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Old 12-22-2002, 02:39 PM   #1
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GMC 1500 Z-71 what mods for towing ?

I an about to purchase a new Bambi. My tow vehicle is 2000 GMC 4 wheel dr Z-71 with 5.7 liter and 3.73 rear end. What mods if any modifications should I make to the truck? The factory package that came with the truck has a heavy duty frame mounted receiver hitch and is wired with a seven pin conector.GMC says I can tow up to 8000#. I am thinking that I should install (1) Electric brakes (2) Larger mirrors (3) Transmisson temperature gauge. Is that all? This is my first trailer all that I've towed in the past is a Jet Ski, so I really could use the help from any of you more experienced in trailer towing. Thanks
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Tow mods

I tow a 5000# 2003 International, a lot heavier than the Bambi, with a Z71 with the 5.3L engine. Same truck with about the same power.

I would recommend slip-on mirror extensions (you don't need more with an 8' wide trailer), a Tekonsha brake controller, and nothing more. WIth the factory transmission cooler and Bambi, you don't need a transmission temp gage, IMHO.
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Thanks, that was the info that I needed to know. My only remaing problem will be where to store the trailer when it is not in use. I can't park it on my lot in suburbia because of the deed restrictions. I have been checking of site storage and have found it ranges from open air (no canopy) $35/mon, canopy $65/mon, enclosed bay (four walls, roof & locking door) $158/mon. I am still looking for a good place to keep it close to home preferable at less than $ 100/mon. As soon as I have a handle on that problem I will purchase the Bambi of my dreams.
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if you look in the glove compartment of your truck you may find a bundle of wires with a square plug on the end.

this is the factory brake controller harness that gm was nice enough to include with all of their trucks equipped for towing.

this is a true plug and play setup, go get an electric brake controller (around 50 bucks) and follow the instructions on both the harness and the controller. there are 4/5 wires to connect. very simple. the square plug goes into the top of the junction box just above where your left foot sits.

mounting the controller is simple also because chevy has provided some holes for it on the lower edge of the dash. the holes are directly below the steering column.

then follow the instructions that come with the controller to set the amount of braking power you want.

your z71 should do a real nice job with a trailer of that size.

if you have any other questions feel free to post them.

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are your deed restrictions for the front of the house only?

how about making a pad for it in the back? airstreamcaravel just went through this and was able to work out a site in his back yard.

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Backyard might work but access would be very difficult. I have a pool that covers approx 1/2 of the yard. I have located an offsite enclosed storage 12' 4" x 30' with a door at each end for $96/mon. & have taken that for now. Thanks for the help.
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