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Old 12-09-2011, 08:57 PM   #15
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The 5.3 is the old 327 cubic inch engine GM made for years. It is a high revving engine and it is made for your application. Remember you have a 4 speed and 4:10 gears. You just have to get use to it. We went from a 3/4 ton Suburban with the 454 engine to the Tahoe with the 5.3 liter engine. It took awhile to get used to the 2 power plants. No biggie now for me.
I hope you took pictures?
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:28 PM   #16
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To put all of this in context take the downhills at whatever speed you are comfortable with. I once saw a bumper sticker that read " I may be slow but I'm ahead of you ". When you're in front you are in the drivers seat. To go any faster so as to not hold up traffic just " AIN'T WORTH IT ". The rest of us behind you will just have to grin and bear it. If you feel you're overheating your brakes, pull over and let them cool a bit. Same with the engine / trans. if you think you've been overrev'in it. Later that same day I thought I had cooked my brakes coming down the mountain into Lake City. They were super hot but cooled and were fine. It did alert me to be more aware of the long downhills, even at low speed.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:04 PM   #17
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The 5.3 is the old 327 cubic inch engine GM made for years. It is a high revving engine and it is made for your application. Remember you have a 4 speed and 4:10 gears. You just have to get use to it. We went from a 3/4 ton Suburban with the 454 engine to the Tahoe with the 5.3 liter engine. It took awhile to get used to the 2 power plants. No biggie now for me.
I hope you took pictures?
Ok, I am beginning to get it now. This is my first ever GM car, and first American V8 since about 1985. I just wasn't sure about running such high RPM. The ride overall is superb. My wife commented from the pass seat that she was shocked at how smooth it pulls.

Right now it's all new to me - the TV the TT the hitch. So, I am just being cautious and asking when in doubt. Thanks!

We were too exhausted when we got here to take pictures. But tomorrow I will definitely take some! We have all day to organize the TT and get some swimming in here.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:02 PM   #18
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Just one more observation: on the upgrade, gravity will help you slow down/stop. On the downgrade, gravity adds to your inertia. If it's steep, it will take a LOT longer time and distance to stop going down, especially with 6000# of trailer pushing. You might find it's good to be slower on the downside ...

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Old 12-09-2011, 11:14 PM   #19
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When going down a 6% grade I always keep my speed down and run in 4th or 3rd gear and add some additional boost to my trailer brakes until we are out of the steeps. I have also replaced my stock rotors with drilled ones and use ceramic break pads to reduce the heat buildup and minimize the risk of warping the rotors (which happened with my stock breaks).
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Probably need a little more experience towing that trailer to come to a good answer. What kind of brakes does the trailer have, disc or drum. I do not see anything wrong with using the brakes carefully to control speed down hill. But I have spent a lot of time checking to what it takes to make mine heat up With my diesel I sometimes have to use the brakes in additon to the truck braking. One thing you do have to watch is using the trailer brakes so much they overheat. I am told they can even catch somthing on fire. Brake pads are relatively cheap. My truck will hold or almost hold on 6%. I start down at 50-55. I normally drive 60-65 on the interstate. Anything past 6% I know I am gonna have to brake some. But I have done 10 mile declines using some braking and stopped and felt the trailer brakes and they were only moderately warm. Sure, you are gonna go through pads and rotors faster towing. Last time I changed pads on the truck it cost $90. I would rather do that than do something that it seems to me might hurt the engine or transmission. The really steep grades you have to negotiate are generally not on the interstate and can be taken slower.
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Probably need a little more experience towing that trailer to come to a good answer.
Yeah! That's going to be the fun part - lotsa towing ahead. Thanks Bill.
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