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Old 12-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #15
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Rob, I have an 05 Silverado with 5.3 and 3:73 rear and only 295 HP. No problem pulling our 25' FC through the Smoky Mountains and I don't think you'll have a problem at all. Best truck we have ever owned and the 05 has a four speed transmission. Max Trailer package is great for what you are pulling. Best wishes for a happy, happy time with your TV and TT.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:45 PM   #16
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I have had several 5.3L engines. 0ne of mine had over 225,000 when I sold it, and it is still going 4 years later. I never have added any oil to any of my Silverados. I always change oil and filter at 5,000 mile intervals. The oil might show slightly low, but never below the add mark on the dip stick.
I have heard of only one, a 2010 high mileage, that had a problem with oil use.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:08 AM   #17
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Thanks for the replies. I do feel more confident in the choice of the 5.3L engine. I'll post my fuel economy numbers once we're rolling in the spring.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:30 AM   #18
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I have a 2012 silverado 1500 ext cab 4x4 with the 5.3 l engine 6 speed trans ,locking rear diff,3.42 ratio z71 off road suspension package ,tow package , the engine so far has been great the trans does a weird shift when cold from 2-3 ,I would call this a slip shift I'm told there is a new program for the trans to fix this will get the software done later in the summer and hope it fixes this ,the fuel economy is fantastic on the highway no trailer 30 miles per Canadian gallon,with the 19 foot airstream I get around 18 on the highway,I can tell when engine goes into cylinder deactivation from a very slight vibration and the sound of the engine it's hardly noticeable ,I'm a retired auto tech ,my wife can't tell. It will go in cylinder deactivation mode even on slight acceleration with the trailer ,or flat roads at highway speeds ,I get the best fuel economy at 80 kph or 50 mph ,you will have no problem towing a 23 footer with a 5.3 l engine and 3.73 rear diff ,your fuel economy will be worst then if you had the 3.42 rear end but you will have more towing capacity, your new 5.3 litter engine has direct fuel injection it will give you more power and better fuel economy over the older 2013 and older 5.3 l engine , great truck ! Bob Hope to see you and your wife and your new truck!at jc Don and Carole (scamp)
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #19
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Don, we should arrive early on the 30th, perhaps even the night before. Hope to see you there!

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Old 03-20-2014, 11:07 PM   #20
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Bob. (Tin tin )Have a safe trip ! were leaving tomorrow to try and avoid a snow storm, I'm not sure on when we're leaving j.c. ,I'm retired but my wife still is working and she is trying to get someone to take her shift on the 30th (she works for the ottawa hospital) so we might not get a chance to meet, unless something changes, anyways you will get a chance to really try your new 5.3 L direct fuel injection g.m truck , don't hesitate to let us all know when you get back on how your new ride did,such as power,fuel economy,and best of all how does it feel while towing! Have a nice stay in j.c. Don & Carole (scamp)
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:24 PM   #21
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TinTin - I hesitate to share this because I'm normally an upbeat guy, but I had a different experience with a 5.3L GM than most, and you should know my story too. We owned a 2009 GMC sierra 4x4 crew, with Z71, 3.42 LS, tow package blah blah blah. Enjoyed the truck for it's ride, features, etc., and it replaced a well loved 2003 Duramax 2500hd Crew. The 09 turned out to be the poorest truck I ever owned, and I owned it for 2 1/2 years. Sorry to be negative, but my experience with the 5.3L AFM engine was horrible. Thank goodness we didn't have our Pete then, I can't imagine how poorly it would have towed.

The person that mentioned the "Slipshift" on a 2012? Just the tip of my iceberg, and beg GM to fix that NOW. When our engine dropped cylinders, the transmission slammed on every downshift so bad it sounded like the trans was coming apart. The truck spent 6 weeks over the course of a year at the GMC dealer South of me, with GM paying for most attempts at repair and 3 or 4 rental cars. Truck was still in warranty, and they tried, but they never fixed anything. The last time it was in, with 6k miles left on powertrain 60k warranty, and the third complaint opened with GM customer care, they called me and said, no problem found, and don't bring it back. Then GM customer care said the same thing. Oh and to add insult to injury, the truck began to loose a quart of oil (loose, not drip, just GONE) every 2k miles.

So, faced with an assumed upcoming major failure, and the end of the warranty, and GM telling me, well, insert rude comment here, we traded it for a new F150 crew 2wd with a 5.0 v8 that uses all 8 cylinders thank you very much.

Oh, and the Ford handles Pete just fine. But you asked right?! Flame suit on.............
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:33 AM   #22
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I've driven my 2014 Sierra long enough- 2500 miles solo and 600 miles towing - to report on gas mileage.

2014 Sierra SLT 5.3 L , 4x4, 3.73 axle, 18" GYWrangler, crew cab, short box, tonneau, max trailering

Actual measured mileage (mostly highway miles):

Solo: 20.1 mpg (tanks vary from 19-21 mpg) Speed about 70 mph, mostly cruise. Vehicle cruises about 1700 rpm at 70 mph..

Trailering: 13.0 mpg (tanks vary from 12-14 mpg) 23 foot Airstream. Speed about 60 mph, mostly cruise. Usually in hauling mode. About 1850 rpm at 60 mph.

On board fuel computer is very accurate, transmission is smooth with no clunking, power certainly adequate for my trailer.

I'm happy and satisfied with the vehicle!!
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Hi Bob( tin tin) glad you enjoy your new truck,I like mine alot even though the trans when cold does a funny shift ,like I said in a earlier post I think it's just a software problem and have had no other funny trans shifts problems that some other people mentioned I recognized the funny second to third gear flare up ( slip shift ) about a 200 to 400 rpm increase when it happens engine cold,it will do this about 2-4 times then it's ok normal shift ,I was concerned about this at first but as I did some maintenance on trans and changed the oil and filter I found normal color of oil and normal amount of particles on trans magnet in bottom of trans oil pan ,I know this because I'm a retired auto tech I worked on all makes and models and worked for gm and honda dealers mostly,for 33years ,on our trip to jackson center ( by the way sorry I missed you, my wife had to be back at work for Saturday and we left early Thursday 12:30 am due to a call were my daughters boyfriends father passed away)anyway on our trip to jackson center I drove 55 mph or 90 kph and with our 2012 5.3 L engine 3:42 rear end,4x4 extend a cab , we got highest 18 miles per gallon( imperial gallon)and lowest 15 mpg (imperial gallon) oh that's with regular gas 10% ethanol) and the back of the truck bed 6.5 foot was full BBQ ,bikes,gas cans ,Extra propane,generator,etc with a soft tonneau cover. Over all very pleased with my truck! If you (bob ) get a chance to drive at 90 kph with you trailer on and on level ground maybe you can publish you fuel consumption figures ,I'm curious with your engine been direct injection. And does it go into v4 operation with trans in tow haul mode? Don & Carole ( scamp)
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:25 AM   #24
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Hi Don. I'll post updated towing mileage when we get home, which should be Sunday. I haven't noticed if it goes into V4 in haul mode, I'll watch that info screen a little more in the coming days.

By the way, the data I posted are in US gallons.

We're still at JC now, the trailer should be done about noon today. It did okay on the 27 point check yesterday, needed a new head on the electric jack (cracked) and a black tank sending unit. Everything else was good. They also did the bearings yesterday.

This morning they're doing the seal tech test, and pulling the rub rail at the rear to inspect and caulk underneath.

I've been impressed with the service center people, pretty knowledgeable and thorough. If they find a fault, they solve it, even if the hours exceed their estimate.

Did the tour yesterday. Don was away, another fellow (Gary) did it. Enjoyed it, and learned a little, though I couldn't hear much of what the tour guide said. Seems to be getting busy here, maybe the spring service rush has begun. About 30 on the plant tour.
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Hey Bob We really enjoyed our factory tour and as you said was hard to hear ( Don)even with the portable PA system , we didn't get a chance to see the airforce museum or the caves,but really enjoyed the bike museum,the food at the in between restaurant (close to i75) a walk in the town of Troy ( the sculptures have been removed ) the Neil Armstrong museum was ok,we should have gone seen the caves oh well next time ,were already thinking of a second trip next year,as we plan on buying a new airstream each year , to get warranty work done on it before selling it ( we buy in the USA then sell them in Canada a year later and break even or make a few bucks) unfortunately I discovered a few more problem with our 2012 airstream when I got back home as I washed it ,the lower chrome coloured rub rail started to flake off and one of my tire rims has started corrosion I never though this could happen on a two year old airstream, aluminum rims on cars even exposed to salt usually are corrosion free for 5 years, as for the airstream repairs on my trailer they were very good ( I'm very picky) as I'm a retired shop Forman ,shop manager at a local large honda dealer,I have seen the quality of work go down in the last 8 years or so as the baby boomers retire the younger generation on the most don't care ,don't take pride in there work , we had ( Les ) work on our trailer and were very pleased I even went into the service managers office to see Mike to let him know that ( Les) did good work ,the only disappointment I had was my front windows the curved ones were starting to discolour the aluminum part and they also were not bent properly they had bumps in them at the bottom of the curved section ,I compared them to other airstream on the lot and they were all ok but mine ,I suspect they didn't want to change them because my trailer was a month out of warrantee, oh well live and learn ! Anyways enjoy your stay in jackson center . Don and Carole ( scamp) oh forgot to mention I got axle seals in j.c. And repacked my bearing yesterday it was nice here sunny and plus 8 Celsius
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We left JC about 1330 this afternoon, made it to Crawfordsville Indiana fighting a 50 mph west wind.

The trailer's looking good, helped my confidence in our new unit, which was the point of our stop at JC.

We spent Sunday afternoon at the Air Force Museum. Excellent museum, particularly for aviation buffs. One day doesn't do it justice. We'll be back one day!

We had Casper working on our trailer, pretty happy with his work. Should have stopped in and spoken to the Service Manager, maybe I'll flash him an email!
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We left JC about 1330 this afternoon, made it to Crawfordsville Indiana fighting a 50 mph west wind.

The trailer's looking good, helped my confidence in our new unit, which was the point of our stop at JC.

We spent Sunday afternoon at the Air Force Museum. Excellent museum, particularly for aviation buffs. One day doesn't do it justice. We'll be back one day!

We had Casper working on our trailer, pretty happy with his work. Should have stopped in and spoken to the Service Manager, maybe I'll flash him an email!

Check your manual about tow/haul mode. On my 2011 Silverado, it says not to use it unless you are over 75% of the trucks haul capacity. You could get better mileage by not using it, if not needed.
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I m going to check that out ,I remember years ago people towing in overdrive they would burn up top gear clutch , I think the 6 speed trans has two over drives gears 5 th and 6th .
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