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Old 09-25-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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2016 colorado

Anybody towing with one and what are you towing?
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:23 AM   #2
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Anybody towing with one and what are you towing?
I had a 2015 crew cab 4x4 with the 3.6L. I towed a jayco 23RB with it. The jayco was around 4500 pounds.
Then I moved up to the sunset trail 250RB, 5700 pounds. It pulled it ok but I was going to wear it out so I traded it off.

The only advantage a new Colorado provides is ease of parking. I've had 3-2015 model year chevrolets, the colorado, a silverado 1500 double cab 5.3L, and now the 2500HD crew cab 4x4 duramax.

I got the same fuel mileage in all of them, around 20 mpg.

Unless you already own a colorado I'd go bigger.

I started out with a trailer weighing 4500, now I have a windjammer that the wife loads down to 9000, and we're craving a fifth wheel.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:40 PM   #3
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Oh I already own a 08 colorado but had it long before I got the camper.I love the truck for what I use it for but it can just pull itself. It's a 2.9 4 WD. LOL I use an old Tahoe with a 5.3 and it works fine but this girl is getting old. Thought about selling them both and getting a new truck but didn't know how the 3.6 would do.My trailer dry weight is 2503 but we all know about hills and wind.Also like you say you may want a bigger camper in the future,this is our first and I think we are gonna like doing this.I just wondered after using a 5.3 if I would not be happy with the 3.6 They say the colorado has 300 hp and the old 5.3 shows like 285 hp but more torque.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:52 PM   #4
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My father just recently bought a 2016 GMC Canyon (Mechanically identical to the Colorado, for those who may not know) Crew Cab Standard Box. It is a 2wd with the 3.42 rear end, and has a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 brake controller added.

He is pulling a 2015 Palomino Puma 25RS, with a yellow sticker dry weight of 4930 pounds. Was mostly empty when we pulled it home, but the grey and black holding tanks were nearly full to capacity, as the previous owner had not emptied them. Only pulled it home from the dealer so far, but I was able to drive it part of the way, and it pulled very well overall. The trailer did not have a sway ball on the tongue, so we couldn't hook up a friction sway control for the trip home, but we were using a Reese weight distribution hitch. It was a little busy without a sway control, but overall I thought it towed very well. It seemed to have plenty of power, but would not pull 5th or 6th gear on the highway at 60mph. 4th gear was sitting right around 2600RPM.

With your trailer weighing approximately half what the 25RS does, I am sure you will be satisfied with the performance from the new Colorado. You may even be able to pull 5th or 6th gear.

Here is a picture of the Canyon and the 25RS at a gas stop on the way back from the dealer with it:
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info,one I looked at had the same rear end and 2 wheel drive and auto trans.I am assuming your dad's has the auto six speed not a standard? We have alot of hilly terrain around here that's why I wondered about the V-6.
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:57 PM   #6
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Yes, I should have mentioned that, he has the six speed automatic with tow/haul mode. I believe all the automatics have the tow/haul mode. That little 3.6 is a very strong engine, and has horsepower and torque figures that equals or bests many of the older small-block V8s. I pull a ~4000 pound Mini Lite 1809 with a Silverado full-size with the 4.3 V6, and, though it tows fine, it struggles much more than his truck with a larger trailer. Any other questions, I will be glad to answer them as best I can. I did drive his truck and his trailer about 100 miles when we were dragging it home.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:29 PM   #7
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Glad to hear that the gas truck is pulling well. Me I am looking at buying a canyon with the baby 4 cylinder Duramax diesel. Does anyone have experience hauling with one?
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:50 PM   #8
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Maybe not exactly what you were looking for, but The Fast Lane Truck has a pretty good towing test of the 2015/16 Canyon with the Duramax:

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Old 09-29-2016, 10:19 PM   #9
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Thanks for your reply John. I have seen the video you posted and it is one of the reason I am interested in the Canyon. That and the fact that it got Motor trend truck of the year. What I am really interested in is real life experience.😊
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Just got our new 2016 Colorado crew cab long bed Z71 V6, picking up our new to us Palomino Sol-Aire 226RBK on Sunday (with my brothers Tundra) as I still have to get my brake controller and weight distributing hitch set up. Manufacturer specs it right around 5000 lbs without propane or battery out of the factory. Will update and let you know how it tows first trip is later this month.
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