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Old 07-27-2008, 10:49 PM   #1
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Anyone using an Avalanche to tow?

We are in the process of purchasing an International 27FB, anyone have any experience with an Avalanche as a TV?

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Old 07-27-2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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hi koebe...

yes, a few folks

search the tow vehicle forum with the key term and many threads will appear.

there are also threads on the caddy version.

here are a few 2startyou ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...cle-40012.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-40288.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...0-a-20581.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...mbi-18683.html

right NOW one of our members is rolling up the alcan hiway in his lavanche' with argosy in tow...

cheers
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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An Avalanche is really just a Suburban in disguise -- try doing a search -- you'll find lots of info here about towing with a burb.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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I disagree, an Avalanche is a Tahoe in disguise. Still, by any means, a light duty machine. To make very much power, the 5.3's are screaming their guts out at high rpm's.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:32 AM   #5
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An Avalanche is really just a Suburban in disguise -- try doing a search -- you'll find lots of info here about towing with a burb.
Correct, same chassis.
Brian (RISTREAMIN) just returned from an epic journey out west with his 3/4 ton Avy.
Awesome TV.

Search around for his recent trip report.

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Old 07-28-2008, 09:41 AM   #6
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For the first time that I can remember, I saw a 2500 Avalanche this weekend. Don't know of GM still offers this but thought it was worth mentioning.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:57 AM   #7
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We have an '05 Chevy Avalanche, 2500, 8.1, 3.73 and it is more than enough to pull our 25' FB. We went coast to coast two times in '07, and it never lacked power, over mountains included.

The 8.1 has not been made since 05 or 06. The Suburban is exactly the same as the Avalanche, until you get behind the second row of seats. We like the Av for the rear bed with bed slide-makes everything easy to reach.

There is a chevyavalanchefanclub.com forum that is like this forum-everything you want to know and answers for all questions.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:13 AM   #8
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We have an '05 Chevy Avalanche, 2500, 8.1, 3.73 and it is more than enough to pull our 25' FB. We went coast to coast two times in '07, and it never lacked power, over mountains included.

The 8.1 has not been made since 05 or 06. The Suburban is exactly the same as the Avalanche, until you get behind the second row of seats. We like the Av for the rear bed with bed slide-makes everything easy to reach.

There is a chevyavalanchefanclub.com forum that is like this forum-everything you want to know and answers for all questions.
Just as BillTex said we have an Avie with the same setup as Pat's above. 8.1L 2500 with 3.73 and it is a towing beast!! We just returned from going across the country covering 6200 miles and the truck never flinched. We went over Wolf Creek Pass and that was the only time it worked a little on the whole trip. Was going 45-50 mph all the way and the tranny temp finally started to rise for the first time all trip. It got up to 220. Normally I was running between 180-200. Ours is an 03 with 60k on it now. You check it out on our thread " big trip starts tomorrow morning"
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:48 AM   #9
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It just so happens that your friendly neighborhood orange guy has an Av. Mines an '07 with the 3.71 axle and 5.3l engine. I'm towing a 33' SOB weighing in at 7k dry, so about 8.5k loaded. Tongue weight is about 1200lbs. I've got the 1400lb. spring bars on my Hensley, so it does pretty well. It's a great tow vehicle. Very short so it's easy to park the trailer. I get about 20mpg when I'm not towing, too.
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GM made a 3/4 ton version of the Avalanche a few years back, but it is no longer offered in 3/4 ton form.

To tow safely, you'd need to have either the 2wd model w/ 4.10s or the 4x4 model with 4.10s. If you have only the 3.73s with a 5.3L, you will easily exceed what that truck is suppose to tow with what you are planning to pickup. Keep in mind I am assuming this is a new body style Av and not the older versions.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:56 PM   #11
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I have a 2002 Avalanche since new - 3/4 ton - really love that truck - decent gas mileage for big motor. Have 90,000 on mine and no problems - I would get another one if I could get the 3/4 ton again - Has been the perfect vehicle - tailgate down on Sat, nice crusier for Sunday...

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It just so happens that your friendly neighborhood orange guy has an Av. Mines an '07 with the 3.71 axle and 5.3l engine. I'm towing a 33' SOB weighing in at 7k dry, so about 8.5k loaded. Tongue weight is about 1200lbs. I've got the 1400lb. spring bars on my Hensley, so it does pretty well. It's a great tow vehicle. Very short so it's easy to park the trailer. I get about 20mpg when I'm not towing, too.
Good post Ron. It illustrates the fact that one needs to consider the bigger picture when talking about tow vehicles, towing, safety, and performance.

Simply talking about the TV is not enough. One needs to consider more than TV specs and need to include connection hardware quality, setup adjustments, the TT stability factor, etc, etc.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:02 PM   #13
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I tow both my 32' charter boat and my 73 Argosy with my 2003 Avalanche. Both tow very well.

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Old 07-28-2008, 05:07 PM   #14
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When did the Avalanche change from a Suburban frame to a Tahoe frame?

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