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Old 02-05-2011, 08:17 AM   #11
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Good lluck with the new TV (and soon to be TT)! I have been following this post but not responding because there wasn't anything I could contribute that had not already been said.

Be sure to post a picture of your new TV & trailer. I'm sure it's a beauty.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:23 AM   #12
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Sounds like a nice new Tow Vehicle. re: "2011 dodge ram 1500 4x4 5.7 hemi with a 3.92 rear end...". With this engine size and better gearing, it will pull much more. Especially when "stress conditions" (like strong head winds, up the steep hills, heavy loaded) are applied.... I want to see pictures of your new TV as well....

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Old 02-10-2011, 09:58 PM   #13
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I have a 23K jayfeather, weight is in around 4260lbs dry I have a 2007 Avalanche with a 7800lbs towing rate (check you door sticker think it should be higher on yours) with a weight eq. hitch everything rides, pulls, and handles very well, the hills are a little slow going but all in all a very good pairing. Good luck with you choice, and hope I gave you a little help.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:11 AM   #14
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what engine did you have I had the 5.3l flex fuel with only a 3.08 rear? It had a max tow rate of 5000 lbs. I am sure I could have pushed it with my avalanche but in the end safety was more important to me. I loved my avalanche but I really like the power of this dodge.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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I have the 5.3 litre, it's a 1500 LTZ and I'm sure it was 7800lbs, my rv dealership also said the tow weight on the avalanche was more then enough for the jayfeather. just do somemore home work, ask the dealership about the weight of the rv, double check your rate on your truck, it's still a 1/2 ton truck and the same platform as the tahoe, or the yukon XL, I'm thinking you will be ok with the two together, just make sure you have the right hitch, and if you avalanche has self levelling like mind, you will need to put the full weight on the hitch before hooking up the EQ. bars. cheers.
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:24 AM   #16
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I was positive about the max trailering of 5000 lbs. It has much more to do with the rear axle ratio than they motor itself. I saw the information in the owner's manual, called the chevy dealership, and confirmed at the rv dealer. All in all they decreased the turns necessary on the rear end to increase fuel economy.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:48 PM   #17
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I checked out Trailer Life's 2009 Towing Guide (see http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=42175) and found the following:

Vechicle Engine Tow limit
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 5,100 (b*)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 5,600 (e*)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 8,100 (e,p*)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 5,000 (b)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 5,500 (e)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 5.3L V-8 8,000 (e)
Avalanche 1500 2WD 6.0L V-8 8,100
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 5,400 (e*)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 7,800 (e,p*)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 5,500 (e)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 5.3L V-8 7,900 (e,p)
Avalanche 1500 4WD 6.0L V-8 7,700 (e)

Key to Codes:
a = Automatic Transmission
a4 = Automatic Transmission, four
speed
a5 = Automatic Transmission, five
speed
a6 = Auto Transmssion, six speed
m = Manual Transmission
b = 3.08:1 axle ratio
d =3.23:1 axle ratio
e =3.42:1 axle ratio
g =3.73:1 axle ratio
i =4:10:1 axle ratio
p = Cooling-package required
AWD = All Wheel Drive
CC = Crew Cab
LB = 8-foot bed
Shortbed = 5-foot 9-inch bed
Std. Bed = 6 1⁄2-foot bed
SWB = Short Wheelbase
LWB = Long Wheelbase
DRW = Dual Rear Wheels
SRW = Single Rear Wheel
CV = Cargo Van
PV = Passenger Van
TD = Turbodiesel
t = Tow package required
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