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Old 02-03-2016, 11:44 AM   #31
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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
I have the 5.3 with the 3.73 rear end. At the time I ordered this I thought we were getting the Casita in which this combination would have been plenty of overkill. It still allowed us to upgrade to the the Escape 21 and have plenty of towing capacity. One other member on this forum has the 6.2 with the 8 speed and the 3.42 rear end. If I was doing it over today, this is what I would get. Plenty of power and gearing plus the 3.42 for the open highway.

I also agree with Donna and Myron about using the tow haul mode. I use it in the mountains but not on the flat grades but monitor the tach a lot. Monarch pass in Colorado on Highway 50 was a good test for everything. The transmission fluid temperature climbed briefly to 210 degrees F. The controlled braking was great but I wish I would have had a little more power. But then who is towing on grades like that every day? Gas mileage was about 14 towing, but it is no problem getting 21 non towing. The wind resistance is the biggest factor in all of this.

Buy a new truck and throw a new Escape behind it and you are starting to talk some serious money. I chuckle every time I see one of Leon's posts about spending a fortune camping to live like a homeless person. But still the question Cathy and I kept asking each other was, why didn't we do this sooner? Can't take it with you. Loren
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Old 02-03-2016, 12:03 PM   #32
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Hi Loren

That would be me, love the 6.2, 8 speed, NHT (3.42 gears).
Pulls the 5.0TA like nothing, gets better mpg then my 5.3, 6 speed and is fun to drive when the stabilatrack and traction control are turned off.

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Old 02-03-2016, 12:17 PM   #33
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Hi Doug, GM now offers an 8 speed 3.42 5.3. Do you think that would perform better than the 6 speed 5.3? I would love to get the 6.2. Not sure I can get the better half to get on board though. Do you run on premium gas?
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Old 02-03-2016, 12:37 PM   #34
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Hi Kevin it will perform better as it has more gears and a few more hp than the older 5.3. That's said I found that the 6.2 with the NHT package gets better fuel economy the my previous 5.3.
Yes I run premium most of the time but it runs fine on regular too. What ever you get just make sure it has the NHT package also called the Max Towing Package.

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Old 02-03-2016, 02:07 PM   #35
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Whatever vehicle that I was going to use for towing, I would get the tow package for it if available. One thing about getting the NHT package on a GM vehicle is that you just about have to do a special order as it is very rare to find one on a dealer's lot. Also with the NHT package, it lets you get the big camper mirrors.

Kevin, get the 6.2 and you will never regret it. Even though an Escape 21 is light by most trailer standards, you still know there is something behind you. And you can load up without worrying about it.

Doug, I see you also got the summit white on your truck. It matches the Escape color and makes for a neat looking rig. We have had many comments on ours. Loren
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:13 PM   #36
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Does Chevy offer a back up camera for the truck bed vs the tailgate?
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:15 PM   #37
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Jim,

I think you're cross-threaded.
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:17 PM   #38
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Mine's in the tailgate so I can see the receiver hitch... If I had a 5.0, I'd just open the rear window and use the rear view mirror.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:33 AM   #39
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Just back from towing, Silvey’s high-tech dash display said current oil life was zero. Yesterday, after 4,300 miles since my last change, I changed the oil in my Silverado 1500.

The truck has had 4 oil changes since I got it new. The first 3 were done under warranty, free, at the dealership, and the fourth they did for $74.26. Each time they used standard oil, not synthetic. Seems to me this is a simple job, right? Turned out to be quite a learning experience.

Bought oil yesterday at WalMart. Our WalMart only sells synthetic. Needed 8.5 quarts. The WalMart tire service guy came over and said their shop would do my oil change for $45. I turned him down. Paid $69 for 9 quarts plus oil filter.

Used my floor jack to raise up the truck and put my jack stand in place for safety. Seals in the floor jack were leaking hydraulic fluid big time. Will have to fix that. It was a struggle getting this old body to skootch under there, but I did it. Feels now like I pulled something in my back during the many back and forth skootches it took.

Why many? First, my oil filter wrench was too big for the smaller PF63 filter. Had to add wedges to snug up the wrench. That done, I turned to the oil pan screw. A 15mm box wrench should have unscrewed iteasily. But, the pan bolt was so G-damn tight, my wrench would not budge it loose. No way! I tried adding leverage with a pipe. I rounded off the hexes. It finally took a medium sized Stilson pipe wrench. Whatta job. Oil came out a pretty black.

So when did a simple home-boy oil change get soo expensive and tough? I may not want to ever do this again.
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Sounds like a Red Green episode....
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