We waited a long time for light duty diesels, now GM midsize trucks are the latest converts to compression ignition engines. And they are selling like hotcakes. The media truck that showed up in my back yard is a 2016 GMC Canyon, badged as a Duramax diesel. Not sure it’s related to the Duramax as it’s made in Thailand as a GM world diesel available in GM vehicles around the world. This 2.8L 4 cylinder diesel puts out 181 horsepower and 369 torque.
The Canyon and Colorado are the midsized trucks I actually fit comfortably in. The new diesel is impressive with fuel mileage rated by EPA at 29 mph highway. My highway use was over 30 mpg. And it tows trailers, rated to tow 7600 lbs in 4×4 crew cab with GM’s favorite towing axle ratio, 3.42 and the rear axle is an auto locker. My Logan Coach horse trailer weighs 5600 lbs. and that slowed it down alot. OK it will tow well in Kansas but it’s not a mountain truck. It is set up the way a trailering truck should be with a factory trailer brake controller and an exhaust brake combined with tow mode. Which the new Titan XD diesel and the Ram 1500 Eco Diesel don’t have an exhaust brake.
I towed my 5600 lb trailer on I-70 in the Rockies and coming down the fast side of the mountain, I was impressed. The exhaust brake/tow mode button combination slowed the trailer down with very little braking. Though not fast up the hill with a trailer, on it’s own the baby Duramax can scoot. The diesel option is only available on the top end models as this SLT and the future Denali out soon. The truck I reviewed was a 4×4 crew cab loaded SLT leather and all with a MSRP of $44,365. That includes the diesel option price of $3730.
I like the step in the rear bumper and stake pocket handle for climbing in the bed, now that I’m almost 60. The engine still has the diesel cackle at idle but you don’t hear the engine at cruising speed. As a midsize truck, with not as much dash space, the trailer brake controller is hidden behind the steering wheel as are the light switch and 4×4 switch. I enjoyed the truck, it would be a second truck for me as a parts runner or daily driver when I wasn’t towing a larger trailer. The fuel mileage would make it possible to pay for itself much faster than the heavy duty $10,000 diesel option.
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...Tuson Sway Control, ultimate trailer sway control for safer trailer towing. A module that controls sway on bumper pull trailers. It will actually steer the trailer left and right to keep the trailer towing straight. MoreHoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
CA Conversions can convert almost any diesel to a Allison Automatic Transmission. Diesel engines are hard on transmissions. Transmission failure is common towing heavy trailers. CA overbuilds Allison transmissions keep you on the road not on the side of the road. Read More:
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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