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Foothills_GT

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On the right track????
« on: 09/10/17 06:56 PM »

Ok, so I have a '02 2500 Avalanche with zero mods except for a Black Bear tune. I tow an older 31ft '96 Jayco TT and it tows horrible on interstate. I've read several posts on here about things to upgrade to help when towing and just want to make sure I'm on the right track with future upgrades. I'm looking to upgrade to a newer camper in the next year or so, but probably won't be going any bigger on camper length. I do use a weight distribution hitch and a friction sway control.

I want to upgrade to 17" wheels, but right now I'm thinking I'll just have to stay with the stock 16" and go up to a 265 tire and add 2" spacers in the rear. I like the H2 wheels and some of the Dodge 2500 wheels....but that will have to wait for now.

Replace the stock hitch with a Class V one.

A few weeks ago, I hauled a small load of landscaping stones (less than 1000lbs) and I didn't like the way the truck handled with just  those loaded in the back. I hope that wider tires and spacers will improve the handling of my truck when loaded. I'm not sure what else to try and any ideas will be appreciated.
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Re: On the right track????
« Reply #1 on: 09/10/17 07:10 PM »

On my 1500 03, my wider and with more offset summer wheels/tires give me fits on "rutted" roads, even without a trailer.  Going wider may make your problems worse.
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Re: On the right track????
« Reply #2 on: 09/10/17 07:19 PM »

Check this post out.. It has pretty much all your answers..



http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,149446.0.html
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Re: On the right track????
« Reply #3 on: 09/11/17 04:54 AM »

I use my (basically stock) '02 - 2500 exclusively to tow my 30' Jayco TT.  It tows like a dream.  First, I replaced the factory receiver hitch assembly with a Curt class IV.  Second, I use a PROPERLY adjusted Equal-I-zer 12K weight distributing hitch.  A trip to the local Cat scales assured proper weight distribution and tongue weight (very important).  I added Air Lift suspension, air bags and an on board compressor and tow with 50 psi in the bags.  I have Monroe gas magnum truck shocks.  Tire pressures are also very important, both front and rear.  I only tow about 3000 miles a year, but my set up provides a very comfortable towing experience at all speeds.
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Re: On the right track????
« Reply #4 on: 09/11/17 08:26 AM »

All good ideas above, you don't want too wide of a tire 285 max. Make sure you are running LT 10 ply tires  and air them up when towing. Mine are 80 psi max so when towing they are at 60 psi, 45 when not.

I went with H2 wheels with 2 inch spacers but kept the tire size down to 265
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