GM Truck Club
THE PREMIER CHEVY TRUCK & SUV FORUM
Founded in 2004 ~ We're the #1 Chevy Truck & SUV Forum.
Silverado & Sierra | Tahoe & Yukon | Suburban & Yukon XL | SUV & CROSSOVER
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Jr. Engineer Jaele's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Fairfield CA
    Posts
    202

    Default TLC Total Load Control Product Review

    The following is a review for the TLC(Total Load Control) for a Chevy Silverado.

    The product can be found here: http://www.totalloadcontrolsuspensio...50250-4-1.aspx

    Disclaimer: This product was not given to me, I purchased it. I am not receiving anything in return for writing this review.

    Okay now with the review.

    This is the first type of airbag system I have installed/used so I do not have anything to compare it to except the stock truck.

    Reason for purchase:
    My wife and I recently purchased a 26 travel trailer and when hooked up to the truck I noticed it needed a little help in the rear. After doing a bit a research I decided on the TLC do to the main fact that the bags work together and not separate like most other systems.

    Vehicle:
    2011 Silverado 1500 4x4 Z71 package
    2inch RC leveling kit in the front all other suspension is stock.

    Installation:
    It took less than 20 minutes per side. You remove the axle bumper from the frame and install. It’s very straight forward. They include installation instructions with pictures and a detailed breakdown. Currently I do not have an on board air compressor.
    Only complaint I have for installation is the position of the right side emergency break cable, its path is right where the bracket goes.
    Pictures are to follow this review.

    Observation:
    The ride with the TLC is like night and day, especially when I am towing. Without a trailer I inflated the airbags to 7psi, this lifted the rear of the truck less than one inch. With only 7psi it virtually eliminated body roll in the turns, and smoothed out most of the bumps even though you felt them in the front of the truck. The handling of the truck only improved and I felt like I had more control while driving.
    With the trailer attached it took about 20psi to get it leveled. The ride again was night and day. When driving over bumps and pot holes the bucking (trailer bounce with ripple effect, not sure how else to describe it) was stop in it tracks. The breaking was also improved with the TLC do to the fact that more weight was shifted back to the front of the vehicle.

    Overview:
    I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a smoother ride, even those who do not tow or haul anything. The customer service at TLC is superb they went above and beyond what is required. I ordered the product over a holiday weekend and the following Tuesday I emailed them asking if I could get it by Thursday (I was leaving Friday morning for trip with trailer).
    Vern and his lovely wife Diana offered to meet me half way and hand deliver their product to me. They are located about 3.5-4hr drive time from me. We had a nice talk and then I was on my way. Went right home and installed it that night.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall1.jpg 
Views:	155 
Size:	78.6 KB 
ID:	52669

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall2.jpg 
Views:	111 
Size:	80.0 KB 
ID:	52670

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall3.jpg 
Views:	110 
Size:	61.1 KB 
ID:	52671

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall4.jpg 
Views:	110 
Size:	49.8 KB 
ID:	52672

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall5Lt.jpg 
Views:	108 
Size:	63.2 KB 
ID:	52673

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall5Rt.jpg 
Views:	112 
Size:	61.6 KB 
ID:	52674

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall6.jpg 
Views:	111 
Size:	84.9 KB 
ID:	52675

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall7.jpg 
Views:	113 
Size:	64.5 KB 
ID:	52676

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall8.jpg 
Views:	106 
Size:	66.7 KB 
ID:	52677

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall9.jpg 
Views:	106 
Size:	77.4 KB 
ID:	52678

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	TLCinstall10.jpg 
Views:	109 
Size:	79.9 KB 
ID:	52679
    2011 Silverado 1500 Z71 4x4 Crew Cab
    LED Dome light
    LED Floor lights
    RC Leveling kit
    Tow Mirrors Custom LED running/signal lights
    BakFlip G2 Tonneau Cover




  2. #2
    Sr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Posts
    151

    Default

    To each his own I guess. I towed a 29 foot 5,500 pound travel trailer 8,000 miles in 8 months with my 2011-Crew Cab w/the 5.3 and it was completely stock.

  3. #3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CKNSLS View Post
    To each his own I guess. I towed a 29 foot 5,500 pound travel trailer 8,000 miles in 8 months with my 2011-Crew Cab w/the 5.3 and it was completely stock.
    I am sure that @Jaele had a much more enjoyable and less stressful ride than you did.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors, http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

  4. #4
    Sr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Posts
    151

    Default

    I had no stress in 8,000 miles traveling around the country...I was on vacation.

  5. #5
    Sr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    weedsport, NY
    Posts
    178

    Default

    I'm glad its working for you! Personally, I would have tried to get it to mount more under the frame rails! That's just me!

  6. #6

    Default

    Nice write up and review.

    Steve
    10 Chevy Traverse LT AWD
    02 Chevy Trailblazer LS (110K+ miles - loaded except for 4WD - WRECKED!)
    99 Chevy Cavalier LS (105K+ miles - commuter car)
    78 Chevy Suburban Silverado (454, 3/4 ton)
    62 GMC 3/4 ton Pickup (350 police interceptor)

    Remember: Search Before Posting | Fill out Your Profile & Signature
    Follow Us Please: facebook.com/gmtruckclub | twitter.com/gmtruckclub
    Support GMTC: Help the site, contribute today

  7. Likes zuki82 liked this post
  8. #7
    Sr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    weedsport, NY
    Posts
    178

    Default

    Yes, it is a good write up! And good pics,too!

Similar Threads

  1. What does the Total Load Control system do?
    By Steve in forum Total Load Control
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-14-2012, 10:28 PM
  2. Total Load Control ~ GMTC 2012 Spring Contest
    By Steve in forum Contests & Giveaways
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-29-2012, 11:15 AM
  3. SPRING SALE ON NOW on TOTAL LOAD CONTROL™
    By TLC John in forum Total Load Control
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-20-2012, 12:41 PM
  4. Total Load Control Videos
    By Steve in forum Total Load Control
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-20-2012, 02:26 PM
  5. New GMTC Sponsor - TOTAL LOAD CONTROL
    By Steve in forum Total Load Control
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-29-2011, 12:10 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •