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I currently have a 2015 Silverado 2500HD, 6.0, Crew Cab, Standard Bed, LTZ, Z71 that I use to pull a 31' Fifth Wheel. The FW weights a tad over 9K loaded with 2K of pin weight. My current truck pulls the FW just fine with the exception of hills where it downshifts to 5th, 4th, and sometimes 3rd to maintain 63mph. 63mph seems to be the sweet spot for best fuel economy while towing. I'm considering a 3500HD 8' bed with the same equipment as my 2500HD with the difference being diesel. My concern is that I don't use the truck much other than short trips to Wally World and occasional short trips of less than 50 miles. Our camping trips are about once a month and can be just a few miles or 1500 - 2000 miles. The longer trip(s) are usually only twice a year. So, with a driving history like that, am I going to have more than usual emission system trouble?
We should all know that a dirty air filter/less functional will result in a loss of power ( along with many other "things" ). The AC Delco seems to give a good balance of designed power along with fuel mileage. Case in point ... about a month ago, I replaced my AC Delco filter with a Fram filter. That weekend, I pulled my RV about 140 miles on an Interstate that I have traveled before with the same rig. I lost 1 mpg ... now, I know that different day temps/humidity/wind/traffic/etc will affect mpg but I found it interesting after changing back to a AC Delco that my mileage came back to where it was with the same rig.
Well, after discussions with a Reese technician and input from "others", I decided that a slider was cheap insurance. Had a Reese Titan 16K hitch, Reese Titan round tube slider, and Reese bed rails installed.
Looking for opinions on what is best for the transmission. I recently purchased a camping trailer … it’s only 18’ with dry weight of 4100lbs. I am guessing that it’s “ready to camp weight” at about 5500lbs. I had to take the trailer back to the dealer for some warranty work. When I towed it back (approx. 40 miles of mixed city/highway) I reset my mpg display and put the transmission in “Tow/Haul” mode. Checked the mileage when I arrived at the dealer and the display was showing 8.8 mpg avg. A few days later, I returned to pick up the trailer. I reset the mpg display and put the transmission in “D”. Checked the mileage when I arrived at the house and the display was showing 10.8 mpg avg. Should you always use “Tow/Haul” mode when pulling a load or should you use it when road conditions dictate … hilly conditions and such.
Putco makes one: http://www.putco.com/products.cfm?action=ProductView&Product=0D72D10F-65BE-F4BB-AD90-16FEC82C5FBD&Category=18E1733D-089E-9305-E1F9-2857B8966C09&partSearch=1 ... or you can make your own: http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/196165-made-my-own-grill-insert/
revrnd, if you put your hand behind the metal bumper brackets and "feel around", you will find 2 square holes on each side. I used simple 1/4 - 20 stainless steel bolts/fender washers/lock nuts. I only used the top hole on each side. For the bottom holes I simply used a wire tie per hole. I was going to use clip nuts but couldn't source the size I wanted locally Yes, the top cowling and the front grill had to come out. Not to bad of a job, kinda scary when pulling on the grill to "pop" it loose though.
Thanks shreff86, close, but not quite all the cigars :-) The one on my truck has 3 round support bars, and the bed clamps are slightly different. I did download the install manual for the one you linked to though. Here is a link to the one that I have: http://www.autotrucktoys.com/chevy_silverado/GM-OEM-Chevy-Silverado-Soft-Tonneau-Cover-PRD4451.aspx
Hey Folks, I recently purchased a used 2015 2500HD. Going to use it to tow our new camping trailer ... 2005 Tundra 4.6L didn't have enough horsepower :-) Anyway, the truck came with, what I believe to be, a dealer installed roll-up bed cover. Does anyone know who makes the dealer installed roll-up bed covers for Chevy. I would like to see if an installation PDF might be available for download.
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