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Old 06-07-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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Switching from Hummer H3 to Colorado/Canyon

We are considering switching from an 07 H3 Hummer to a Colorado, 4X4, more than likely AT, pickup. Our rig will not allow a lift for a motorcycle. We are looking at a light pick up to carry the motorcycle in as plan B. Anyone know if the base plate from the Hummer will fit the Colorado since they are from the same chassis. How are these trucks as toads? I know the Hummer was easy to tow.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:29 AM   #2
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The Colorado base plate has a cross member while the H3 base plate bolts directly to the bumper which serves as the cross member.

You can see the difference on http://www.nationshost.net/~demco/in...tent&task=view

Picture of the two frames here http://www.2405.com/press-library/Hu...Comparison.asp

The Colorado 4x4 would make a very nice tow vehicle. Easy to shift to neutral for towing.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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Currently using a 2007 Colorado extended cab 4x4 work truck as a toad. I installed a Blue Ox baseplate which is a cross member type that installs in the bolt locations for the tow hooks. Two holes also have to be drilled into frame but this was easier than it sounds.
Due to the towing capacity of my rig I went with the w/t model, wet weight is 3975 with a bed cover and side bars. Note a w/t had no rear seat in 2007.
Several other members here use dual cab z/71's and I beleve they weight in around 4500. They have a much nicer interior then a w/t.

They tow great - simple shift of transfer case - steering wheel does not lock so no need to keep key in vehicle - no fues to pull or other issues.
Only thing our group noticed was the stock acc. outlet in cab sometimes had a issue with the power demands of Brake Buddy auxillary brake systems. We have all installed a the battery direct kit that was provided free of charge with a phone call to brake buddy and the issue went away.

Do not want to run on if you would like more detail on wire routing and other install points just ask as I did the complete install including second set of tail lights using blue ox bulbs myself.
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It should tow easier since it weighs a good bit less. Good idea about using it as a bike hauler.
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Well, like all things in life, nothing is permanent. We are passing on the Colorado in favor of helping an even more distressed retailer. We found a new 08 Dakota 4X4 that we are going to purchase. Good buy and should fit our needs well. We have the bar, just needs a base plate and wiring. RV DEaler will provide a braking system, we buy the plate.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:13 PM   #6
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Motojavaphil... I have been towing a 2005 Dakota 4x4 since new with my Newmar gasser and it is fine for that. It is a 4dr and all I have to do is put the transfer case in N and gear selector in P but have to leave the key in so the steering wheel doesn't lock. I use an Roadmaster aux brake and wired power to the truck so my battery never runs down from the aux braking system.
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:18 AM   #7
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Have still not resolved the problem. We may just sell the motorcycle and go to a smaller bike or just store the machine. I like the pickups but the Hummer is such an awesome offroad vehicle. Getting a lighter Motorcycle, ZX10, would be about 400lbs and make any receiver compatible. So just keep exploring options, we are retired and have the time!
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:17 PM   #8
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I really liked the Hummer. It was a great toad and overall vehicle. Been riding motorcycles longer than driving Hummers. We bought the 08 Dakota, extended cab. I like it, no graphics, no drama! Thanks for all the grat advice!
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