I tow a 21ft/ 24ft overall https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/travel-trailers/flagstaff-micro-lite/21DS/893#Main I started off with a 2017 Colorado CC V6 4x4 with 8 speed. 2 months after purchase the wife talked me into the travel trailer. We made 2 trips with it and it did the job, but was like the "tail wagging the dog", just not enough truck. I now have a 2018 Silverado DC Z71 5.3L 6 speed and have no problems.
I like the snow photos, they remind me of "winter", something I guess we are not going to get this year. In most of Western Washington State we have had very little frost and no snow, we are basking in very wet upper 30's and lower 50's, perfect conditions for moss and mildew. So keep the snow pics coming so I can live vicariously through those blessed with winter.
I have not thought of Cosmoline in years. The US Navy loves the stuff. Cosmoline is the genericized trademark for a generic class of rust preventives, typically conforming to United States Military Standard MIL-C-11796C Class 3, that are a brown colored wax-like mass; have a slight fluorescence; and have a petroleum-like odor and taste (as detected when working with it).
I'm using a E2 Round bar hitch with a 10,000 weight rating. I have never measured the height of the ball to the ground with the trailer connected. The ball is mounted one up from the bottom.
My truck is a 2018, Z71, DC stock and I have about 300lbs of stuff in the bed and 880 miles on the meter. This past Saturday I put a set of Bilstein 4600 on the rear and while the difference is not earth shattering, it is noticeable. The new shocks absorb most of the small road "blemishes" for lack of a better term, while I can still feel them in the front. What I'm most pleased with is the lack of bouncing when going over larger bumps, such as road to bridge transitions and pulling into my driveway. Can't wait to get the fronts done. The real test will come when we take the TT trailer to the coast.
It was all about the truck this past weekend. I put Bilstein 4600 shocks on the back, I'll have the fronts done after the first of the year, and I washed and waxed it. There sure is a lot more real-estate on the Silverado than my wife's Passat.
I have been told, (hear say at this point, not fact) that GM is only using one coat of clear coat.
If I was using my truck as a daily drive or to run errands the Rancho's would be fine for now, but as I plan to use it mostly to tow, I decided to order a set of Bilstein 4600's for the rear and deal with the other end after the first of the year. The wife can't quite figure out why I have to get new shocks for a brand new pick-up. And while I agree with her, I did do my best to explain why. I haven't told her about the fronts.
I bought my 18 Z71 (5.3L, 3.42 rear end) for the purpose of towing a 21ft TT. Loaded trailer about 5200lbs and hitch weight of about 600lbs plus 200lbs to 300lbs of junk in the bed of the truck. The truck has just over 800 miles and I have made a few close to home trips with the trailer. What I have noticed is how much the rear end bounces when going over bumps i.e. road to bridge joints/transitions. Somewhat unnerving at times. I'm just wondering if another brand of shocks might reduce some of that bouncing motion. I have thought about bags, but shocks might be the place to start. I'm 70 and retired so this is not a daily drive and no mods. The Ranchos are "OK", but they do seem to let you know every bump and as mentioned in another post, make you feel like a bobble head.
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