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    I'm seriously thinking of replacing my trusty old '99 4x4 Tahoe with a crew cab 4x4 truck. Stopped by DeLillo Chevrolet today to look at 2500HD's, and ended up taking a tour of an Avalanche too.....I had NO interest going in, but it actually meets my needs/wants pretty good. I still don't like all that plastic though.....

    I am most concerned with the tow rating is of 5500lbs (about the same as my boat), and it's only got 3.42 gears available.

    Anyone have experience with an Avalanche and care to share???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivertoys View Post
    I'm seriously thinking of replacing my trusty old '99 4x4 Tahoe with a crew cab 4x4 truck. Stopped by DeLillo Chevrolet today to look at 2500HD's, and ended up taking a tour of an Avalanche too.....I had NO interest going in, but it actually meets my needs/wants pretty good. I still don't like all that plastic though.....

    I am most concerned with the tow rating is of 5500lbs (about the same as my boat), and it's only got 3.42 gears available.

    Anyone have experience with an Avalanche and care to share???

    Thanks,
    RTJas
    Don't know much about the Avalanche but before you make up your mind, take a look at the GMC Sierra Denali since you're already on the lot. I have a 2007 and love it. Beautiful truck inside and out, 4 full size doors so it's like an suv inside, plus it's the only truck they offer with the 6.2L vortech that pushes 403hp and 420lb torque (unless it has gone up since '07). Pulled my boat all the way up to Tahoe with the greatest of ease thanks to all that torque.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivertoys View Post
    I'm seriously thinking of replacing my trusty old '99 4x4 Tahoe with a crew cab 4x4 truck. Stopped by DeLillo Chevrolet today to look at 2500HD's, and ended up taking a tour of an Avalanche too.....I had NO interest going in, but it actually meets my needs/wants pretty good. I still don't like all that plastic though.....

    I am most concerned with the tow rating is of 5500lbs (about the same as my boat), and it's only got 3.42 gears available.

    Anyone have experience with an Avalanche and care to share???

    Thanks,
    RTJas
    Do they make the 2500 Avalanche anymore? They used to. You could get it with the 8.1. Now it would be standard 6.0 or VortecMax version - if they still make it.
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    They do not make the 2500 Avalanche, that I've seen.

    I need to get out and test drive some more vehicles. The wife is leaning hard towards a new Tahoe....
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    why a SUV and not a P/U with a big cab like the 4door chevy dodge or ford crew cabs. you give up so much towing capacity when you go SUV just a question thats all
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWLaser23 View Post
    why a SUV and not a P/U with a big cab like the 4door chevy dodge or ford crew cabs. you give up so much towing capacity when you go SUV just a question thats all
    I agree. When guys ask me my opinion on trucks/suvs, I only suggest an Avalanche if there is a compromise that HAS to be made between Hubby and Wife. She wants an SUV, he wants a pickup. You have to admit, it DOES fit that compromise.

    Not the best for towing, unless the towed unit is very light.
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    the new trans and motor will pull it fine in tow/haul mode as long as the boat doesn't have a shitload of tongue weight and trailer brakes. the shop porter had to pick up a truck near dallas last week(110miles away), so he jumped in a 08 used avalanche we had, hooked onto the car hauler flatbed trailer(pretty damn heavy to begin with) and when he got to the truck it was a 4wd longbed/4dr jacked up duramax 2500 they got the truck on the trailer and he said it pulled back fine, had to be well over 7500lbs. he was lucky it didn't overheat the trans, that's just too much weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer:30 View Post
    I agree. When guys ask me my opinion on trucks/suvs, I only suggest an Avalanche if there is a compromise that HAS to be made between Hubby and Wife. She wants an SUV, he wants a pickup. You have to admit, it DOES fit that compromise.

    Not the best for towing, unless the towed unit is very light.
    what really hurts em is the coil springs in the rear, not gm's best idea they could've at least option for tow air shocks or something.think of a avalanche as a suv, cause its on the same frame/suspension everything as a tahoe or suburb

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMPATIENT 1 View Post
    what really hurts em is the coil springs in the rear, not gm's best idea they could've at least option for tow air shocks or something.think of a avalanche as a suv, cause its on the same frame/suspension everything as a tahoe or suburb
    True. I towed the boat back from Scottsdale when I bought it - with my wife's '04 Yukon. It did very well, I thought, considering it was pulling 8500-9000 lbs. I wouldn't abuse it like that again, but it didn't really seem to mind the haul. I took it real easy on the hills, though.

    As far as the rear suspension, hers has the AutoRide. When in tow/haul mode, it puts more emphasis on the rear shock valving and air assist. So, it towed nice and level. Probably another reason it felt like it wasn't having a problem being overloaded.

    So, if a person DID get an Avalanche to haul a small boat with, I would suggest looking for/ordering one with the AutoRide option.
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    too much plastic they look gay.But then again if you and micheal travel together it would be a good match.LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer:30 View Post
    Do they make the 2500 Avalanche anymore? They used to. You could get it with the 8.1. Now it would be standard 6.0 or VortecMax version - if they still make it.
    I've got an '04 Av 2500 with the 8.1.
    Absolutely love the truck, and quite honestly, haven't seen anything else on the road that I'd rather have as a daily driver.

    I believe '05 was the last year for the 2500.

    Towed my boat 1800 miles to AZ and through the mountains like nothing was back there, and my trailer doesn't have brakes.

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