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Old 01-14-2002, 12:43 PM
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Boathead, no I didn't actually buy one, but I did lease it. First model year jitters kept me from buying it. I'm just not sure how the removable window and midgate will hold up to squeaks and rattles. As for styling, the only thing I really don't like is the squared off wheel wells.

Funhome, with the midgate down, it could be hearse in a pinch. My dealer has one that they painted the grey molding as an experiment. He said it would cost around $1400 to do.
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I put off buying because I have my heart set on the 2002 GMC Sierra Denali; and my brother-in-law just bought a 2500 Avalanche (from Formula1 on OSO; gave him a GREAT deal), that I can borrow when I need it. The 2500 Avalanche is very versatile, and it has some incredible power. I cannot wait to stick my Sonic behind it; not to mention the angled lines of the Sonic will match the Avalanche perfectly.. I do not see why so many peole say it is ugly. It is just another example of a very radical concept vehicle coming to production very quickly, and not changing much at all from its original conception. Dodge has done this a few times, and no one rags on them. GM has done this one right, and I think it will only improve with model maturity.

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Hey Bill

How did your Tahoe do pulling the extra weight? Did you have any trouble pulling the boat out of the water? I have a new boat about 1000 Lbs. over the tow rateing. 1800 Lbs. with fuel and gear. I tow about 90 miles to the lake. Did you use the factory type III hith or a Type IV weight distributing hitch.

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Does anyone remember the first Vacation ? with Chevy Chase.
Remember the family truckster ? Apparently
they where on to something , because that is what the Aztec, and Avalanche look like!

I do hear that the interiors and ergonomics are awesome in them though. I work in the
automotive industry and sometimes I see some
crazy things in the clay studios !

Enjoy the new ride !
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I think the Avalanche looks pretty good. I had no idea it could tow 10000lbs, they just don't look big enough to tow that much but I guess looks are decieving.
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That IS pretty impressive, I think my
2500/Cummins truck is only good for #9500.
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Troutly,
I don't know where you pulled those from
but that was hilarious !!
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Dude, that’s harsh. Comparing the Avalanche to the “Wagon Queen Family Truckster”?? It's not even close. Look at the picture of the back end of the truckster, and tell me you don’t see the original Lincoln Navigator.

Tow limit is 10,100 because I got the 3.73 axle. Get a 2500 with the 4.10 and you get 12,000#.
The 1500 max is 8600#, I think. It’s basically a Suburban from the back seats forward and is 2” longer.

As for the Tahoe, it pulled the boat Ok. Longest tow was maybe 120 miles, all flat. My trailer is a triple axle with electric brakes on all wheels, so I had no problem stopping. I used the class III hitch that was on it and never had a problem at the launch, but I use a good ramp. Once or twice I got dragged down the ramp by the boat and with the front wheels unloaded, had no steering. Pretty scary but cranking up the trailer brakes stopped it. My main concern with it was if I some yahoo pulled out in front of me and caused an accident. I think any lawyer would be licking their chops if they found out someone involved in the accident was pulling 2500# over the limit, regardless of fault. It pulled it, but when I’d hit certain spots on the expressway, the trailer took over, tail wagging the dog kind of stuff. I did it, but wouldn’t recommend it. Drive very defensively…
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Thanks for the reply Bill, I just got my Tahoe in August. Traded in a one ton duelly Wasn't planning on getting a new boat. What kind of boat do you have?

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Troutly, no problem, I can take it. Besides the "You hate it now, but wait til you drive it" line is funny as hell. I guess since you posted the pictures, I'll have to peel off the woodgrain vinyl I had installed on the sides. It could have been so cool...

KN, I have an 89 272 Formula. On the trailer, it comes in around 8500# dry.
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