalanche's with the same issues. Now, to be fair, both my brother's and the guy I sold my old truck to, they were both the 1500. I would have to believe the 2500 with the 8.1 and 3.73 is a much better built unit, but seeing all the past issues with towing by the Avalanche...just saying.

Now, that being said, I hope it does what you need. And welcome to the wonderful world of RVing! That is a nice camper...you're gonna have lots of fun with it!
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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I replaced my factory GM hitch with the Putnam XDR. When I had my Rockwood 8315SS tongue pull trailer, I noticed a difference in the ride after replacing. The factory hitch was flexing.
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