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RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Love my 2.7l Silverado. It’s a mighty beast.
jerem0621 07/23/22 10:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

So sorry for your troubles! I have a buddy who has a lifter fail on his 2020 Silverado. Instead of waiting for the truck to get repaired he traded it in on a new ZR2 Silverado. 200 MILES on the new truck. ~ Lifter Failure ~ On the other hand the 2.7l has proven extremely reliable and capable. I’m recommending them to anyone looking for a newer GM full size truck. They do have DOD but it’s controlled by the cam not the lifter. Seems to be a much more reliable system. Thanks Jerem
jerem0621 05/18/22 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trans coolers

I added a Hayden trans cooler to my 2011 Tahoe. We pulled a 7200 lb TT and I never saw temps over 200 after that. Thanks, Jerem
jerem0621 05/16/22 05:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7l Silverado, 7,200 lb TT Vs Monteagle

Jeremiah Good thinking and have gotten to know you over the years on this forum, which can say you will do the maintenance well. There are two things suggest #1 is that the coolant these days are rated for 5 years or more life cycle. The thermal system is one huge key to the longevity of any of these, modern small displacement ICE’s which are forced fed. OATs and HOATs coolants are well know to have issues with O2 getting into the system to wreck havoc. The why most all OEMs have gone to a closed, overflow bottle. They are now pressurized and the main onus is to keep O2 out when folks like me has to check coolant level/condition often. To check is to view coolant level through the translucent bottle walls and that they now have graduations for High and Low. Check on that level at each oil change, or like me…check it often, along with tires, oil level, etc #2 is to find and read up on your engine. Did that when Ford’s EcoBoost came out because had similar concerns of the longevity. Found that Ford did many things that were sound engineering. Biggest was that inside the engine, there was/is an oil spray system to cool the piston undersides. That is something boy racers of my day did for their ‘built’ engines. Meaning that the engine oil is going to see some higher temps than a naturally aspired engine would see. If you find that info, please post back on this. As I’ve not been able to find it…though haven’t had must time to do a proper search. Beautiful setup !!! Hey BenK, Yes sir! I remember back 15 years ago or so stumbling on your Suburban’s web page and that being one of the first authoritative write up’s that got me thinking about maintenance and thoughtful mods. I am not sure if that page still exists or not, but it was an excellent write up. As for maintenance on this beast, you are 100% correct. I tend to do most maintenance at 50% of the recommended interval. The Oil Life Monitor hits 40 or 50% and I am changing the oil. I’ll still do fluid changes on the transmission at around 30k miles. Fluid swaps just take a few minutes and are pretty cheap. The coolant on these newer Chevy’s are a bit scary to me,I know they have improved, but it will be changed at 50,000 miles instead of 100k. As far as the details of the 2.7l construction here is a video that helped settle me on the technical aspects of the engine. GM Engineer Explains the 2.7L Something that I thought was interesting is that there are simple, electronically actuated, ball valves in the cooling system so the truck can independently cool the block and the heads. I do see the actuators as a potential failure point but they look easy enough to change. I may change them as part of the 50k maintenance. Thanks and It is good to hear from ya my friend! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/08/22 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7l Silverado, 7,200 lb TT Vs Monteagle

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I appreciate all the comments and the fact that you took time out of your days to reply. I’m a maintenance freak and only use synthetic fluid and do it all myself. As far as how I’ll feel about this truck at 80k plus, that remains to be seen for sure. My goal is to take this truck to 200-300k miles… we can call it the long term torture test and I’ll post back periodically with how this truck is doing. The 2.7l Facebook groups and forums have people who are already nearing 100K and the reports seem to indicate that this is a reliable engine. I did my research on this little motor and feel like I have a good grasp on it’s strengths and weaknesses. But, we will know more as I live day to day with this fabulous marvel of technology. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/13/22 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
2.7l Silverado, 7,200 lb TT Vs Monteagle

2.7l Crew Cab, 7,200lb travel trailer Vs. Monteagle Mtn… 17 minutes of Towing goodness for you all. Monteagle Towing Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/10/22 11:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Outside Stairs

I have old people and these steps are the most solid and the best steps for them (and for me). There are some disadvantages for sure. But I’ll take them over having wobbly fold out steps. I don’t want my folks falling off of my stairs because I can’t be inconvenienced to sweep a little mess, adjust them once while I’m setting up camp, and heaven forbid I have to wipe them off. Small disadvantages for all of the advantages (solid stairs, and extremely easy to use) JMHO based on experience. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/31/22 08:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2014 Expedition towing Airstream

OP, here is just a bit of advice from someone who tows A 7,000lb TT with a half ton. I towed with a Tahoe and have put a lot of miles down towing. If you still have P Rated Tires I have found it best to air them up to the max sidewall pressure to stiffen them up. Buy a 2,000 lb rated Sherline tongue weight scale and actually measure your trailer tongue weight. Keep it balanced to around 12-13%. You adjust the tongue weight by adding or taking away load to different parts of the trailer. Do no load anything in the Expedition behind the axles. (Maybe a few light camp chairs etc. but please no people) Go through your hitch and make sure it’s dialed in 100% If your hitch uses add on sway bars, use 2, not one. Limit your speed (55-62 Mph), if it’s very windy, find a backroad. Enjoy the ride. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/29/22 08:56am Towing
RE: Jerem Bought a new truck!

With the 5.3L, cylinder deactivation and a light foot. Impressive! I’m coming from a 2011 5.3l and commonly got 14.5-16 in regular driving. Highway about 17.5 ish. 19 was the highest I ever saw. But it was a 6 speed. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/21/22 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oil changes with synthetic

That CR test with taxis doesn't have one critical cycle of us folks who are not taxis drivers NY taxis are almost never shut off for more than the time to refuel. In some of those CR reports, there were some who didn't turn off to refuel. Us non-taxis drivers shut off our engines over might. That then has moisture drop out vapor to condense inside the engine Plus the oil film flows off surfaces To have parts go metal to metal on startup The why synthetics with better film strength will take longer to flow off The quality of the filters anti-Drain valve determines how much oil stays in the oil galleries. That helps prevent metal on metal starts Why more and more oil OEM's are adding molybdenum, which plates metal surfaces Moly on moly has a VERY low coefficient of friction Arguable, but many articles report 40%-50%-60% of all wear of an engine I'm of the opinion of changing engine oil regularly and before the manuals recommendation Thank you for your opinion on this, BenK. My new 2022 Silverado cost a huge pile of money and I want this gasoline turbo to last for the next 10 plus years. I don’t want to trade or buy another truck. This little gem will get fresh oil in the crank case often, coolant changes at 30-50k miles( not sure which yet) due to the variable cooling system (the heads and block can be cooled independently via electronically controlled ball valves.) The transmission fluid will be changed at 50% of the recommended interval, and the other fluids will be changed at 50% recommended intervals. I need this expensive and impressive (to me) machine to last 10 plus years. I’ve seen sludge in engines and want to do everything possible to prevent that from happening to my machines. JMHO. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/21/22 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oil changes with synthetic

Many years ago, when Hector was still a pup, and folks still believed in silly things like objectivity, Consumer Reports did a pretty thorough test with NY city taxi cabs and oil changes. Sythetic was still a niche market then, but after running taxis for 100K miles on almost all readily available oil brands, they tore them down to inspect and measure. The conclusion was, as long as the oil was changed at the then-standard 3000 miles, it didn't matter if it was mobile one or PepBoys reclaimed oil. Their conclusion was to make sure you changed it. Take that info for what you paid for it. That said, two things to keep in mind: Your truck may have an "extreme duty" PM schedule because you tow or haul (Ford dealer service manager told me even if you tow occasionally). Point two...I have zero doubt oil now is better than its ever been, so I have confidence that it's lubrication capabilities are up to the 5 or 10K mile task. But....that black stuff in oil, that makes it black? That's dirt. It aint food coloring. Contaminants are so named because they aren't supposed to be there. I have historically changed mine in my former sig pic F 150 because I ran the dog pee out of it when towing. It never went past 4000 miles without a change. For the cost of Motorcraft synthetic blend and a new filter, I'll eat the minimal cost difference to keep sleeping soundly at night with the new truck as well. When my odometer in my 7.3 gas engine in my new F-250 hits about 4000 miles, I'll be crawling under it again with my drain pan. Thats my 4 cents. Y'all can do as you wish. The cost of one oil change per year wouldn't make most of us even blink. I'd love to be in that club. I Will be doing he exact same with my brand new 2022 Chevy. It's a turbo truck and I will be changing he oil at 4,000 mile intervals or when the OLM hit's 50%, whichever is first. Oil is cheap, engine work is NOT. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/19/22 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jerem Bought a new truck!

Thank you for all the kind comments everyone! I just got home from Florida (yep bought it in Fl and drove it home, everything similar here is 5 to 10k plus more) I topped off the tank about two or three exits above the Florida Turnpike on I75 North. I have just unloaded the truck from our luggage and stuff. I made it home without filling up again after filling up north of the turnpike. I’m going to hand calculate it when I fill it up tonight but here is what I have on the “lie-o-meter.” I have about 1/8th of a tank left and the gas light has not came on yet. I have to confirm it but I think this truck has a 26 gallon tank too. 25.4 MPG. And 505.9 miles traveled on this tank so far. This truck has 3.42 rear axle ratio. I never got 500 miles on a tank with my Tahoe (5.3l, 26 gallon tank, 3.08 rear axle) So far, I’m impressed. I know I’ll be in the turbo more towing so we will see how that goes. I expect 7.5-9.5 mpg like every other gasser I have had. Thanks! Jerem
jerem0621 03/18/22 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
Jerem Bought a new truck!

Well, the time and opportunity came for me to buy a new truck. My wife and I just purchased a brand new 2022 Silverado Custom 2wd Crew Cab. It’s a little more than basic and a huge upgrade (spec wise) over our beloved 2011 Tahoe. This one has the 2.7l Turbo with 3.42 rear axle. The truck is rated at 9,200 lbs trailer weight (we are going to test that), has 1880 ish lbs of payload and the 8 speed transmission. The multi-flex tailgate is a game changer for me! I have to install an brake controller and will probably go with a Redarc Tow-Pro Liberty. I’m a tech junkie and specifically choose the 2.7 for all it’s capable of (towing and not towing). This isn’t the refreshed version but still pretty gee wiz. Anyway, I plan on making videos of me installing my brake controller, hitch adjustment, and towing our 7,200 lb TT up and over Monteagle Mountain in TN. If you want to see those let me know and I’ll post links to them here. Here are a few pics of our new Silver Silverado. Thanks and have a great day! Jerem
jerem0621 03/17/22 10:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New trailer

Greetings, We have a similar layout of trailer. It's a Zinger 27BH and has a dry weight around 6,300 lbs but loaded for camping we are getting close to GVWR of 7,700 lbs. I tow it with our family Tahoe that has a "tow limit" of 5,500 lbs as you phrased it. Sitting on the cusp of 170,000 miles on this fantastic vehicle. Added a few things to make the Tahoe tow a lot better. I added a big transmission cooler and usually see transmission temps around 180 degrees while towing. I also added some big heavy LT tires to the Tahoe as the factory tires were more for passenger comfort instead of pulling. I use the Tekonsha Voyage brake controller model that I have had on my last three tow vehicles over the last 13 years. Works great. My Tahoe is a 6-speed auto and has the 3.08 gear which supposedly is not "ideal" for towing but I haven't really noticed any need to upgrade it as of yet. I use a standard run of the mill weight distribution hitch with tapered spring bars that is really dialed in, and I have two friction sway bars. I drive pretty slowly while towing and have a personal speed limit at about 62 mph. That is a personal limit and when I had my dually I drove the same speed. The rig is solid and tows well and there is not a single time I felt underpowered. However, I would be lying to say that I can't feel it back there. Of course I can. Oh, I am under all my weights except the tow rating. Pay attention to your set up and watch your temps, drive sensibly, balance your load, enjoy the ride. thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 02/27/22 02:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Half ton towing

Glad to see everyone is doing about the same! These threads are fun but pretty much just fall into a debacle of "no you can't" or "yes you can One thing is certain, there are talkers, keyboard warriors, and statisticians and then there are this who go out and DO. Sounds like the old xyz round is superior to the other xyz round. There are those who talk ballistics and those who go out and put meat on the table in the field. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's Guys.
jerem0621 12/18/21 11:30am Travel Trailers
RE: which gooseneck ball?

So, this is just me personally, but there is another Made in the USA gooseneck hitch option that doesn't include levers and springs under the bed. It's called a DropNLock. I like the design. Here is the link to their product page DropNLock The Anderson hitch would be compatable with this hitch as well as the Demco Recon Demco Recon The PullRite Superlite is a direct competitor of the Anderson and IMHO a MUCH better design. Here is the link to this product PullRite Superlite Have a good day! Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/18/21 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capabilities

If you're breaking things on a regular basis, wouldn't that be an indication that the tow vehicle is NOT suitable for what you're using it to pull? I'm all for pushing the numbers but things should not be breaking. Most GM trucks of this era break motor mounts relatively often. We’ve changed them for others too. Many of these trucks with 130k plus a thousand probably have broken motor mounts. But yea, my friends are breaking way too often. Chinamart is to blame. Not his Suburban. Thanks!
jerem0621 11/16/21 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capabilities

Sure thing. Just tow slow and deliberate. If you saw what my buddy tows “all the time” with his 2011 Suburban it would make many keyboards melt here. ;) We are getting pretty good at replacing motor mounts. I suppose you will to. Drivers side motor mounts are weak on these trucks and I guess yours is probably broke right now if you are over 130k miles OR tow heavy often. Yea, I swore mine wasn’t broke either. I was wrong. Have fun, set the hitch up right. Firm up the tires, get better shocks and struts and enjoy the ride. Dialed in set up with my Zinger and my 2011 Tahoe that “can’t tow nothing” WD hitch not set up right at all on this pic Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/15/21 02:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Transmission cooler options

Good post. I have a 2011 Tahoe without the factory external trans cooler. I added a 40K transmission cooler plumbed after the factory in radiator cooler. I’ve been thinking about adding a thermostat between the radiator cooler and the external trans cooler. I’ve ran it for 40k miles without the thermostat but my trans only gets to about 140° when not towing. My hottest temp while towing on a 95° day was 198° In the middle of the day in traffic. It stayed there for about 5 minutes and went back down to its normal towing temp around 180°. Love towing with my Tahoe. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/15/21 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
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