Why is a dual battery out? You can buy a 2 battery kit for a Duramax or do like I do and buy welding cable and DIY.I have a 04 Tahoe, and I'll agree it's hard to find particular parts ie: rock sliders...but as for suspension upgrades not mods..for sure it's possible. I've notice most of the Toyotas and jeeps have the approach angles as well as ground clearance but that's with Modifications. My goal is to use my 04 Tahoe Z71 with a upgrade Belstein shocks and Firestone rear airbags. Duel battery is out, but the northstar deep cycle or red top should work. Overall I believe with the right upgrades and doing NO mods, the Tahoe should hold up well.
I missed the reason for the switch. I've seen your Rubicon setup when you adventure with Chris (Venture 4wd) and it seemed pretty dialed. Are you going to do a rear seat delete on the Silverado and make a platform for Monty? :)Finding this thread a wee bit late, after doing a little search on Chevy's as overland rigs, what a treat to be brought back to my favorite community. It's been an odd transition to go from full-time travel out of a Rubicon to now driving a Silverado HD. In fact, I've had the chance to drive a few different trucks these last six months and have fallen in LOVE with this Chevy. It has the same "drive-feel" (if that makes sense) as my old Rubicon (4-door). Albeit, a bit of a boat! Frankly, it's a beast and inspiration for my next rig-build, so coming across this thread has been a breath of fresh air. I've never been the "cool kid" and my family grew up with Chevy's - never ONCE did it break down, nor did we ever get stuck in a Central New York blizzard (we saw many!)
Thank you all who contributed their thoughts! Read every one and feeling confident this devoted Jeep girl is going to be stoked on the space and capabilities of her future truck camper adventure home! Jenn & Monty