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Derale Series 9000 Transmission Cooler Installation - 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today, in the Chevy Avalanche well be installing the Derale Series 9000 Plate-Fin Transmission Tool Kit, part number D13611. To begin our install, well first go ahead and open the hood. Then remove the three push-pin fasteners going across the top of the engine bay. To remove these fasteners well use our flat blade screw driver and pry out on the center of the fastener and then completely remove it. Next, using a plastic pry tool or a flatbed screwdriver, and begin working the front clip off as itll unlock the fasteners underneath. Starting on the corners first and then working our way towards the middle.



Roadmaster Replacement Breakaway Switch Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to be installing the Roadmaster Replacement Breakaway Switch for Roadmaster Even Brake and Brake Pro, part number RM-650898. In addition to the breakaway switch we're also going to be installing the Roadmaster Breakaway Harness for Even Brake Braking Systems, part number RM-650900. Here's what our new breakaway switch looks like. It does come with a bolt and a nut to secure it, as well as a rubber grommet if you would need to drill a hole through any sheet metal to route the wiring. Here's what the harness looks like that we're going to be installing today. The ends, as you'll notice, match up with our breakaway switch. They just plug in like that. The other end will be routed into the cab of the vehicle where it'll tie in with your braking system. On the front of this vehicle there's not many locations that you won't have to drill or cut through the painted portions of the front fascia.



Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to be installing the Hopkins custom taillight wiring kit for towed vehicles, part number HM56102. Now we're going to go ahead and start here at the rear of the vehicle. We'll need to go up underneath. Here's what our Hopkins taillight harness looks like. Now we've gone underneath the vehicle here. We're looking for this plug right here.



Air Lift Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today in this 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, were going to install part number AL60769. This is the Air Lift 1000 Air Helper Springs for coil springs. Before we begin our install, well take some measurements and run a few tests on our vehicle with the factory bump stops on it. First, well measure from the top of the wheel down to the ground with no load on it. This will be your normal ride height. In this case, 38 inches. Then, well go ahead and put in about 1,000 pounds worth of weight in the back.



Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to be installing the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms - Part number BX1676. To begin with, we're going to need to raise the hood of the vehicle. With our hood raised, we're going to need to remove three screws. To remove the screws, we're just using a 10mm socket. With these three screws removed, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to go up underneath the vehicle. Again, we're going to start over here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove these three screws next.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Thule Hitching Post Pro. Now, this has been designed to foam and tilt away from your vehicle. You can use it with 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is TH934XTR. To begin our test fit, we slide the shank of the rack right in to the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do, we'll line up our threaded hole with our hitch pin hole, then take our anti-rattle bolt. We'll thread this in.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Pro Series Solo. This cargo carrier is 31 x 47. It offers a 400 pound weight capacity. As you can see, it's been designed for use with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is Ps1040100. As you can see, this is one of the larger cargo carriers that we offer. We'd recommend maybe having two people to help put it in the vehicle.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to install part number C51140. This is a Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller. All right. Now to help us with our install to plug into the factory tow package on our Avalanche, we're going to use part number C51352. This is a Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for trailer brake controllers. We'll go ahead and find our tow package port to begin with. We'll open up the driver's side door and look right behind the parking brake pedal. Well see a small black box with a screw in its center that we have to remove.



Curt 17x46 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the 17 x 46 Curt Cargo Carrier. Now as you can see here, they have designed this for use with inch and a quarter or with the hardware two inch hitches, part number on it is C18145. Now this compact cargo carrier is still going to offer us a very large five hundred pound weight capacity, so you're not giving up anything other than a little bit of space with it as compared to some of the other ones. The first step is that we need to slide the shank into the receiver tube of our hitch and line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line, we've got an anti-rattle bolt which is provided. We're going to place that in and begin threading it through. As you can see, when we just have it hand tight, we've still got some play and some movement to our carrier.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit of the Yakima Full Tilt. This is a folding and tilting 4 bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is Y02462. This is also available in a 5 bike configuration if you prefer that. Part number is Y02463. The thing that really stands out about the Full Tilt is this is going to be a complete tool free installation, but we have an anti-rattle device built right in. We'll place our thumb on that. Slide it into the receiver tube of our hitch.



Saris Bike Porter Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the Saris Bike Porter. This is a folding and tilting four bike rack. It's been designed so you can use it with inch and a quarter or two inch hitches. The part number on it is SA404B. If you don't need quite this much room we do have a two bike configuration as well, that part number, SA402B. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver of our hitch.



Swagman XTC 2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit of the Swagman XTC 2. Now, this is a platform style 2 bike rack. As you can see, it folds up nicely for convenient storage. We've also designed it so we can use it with inch and a quarter or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is S64670. To begin our test fit, we slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Swagman Titan. This is a folding and tilting 4 bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is S63410. To begin our test fit, we slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As you can see, we'll need to line up our threaded pin hole here with our hitch pin hole. With those in line, we'll take our provided anti-rattle bolt and we'll thread that in.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Rhino Rack folding and tilting for a bike rack. This has been designed so you can use it with an inch and a quarter or two inch hitches. The part number on it is RBC044. Now, this is also available in a two bike configuration if you'd prefer that. Part number on that is RRRBC045. To begin our test fit today, we'll slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We've got a threaded hole here.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test putting on Kuga Sherpa. This is a tilting and folding platform style two bike rack. It designed it so we can use it with 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. The part number in the black and chrome I have here today is S103. We also have it in a nice gunmetal gray and orange finish. That part number is S101. Now to begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the Kuat NV. This is a platform-style folding and tilting 2-bike rack. It's been designed for use with 2" hitches. The part number in the black and chrome is N105. We also have it available in a gun metal gray and orange finish. That part number is N101. Now to begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the MaxxTow 20 by 47 aluminum cargo carrier. No they've designed this for use in 2" hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is MT70108. Now we've got a nice strong steel shank, but the aluminum construction really keeps the weight down on this, so if weight's going to be an issue this might be a really good choice. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier right into the receiver tube of our hitch. We've got a pinhole here.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the 17x50 MaxxTow Cargo Carrier. This is designed for use with 2-inch edges. Even with its compact design, it's going to offer us a 500-pound weight capacity. The Part Number on it is Mt70107. To begin our test fit, we're going to slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We're going to slide it in far enough to line up our pin hole with our hitch pin hole. We're then using a standard 5/8 pin.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, were going to do a test-fit on the 24X60 Detail K2 Folding Cargo Carrier. Now, theyve designed this for use, as you can see, with two inch-hitches. It offers a 500-pound weight capacity. The part number on it is K2HCC602. Now to begin our test-fit, we slide the shank of the carrier right under the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this, we will going to line up our pinhole with our hitch pin hole. We can take a standard 5/8 pin. Were going to slide that through.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the 24 by 60 Curt Folding Cargo Carrier. They've designed this for use with 2 inch hitches, it has a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is C18153. To begin our test fit, we need to slide the shank right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do, we line up our pin hole with our hitch pin hole. With those in line, we'll slide through our standard 5/8th pin and we'll slide our clip in the other side to secure it. The pin and clip are sold separately.





Chevrolet Avalanche Questions

  • It sounds like your trailer has the 6-1/2 inch Oval stop turn and tail lamps and some side marker lamps that use a rubber grommet like the 6-1/2 inch oval tail lights grommet, # A70GB. Since the area where your lights are mounted is not accessible from the back side, you will need to pry the light out of the front of the grommet with a small screwdriver or other similar tool. If you could find a plastic pry tool that might work better and keep you from damaging the rubber grommet....
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  • If the 7-way trailer connector on your 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche is part of a factory-installed tow package (if it is it should have a GM logo on it), then all wiring and fuses should be in place as part of the tow package. As you noted it is still possible that there may be fuses missing from the accessory fuse block in the engine compartment, or there may be blown fuses. It could also be that the wire lead for the 12V+ circuit is not connected at the fuse block. Please note...
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  • Yes, that is correct. Some model 2007 Chevy Avalanches have what is called a factory tow package that comes with a 7-Way connection at the rear of the vehicle, and/or wiring already ran under the dash for a brake controller. Some models do not have this factory tow package. You will be able to tell if you have a functioning 7-Way trailer plug at the rear of the vehicle. No matter which system you have, installation of a brake controller will be fairly simple on your vehicle....
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  • In terms of capacity, the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, # TGMRG25C, for a 2003 Chevy Avalanche 1500 has quite a bit more; a total capacity of 6,000 pounds. Compare that to the maximum 1,000 pound capacity of the Firestone Vehicle Suspension, # F4108. Both systems will offer similar benefits including helping to keep loads level, improved steering and balance, a better ride, and will prevent the vehicle from bottoming out. The Firestone system can be leveled side...
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  • If you are getting the E1 Error code on the Hopkins Impulse Brake Controller # HM47294, that indicates that there is no trailer connected. Since you have a trailer connected and the code is still being displayed, this indicates a short on the Blue wire somewhere in the system. The E3 error code indicates that there is a short on the brake switch wire (red wire). Since the controller is throwing 2 error codes that both indicate shorts in the system, I am inclined to believe...
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  • If your 2008 Chevy Avalanche came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, it will have wiring for the brake controller under the dash. It will not have a port you can plug into, but the wiring will be already ran and you just have to make 4 connections. The wire bundle will be located under the dash, to the left and above the brake pedal. The bundle will be held together with a white tag. On the tag, the functions of the wires should printed. On the tow package wiring...
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  • The manual override switch is used to operate the trailer brakes independently of the tow vehicle brakes. This feature is primarily used in the initial set-up of the controller, but the manual switch can be used anytime a gentle brake input is needed, such as correcting minor trailer sway, testing the brakes or when hitching a 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer. Operating the manual switch will usually activate the trailer tail lights, but this can vary according to manufacturer. If...
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  • Yes, we do have a photo, see link, that shows the location of the brake controller power wire and the brake controller output wire that need to be connected under the hood on your 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche if you do not have a factory 7-Way. We also have detailed instructions, see link, to help with the installation of the P3 # 90195 and wiring adapter # 3015-P brake controller on your Avalanche. The red wire shown in the photo is the power wire for the brake controller. This...
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  • Installing the transmitter on the front trailer wall might work for you, but it will depend on how much line-of-sight interference there is between the transmitter and the monitor. You should do your best to keep the transmitter out of the elements, so mounting it on the inside of the trailer or other protected area is best. Variables such as the thickness and composition of the trailer wall and whether or not anything will be in the truck bed to interfere with the signal from...
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  • If my memory serves me right the fuse positions for the auxiliary power posts under the dash on a 2008 Chevrolet truck or SUV are the closest two square fuse slots in the front end of the power distribution box, see photo link. The best way to test those power posts is to use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if needed. Ground the lead from the tester and touch each power post independently. If the tester lights then the fuse is in the proper location. If not a square fuse should...
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  • Your brake controller would install just like it would on a 2008 Silverado. We have a FAQ page (see link) that shows the whole installation. We also have a step by step video (see link) that explains the entire process, as well. You will not need a separate wiring harness, the bare leads from the controller will wire directly to the leads under the dash. Please note, the wire colors under the dash and on the brake controller DO NOT MATCH color for color. Both the video and the...
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  • When you install the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part # TGMRG25C, onto your 2003 Chevy Avalanche 4WD you will actually remove the original bump stop and install this product in place of it. What keeps this product in the mounting cup is a bolt that runs through the bottom of the # TGMRG25C that goes through the mounting cup securing this product to it. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • The EZ Hitch Adjustable Steel Ball Mount Kit, Part # AM3290, is illustrated in the attached photo. I have indicated several key measurements. The shank of this ball mount uses a standard 5/8-inch hitch pin to secure to your hitch receiver. If you wish to replace this with a locking pin you can use part # BD580402 from Bulldog. This locking 5/8-inch hitch pin is made of solid stainless steel, includes 2 square keys and comes with a plastic cap to cover and protect the lock mechanism...
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  • Sounds like you are looking for a weight distribution system for your two trailers. Most likely you will need two different weigh distribution setups for you two trailer since they will probably have different coupler heights and tongue weights. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo you to check out as well. You will...
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  • The Curt XD Class V Hitch # C15324 that you referenced is indeed a correct fit for your 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche. I visited our warehouse to obtain the measurements you requested. The hitch mounting flanges measure 10-11/16-inches long x 2-1/4-inches wide; this width measurement includes the radius of the bend in the flange. The mounting hole spacing is 2-1/2-inches between the near holes and 4-1/8-inches between the farther-spaced holes, all measured hole-center to hole-center. Please...
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  • For the current truck with the 2 inch trailer hitch, I recommend Reese Titan Weight Distribution, # RP66006. This is just a weight distribution system with no sway control rated for 1,700 pounds tongue weight and 17,000 pounds gross trailer weight. You would need to add a shank, # RP54970, and a properly sized ball like # 63840 (2-5/16 inch diameter). This shank, however, has a 1,500 pound tongue weight capacity so you do not want to exceed that. I have included a link to the...
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  • A Class V trailer hitch will have a 2-1/2 inch receiver opening. Most likely on a 2011 Chevy Avalanche you have a Class III or IV rated hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. This is important because we want to get you the right weight distribution system. If the trailer weighs in at 7,000 pounds, the typical tongue weight will be between 700 and 1,050 pounds (10 to 15 percent). But, you also have to add to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow...
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  • According to Air Lift, the # AL60769 is not compatible with vehicles equipped with the OEM auto-leveling suspension, i.e, factory air shocks and would therefore not work on your Avalanche. A Timbren system, like part # TGMRYS4 would be compatible with the auto-level system. The advantage of a Timbren system is that is is passive, and will not come into play unless the bed of your Avalanche is loaded. As more weight is added, the springs become stronger and more resistant. Keep...
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  • Once you connect a couple of wires under the hood of your 2004 Chevy Avalanche the 7-way of your vehicle will have an auxiliary 12 volt power source that you could use to charge the battery of your trailer. I attached an FAQ article on how to connect those wires under your hood for you to check out also.
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  • It sounds like there are some major wiring issues on your truck and trailer. Everything you described implies that all of the circuits have the wrong wires run to them either on the trailer or your truck. It sounds like the brake output circuit on the trailer is connected to the reverse light circuit, center pole in the 7-Way trailer side connector and that is why the trailer brakes lock when your 2009 Chevy Avalanche is shifted into reverse. It also sounds like there are...
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