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  1. Sounds like you are talking about the 1708FB ? If so, the GVWR is 5000 lbs. The hea iest in that line is 5500. So you should be fine as far as safety and stability go. Also, do you have past experience with Travel Trailers i. Do you have a good idea what you will load? Most people don't when they start out. I did all my numbers in minute dtail...literally weighing every item that I planned to load. On the day we picked up the camper, I stopped at a CAT scale on the way home to get my baseline unloaded weight. Then we loaded up and did a 2 day experimental trip...stopping at the CAT scale again to get the loaded numbers. Turns out, we only carry 400 to 500 lbs of stuff. But no ,it's so it's just two people taking up the trucks payload and two people worth of stuff. Anyway, there is no substitute for hitting the scales and getting real rather than theoretical numbers. I've got a 21 Sierra without max tow package and our camper is a very easy tow at 70 MPH down the highway at 5,800 to 5,900 as we. Old it and 6800 GVWR. Of course I have the 6.2L. That's why I say safety should be fine with your truck. Engine power may be another story though. I think the 4.3 will do it as long as you aren't in any hurry PS: Get a weight distributing hitch, even if your owners manual says it isn't required. My manual says not required 7nder 7000 but the tongue weifgt will be higher than you expect.
  2. I think the ever larger screen thing has gotten out of hand. Not really interested in that. Also, the shifter on the steering column like in my 21 Sierra makes people laugh sometimes .. they say it looks "dated". but with the bucket seats and center console, it leaves me a lot more space for my stuff in the center console area than on the 22. At least from what I can tell from the pictures. this may sound trivial but the two round knobs and associated buttons that are vertical on my truck look like they are horizontal and down low on the 22. My 19 Canyon had the knobs in that position and it was a problem for me. I'm short and usually have the steering wheel pulled all the way out and tilted downwards. In the Canyon, this blocked my view of the knobs and I had to turn them by feel...frequently putting it in 4WD Hi when I was trying to turn on the lights. As usual, much of the new tech will only be available on the Denali, not the lowly SLT like I have. I guess Ill have to see one to really know. The pictures dont give me enough information.
  3. Plain water and a micro fiber towel. I've found many cleaning products seem to leave everything streaky and looking worse than I started.
  4. Yes, but I haven't gotten it to work that way. But what does work is that if I use an Android Auto compatible audio app on my phone, I can use the App to play MP3's. I have a Samsung phone and I've found that the Samsung Music app works. I don't have any Apple products but I'm guessing carplay would work in a similar way. But to tell the truth, even though I've made it work that way, this is one of the only things I've found where the built in functionality in the truck is easier i.e. putting my MP3's on an SD card and listening to them through that.
  5. I'm assuming this works the same as on my 21 Sierra. If I tap the "browse" button it gives me a message saying the feature isn't available while driving. But if I turn the right hand knob, it switches to the browse screen and lets me scroll through the entries by turning the know. I can select entries by pushing in on the knob.
  6. I've got about 4,800 miles on my Sierra SLT with 6.2L. Almost 2,900 was towing an approximately 6K pound travel trailer. For grins, I've tried 93 (not available in most places I go), 91 (typically is available), 87 and 88 E15. Honestly, despite the theoretical differences, I have not been able to measure any difference in fuel economy using any of those fuels. It could be because the travel trailer is like towing a barn but it seems like a 1 or 2 MPH change in wind direction or how many hills I encounter are the only things that really make any measurable difference. Also, there are reasons to have the 6.2 as opposed to the 5.3 even if you aren't getting 100% of the power out of the 6.2 that you could. If you look at graphs of the torque curves of the two engines, the 6.2 makes as much torque under 2000 RPM as the 5.3 does at its peak around 4100 RPM. So its not just the maximums that matter but also where its making its torque. With the 6.2 you have lots more available at normal highway speeds, which matters when you are are towing the barn. Just my 2 cents worth. Love my 6.2! Sometimes wonder how will the 3.0 duramax would work for me though. PS: On a recent trip, we had three RV's in a convoy. The guy with the RAM 1500 with 5.7 Hemi was always the first to have to stop for gas and when we did, he usually took about 2 gallons more than me. But...he also had a bit heavier trailer so who knows. The guy with the 6.6 Duramax and by far the biggest trailer got the best mileage.
  7. Before my 21 Sierra I had a 2019 Canyon (had to trade it because I needed greater towing capabilities). I think (but I'm not sure) that what I had in the Canyon was the same as the Sierra??? Wired Android Auto worked great in the Canyon. I can't vouch for Carplay as I don't use Apple products.
  8. Those of you criticizing "millennials" just don't get it...and that's OK. You use your stuff differently and what's important to others isn't important to you and what's important to you may not be important to others. There isn't any need to get angry about it. Just accept that their usage is different and their needs are different. That said, the comments are blatant stereo types i.e. if you care about carplay you must be a millennial. Not so. I'm 60 and it matters to me a lot, though I'm using android auto (same idea). When I bought my 21 Sierra, I deliberately bought it without navigation, saving some money in the process. Why? Well: 1. Google's (and Apple's) voice recognition features are lightyears better than any car manufacturer. 2. The phone has its own internet connection and associated search features, meaning the NAV finds nearly any place I want to go, without having to pay for an internet connection for the truck. 3. I can use services like Pandora and other music apps through the phone, again with no need for the truck to have its own connection. I don't have to touch any buttons, once again since the voice recognition is so good. 4. This is the BIG one. I plan to keep my truck for a long time as I do most vehicles. During that time, whatever electronics that came with the truck will rapidly become out of date. But I replace my phone about every three years...at least twice as often as the vehical, so as long as Android Auto (or carplay for Apple people) keeps working I'm good. Example: I've also got a 2014 Corvette with the top of the line tech package for its year. It was really nice tech at the time but now its slow, cumbersome and I dread using it. Also, Chevy gets $100 each time I want to update the maps in the Nav system (if I wait for a sale). Google maps on my phone is always up to date. In another example, after seeing how Android Auto works in my truck, my wife is seriously thinking of trading in her 2017 Infiniti just to get that feature. So even for many of us 60+ people (not just millennials) Android Auto/Apple Carplay is a critical feature. I would not buy a vehical that doesn't have it and I'd be really, really mad if I bought a vehical that's supposed to have it and it didn't work. I would be the nightmare customer for that dealership. And hey, if you want to be "old school" that's perfectly fine by me. Just move along, nothing to see here...for you.
  9. Just to close this our, Ill answer my own question. The answer is that no, the sensors from the TST system don't work with the onboard trailering app...at least as near as I can tell. I bought a sensor activation tool that should work with GM vehicles and it wouldnt work. Thinking the tool could be the problem, I tried the manual method where you let 10 PSI out of the tire while the app in the truck is in learn mode. Still no-go. But the TST system works fine as a stand alone so Ill probably just wait until the travel trailer needs new tires anyway and have new, compatible sensors put in the tires at that point.
  10. I don't know about how much of a "great debate" it is. I was comparing Sierra SLT Vs Chevy LTZ and went with the GMC. But when it comes right down to it, it pretty much comes down to personal preference, availability, and how much you like a dealer. In my area, the Chevy dealers seem to mostly carry the lower trim levels while the GMC dealers seem to have more SLT's and up. But configure two trucks identically and they will come out about the same price for both brands. Just so happens that most dealers around hear get very few LTz's or High Countries while the GMC dealers seem to get lots of SLT's, AT4's and Denalis. Also, I just happened to have bought from the local GMC place before and liked dealing with them...and the fact that they were giving me $1100 more on the trade in of my 2019 Canyon than I originally paid them for it. Of course if they sell it for their asking price, they will still make $3800 on it.
  11. From the GM Fleet Order Guide for the Sierra 1500. I assume Silverado is the same. Bold added by me. See: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NASApp/domestic/brandsel.jsp?regionID=1&year=2021 MQB Transmission, 10-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode. Includes Cruise Grade Braking and Powertrain Grade Braking 1 - No longer available with (L84) 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. Included and only available with (LM2) Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I6 engine. 2 - Included and only available with (L87) 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine, (LM2) Duramax 3.0L TurboDiesel I6 engine or 4WD (L84) 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with (PDT) SLT Premium Plus Package or (PDW) Texas Edition SLT Premium Plus Package. Most Vehicles built on or after 6-7-2021 with a V8 engine and (MQB) 10-speed automatic transmission will have (NSS) Not Equipped with Automatic Stop/Start, which removes Automatic Stop/Start and its content. 3 - Most Vehicles built on or after 6-7-2021 with a V8 engine and (MQB) 10-speed automatic transmission will have (NSS) Not Equipped with Automatic Stop/Start, which removes Automatic Stop/Start and its content. 4 - Included and only available with (L84) 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine on 4WD models, (L87) 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine or (LM2) Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I6 engine. Most Vehicles built on or after 6-7-2021 with a V8 engine and (MQB) 10- speed automatic transmission will have (NSS) Not Equipped with Automatic Stop/Start, which removes Automatic Stop/Start and its content. --⁹ A¹ --⁹ A¹ A² S³ A⁴
  12. Incentives change every month and your local dealership will find out what they are only a short time before its public. Also, incentives are often different for Chevy Vs GMC. GMC pretty much always has $250 for returning GMC and Buick owners...but not if you have another GM brand. The $3000 is actually $2500 for everyone plus an additional $500 if you use GM financing. Then there are usually other incentives that apply only to certain groups. For example I got $500 for being retired military. The point is, they change regularly and sometimes you have to dig for them.
  13. This will be specifically identified in the window sticker. Mine says "credit-not equipped with dynamic fuel. Management -$50"
  14. I have and use wireless Android Auto on my Sierra but I don't think you are missing much by not having it. I'm definitely a Fan of AA but the connection can be a bit quirky. I also discovered that it requires the WiFi Hotspot to be active, though you don't need a data plan on it. Thing is, it uses a lot of battery on the phone so you will need to plug it in anyway to keep from draining your battery. I have the bucket seats with center console so I got a cheap organizer that has a wireless charger in it...but the USB ports don't deliver 3nough juice to power it. So I have to use one of the 12v outlets to plug in the charger. Ends. Up being more trouble than it's worth. I'd just plug in the phone with the cable instead and call it a day. The main case where I'd see wireless being that useful is if you also have the built in wireless charger...which I would have had to get the NAV package to get...which I don't need because I use Google maps with AA See: https://www.lifewire.com/android-auto-wireless-4176354. Says S8 and newer so your S10 should be good if your truck supports it.
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