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Old 01-28-2015, 02:14 PM
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Chevy Avalanche

Does anyone use the Avalanche? Looking to start up in the next winter season sub plowing then get into mowing on the side in 2016. But I am going to be planning and acquiring equipment over the summer. But as my first purchase is going to be a truck I need something that can do it all, plow, haul, and family friendly. This is the one I'm looking at http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/4844696158.html

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Old 01-28-2015, 03:38 PM
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It's the same platform and powertrain as a 1/2 ton Silverado. So I don't see why it wouldn't work.

The good thing about the Avalanche is you can fold that gate in the middle down and you've got essentially an 8' bed.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:39 PM
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What kind of plowing are you doing ?
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:39 PM
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How much snow do you get on average to big storms ? Are you hauling dirt or salt in the back ?
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:35 PM
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It will be mostly residential and few small commercial lots. Was thinking of a western wide out. I live about 40 miles east of Lake MI snow really varies, last year we were over 100" this year there's only been maybe 20". Also if do do need to use salt it'll be bagged and ill probably have to devise something to hold it because I don't want a salty slur in my bed.

What's opinions on motors? Is the 5.3l 1/2 ton reliable up to and over 200k miles or the Eco friendly 8.1l BIG BLOCK? This is what I'm more torn between, power vs. fuel economy. Tim Taylor symptoms
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:09 PM
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That's a heavy plow for an avalanche most plow dealers have a 1/2 ton plow usually light wieght.
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Personally from what I've heard the avalanche is expensive. Why not get a 3/4 ton truck with the 6.0 (best gas motor) and that way you can plow snow without a problem. Everyone I know that plows snow with a 1/2 truck either has alot of front end problems or wishes they had the front end clearance a 3/4 ton truck has. Just my .02
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:16 PM
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It will be mostly residential and few small commercial lots. Was thinking of a western wide out. I live about 40 miles east of Lake MI snow really varies, last year we were over 100" this year there's only been maybe 20". Also if do do need to use salt it'll be bagged and ill probably have to devise something to hold it because I don't want a salty slur in my bed.

What's opinions on motors? Is the 5.3l 1/2 ton reliable up to and over 200k miles or the Eco friendly 8.1l BIG BLOCK? This is what I'm more torn between, power vs. fuel economy. Tim Taylor symptoms
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5.3 will go well beyond 200k if it's been maintained. Transmission will start to give you problems around the 200-225k mark.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:19 PM
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Wideout is far too much plow for that truck, they don't even recommend the wideout on a 3/4 ton unless it has a heavier axle. You'd be better off with a smaller mid weight plow.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:24 PM
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It's the same platform and powertrain as a 1/2 ton Silverado. So I don't see why it wouldn't work.

The good thing about the Avalanche is you can fold that gate in the middle down and you've got essentially an 8' bed.
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No it's not... I've got an avalanche, it's basically a unibody with a silverado front end. No leaf springs at all. I know of guys who have modded and put air bags under them, but it definitely doesn't have the bed capacity of a 1/2 ton truck.

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I've got 149K on mine only major work has been the transfer case went out about 142K. Hopefully you are looking at one without all the cladding.
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