Towing 6000lb Camper
Hopefully I'm posting correctly as this is my first time posting on here. Anyhow, got a new 2016 Colorado Z71 (3.6L)and I towed a camper with a dry weight of 5650lbs (loaded was around 6200lbs per the weigh scale we went to). The camper is a Grand Design Imagine 2600RB. It was about a 300 mile trek to the Appalachian mountains. So yeah, we went up some good size hills. It towed it. Which is good because it's supposed to tow that weight :) I wouldn't say it did an awesome job of towing it but it sure did it. You just need to get used to the gearing in the tow haul mode, take it easy when getting on/off the highway, and get used to cars passing you. I kept it around 55-60 mph the entire time. The truck never overheated and it always provided enough power to get up to my cruising speed. I have a good weight distribution hitch and trailer brakes obviously made the job much easier but they required a little adjusting via the trailer brake controller. I was towing a pop-up camper before this which was a cinch compared to this monster.
I'll only be using this camper about a dozen times a year so it's not like I'm taking it out every weekend. If I were towing it more often than that, I would probably have opted for the 2.8L Duramax. Otherwise, if you're thinking about towing with this truck, I wouldn't be too concerned with towing a large camper as long as you keep it under the 7000lbs marker (gotta keep other things in mind like tongue weight and the trucks GVWR, etc..), get the proper gear (weight distribution hitch, brake controller, etc..), don't plan on towing heavy weights (5000lb+) every weekend, and don't mind pretty low gas mileage while towing (10-15 mpg). This is just my opinion. At the end of the day, we all buy our cars for different reasons. A Silverado would of course make the towing job easier, but I didn't by my truck just for towing and the many other reasons outweigh my need to have a larger comfortable tow capable vehicle.
Anyhow, I'm throwing a TRIFECTA tune on it next week which should add a little more torque so I'll be interested to see how it handles with the tune. More to follow!
Edit: Still waiting on the rear camera to arrive at the RV Dealer so it can get installed. The camper is already equipped for one so they just need to pop it in when it arrives. I'll post my experience with it when I get it. Also, I purchased the mirror extenders for my side truck mirror (right/passenger side). I'd say you probably don't really need them (my camper is 96 inches) but having one on the right really helped (in my opinion).
Last edited by Rowdruner; 12-07-2015 at 11:00 PM.
Reason: Updated info about camera...