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07-23-2009, 10:34 PM #1
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1st Long Road Trip Pulling Our Camper
Hello all I am new to this forum. My wife and I are planning our first long road trip from the mountains of Wyoming to Boise, ID pulling our 19 ft camper. We have a 1997 3/4 ton Chevy Suburban with the 7.4l engine, the chassis has 110,000 miles, but a brand new engine was installed 35,000 miles ago. I just replaced the fuel pump this week, it died on our first long road trip on the way back from Denver, CO. I changed the oil yesterday and had the coolant checked. I thought I would get the transmission serviced before we hit the road in two weeks, but I was wondering if anyone on the forum had other suggestions of things I might want to consider doing in preparation for this trip. I would like to avoid any breakdowns if possilbe
Thanks for any suggestions or advice you can provide.
07-23-2009, 11:11 PM #2
It sounds like you're on the right track for maintenance. I did the tranny on mine before our trip, just to be sure. Do you have an aux. cooler?
When was your last alignment? A/C check?
That's all I can think of right now.
Good luck, put up some pictures,
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07-24-2009, 12:02 AM #3
Personal thought, only change the fluid, skip the power flush option.
Kick the tires and check the air.
Have a good time. Camping with the family is the best!
Keep some water if youre not sure how she'll do on the grades this time of the year.Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
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07-24-2009, 06:02 AM #4
Bobby - North Carolina
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07-24-2009, 07:16 AM #5
At least check the rear axle lube, if not change it. Also, if you have 4x4, transfer case and front axle lube. I also would suggest staying away from a transmission flush. Drop the pan, change the filter, fill it back up. That big block should be fine hauling that little camper. When you are towing, check your tire temps with your hand everytime you stop. Truck and trailer. Do you have a spare for the trailer too, and the tools to change?
I blew three trailer tires this past week. Not prepared, what a PITA.When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses not zebras.
07-24-2009, 07:55 AM #6Jim
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07-24-2009, 09:26 AM #7
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. Several of you have mentioned skipping the transmission flush, what is the reason for this? Is it because it might dislodge debris that can cause transmission issues?
07-24-2009, 11:01 PM #8
If you do need a flush or just want to do it a good transmission shop or the dealer will assure the job will be done correctly.
07-24-2009, 11:20 PM #9
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Okay that helps. I was planning on taking to the GMC dealer and having them do a service and flush. My main thought was that I am not sure of the complete history of the vehicle. Should I ask the dealer if they are going to drop the pan and filter before they flush or is this a common practice? When I test the fluid it looks used, but I am not sure if it is dirty, it doesn't smell burnt.
07-25-2009, 08:05 AM #10
Good luck on your trip. Make sure that you have a good set of tools with you and a flash light. You should be good. That's a beautiful drive this time of year. I assume you're going through Yellowstone. Be safe and get some good pics.
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