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Old 08-25-2015, 12:26 PM   #43
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Just a minor hijack of this thread as we are very interested in the 6.2 and feel it would be totally adequate as we have an 08 6L max tow.
Have any of you used the 4glte wireless hot spot yet?
We were interested in GM's new 4g Onstar as we boondock a lot but still want to have access to the Internet.
GM is now offering an upgrade to existing Onstar subscribers to have the same functionality for older units. Our 08 being one of them. It is a free upgrade as long as you take a year subscription.
Any thoughts on this? It will be a stop gap measure untill I can afford a used 6.2 in a couple of years.


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Old 08-25-2015, 12:40 PM   #44
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It works very well, but the Ignition key must be on for it to be active......so accommodations must be made for that.
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:05 PM   #45
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It works very well, but the Ignition key must be on for it to be active......so accommodations must be made for that.
Same as the phone right now so no issue there. Thanks for answering. Now back to your regularly scheduled thread


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Old 08-25-2015, 01:14 PM   #46
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We use the LTE hotspot all the time. The kids' iPads don't have cellular and this way they can play their games on the road. Service is att but does a little better than the phones because it's got a bigger antenna. The plans aren't cheap but as long as you're not streaming movies they work great. Make sure to ask about buying a block of data for use over a year; they will try and push a monthly plan. We tend to use it much more in some months than in others.
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Regarding the pogo effect, I wonder if anybody has towed with the 2015 Denali, it has the magnetic shocks that are supposed to adjust rapidly to changing conditions? You are still limited to lighter towing stats than the max tow, but the shocks may take away the pogo affect that some of us experience with the std 1500's.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:22 AM   #48
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Or you can just buy the Max towing setup and purchase a darn good pair of aftermarket shocks..The Denali's are silly expensive… And by the way, I'm still on the fence.. No one has a truck I'm really jazzed about… Think I'm going to wait and see what's going on with the 2016's,,,
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The max trailer tow package is not available on the GMC Denali or the Chevy High Country. So, choosing that option gives you less than1500 lbs payload. I wouldn't want that with an Airstream bigger than 25 feet. Also, that locks you out of the lowest final drive ratio, although I think you'd be fine with a tow weight of everything but the 30 Classic.
Regarding rear axle ratios: for 2015, GM introduced the 8-speed tranny on the 6.2 engine alone. Because that tranny has a lower first gear, the max tow axle ratio is 3:42. With the 5.3 engine, only the 6-speed is available and adding the max tow to that gives you a 3:73 rear axle. For 2014, both V8s were available only with a 6-speed and the max tow rear axle was a 3:73. I think both tranny/rear axle combinations have the same ratio spread (i.e. from lowest to highest). However, the 8-speed gives you more ratios in between. In test driving the 14 vs. the 15, I found the ration spread in the six speed to be awkward and the 8-speed to be perfect. My experience towing is that the 8-speed does a great job of matching engine to load. I think it's worth the extra $$$.
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I have been using Onstar's 4g service for about 4 months now. It has a few 'quirks' that I'm not really happy with. First, there is no way to tell when and if you are actually getting LTE service. In many cases, when using it with music services the signal will drop out. Very annoying. Also, you need to turn off the wifi function on you phones or tablets if you don't intend to use the Onstar service. The phones and tablets will access the service automatically and eat up your monthly data plan.


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Yeah, Pat, I wish phones had a WIFI option to prioritize network connections. I have Xfinity and they added a feature, whereby I get public Xfinity hotspots all over automatically. Part of this system upgrade includes my personal hotspot as well as all residential and commercial customers. So, at my house, I have my secured private bandwidth and a public Xfinity bandwidth spots. There's no way for the phone to prioritize as I come and go and it always seems to grab the public spot first.

Phones need a way, other than shutting off WIFI to apply selected logic. This isn't a car or home router issue. It is a phone issue.
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Good point! In regards to the Onstar service, having an on/off option would be very helpful.


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I need to explore that. I thought there was a way to do that through the radio screen under settings....but unfortunately, my current demo is an early 2015 and doesn't have WIFI. Sorry to hijack...I'll research. Pat what vehicle do you have? I'll PM you.
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I have a 2015 GMC Sierra. Just love everything about it. Got rid of the 2014 Yukon Denali. I am thoroughly convinced that the short wheelbase Yukon contributed greatly to my accident last year. The 1500 Sierra with the Max tow package toes my 27 FB beautifully!


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Any known hiccups with a 2007 Sierra 2500 6.0L gas? I've located one that I am going to try to my make case on simply bc I think the price point works, it's in good condition, no payload issues, and has nice large towing mirrors. I teeter bt gas and diesel, I know they both have their pros and cons (don't have to go into those now). But just wanted to see if anyone would have any warnings against this vehicle as a TV for our 27' - any known issues with the engines, etc that I may be unaware of. Husband will give me pushback here, but I'd like to try! Perhaps a good compromise.
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The engine has a good reputation for durability. It's also the least powerful of the gas engines offered in 3/4 ton trucks and it always brings up the rear in comparison tests. When I test drove this truck, even empty, it felt distinctly underpowered and it was the only one of the 3 gasoline powered 3/4 tons that felt that way. But, you can judge that as well as I. At 8 years old, it's probably seen a lot of tough service. For that age truck, I'd look for a Ram with the Cummins. That vintage is not a desmogged engine and they have a reputation for being pretty bullet-proof if properly maintained.
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