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Old 03-13-2014, 09:23 PM   #57
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Congrats - and I agree with Jim. If the benefit of moving it is weight distribution, you're already at 100%FALR - not benefit going over that. Enjoy the utility as is!

Congrats - great looking rig!
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:24 PM   #58
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Ahhhhh....a rock guard. Yes, that's a possibility. Thanks for the reminder.

I guess my concern was that the longer shank creates more torque on the receiver? But I can say that I towed for 2 years without being able to open the back hatch of my old Burb and it was a pain in the butt. So, I think I am going to leave this alone, enjoy the access, and keep an eye on the receiver and inspect it periodically.

All's good then in the "Suburbs."
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:53 AM   #59
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Check clearances in turning and for tailgate. Inches actually do make a difference
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:54 AM   #60
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Pay particular attention to that OEM receiver on your Suburban. I had to replace the receivers on both my Quadradteer Suburbans due to cracked welds.

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Old 03-15-2014, 10:31 AM   #61
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We recently purchased a used 2005 Suburban. The PO indicated the factory class 4 receiver was not very sturdy - there was noticeable flex of the receiver and bumper when the trailer was cinched up - so the PO replaced the receiver with a class 5 product. The class 5 is very beefy!
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #63
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We recently purchased a used 2005 Suburban. The PO indicated the factory class 4 receiver was not very sturdy - there was noticeable flex of the receiver and bumper when the trailer was cinched up - so the PO replaced the receiver with a class 5 product. The class 5 is very beefy!
We have had four 2500 Suburbans, a 1996, 2001, 2004, and a 2005. The 1996 had the old square bar receiver, and we never had any problem with that one. In the 2000 model year, GM introduced their round bar receivers. These worked great as long as you towed an 800# john boat. When subjected to heavy duty towing, especially with a weight distribution hitch system, these Class III receivers are prone to failure. I experienced cracked welds on all three of my GM round bar receivers.

I ended up replacing all three with aftermarket square bar Reese Class IV receivers, and have never had another problem.

When I first experienced the round bar receiver weld cracks, I went back to the Chevrolet Dealer. Even though out of warranty, GM offered to replace the receiver. The only problem was that they were going to replace the defective receiver with another piece of junk round bar receiver like the one that originally came on the Suburban. I declined their offer and went with an aftermarket Class IV receiver.

If you are towing an Airstream with a Suburban of the 2000 to 2006 model years and you still have the OEM receiver, inspect it carefully and often for signs of failure.

Here is a close-up photo of on of the OEM receiver weld cracks. As you can see, these can be hard to detect.

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Old 03-15-2014, 02:55 PM   #64
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Moosetags,
You are obviously the "go to guy" on 2500 Suburbans. I hope you don't mind if I pick your brain now and then. We're going camping next weekend. Probably down to the Anza Borrego again. Not too far, but far enough to have some fun and give the TV a little work out.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:33 PM   #65
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I saw a Quadrasteer pickup yesterday...
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:56 PM   #66
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You are obviously the "go to guy" on 2500 Suburbans. I hope you don't mind if I pick your brain now and then. We're going camping next weekend. Probably down to the Anza Borrego again. Not too far, but far enough to have some fun and give the TV a little work out.
I don't know about being the "go to guy". My only "claim yo fame" is that I've owned and towed with two Quadrasteer Suburbans.

I will make one comment on maintenance. Even though I have been known to fudge a bit on certain vehicle maintenance issues, I have always religiously adhered to the recommended service intervals on the Quadrasteer differentials. The owners manual recommends servicing the Quadrasteer every 15,000 miles. I have stuck to that and (knock on wood) I have never had a problem with the Quadrasteer units. Between the '04 and '05, I have driven these things almost 200,000 miles, much of it towing an Airstream.

Here is one other quick tip. Service of the Quadrasteer requires a special synthetic lubricant. Even if you are going to a GM dealer, call first to make sure that they have the lubricant on hand. Quadrasteers are so rare that many dealers do not stock this lubricant.

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Helpful comments like this are what makes you the "go to" guy on quadrasteer subs.

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Old 04-05-2015, 12:50 AM   #68
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So mstephens, there is a Quadrasteer Suburban on Craigslist right now in the same city you bought yours - Cathedral City. Could they be the same and this one is a scam? Check it out. I REALLY like this one, but I want 4WD. 2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer Beauty

When I googled the vin it cross referenced to the ad you mentioned early in the thread. PS - I am looking for a QS Suburban if anyone is selling!
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I posted a question last night about mstephens' 'burb', but it hasn't posted yet (maybe there is a delay and it still will post), but laying in bed last night a light bulb popped and I answered my own question. I saw that this same 'burb' was on Craigslist, in the same area, with different miles and was thinking someone had stolen info from mstephens' truck and posted a scam ad...and then I realized this thread started LAST year around this time. So, my bet is this IS mstephens' rig and HE is now selling it. Maybe he'll come back and post? Curious why he only had it a year. I am VERY much in search of a clean, low mile quadrasteer burb, but alas, I would really like 4WD and his is 2WD.
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We have had two Quadrasteer Suburbans as tow vehicles, an '04 and an '05. The '04 was a 2wd and the '05 is a 4wd. When we bought the Duramax, our son in Atlanta bought the '04 and is using it to tow his travel trailer. We still Olivia (the 2005) and she is till our wintertime tow vehicle.

Having had both, I would say that you are on the right track looking for a 4wd model.

I monitor Ebay and Auto Trader regularly, looking to see if there are any Quadrasteer Suburbans out there. They are becoming really rare. I hardly ever see any out there anymore.

It was a really great feature that I will miss when Olivia is gone.

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