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Old 03-31-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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Opinions from you experienced TT campers

Hello all. Just joined the forums and want to ask a few questions before I jump.

We have a 2011 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab short bed half ton as our TV.
It has the 4.8 enging and the 3.42 rear along with the tow package.

I'm looking at the Forest River Wildwood X-Lite Backpack 26BH as our first TT.

The plan is to put a WDH w/ sway control (2) and electric brake control on at time of purchase.

I've read a bit and think I'm in good shape as far as wheel base of the TV for the TT length, weight of the TT should be fine as long as I don't overload and load any moveable weight to center or forward to make sure I don't reduce tongue weight by rear loading.

Is there anything else I should be considering before I sign and agreement to buy the trailer this weekend/early next week?

I do realize my pulling experience would have been better with the bigger engine and the 3.73 but we will generally be camping locally (within a couple hours) of Cincinnati (KY, TN, OH, IN, WV) and don't get into too big a hurry when we are traveling as it's about spending time together and destressing, not hurry up and get there so we can "have fun".

Anyone have this TV or a 2010 and a similar weight/length trailer? Hows it doing for you if you do?

Looking forward to your comments and insight.

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Gus
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site, I am right up the road from you in Columbus. I spent alot of time worrying over this same subject. We bought a new Cherokee 28bh, and I will be towing it home next weekend with a Chevy Avalanche with WD Hitch W/Sway, and brake controller. You are going to hear good and bad things about what is right and wrong. I think if you are safe, and you dont feel the vehicle is working to hard, you should be fine. There are others who will tell you otherwise. Good luck in your travels.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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According to the stats online with the information you gave, you are planning on pulling a 28.5' trailer with a GVWR of 5400 lbs, with a pickup that has a 144" wheelbase rated to tow 5500 lbs. All of your stats are within recommended or suggested guidelines, but just barely, which means doable.....of course doable to many people means pulling more than you plan.

Make sure that your tow package is a heavy duty tow package....1 that includes an auxiliary transmission cooler.

You mentioned WDH with 2 sway bars. With that long of a trailer, an WDH with integrated sway control might serve you better, such as the Equalizer (brand) 4 pt., the Reese Straight Line Dual Cam, or the Blue Ox.

You should be OK with that setup, but slow and easy is the word of the day.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:28 AM   #4
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Yup, definitely the 4 point sway control. Your gear ratio will make you pay at the pump, 3.42 and tow package is making me go, really ? Are you sure you got a tow package or the 3.42 gears ? Tow packages usually come with 3.73 gears ...
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:59 AM   #5
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According to the window sticker (copy and pasted)

REAR AXLE 3.42 RATIO
NO CHARGE HD TRAILERING EQUIPMENT PKG:
LOCKING REAR DIFFERENTIAL
HANDLING/TRAILERING SUSPENSION
$ 770.00 GVW RATING - 7000 LBS
NO CHARGE
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #6
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Hmm, is it a 4X4, and what model ? WT, LS, LT, XFE, LTZ ? The max trailer package costs 3,000 plus bucks ......

I think you only have the trailering package, not the max tow package. And that "might" mean that you do not have the bigger auxiliary transmission cooler, which is a must.

Max trailering package reads as follows :

MAX Trailering Pack
6.2L V8 engine, automatic locking rear differential, 9.5" rear axle, front/rear disc brakes, Z85 Handling/Trailering suspension and Trailering Package.


Looks like you can;t get the max trailer package with WS or LS.

LT is the first one which can get it :

Max Trailering Pack
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When equipped with the awesome Max Trailering Pack, a Silverado® Crew Cab™ can haul up to 1980 lbs.1 of whatever it takes to get the job done, and Extended Cab models can tow up to 10,700 lbs.2 The package includes the powerful Vortec® 6.2L V8 SFI engine, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, Handling/Trailering Suspension Package, 9.5" hybrid rear axle, 3.73 rear axle ratio, 4 – 17" x 7.5" 6-lug aluminum wheels, P265/70R17 on-/off-road blackwall tires, fog lamps, front and rear disc brakes and Trailering Package. Standard Box only. Not available on Z71® Off-Road Package.
1 Maximum payload capacity includes weight of driver, passengers, optional equipment and cargo.
2 Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a properly equipped base vehicle plus driver. See dealer for details.


In order to choose this feature, you also need to add: Vortec 6.2L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine6-speed automatic transmission -GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg) -Rear axle, 3.73 ratio17" x 7.5" 5-spoke aluminum wheelsOn-/off-road blackwall tires -Cooling, external engine oil coolerTrailering Package -Cooling, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oilHeavy-duty automatic locking rear differential -Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel discFront fog lamp


You will definitely need to have the bigger auxilirary transmission cooler installed if it is not there. Not a biggie, couple of hundred bucks !
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:38 AM   #7
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I tow a trailer which is 32' long with my 4.6 Ford which has the proper tow package. It does well for me. I usually camp far away from home and I do not worry about towing with my current vehicle. if your ratio gives you problems, I believe for a thousand or little bit more you can have it changed to 3.73.

I do not break speed records, but I can easily maintain 60 mpg uphill. The get go from a dead stop on uphill is not the best but one learns to live with it, yours will be worse because of the gear ratio.

I forgot to mention, my trailer weighed 4,830 Lbs as weighed by the factory when it was leaving through the door.

If you did not take delivery yet, it would be best to change the specs on it though ....
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Nowhere did the OP mention MAX trailer package. The 4.8l and the 5.3l are only offered with either 3.08 or 3.42 gearing but with the 6 speed transmission. It amazes me how few so called experts on this forum don't know that.
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Nowhere did the OP mention MAX trailer package. The 4.8l and the 5.3l are only offered with either 3.08 or 3.42 gearing but with the 6 speed transmission. It amazes me how few so called experts on this forum don't know that.
1st of all, nobody claims to be an expert on this forum. The members here were asked a question, and we responded with our best non-expert ideas.

2nd, if you read the responses by myself and Goomph, we both questioned whether the OPer had a heavy duty towing package. Since Goomph and I both own Fords, we are not familiar with the Chevy terms, and was only able to work with the information given to us.

According to this chart (http://www.chevrolet.com/assets/pdf/...ringPoster.pdf), the only crew cab 1500 with the 4.8L engine that has an axle ratio of 3.42 is a 4wd.....the 2wds come with 3.73s....go figure. That is where I got my 5500 tow rating from. I appears that the 3.08 is not even an option with that engine.
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Is this directed at me ? I am no expert at this, I have just been looking his trucks specs up and trying to help him. I have been just typing as I look and asking questions, again trying to help understand what he has. The purpose being "trying to help him" understand where he is at ....

I guess I should have just kept my mouth shut instead of trying to help because someone would surely come and set me straight.

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Nowhere did the OP mention MAX trailer package. The 4.8l and the 5.3l are only offered with either 3.08 or 3.42 gearing but with the 6 speed transmission. It amazes me how few so called experts on this forum don't know that.
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