Part of my isssue with the truck is I got ripped off by the dealer, I just haven’t gotten over it. I was promised more features and amenities, and part of it is that I want those features. But the 5.3, while adequate, just isn’t fun to drive and is a little gutless while towing. I’m afraid to mod it in any way as I don’t want to sacrifice power because of the occasional need to tow. But I bet 100 more HP is a lot of fun to drive!!!
Last year I moved on from my Silverado 2500 into a new Sierra 1500 SLT. Been largely disappointed for many reasons, but especially when towing. So for last month, I’ve scoured the web and it’s either price or lack of options that prevents me from moving out of my Sierra. But it today I found a leftover 2018 Sierra SLT, fully loaded, and with the 6.2!!! It’s my dream truck, except for the payload. I tow a camper twice a year and my truck is maxed out. I tow about 55 miles each way, at highway speeds, truck is pretty empty and camper is empty. So despite the lower payload, will the 6.2 improve my towing experience? What issues exist with the 8 speed in the 6.2? I know there are some shutter problems, but beyond that I don’t know.
Fords for cheaper? Huh, must be a regional thing. This summer, before getting my Sierra I went Ford shopping and an XLT with a few good options was the same MSRP as my SLT with WAY more options. The salesman even acknowledged that Fords are generally more expensive. No Rams, we all know they're cheaper for a reason ...
Looks like we lost another one. Seems to be a common theme. While GM sales are still good, Ford is outselling GM and Ram is gaining ground really, really quick. And I will admit, if I could do it all over again, Ford would be at the top of my list this time. Good luck to the OP, the Raptor is one cool truck.
Nitto Ridge Grapplers seem to get good reviews too. Nittos will likely be my choice for tires next fall.
The 6.0L gets horrible gas mileage on short trips, so as your daily driver driving short trips, it is something to think about. I am in the camp of buying what you will want and enjoy the majority of the time, so the 6.2L might fit that bill for you. One more thing, the 6.2L recommends premium fuel, so your cost per mile might to close to the 6.0L.
I am very impressed with the HIDs on my '18 Sierra. The high beams aren't great, but the low beams with the LED fogs on are really nice and light the road very well. I've since been in some high end vehicles with LEDs and HIDs and I believe mine are just as good if not better than those high end vehicles.
Do you know why you don't have "sucked in by semis"? Because you're trailer and truck are properly packed (weight distributed properly) and you're weight distribution hitch is set up to match your truck height and trailer size and includes some measure of anti-sway. That is ever so important when pulling a larger trailer on a 1/2 ton. Well done. But 70 is just a little too fast, likely your trailer tires are limited to 65MPH. Something to look at anyway.
Can it be done? Yep. Will it be comfortable and easy at highway speeds and wind? Nope. In this picture I towed it 55 miles, but the trailer was empty and the truck was virtually empty too. There is no way I would want to tow it fully loaded with gear. Now that being said, and as another poster said, if you're towing only once and a while (I tow that trailer only twice all year to and from my lake lot) and it's relatively local, it would probably be fine. But pack light and have a really good weight-distribution hitch and go slow.
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