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Goin' Campin

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by t-sig, May 28, 2010.

  1. t-sig

    t-sig Senior Member
    from 607
    Messages: 121

    This summer I plan on towing a 5000 lb camper from NY to NC and back. I will be using the truck in my signature. It has almost 90k miles. To the best of my knowledge, the engine and tranny are still tip-top. I change the oil every 3000 and the tranny fluid/filter every spring. Anything special to service or check before I head out? I will go through the usual punch list of: lights, tire pressure, oil levels, coolant level, beer level, and a quick look for loose front end components. The rear brakes and rotors are shot, I am going to change them before I go, the fronts are good. The camper is a 22' Jayco, it should be set; pretty low mileage.
     
  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    what jayco trailer are you pulling that is a 22ft weight 5000lbs? maybe if it is loaded to its max. Anyways, the only thing i would suggest is a transmission cooler (if you don't already have one) your truck can handle it, but that is a fairly large load for that truck IMO
     
  3. t-sig

    t-sig Senior Member
    from 607
    Messages: 121

    Thanks for the reply. It's a Jayco Jay-Flight 22 FB. The dry weight is spec'd at a little over 4000 lbs. With propane, gear, food, beer (alot of beer), I would say it adds up close to 5k. Mind you, I haven't had it on a scale. I do have a tranny cooler, but, I agree, the truck is at it's limit pulling it. The next Chevy will be a 3/4 ton. I have to wait until this one is broken in first before I think about buying a new one.
     
  4. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    lol, the only reason i asked on the trailer weight is that i have a 28.5ft jayco, and loaded up with water, beer, food etc, i usually sit around the 5500lb, and my dry weight is 4600lb, so i guess that is close to right now that i think about it. good luck and enjoy the camping
     
  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Change your coolant
     
  6. t-sig

    t-sig Senior Member
    from 607
    Messages: 121

    Been meanin to. I looked into what it takes and it doesn't sound too bad. I would flush the system which I think requires pulling the thermostat out. I may want to have the AC charged as well. It works, but, you will never catch cold with it running on a hot day.
     
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Yeah I hear ya. The coolant seems to always be overlooked during maintenance. If your going to tow a good amount, then some fresh coolant will only help.