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Old 05-04-2018, 05:20 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Our experience towing a 5.0A with a GMC Canyon V6

First, thanks to all the folks on this forum who help us get to this point. We just got back to Dallas from picking up our 5.0TA and taking the "long" way back, so I thought I'd share my experience towing it with our 2017 GMC Canyon V6 short bed. This is my first time towing an RV, although I've towed flatbeds with cars before. The attachment shows us picking it up.

We got about 25 mpg w/out the trailer driving up through Amarillo, through central CO, across southern WY (really desolate and windy), cutting the SW corner of ID, then the NE corner of OR, etc. On the way back, we got about 15.5 mpg towing the 5.0TA south on Hwy 5 to Grants Pass, OR, to Mount Shasta CA, then 89/44 to Susanville, then 395 to Reno, then 395/49 to Vegas, and then east to Albuquerque, Amarillo, and back to Big D. The truck towed the trailer very well. On relatively flat ground, it would get 18 mpg and could easily go 65 mph with the rpms at 2500 or less. Up steep grades (6% or so), the mpg would drop quite a bit. The truck could still tow at 65 mph, but would require lower gears and rpms to 4000, so I purposely backed off to 55 mph or so and kept the rpms to 3000. The transmission temperature usually stayed in the 145 to 155 F range, but one of the steep grades in NV caused it to climb to 170 F - still well in the safe range. Engine temp stayed at about 195 continuously. I did notice that switching from 87 to 89 octane caused the truck to run slightly better and result in lower rpms and slightly better mileage. So my conclusion is that the gas V6 is adequate for towing the 5.0TA.

We had our Andersen Ultimate hitch installed at Trademasters. I asked that it be set back about 4" from the axle centerline so we'd have enough turning clearance with the cab on our short bed, but when I picked it up, it wasn't set back that far (although the hitch was installed on the rails so the ball was biased to the tailgate). In addition, ETI installed the pin adapter on the trailer with the ball hole pointing to the rear of the trailer, which was backwards from what I wanted (for more clearance). I was worried I wouldn't have enough clearance, but I never had any problems. Making 90 degree turns going forward is easy because the trailer follows the truck in a curve and never gets close to actually being 90 degrees to the truck. My worry was in backing up. But I found that although the trailer would hit the cab before the truck got 90 degrees to the trailer, I never needed to get close to that situation. If in the future if proves to be an issue, I can always reverse the pin adapter and set the trailer back a bit.

On a side note to towing, we ordered our 5.0TA without a toilet, although we kept the black tank. While in Anacortes, WA I installed a urine-diverting composting toilet from Airhead. It worked out great and I'll post a separate post on it later.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:15 PM   #2
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Thanks for relating your towing experience with your Canyon and 5.0TA. I'm interested in more information about your composting toilet.


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Old 05-08-2018, 01:32 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by jkordzi View Post
across southern WY (really desolate and windy),
Hey! I respect that opinion!

We lived in Rawlins WY for 5 years back in the early to late 80's. Trust me, all the local jokes were about the wind!

Sounds like you did good with that truck.

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Old 05-09-2018, 10:29 AM   #4
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It looks like a Cayon V6 is quite well suited to a 5.0 TA. What is axle ratio on your truck?
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:28 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Chotch View Post
It looks like a Cayon V6 is quite well suited to a 5.0 TA. What is axle ratio on your truck?
Well, the rear axle ratio is 3.42, but 7th and 8th speeds in the auto trans are underdrive, being 0.85 and 0.65, respectively. So for instance in 8th gear, the final drive ratio is 0.65 X 3.42, or 2.22. Of course, tire diameter also enters into this if you want to calculate the rpms for a given speed or vice versa.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #6
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Hi ,
My wife and I live in Keller and are considering purchasing a 5.0T. We would love to have a look at your trailer if possible.. So hard to actually find any in this area.

Charles and Patti Phoenix

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