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Old 01-19-2016, 02:49 PM   #11
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Hi Kevin

We used to tow with the 5.3, 3:42 six speed Sierra and it did OK. We have recently purchased a 2015 Sierra with the 6.2, 8 speed with the NHT or Max Trailering package which gives you 3:42 gears. This has been awesome and gets better fuel economy and tows far better then our 5.3 did.
It is rated at 420HP and 460LBS of torque.

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Old 01-19-2016, 09:31 PM   #12
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Hi Kevin

We used to tow with the 5.3, 3:42 six speed Sierra and it did OK. We have recently purchased a 2015 Sierra with the 6.2, 8 speed with the NHT or Max Trailering package which gives you 3:42 gears. This has been awesome and gets better fuel economy and tows far better then our 5.3 did.
It is rated at 420HP and 460LBS of torque.

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Kevin. If you are ordering a 2016, you will be getting an eight speed transmission. Get the 6.2 engine with the 3.42 rear end and you will have the best of both worlds. We were planning on getting a Casita when I ordered my GMC with the 5.3 engine and the 3.73 rear end. If I would have known that it was going to be the Escape, I would have ordered the 6.2. We were through a lot of mountains in bringing the trailer home and the truck knew it had something behind it. Highway mpg is 21 not towing and 14 towing. Loren
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:09 AM   #13
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If you have a choice, go with the max tow and 6.2 ltr engine. We love ours!
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:01 PM   #14
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Loren, how do you think the 2016 5.3 would be with the new 8 speed transmission with 3.42 ? Are you using premium fuel in the 6.2? Kevin
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:31 AM   #15
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I have a 2011 Siverado, with the towing package, 4wd- it has the 5.3 with the 3.42 transmission. I have towed many miles - from British Columbia, to Nova Scotia, and from Nova Scotia to Florida twice- I barely know the trailer is behind me.When I was in Chilliwack to pick up the trailer I took a lesson from the Truck place next door- two things he told me - always tow in the truck/haul mode ( he said everyone should) and when I replace my current Michelin tires to get the thicker, heavier duty ones, I'm not sure what they are called.
I love the truck for towing and breaking . I am getting ( while towing) more itr less the same gas milage as I was with my 17B and the 6cyl RAV4. It also gets half decent gas milage when not towing, considering what it is.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:41 AM   #16
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I have a 2011 Siverado, with the towing package, 4wd- it has the 5.3 with the 3.42 transmission. I have towed many miles - from British Columbia, to Nova Scotia, and from Nova Scotia to Florida twice- I barely know the trailer is behind me.When I was in Chilliwack to pick up the trailer I took a lesson from the Truck place next door- two things he told me - always tow in the truck/haul mode ( he said everyone should) and when I replace my current Michelin tires to get the thicker, heavier duty ones, I'm not sure what they are called.
I love the truck for towing and breaking . I am getting ( while towing) more itr less the same gas milage as I was with my 17B and the 6cyl RAV4. It also gets half decent gas milage when not towing, considering what it is.
Just my opinion.
I can understand the reasoning behind towing in "tow mode" while in the mountains, but why is it better all of the time?
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:13 AM   #17
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keeps your transmission cooler and operating better, on flat or hills.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:19 AM   #18
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keeps your transmission cooler and operating better, on flat or hills.
That's interesting. I have a transmission gauge, haven't noticed a difference in temp between tow or non tow mode, and it seems to shift better when its not in tow mode. I'm not disagreeing, just seems to be counter to my experience.
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mine also changes shift points of the transmission...
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:25 AM   #20
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mine also changes shift points of the transmission...
I think my next trip will be in tow mode 100% so I can make a sound judgement on whats best. Normally I only use it in the mountains.
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