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  1. The powertrain warranty is 66k or 2023 so I have some time. Basically they said it should be no big deal but they’re going to ask the higher ups at GM for assistance. If GM thinks it should be examined closer or if I start to notice any issues I’ll bring it in for them to take it apart. Thanks again for the help. If anything comes of this, I’ll update the post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks guys. I’ll setup an appointment to have them check it out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. 2018 Sierra, 4wd, CC, standard bed, extra tow pkg I just changed my transfer case fluid for the first time at 35k. I’m not gifted mechanically so I watched a couple YouTube videos for help. Besides being sloppy, everything went smoothly. I also changed the oil so I’m thinking I might go pro(; In my research, everyone had metal shavings on the magnetized plug. In addition to those, I had another small magnet. Is this anything I should be concerned with? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. My 2018 Sierra with the 5.3 and extra tow does perfectly fine pulling our 35’ 8-9k camper. We towed across several state lines and up in some hills without a single “wish we had more truck.” I would strongly suggest looking at the higher end weight distribution hitches. I have a Hensley Arrow that I picked up used and sway is nonexistent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Just returned from a trip to West Virginia.. holy twisty and steep grades! We had a great trip and the Sierra was a champ. Almost forgot to take a pic of the rig: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Just my opinion that you didn’t ask for, but if the combo isn’t safe for longer trips, it isn’t safe for short local trips. You’ll still have semi’s blowing by and unpredictable situations on flat land. Don’t kid yourself, get it setup correctly before leaving town. Our last truck was an F150 that did just fine pulling the camper on our trip through Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Planning the trip I was really worried but once there it was fine. I have no doubt that our Sierra would grind out those hills too. It might sound like it’s working harder and the stronger trucks might get up the hills faster but you’ll still be able to enjoy the amazing campgrounds when you arrive safely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I was surprised how much smaller my cc rear seat was compared to my previous f150’s. I think I read that the 19s will be bigger. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. My (5.3 max tow, cc, standard bed) truck does very well with our 35’ camper. I’d have to look but I think dry is around 7500 and loaded is 9500 on longer trips. I have a Hensley Arrow hitch which is amazing. We just added another 1100 miles this past weekend Michigan/Kentucky and had zero white knuckles. I set the cruise at 65 and enjoy the ride. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I’ve referred back to this old post on an RV forum to get my weights. Truck stops have scales available. I copied and pasted the post below: First, the TV and TT should be loaded approximately as they would be for camping. Second, the weight distribution system should be adjusted as it normally would be for towing. Then, I would do the following: Weighing #1 -- TT attached and Weight Distribution Activated Let Front Axle Load be "FA1" Let Rear Axle Load be "RA1" Let TT Axles Load be "TT1" Then, while in same position on scales, take Weighing #2 -- TT attached and Weight Distribution Not Activated (WD bars unloaded, but hanging in place) Let Front Axle Load be "FA2" Let Rear Axle Load be "RA2" Let TT Axles Load be "TT2" Then, drive off scales and drop TT. Return to scales and take Weighing #3 -- TV only -- TT Not Attached Let Front Axle Load be "FA3" Let Rear Axle Load be "RA3" From the above values, you can calculate: TV weight = FA3 + RA3 Gross Combined Weight = (FA1 + RA1 + TT1) {should also be equal to (FA2 + RA2 + TT2) if scale weights are correct} TT Weight = Gross Combined Weight - TV Weight Tongue Weight = (FA2 + RA2) - (FA3 + RA3) Load Transferred to TT Axles when WD System is Activated = TT1 - TT2 This procedure should get you on and off the scales fairly quickly and still provide all the data you need. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Come on with the airbag talk.. let’s prop up the rear so it looks better fish tailing and flipping on the highway? The weights are off somewhere so my advice would be to find a weigh station and get measured with it loaded. If you can’t get the wd system set up to work for you, check out Hensley Arrow. They’re expensive but cheaper and easier than getting a new truck or camper. I found a used one on Craigslist years ago and towing has been smooth sailing ever since. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Towed our camper a couple weekends ago. I was waiting to cross the state line before filling up but 7-9 mpg always makes things interesting. I hit my new high (low) of 24.5 gallons. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. One of the main reasons I went with a 2018 GM was because they seemed to have worked out the kinks since 2014. Who knows if the 2019s will have new issues or not. My last truck was a first year vehicle and an expensive mistake. I didn’t care if I ended up with a Sierra or Silverado.. liked them both and went with the better deal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. My 2011 ecoboost towed great and seemed fast as heck.. when it wasn’t in limp mode or in the shop(; Over on the Ford forums I’d guess the number of ecoboost problems outnumber GM’s forums 2:1. To be fair I was in Ford’s 2011 era vs when I lurk here it’s in the 2015+. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Your bil can’t compare his truck to the commercials (ecoboost mpg) unless he’s driving the same spec’d truck. The ecoboost I had with the 3.73 got the exact mpg the window sticker said I would. My current 5.3 with max tow will never achieve the highest mpg that GM advertises on their commercials nor would I expect it to. It is however getting exactly what my window sticker said it would. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Computer says the best was 23.8 which means diddly squat to me. My 2018 5.3 max tow is at 16.8mpg over 4500 miles lifetime which seems much closer to reality. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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