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Old 06-13-2016, 10:55 AM   #1
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Colorado\Canyon Towing 21

Is anyone towing a 21 with the V6 Colorado or Canyon.
We tow our 17 with a Rav4 (V6) or our Ranger but someday we would like to upgrade to the 21. Neither of these will tow a 21
I am thinking of replacing the Ranger.
The specs seem to support the Colorado as a possibility but i am looking for some actual experience.
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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Is anyone towing a 21 with the V6 Colorado or Canyon.
We tow our 17 with a Rav4 (V6) or our Ranger but someday we would like to upgrade to the 21. Neither of these will tow a 21
I am thinking of replacing the Ranger.
The specs seem to support the Colorado as a possibility but i am looking for some actual experience.
I don't have any actual experience yet since I have neither a trailer nor a tow vehicle but Colorado/Canyon is the choice I have made for the TV for our yet to be 21. I will get the V6 rather than the diesel mainly due to cost. The Canyon seems to be about $1500-2000 more than a similarly equipped Colorado and the only differences are primarily cosmetic.
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
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Colorado\Canyon Towing 21

Check out some of the posts on ColoradoFans. Lots of folks with the 2nd gen towing some pretty heavy campers and happy with the performance... Others not so much. My experience towing my 19 with a '15 CC SB has been good, but if I were towing something larger I would get the diesel.

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Old 06-13-2016, 01:37 PM   #4
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The Canyon seems to be about $1500-2000 more than a similarly equipped Colorado and the only differences are primarily cosmetic.
The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are the same truck under two different brand names with slight styling changes and some differences in trim levels, so they can be thought of as variants of one model. Dimensions, engines, and transmissions - and so most of the characteristics relevant to towing - are the same regardless of brand.

There are some differences which are more than cosmetic. A friend of mine bought one last year, and chose the Canyon (All-Terrain trim) over a Colorado in part because the Autotrac® 4WD system includes an automatic 4WD mode which works full-time, while the Colorado had only a part-time 4WD system (Autotrac® not available).
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I don't have any actual experience yet since I have neither a trailer nor a tow vehicle but Colorado/Canyon is the choice I have made for the TV for our yet to be 21. I will get the V6 rather than the diesel mainly due to cost. The Canyon seems to be about $1500-2000 more than a similarly equipped Colorado and the only differences are primarily cosmetic.
I am leaning towards the Colorado/Canyon as well but i am still a little way from making the deciscion
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Check out some of the posts on ColoradoFans. Lots of folks with the 2nd gen towing some pretty heavy campers and happy with the performance... Others not so much. My experience towing my 19 with a '15 CC SB has been good, but if I were towing something larger I would get the diesel.

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...5&share_type=t
Wow there were lots of comments but most of the people towing under 5000 pounds seemed to be happy. Great link thank you
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The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are the same truck under two different brand names with slight styling changes and some differences in trim levels, so they can be thought of as variants of one model. Dimensions, engines, and transmissions - and so most of the characteristics relevant to towing - are the same regardless of brand.

There are some differences which are more than cosmetic. A friend of mine bought one last year, and chose the Canyon (All-Terrain trim) over a Colorado in part because the Autotrac® 4WD system includes an automatic 4WD mode which works full-time, while the Colorado had only a part-time 4WD system (Autotrac® not available).
I have asked my Chevrolet salesman for a list of the differences but this may require more research to find all the differences. i Guess i need to go see the GMC dealer too

There are just to many choices out there.....who knows i may end up with a tundra or Silverado
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:25 PM   #8
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the monthly sales reports are somewhat interesting on
PickupTrucks.com - New & Used Trucks, Truck News and Reviews if only in that it may lead you to who may have the most incentive to make a deal....once considered a Titan XD but that diesel may be doomed if it's sales don't pick up....
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We tow a 2016 Scamp 19 gooseneck with A 2015 Canyon SLT. We just returned from 5 state 3700 mi trip through the southwest and Grand Canyon. The camper and truck fully loaded weighs 8610# with 2910# on the camper axel. Trip computer at finish says I got 16.9 mpg and all but 10% was tow (10 mpg better w/o tow). Interstate speeds were held to about 65 but slower on grades and wind to keep trans above 4th gear. Almost all was with tow/haul engaged for expanded shift range from torque converter. The rig followed like a puppy and I forgot it was there most of the time. The factory tow package has excellent features like lane recognition, collision avoidance, cross wheel braking for anti sway, locking differential, etc. The GMC is much nicer looking than the vanilla Chevy and a Colorado owner I know says his flat hood flexes at hiway speed. The SLT package is worth every dime. When home my wife has commandeered the truck and I have to drive the old Elantra. All that said, a 21 could be towed with a Canyon but if I was out for many months of the year I would far prefer their new 4 cyl diesel version with 369 #ft torque. There are deep discounts on the Silvarado but we went to the smaller version because it fits in our garage. Happy camping
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I looked at TVs for over a year just in case I decided to purchase a RV, a long time dream. Except for the very expensive Touareg diesel, all of the SUVs I looked at were limited to 5000 lbs. or just too big.
My research led me to believe that that limit was too close to my safe comfort zone which is of course quite relative. I also looked and tried full-sized pick-ups whose prices are quite attractive with all of their incentives. But, they are just to big for me. I then discovered the Canyon/Colorado and was told there was a future diesel option in the works.
I finally opted for the Canyon diesel in March and I am still waiting for it...any day now I am told. I chose it over the other TVs because of its size, performance and the fact that the towing mechanicals and technologies are integrated: tow/haul, diesel brake and trailer brake.
The engine is powerful yet economical and has been around for many years around the world (also in a Jeep model a few years ago).
I have viewed every driving test, hauling test and general review I could find on You Tube channels, newspaper articles etc. and all were unanimous that these trucks are winners. PBS Motorweek recently had a very good look at the Canyon. Here:
2016 GMC Canyon Duramax | MotorWeek

Once the truck was purchased, I focussed on the RV and fell for the Escape 19 due in June 2017.
Right now, I am looking at the different hitches ETI is offering. Equalizer vs. E2, no idea on which is best but at least I don't have to decide until March!
Good luck! JP
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