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RE: 6.6 GM. Gas

Great engine mated to a good-in-2022 transmission. Both are dead reliable. I wish GM used the 10spd. Budget for 8mpg and you may be happy with 9-10mpg.
APT 11/28/21 12:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake Pads

I am a big fan of Powerstop pads and rotors. I have them on my Suburban for 30k miles as well as my DD Subaru Outback (F 10k, R 25k miles).
APT 11/10/21 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Water pump

The pump automatically turns on when pressure is "low" and then off when "high". As long as the water pressure is in the "middle" then mine does not turn on. So the regulator in the pump could be bad, or there is a leak (in the line or a faucet). I would look at all the water lines that you can access for any sign of water leak/damage before changing the pump.
APT 09/27/21 06:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Navigation options

The market has/is going towards Phone->vehicle interfacing (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto). There are a lot of apps that allow offline data storage to not use cellular data while traveling, and the latest vehicles offer much larger screens to show the maps/directions/POI than the phone screens. I personally use a combination of Google Maps and Waze. I prefer Maps for researching POI at a location and Waze for navigating/routing.
APT 09/22/21 08:01am Technology Corner
RE: New Truck question(s)

Get the 3/4 ton for much larger fuel tank. If you like the Ford better and it's cheaper, buy that 7.3L/10-speed. Overkill? No one said than when towing a TT. More power and more gears typically means lower fuel consumption and better towing experience, power when you want it.
APT 09/22/21 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking into getting first TT

I have said 2500 Suburban. Some of the TTs on your list would push my comfort limit even though I have plenty of suspension. 7k dry TT means 8500-9000 pounds loaded with a larger family and all their gear, with 1100-1300 pounds of loaded TW. If you are open to full sized vans, the Nissan NV3500 and GM Twins (Chevy Express or GMC Savana 3500) would all work for most on your list. If vans more not an option for you, are you planning on more short trips (<2h each way) or longer ones (5+ hours)? The last 2 seasons we have been driving two vehicles on most of our camping trips. My wife or daughter drive it, which helps limit load on the tow vehicle as well as ability to take more stuff, like bike rake, kayaks, PWC, boats, etc. If driving 2 vehicles is an option, then I recommend any 2011+ 3/4 or 1-ton crew cab pickup and whatever current vehicle you have.
APT 09/22/21 07:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Opinions on 2014-2018 Travel Trailers

All TT build quality/assembly is poor. When shopping used, the largest influence on "quality" is how the previous owner maintained it. If you are a DIYer, then just look out for any evidence of water intrusion, soft spots on the floor, warped anything, stains, etc. Anything else is relatively minor to repair/replace later. If you are not a DIYer, buy new with a 5yr low deductible bumper to bumper warranty. :)
APT 09/22/21 07:32am Travel Trailers
RE: 2021 Outback & Mini Max

Is your Outback an XT model? If so, then you have the same power as the Ascent which is rated for much higher tow rating. Suspension is weaker which can be addressed after you try to tow that RV.. The CVT is fine, although I do recommend using manual mode and "shifting yourself" in manual mode so the belt isn't always changing ratios or unlocking the torque convertor. CVTs have a bad reputation from 2005, but I am not hearing of common recent failures of 2015+ models even from abuse. I tow an open landscape trailer, 12x6.5 with about 2500 pounds loaded (and no brakes :) ) with my 3.6L and CVT. I would be comfortable towing that Little Guy teardrop with mine. I can monitor the trans temperature through my infotainment system, and I expect that is still available with the later 11" screen. If the temps get over say 240* F for short times or 210* F for 30min+, then a transmission shop can install a higher capacity cooler than stock.
APT 09/22/21 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck question(s)

Why do you care about towing in 6th gear? Those gas engines will be happiest towing in 5th. Pick you speed, 62mpg or 78mph, but 5th gear for the GM engines. One benefit of the 2500 is the larger fuel tank (and range).
APT 09/17/21 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capabilities

7k dry TT means: 8000-8500 pounds loaded 1000-1200 pounds of tongue weight I expect your Yukon would be exceeding the GVWR, GCWR, receiver rating, and rear axle rating when loaded up with people inside and TT connected. You have a lot of power and a good transmission. Suspension is your weakest link based on ratings when it was new. Towing with anything 10+ years old will depend far more on condition and how it was maintained. I recommend sticking to around 6k dry TT for most half tons because of all the other ratings besides manufacturer tow rating.
APT 09/08/21 06:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: WiFi Camera always late to the action

The problem is with whatever camera brand/model you have, There are lots of options out there across a wide range of $$$. Do you have a way to run power to where you want cameras? Wyze use Micro USB. For some of my outdoor cameras, I use 25' long cables hidden in siding J channel. Some are power over Ethernet, so not using WiFi either. Have you looked into Blink Cameras? They have 2yr battery life. I'm sure there are similar competitors with longer battery life.
APT 08/29/21 06:35am Technology Corner
RE: WiFi Camera always late to the action

Corkey, my Wyze cameras log under 1kbps unless I an **************. The "motion detection" should be on the camera itself, not on a cloud which would require full camera resolution to the cloud. My Ubiquiti cameras log about 2mpbs of network/WiFi data, but those only stay in my home.
APT 08/28/21 03:04pm Technology Corner
RE: WiFi Camera always late to the action

I have several Wyze V2 and V3 cameras. The motion detection is a little sensitive, but otherwise meets your requests listed so far. Person/vehicle detection costs extra. Cameras cost about $35 ea, power via Miro-USB, and connect to the internet via Wifi. I am shifting my own home to Ubiquiti Protect product with better control of cameras, detections, and local storage with no service/subscription fees, but the equipment costs are noticeably higher.
APT 08/25/21 11:08am Technology Corner
RE: Silverado 2500 shocks

Bilstien yellow and blue. My OEM shocks were very underdamped with 0 miles. I replaced them at 50k, now have 130k. Great improvement!
APT 08/23/21 06:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing New Trailer

You'll be fine with that combo. Blue Ox SwayPro, Equalizer 4-pt, or Reese Strait Line/Dual Cam will all perform very well for you.
APT 08/17/21 09:53pm Towing
RE: Anyone towing with e assist and 308 gears ?

Plenty of people over the years have reported with the older 5.3L/6-spd. 8-10 spd would be even better with deeper first gear and smaller gear spacing. One question.
APT 08/14/21 09:13am Towing
RE: Jeep Gladiator Overland Tow vehicle

If you care about the specs, you will be limited to low walled RVs. If the frontal area is the only spec you are willing to exceed, then you'll want to stay close to 4k dry, maybe 3500. Add 750 pounds to loaded weight and 200 to TW for nearly any TT in that weight range. I the specs do not matter, you have plenty of power. There are aftermarket upgrades to improve most aspects of towing high walled RVs near/over various ratings.
APT 08/14/21 09:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with e assist and 308 gears ?

5.3L is good. 3.08axle ratio with 8 or 10spd should have plenty of torque torque for acceleration and hills. You may want to upgrade the transmission cooler. What does owners manual say is the tow rating with 3.08 gear? The prior models with 6-spd were still 7k+ with HD trans cooler. I'd stick to around 5k dry for any high walled TT.
APT 08/12/21 07:43pm Towing
RE: Truck upgrade?

I believe your engine is 2.7L turbo with 310hp and 348lb-ft of torque. That should be plenty to stay above 50mph. What was the typical engine speed on those hills?
APT 08/09/21 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: parking on a slight driveway

I have 5 different pair of wheel chocks depending on the type of site. For pavement I recommend rubber, such as these I have. For dirt/gras, I use some simple plastic ones. I also have some Lynx Chocks that hook into their level blocks.
APT 07/26/21 06:09am Travel Trailers
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