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Old 02-22-2017, 05:11 PM   #1
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Help Sierra/Silverado 1500 5.3L or 6.2L

I will be buying a new TV for my baby (2017 26U). I have decided on a Sierra/Silverado 1500. I can get both engines in 5.3L and or 6.2L with the same Max Tow package (about 2000 pounds of payload).
The 26U has a 903 pounds tongue weight and 7600 pounds maximum trailer capacity. Dry trailer weight is about 5975 pounds.
The salesman says the 5.3L engine should be able to handle this without any trouble. We will be travelling from British Columbia down to Arizona area every year. Should I pay the extra money and get the bigger engine?
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:15 PM   #2
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Yes. I would also.
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:21 PM   #4
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I currently have a 2013 Sierra 1500 5.3L and tow about 6500lbs of trailer with just under 800lbs of tongue weight. The 4 year old version of the 5.3 is more than enough engine to tow the weight. One other consideration is that the 6.2L requires 91 octane gasoline, I've read from various posts, double check this as that can get very expensive.

Now with your question answered, after all my research my next TV will be an F150 ECO Boost, Max Tow, Max Payload, with a 36 gallon tank.

Curious as to your reasons for deciding on the GMC.
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:26 PM   #5
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I have a GMC Canyon now that I will sell (no trade in). Thought I would stay with GM. I have never owned a Ford. Don't know if I want aluminum. Have you seen the advertising with dumping the tool box in the back of the Ford truck and denting it?
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I didn't, but the majority of my towing is not in the mountains. For those times when I am in the mountains, the 5.3L will be fine. It performed well in the TN mountains last summer, including some 8-9% grades.
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I have a GMC Canyon now that I will sell (no trade in). Thought I would stay with GM. I have never owned a Ford. Don't know if I want aluminum. Have you seen the advertising with dumping the tool box in the back of the Ford truck and denting it?
Just curious....if you have the Canyon with the 305 hp V6 and trailer tow capacity of 7000 lbs (2.8L diesel has a tow rating of 7700 lbs) which would give you 1000 lbs of capacity in the trailer; why not tow with the Canyon? Yes, you would be packing light, but with the proper set up IMHO the Canyon would be well up to the task of pulling a 26' Airstream.

After seeing a Saturn Aura XR pulling a 23' and a guy in Toronto that pulls a 34' Limited with a Honda Odyssey, I think you are good to go with the Canyon.

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Everyone I talk to says the Canyon won't do. The airstream dealer I Pentiction British Columbia won't to set up the Reese weight distribution hitch on the Canyon. They say Bigger TV.
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Everyone has been known to be wrong.

I have no skin in this game of you getting, or not getting, a new truck but again IMHO I would, if I were you, get a hold of a known expert in Canada with Airstreams, TV's and hitches and that's Andrew T at Can Am RV in London Ontario. Phone him or PM him (he's on this forum).

I'm going to include this link that he just recently posted about fuel economy and yes, that is a Chrysler 300 3.6L pulling a 30' International! He pulled a 27' with a 3.2L Jeep Cherokee. With the same Jeep he pulled a 30' International from Jackson center and ended up hitting a deer but not before swerving around another one, (it's in the link).

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...on-162335.html

Again I'm not trying to talk you out of buying a bigger truck, but concerned others are trying to get you to buy a new truck that you may not require. If I save you some money not having to trade in a good everyday vehicle that could do the job, then so be it.

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My TV is 2015 Sierra with 5.3L with heavy duty tow package. It has no problem towing our 27FB. Don't think you need the bigger engine to tow your trailer.
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I have a GMC Canyon now that I will sell (no trade in). Thought I would stay with GM. I have never owned a Ford. Don't know if I want aluminum. Have you seen the advertising with dumping the tool box in the back of the Ford truck and denting it?
You dont know if you want aluminum and your on an Airsteam forum?

As to engine, percentage of useage empty compared to towing?
Everyday driver used for commuting daily and occasional towing maybe error towards the better mileage, otherwise go big. My 2c
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I love aluminum but not in a truck! 20% towing and 80% commuting through mountain passes with lots of deer on the road. Haven't hit any yet but lots of close calls.
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Help Sierra/Silverado 1500 5.3L or 6.2L

I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 with the 5.3 engine. I have a 25FC, 800~ TW, 7400~ GW. We've traveled over 9000 miles from Florida to Maine with some slowing issues in the mountains. Overall, pleased with performance.
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I think with either engine being more than capable of towing your AS and only having a bout 1400lbs difference in capacity, you might look at other other factors for making your decision like, as was mentioned, gas type and mileage. Either one will be great. I drive the 5.3 daily and really like it, and it tows really well. Best of luck with your decision.
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