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Old 06-06-2011, 06:35 PM   #11
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Hello from WV. We are new here. Picking up our Wildwood 28BHXL next Friday. Camped for years in tents, moved to a pop-up, then not much camping for a few years, ready to start again.

Admit I am a bit nervous about towing the camper, even more nervous about backing it. Have some experience; pop-up, occassional boat, but nothing this size. Current TV is a Chevroet Avalanche.

Been reading posts, some make me feel better about issues and others make me even more nervous. Look forward to learning more on here and seeing what others have to share.

Welcome, I too live in WV and camp at Campcreek, Stonewall Jackson, Summersville, Etc...
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:49 PM   #12
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If you can back a pop up trailer or a boat then you can back a bigger travel trailer, they are more forgiving when correcting a turn, also with the right mirrors you can estimate right where the trailer will go. Starting out, always use a spotter, get some two way radios and go practice for an hour in an open parking lot, it's easier than you think. Just don't forget to keep and eye on your front fender as it swings around in front of you.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:03 AM   #13
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Towing with the Avalanche has concerned me somewhat. Seems the more I read the more confusing it gets. One source will say my Avy can tow 8100 another will say around 7800, some down around 7300. I never even thought of wheel base and trailer length until I got on here and saw articles on it.

The trailer we are getting weighs around 5100 and has a cargo capacity of up to 2400. I can't imagine us having a ton of gear in it and I plan on trying to keep it as light as I can.

Getting some maintenance to the Avy as well, brakes checked, transmission fluid changed, probably going to put a aux trans cooler on it. My goal is to make it through this year with the Avalanche and hopefully get a 2500 series truck next year. It's just nice now because the Avalanche is paid for!
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #14
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that 5100lbs. number is the fictional "dry" weight and no TT actually weighs that when it leaves the factory.
you can figure that it actually weighs at least 5500lbs., if you have the normal "options", such as: awning, spare tire, oven, microwave and so on.
you now add the weight of the battery, propance, water and cargo and you can easily be close to max towing.

since you didn't state your Avy's year, engine size and rear end ratio, it's hard to tell you what your tow max is.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #15
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The Avalanche is a 2002, Z71, tow package. Engine is 5.3L. I believe the gears are 3.73. I realized the trailer weight would be higher for the very reasons you said; awnings, a/c, propane,etc. And personally the more I can be under the max tow weight the better.

WV is pretty much all hill so there will be some grade climbs although at least for the this first summer I don't see us going into parts of the state with steeper, longer grades.

If all else fails, my son has a new pick-up with a 9,500 tow rating he has said I can use.....of course I think he is plotting to use the camper in return!
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:20 PM   #16
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I have same set up but its a 02 sub with trans cooler. Tow cap is 7300 cause your model 4x4 with small rear end. Mine tow little higher cause its a 2wd drive. I tow 22 ft toy hauler. I tow tanks empty and only fill up at camp site or closest city to the campground. I dont really have alot of mountains to drive thru.
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You should get the auxillary transmission cooler if not already equipped, most stock versions are "coolers", but not near enough.
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