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Old 06-22-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Towing question

I am towing the x17z with my old Tahoe. It looks like the rear comes Of the car comes down too low during towing. What can I do/install that would keep the rear more straight and not pulled down by the camper weight?
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:42 PM   #2
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Couple options...

Air Lift suspension
Roadmaster suspension
Timbrens

Google each one and decide what one is better for you.
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What year Tahoe? Are you using a weight distribution hitch? If not, you need one. The Tahoe's suspension is soft and not the same as the 1500 series PUs. I would worry less about the rear squat than putting the weight back on the front wheels, which is what weight distribution does.

We had a '95 Suburban that we used to tow our old Kiwi 17a (ancestor to your 17Z) and we needed the WD hitch with the 'Burb.
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It's a 2003. Weight distribution hitch? I will google that. Thanks
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Timbrens look to be the easiest option. Anyone have experience with those?
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The trouble with the options that TWP723 cited is that they will level the truck, but will not put weight back on the front wheels. That's your steering control. You need a WD hitch to do that. Ever tow with a "light" front end in a 40 mph cross wind? It's the epitome of "white knuckle" driving.

Please don't take the easy way out, this is a safety issue.

The GM specification is to measure the front fender before putting the trailer on the hitch. Measure again after putting the trailer on. Adjust the WD hitch to bring the fender back to stock height.
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The trouble with the options that TWP723 cited is that they will level the truck, but will not put weight back on the front wheels. That's your steering control. You need a WD hitch to do that. Ever tow with a "light" front end in a 40 mph cross wind? It's the epitome of "white knuckle" driving.

Please don't take the easy way out, this is a safety issue.

The GM specification is to measure the front fender before putting the trailer on the hitch. Measure again after putting the trailer on. Adjust the WD hitch to bring the fender back to stock height.

Good call Doc! He's absolutely correct on the weight distribution hitch theory. I was assuming you had one already. My bad. Very important!!!
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Weight distribution hitch is needed! And it will cure your problems and give you a safer more enjoyable towing experience. Invest in a good one.

Equil-i-zer Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution
Reese Dual Cam Reese - Dual Cam HP
Blue Ox SwaPro SwayPro® | Blue Ox
Husky Centerline Husky Center Line Towing System | Husky Towing

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What about those air helper bags?
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Schilly,

Forget the airbags and please read the above posts regarding weight distribution hitches, if you do not have one. Some great advice.

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