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  1. Sorry for the very late response! Do you have an link to the exact kit you installed? I went to 4 Wheel Parts yesterday to get recommendations and pricing. The guy there recommended going with the 6112s in the front instead of just the 5100s, with the reasoning being the 5100s will compress the stock coil more to get the lift and hurt the ride quality up front. It's $800 for the pair of 6112s vs $185 each for the 5100s, so it's an additional $400 ($1800 installed vs about $1400). You guys think the extra $$ is worth it for the 6112s?
  2. Thanks for that. I had seen people mentioning that package but had never actually looked it up. The warranty is a good point to bring up and one that I hadn't thought of. When I started leveling my last truck, it was well out of warranty and I did all the work myself. I certainly would not want to do something to affect the warranty on a brand new truck. The downside is that that package is quite a bit more expensive than the Blistein + Rear Blocks option that I had priced out ($750 vs $1200), and the GM package still needs dealership installation added on top of that... Oh - GVWR on the trailer is only 6440lbs, so towing capacity is fine. What I'm finding is more of an issue is the payload capacity of my 1/2 ton truck. I only have about 1700 lbs to work with, and tongue weight of the trailer is probably between 700 and 900 lbs. So that doesn't leave a lot of room for gas, family, and any extra gear that's not in the trailer. I need to get more towing in with the trailer and make sure I have all my weights dialed in before I do any mods to the truck...
  3. Hey everyone. I posted this in the 2019 leveling thread, but did not get a response. So I'm reposting in a dedicated thread. I just traded in my 2015 1500 4x4 for a 2021 Z71 RST. We also recently purchased a 25ft travel trailer that I'll be pulling every month or so with this truck. My old truck had 2" level, and at some point I'd like my new one to sit a little higher as well. However, since I will be towing with it I want to maintain the factory rake (which is just under 2"). Even with the WD, the back end drops a little more than the front. I was thinking of making the upgrade functional instead of just cosmetic and doing Blistien 5100's up front and setting them for a 1.5-2.0" level, rather than just adding spacers. I was going to go with the 5100's (and shock extenders) for the rear as well to help with towing and adding a 2" block as well to lift the same amount as the front. Any issues with this approach, or is there another option I should be considering? Is there a better option for the rear than the Blistien 5100's plus a block? TLDR - What I basically want is to give my truck a "Trail Boss" lift, but I'm looking for something that's functional vs just throwing spacers in the front and back.
  4. Hey everyone. I just traded in my 2015 1500 4x4 for a 2021 Z71 RST. We also recently purchased a 25ft travel trailer that I'll be pulling every month or so with this truck. My old truck had 2" level, and at some point I'd like my new one to sit a little higher as well. However, since I will be towing with it I want to maintain the factory rake (which is just under 2"). Even with the WD, the back end drops a little more than the front. I was thinking of making the upgrade functional instead of just cosmetic and doing Blistien 5100's up front and setting them for a 1.5-2.0" level, rather than just adding spacers. I was going to go with the 5100's for the rear as well to help with towing and adding a block as well to lift the same amount as the front. Any issues with this approach, or is there another option I should be considering? Is there a better option for the rear than the Blistien 5100's plus a block?
  5. We just bought a 25' travel trailer, as well as a new 2021 5.3 1500 Silverado Z71 that I will use for towing as well as daily driving. GVWR of the trailer is 6400lbs. I have a WDH (RV dealer set it up and so still needs some dialing in) that I will always use for towing. I also have a set of EZ 990 helper springs from my 2015 Silverado laying in the garage. I know the helper spring is not an alternative to the WDH, but I was thinking of using them in conjunction to take some of the squish/bounce out of the back the truck when towing, and also to reduce the sag by just a little. It's Ok to put on the helper springs as long as I go through the WDH setup again, right? I was researching online last night, and while a lot of people say you shouldn't need helper springs with a properly set up WDH, I also saw that the Max Tow package from GM includes stiffer rear springs, so there must be some advantage there... Thanks!
  6. Thanks! It is a 4x4, so I was looking at 2 axel to be regeared. New one is 3.23 axel ratio, but its an 8 speed. 9400 tow rating and I think 1800 payload. The diesel's numbers were actually a little lower due to extra engine weight. Towing would have been nice with it though...
  7. Hey everyone, I just bought a 2021 Silverado Z71 RST. My Samsung S10 connects via Bluetooth just fine, and I can use Android Auto with a USB cable. But Android Auto is greyed out if I'm not plugged in, and if I select it it says to plug in a compatible device via USB cable. Does that mean my truck's unit doesn't support wire Android Auto?
  8. The 3.0L turbo was bought by someone else 30 minutes before got there. 2 other trucks we were looking at (one another 3.0L) sold this morning just hours after we inquired about going to look after work. It's crazy right now... Finally got someone to hold onto a 2021 5.3L Z71 RST for us long enough to get down there and make a purchase. Taking it Mammoth to tent camp in a week, and then will pick up the trailer a week after that and put it to work. Thanks again for all the help!
  9. Dealer also has a brand new 1500 z71 with the 3.0L diesel. Thoughts? A tad more money, but affordable. We'll just be eating Ramen for a while...
  10. With inventory being as tight as it is, finding a 4WD truck with a V8, low mileage, with tow package (hitch and brake controller), with the tow capability I want, and at a price we can afford does not seem possible. Out of all those things I listed, installing a hitch receiver and a brake controller are the easiest things to fix. Unless I'm missing something...?
  11. Hey everyone. Thanks for all the info and help. I was leaning heavily toward re-gearing then talked so some other trailer owners and did some research on how re-gearing will (or won't) affect the legal tow rating for the vehicle, and have decided it's better to upgrade to a new truck. I really liked my truck and was looking forward to having it paid off soon, but I think this will be a better choice. Inventory is pretty low right now, but we found a very low mileage used 2020 1500 LT with the 5.3L V8 and 8 speed transmission that we are going to look at later. Had them send a picture of the door stamp and confirmed it has a Max Payload of 2071 lbs and max tow rating of 9600 lbs. Almost everything else about the truck is equivalent to or better than what I had before. I'm getting another 5 years of drivetrain warranty out of it, which is a plus. It does need a hitch receiver (which is easy) and a brake controller (which I was going to have to add to my old truck anyway). I may be back here shortly to ask for recommendations for those. Thanks again for all the help.
  12. Found some info that includes a reference to a 5.3L Max Tow Option, but it also indicates that's the one with the 3.73 axel ratio... https://cdn.dealereprocess.org/cdn/brochures/chevrolet/2015-silverado1500.pdf
  13. Interesting. This is from my owners manual. Lists the same options as the spec sheet, but makes no indication of which trucks have Max Trailering package.
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