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Old January 27th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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Any benefit to these, over a 1/2 ton crew cab silverado?

Looking for a 4 door crew 1/2 ton later this year. How's an avalanche compare, better handling/ride, smaller bed?
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Old January 27th, 2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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my dad has an avalance. we towed a jeep back from alpena (4 hrs) it didnt pull too bad, but not too good either. i didnt like the short wheelbase. i dont like how little leg room there is in the front seats though (i am 6'2'' 225# and it feels cramped). i have more room in my 99 single cab with buckets. the top on the bed is nice and easy to take off in sections. it has automatic adjusting ?airbags? in the back so it adjusts when you are towing things so that is nice.
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I think it is the same wheelbase as the suburban and was available with the 8.1L/Allison combo.
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I think it is the same wheelbase as the suburban and was available with the 8.1L/Allison combo.
That powertrain combo is in the 2500 version, otherwise I agree with what you're saying. Pretty much like towing with a 'burb.
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I think it is the same wheelbase as the suburban and was available with the 8.1L/Allison combo.
A 5.3 is plenty for what I'm looking at, and I'm looking at 2008+ era, so no more 8.1s, IIRC.

I've only towed with a burb once (yukon xl, actually) that was only a 4000lb load, it didn't feel it at all.

My Jeep is only going to weight 3000 lbs and my trailer is ~1800, so I don't need mega capacity.
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I love the Avalanche and want one real bad. All my friends say it is stupid and useless.
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I love the Avalanche and want one real bad. All my friends say it is stupid and useless.
I secretly like them too.... But the 2003 and up ones with out the plastic.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 11:15 AM   #8
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A 5.3 is plenty for what I'm looking at, and I'm looking at 2008+ era, so no more 8.1s, IIRC.

I've only towed with a burb once (yukon xl, actually) that was only a 4000lb load, it didn't feel it at all.

My Jeep is only going to weight 3000 lbs and my trailer is ~1800, so I don't need mega capacity.
Then I think you already have your answer.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 12:23 PM   #9
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Then I think you already have your answer.
Not exactly, I'm just wondering what is good/bad over a crew 1/2 ton, not coming at this as an 'i want an avalanche, is it good?'

I want something 1/2 ton chevy, with 4 full doors and a bed. It'll be my daily driver and tow 6 times a year otherwise.
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I use one for work its a 04' with a 5.3 . I haul a 20' enclosed trailer with torsion bars.

Trailer and load are about 4200 lbs.

Ride wise its good , I don't think I would notice a difference with a 1/2 ton Crew cab towing my set up.

I have had it out to Vegas last year.

Averaged 75 mph and 10 mpg. On inclines it does struggle a bit with the 5.3 .

I'd say if only doing few trips a year its OK.

Somethings nice about it is bedside cargo boxs, hard cover and lockable tail gate. And need to haul something long in the bed drop the mid gate.
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I'm on my 2nd one in a row. LOVE IT.

I tow everywhere and no prob's unless I'm on a tall, steep hill. I can get up but slow go.

My first one was a Z71 and good. My new one is a LTZ and even better. I think it rides great.

Lot's of room inside (Like a nice size SUV) and have my bed when i want it. For hauling long stuff, drop the rear seats and glass and you have an 8 foot bed. For that matter, when we were in Telico that time it rained HARD and my tent leaked, I put down the rear seats, left the glass in and had an 8 ft long dry bed to sleep in with my air mattress so my head was in the cab and legs in the bed and I could have watched a movie from overhead. Try that with a traditional tuck.
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I'm on my 2nd one in a row. LOVE IT.

I tow everywhere and no prob's unless I'm on a tall, steep hill. I can get up but slow go.

My first one was a Z71 and good. My new one is a LTZ and even better. I think it rides great.

Lot's of room inside (Like a nice size SUV) and have my bed when i want it. For hauling long stuff, drop the rear seats and glass and you have an 8 foot bed. For that matter, when we were in Telico that time it rained HARD and my tent leaked, I put down the rear seats, left the glass in and had an 8 ft long dry bed to sleep in with my air mattress so my head was in the cab and legs in the bed and I could have watched a movie from overhead. Try that with a traditional tuck.

Is your new one the new body style?
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brad do you drive it? i thought you just watch movies and it drives itself.
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I think it is the same wheelbase as the suburban and was available with the 8.1L/Allison combo.
2500 where available with the 8.1L but they didn't have the Allison behind them. Same thing with the 8.1L in Suburban/Yukon XL.

Oh and I like the 2007 and newer ones way better. In the old body style I think the vesion without the plastic and w/chrome bumpers are ugly. Which is weird as everyone else things the plastic packages are ugly.

I'm also looking at used Crew Cab 1/2 ton Chevy's, Avalanche's or a Tahoe for the wife to DD. Has to be a 4x4 and 5.3L also. Let me know how your searches go Jason, and what you think of things.

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One thing I see, at least for 2009s, all the avalanches have 6 speed autos, where most 2009 1/2 ton crews with 5300 motors have 4 speeds still. I think the 6 speed is a 4:1 first, compared to the 3:1 first in the 4 speed, ought to help get them off the line a lot better, even with something like 3.42 gears for economy.
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this is what my dad drives. It tows good. huals the small stuff ( I got 4 35s in the bed)... even though the bed isnt that big. 5.3 gets the job done for us, and manage pull down about 19-20 mpg on long trips. Its really good if you only haul once in while and use it as a family vehicle more.
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