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Coil Springs vs. Leaf Springs (w/ towing)

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Old 06-21-2006, 05:50 PM
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I am very close to purchasing an Avalanche, but I have a question regardng the rear coil springs in relation to towing. I have a 6,500 pound boat that I will be trailering four times a year for a fairly short distance. I am concerned that the coil springs may not hold up over the long run (years) compared to leaf springs. Any comments?

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Regarding comments i have seen in relation to the Avalanche vs. a "real truck".... I have had my Dodge RAM 4x4 1500 for ten years and am looking for something different yet able to; tow a good size cabin cruiser, the ocassional need to haul an ATV, load a 18' kayak on top, occassional use of a truck box..... I consider myself a country boy originally from the Catskill Mountain area and now living in the Adirondacks, but i have really taken a liking to the new Avalanch. Yes it is very unusual looking, but seems to have a nice combination of comfort, available seating, and trucking abilities. If I trailered more often and used the box constantly, etc. - yes i also would go with the standard truck, but you don't necesarily have to be a "suberbinite" to like the things the new Avalanch has to offer.
 
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:51 PM
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My Avalanche squatted quite a bit just hooking my 18' Bass Boat on the back as compared to my Silverado, so i was wondering if they make some kind of spacer to stiffen up the coil springs. I have since sold my boat but was just curious. I don't remember my buddies Av squatting as much when he hauled his 21' Bass Boat, but his trailer was a tandem axle.
 
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:17 PM
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If the tongue weight of the trailer is within max weight allowed on the Av you will be alright. There is self leveling air rear shock option for the Av. I would think that with a 6500lb boat you should use a leveling hitch.
 
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