Yeah I'm PAHS also, but at times when I don't feel too good my system is off and need to make a big deposit, I try to walk to the other side of the building where there is a single occupant non gender bathroom with a lock on the door. Privacy is golden.
I could of lived with getting the 4.3, but most of them around here was work trucks. The 5.3 mpg was not much more than 4.3 and it was more fun to drive and more power than 4.3 also the 5.3 didn't use premium gas like the 6.2 did. I also rather have the 5.3 with 6 speed as well. In BC when you go camping or fishing there are lots of mountain and elevation so the extra power helps over the V6 4.3 towing a trailer and gear in the bed. I'm averaging similar to my mini van I had in the past, it was a 2008 Uplander with the 3.9 4sp ext so I'm happy with my choice.
How about the fleet use of government officals, police service, NSA, FBI, CIA, homeland security etc. they use these kinds of vehicles and rack miles on them.
I felt GM has always been conservative in giving out rated mpg on their cars and I have hit the mark or even get better mpg on my truck based on the window sticker. https://driving.ca/ford/f-150/auto-news/news/ford-sued-for-allegedly-falsifying-fuel-economy-ratings-on-f-150-trucks
I actually test drove only two different brands of half ton trucks the F150 and Silverado. I usually keep my vehicle for about a decade so I wanted something with little electronics or just enough for my convenience. I wasn't sure I wanted the F150 with the 2.7l Ecoboost for long term so I chose the Silverado 5.3l. I would probably be just fine with the 4.3l for that matter. I got a great deal for having a GM product to trade in as a loyalty brand come back and also there was some big discounts when I purchased my truck late 2017. I could have easily gone to Ford as well but I got a better deal with GM and I like the looks of my Silverado better anyways. Long ago I had a 93 F150 extra cab and 5.0l motor, like that truck and was reliable. Fords are good too but it came down to the deals at the time for me was a no brainer. Love my truck!
A women who does her own servicing on her truck, I am truly impressed and if you have a significant other what a lucky person. If not, you single,...LOL. Don't always believe us know it all backyard mechanics type guys or even some dumb ass parts guys, always check reliable sources for proper info and double check.
Here in the north most people buy LT and LT Z71, I have a Custom. Everything here cost 30% more and we mostly wait for big GM discounts before buying a truck. I look for a truck that is easy to use and reliable. Let see how the touch screen does when it's cold and you are wearing gloves. My only next choice of any brand of truck would be a F-150, probably the 5.0l, had an old 93 F-150 5.0 used and was able to be used as I needed it to. In my area there are rows and rows of used RAM's on dealership lot, seems lots of them gets sold and lots of them gets traded for something else.
I don't carry much gear daily in the back but if I do I use a different size Rubbermaid containers or crates and if I don't use the whole bed I use a ratcheting bed bar to keep it from sliding around. I also installed all the Bull rings which takes 3 on each side of the bed except for the tailgate. I can sling rope or bungies from them as I need. On another note yeah the Silverado interior maybe more utilitarian.
I think you would have to get at least a cap or shell on it and you can get on it with no windows for a bit more security and double locking ones. I came from a mini van (Uplander) I can put a sheet of 4X8 plywood with all seats down but like you said makes a mess back there and when I did go fishing or camping with the kids yes wet stuff and dirt stuff makes a mess. A truck you just throw that stuff in the back and you can hose it off the bed later. Ride wise these trucks are nice riding, another thought is if you don't really tow much like I do, I have a travel trailer I have the 5.3 V8. You can opt for a 4.3l V6 Engine in the Silverado and save you some fuel for a daily driver and still can get a 4x4 option on that.
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