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Old 08-10-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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What # can an Avalanche pull?

Need info............can a 1500 Avalanche V8 pull a 5600 lb. 1985 Excello Airstream travel trailer?

Also, what is a good price to pay for a reconditioned Airstream as mentioned above?

If we are new to Airstream camping, is this too much to start with?

Thanks for any info.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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Greetings gjwalls123!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstreaming!

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Need info............can a 1500 Avalanche V8 pull a 5600 lb. 1985 Excello Airstream travel trailer?

Also, what is a good price to pay for a reconditioned Airstream as mentioned above?

If we are new to Airstream camping, is this too much to start with?

Thanks for any info.
One caveat -- the published weight is an empty or dry weight of the base coach with no options nor any fluids on board (water/LP Gas/etc.). Once you add options, water, LP, and personal possession as well as supplies, your coach will likely have a gross ready to camp weight of 6,500 for 7,250 pounds depending upon how you load the coach.

So far as towing capabilities of your Avalance, there are several variables that will impact your trailer tow rating as well:
  • What is the year of your Avalanche? The trailer tow rating did have some fluctuation during the Avalanche's period of production.
  • Was the truck equipped with the factory Heavy Duty Trailer Towing Package? If this package wasn't included on the vehicle it may be a simple addition of a few components or it could be much farther reaching depending upon what exactly was included in the heavy duty factory trailer towing package.
  • What is the differential gearing? Typically, when equipped with the trailer tow package 3.23 or 3.73 differential gearing was included, but I believe during most years the base differential ratio was somethin around 3.07. The differential gearing can have a significant impact on the trailer tow rating.
  • Does the truck have aftermarket wheels/tires. In some cases aftermarket wheels and tires do not have the load carrying capacity necessary for towing a trailer so it must be ascertained whether aftermarket wheels/tires do not reduce the load carrying ability of the Avalanche.
Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

P.S.: There should be a sticker inside of the glove compartment that lists all of the option included on your Avalanche. A Chevrolet or GMC dealer should be able to assist you in decoding the equipment included on your truck thus determining its trailer tow rating.
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Avalanche 2012
Gear ratio 3.42
Ordered 20" tires came from factory that way as option
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And no heavy duty trailering package that I am aware of - just lists as towing equipment
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What # can an Avalanche pull?

Greetings gjwalls123 !

The following trailer tow ratings are listed for the 2012 Chevrolet 1500 series Avalanch:

Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 5,100 (b)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 5,600 (g)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 8,100 (g,p)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 5,000 (b)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 5,500 (g)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 8,000 (g,p)

The notes translate as folllow:

b: 3.08 differential gearing
b: 3.42 differential gearing
p: Cooling or Towing Accessory Package Required

As you can see there are a number of possible ratings depending upon how your truck was optioned. You can check out the data at this link.

Good luck with your investigation!

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