I just wanted to post up about the recent road trip we took from Clarksville,Tn to the Richmond,Va area.
I rented a Uhaul trailer and loaded up the jeep and strapped everything down the day prior. Started our trip the next morning. Put tow haul on and went. I actually stayed in V4 mode for a bit on the drive. Quite surprised by this.
The hills of Eastern Tn were not great on the truck. It definitely struggled on the long hills, kicking down gears and keeping it going at speed.
Got an average of 12.4 MPG on the trip. It felt a lot less since it felt like I was filling up all the time. I have a black bear tune and used 89 on the entire trip. I think both of those things helped immensely.
Starting out and merging the truck was screaming to get going and at those times I wished I had the 6.2, but honestly my 5.3 did fine just fine overall. Very happy with the way it performed.
Transmission never got over 200. It did not like some of the traffic we encountered and it started to get hot, but stayed right around 190 during those times.
The jeep was weighed at 4480 lbs plus whatever the trailer weighed in at. I was also loaded down in the bed and back seat with other gear.
Just wanted to post up and let everyone know that the 5.3 is still a decent engine and the 6.2 is not always needed. Thanks all.
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