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Old 07-13-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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What do you tow with your Avalanche

What do you tow with your 1500 Avalanche
Just asking because I have couchman clipper 17BH with a dry weight of 3000 lbs and looking to upgrade to a couchman spirit ultalite 2245 BH with a dry weight of around 4500 lbs
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:05 PM   #2
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Nobody tows a dry weight trailer. Gross weight would be closer to real life. Just saying!
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A lot depends on the truck's specs.
Trim level, factory tow package or not, payload capacity and year.
My 2007 Avy has the factory tow package but only a payload of 1357lbs. So I'll never get near the 7200 number towing a TT.
Mine did great with a 25' HTT with a loaded weight around 5200lbs. But wasn't happy with my newer 26.5' TT with a loaded weight around 6200lbs.
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What do you tow with your Avalanche

We pull 2017 Rockwood mini lite 2104s with 2011 Avalanche with towing package. In May drove from south Louisiana to Pensacola Florida. I got 10.5 mpg pulling at 60mph.
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Nobody tows a dry weight trailer. Gross weight would be closer to real life. Just saying!
I know that .
Will put the same amount of crap in the new one as the only one.
Just adding 1500 lbs and 4 feet.
I can tow up to 7000k per sticker will be well under that, just wanted everyone else experience.
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I know that .
Will put the same amount of crap in the new one as the only one.
Just adding 1500 lbs and 4 feet.
I can tow up to 7000k per sticker will be well under that, just wanted everyone else experience.
GVWR on the 2245BH is 6500..so you would be close to the 7000lb tow rating on your Avalanche.
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As someone who pulled a similar size/weight trailer with an Avalanche, I think you'll be fine.
What is your payload capacity from the driver's door yellow sticker. It'll say "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs".
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I dont plan on loading the trailer up with water ect.
A few years from now I plan on getting a new 1/2 ton silverado 5.3 with towing package. I believe its towing capacity is over 9k
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You're insistent on quoting tow capacities. That's misguided. Do some reading on towing with 1/2 tons and you'll immediately learn that this is a payload question ... which has been mentioned above, before your two lastest postings of various tow capacities.

So, once again, I'll encourage you to stop thinking about tow capacity and start focusing on payload.

And, if you know that dry weight is a sort of useless number, then I'd also encourage you to stop using it. Use something that is closer to reality. This is typically 1,000 - 1,200 lbs over dry weight or GVWR, whichever is lower, for a conventional tow trailer.

Good luck.
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You're insistent on quoting tow capacities. That's misguided. Do some reading on towing with 1/2 tons and you'll immediately learn that this is a payload question ... which has been mentioned above, before your two lastest postings of various tow capacities.

So, once again, I'll encourage you to stop thinking about tow capacity and start focusing on payload.

And, if you know that dry weight is a sort of useless number, then I'd also encourage you to stop using it. Use something that is closer to reality. This is typically 1,000 - 1,200 lbs over dry weight or GVWR, whichever is lower, for a conventional tow trailer.

Good luck.
You people on here are so particular.
Ok 2 adults weighing 165 and 135 plus some bikes weighing 40 each.
Come on total weight not to exceed 7000 zinc get it come on.
That's why I'm staying under 6000 gvwr.
Some of you are so anal .
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You people on here are so particular.
Ok 2 adults weighing 165 and 135 plus some bikes weighing 40 each.
Come on total weight not to exceed 7000 zinc get it come on.
That's why I'm staying under 6000 gvwr.
Some of you are so anal .
You really, really need to spend some time reading on what payload is and how it differs from tow capacity. They are not even close to the same thing and you are massively conflating the two terms.

This isn't a nit-picky thing. Again, if you spent even a little bit of time researching 1/2 ton towing, you'd quickly realize that these trucks run out of payload way, way before you'll run out of tow capacity.

So, I will again encourage you to shift your focus from tow capacity and spend some time thinking about payload.

Good luck.
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Your Avalanche's payload capacity is nowhere near 7000lbs. That's TOWING capacity, not PAYLOAD capacity.
Payload capacity will be 1000 something.
Agree that you need to do some research as to the importance of payload capacity, over towing capacity.
And that's from an Avalanche owner.
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Your Avalanche's payload capacity is nowhere near 7000lbs. That's TOWING capacity, not PAYLOAD capacity.
Payload capacity will be 1000 something.
Yep something like that.
I really have no idea.
My tt with a toughie weight of 4 ?? Only squats it an inch or so.it has the heavy duty suspension.
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Yep something like that.
I really have no idea.
My tt with a toughie weight of 4 ?? Only squats it an inch or so.it has the heavy duty suspension.
You are basing payload on the amount of squat that occurs?
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You are basing payload on the amount of squat that occurs?
There you go again, being all particular and anal!

I actually think this is OK when towing a Couchman trailer. If you're towing a Coachmen, then it's probably worth taking a look at that door jamb sticker. But, I've read that the Couchman doesn't need to bother with those particulars.
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I tow a 2011 23SS Roo with my 2003 Avalanche. Roo dry weight is 4158 The Avalanche does not have a tow package and did not come with a hitch. I added a hitch and the trailer came with a WDH. Avalanche squats alot with the Roo connected. Avalanche can pull it up steep hills no problem if you do not mind using second gear. Stops fine with trailer brakes correctly adjusted. I bought this trailer thinking I could pull it no problem and I can. I have towed it 1700 miles without doing anything to the truck or trailer, including the WDH that is still set up for the previous owners RAM 1500. After reading all the posts about payload I looked into mine. I can not find a payload specification on my truck or in the owners manual. VIN decoders show 1313 pounds. That is a low number in my opinion, I could easily surpass that the way I have been loading my truck. Before my next trip I plan on replacing my rear springs and shocks, correctly adjusting the WDH and then a trip to the CAT scale. None of this will change the amount of payload my truck is rated for, but I will feel better about it, especially if I am over a few 100 pounds. Listen to the replies, they are trying to help you not win a fight.
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You are basing payload on the amount of squat that occurs?
I posted my door stick already.
So I'm basing payload on the information that is provided.

You have all the info I do, maybe you can tell me what my payload is
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[QUOTE=JPin AZ;2140056]I tow a 2011 23SS Roo with my 2003 Avalanche. Roo dry weight is 4158 The Avalanche does not have a tow package and did not come with a hitch. I added a hitch and the trailer came with a WDH. Avalanche squats alot with the Roo connected. Avalanche can pull it up steep hills no problem if you do not mind using second gear. Stops fine with trailer brakes correctly adjusted. I bought this trailer thinking I could pull it no problem and I can. I have towed it 1700 miles without doing anything to the truck or trailer, including the WDH that is still set up for the previous owners RAM 1500. After reading all the posts about payload I looked into mine. I can not find a payload specification on my truck or in the owners manual. VIN decoders show 1313 pounds. That is a low number in my opinion, I could easily surpass that the way I have been loading my truck. Before my next trip I plan on replacing my rear springs and shocks, correctly adjusting the WDH and then a trip to the CAT scale. None of this will change the amount of payload my truck is rated for, but I will feel better about it, especially if I am over a few 100 pounds. Listen to the replies, they are trying to help you not win a fight.

So my 2006 tahoe does not list payload either.
Is that a pick up truck only thing ??
I have tried internet searches, that's what we have to go on since chevy didn't put it on the door sticker.
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Put you VIN in here decodethis.com
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