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Old 10-02-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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Time to think about a new tug to tow my Scamp 5th wheel. Looking at a Chevy Colorado 2WD with limit slip rear end. 4 banger. I want some fuel milage when not towing. I belive there are some of you out there with 5ers that tow with 4 cyl.
GM is the only company I found that sells the limited slip rear end as a add on ,every one else wraps it in a package I do not want. My 5er does not weigh enough to have a V6 Or V8. Any experience towing with a Colorado.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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Time to think about a new tug to tow my Scamp 5th wheel. Looking at a Chevy Colorado 2WD with limit slip rear end. 4 banger. I want some fuel milage when not towing. I belive there are some of you out there with 5ers that tow with 4 cyl.
GM is the only company I found that sells the limited slip rear end as a add on ,every one else wraps it in a package I do not want. My 5er does not weigh enough to have a V6 Or V8. Any experience towing with a Colorado.
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The Colorado does look like a nice ride, doesn't it? We have a Ford Ranger with a 3.0L V6, and though it does get a little doggy on steep hills (falling to 45-50 mph on hills near the Continetal Divide), it does OK. Here's how the <strike>marketing guys</strike> manufacturer specs for the Ford Ranger 3.0L V6 and Chevy Colorado 2.9L I4 compare.

================ ==HP= === Torque === MPG(Automatic) =Towing=
Colorado 2.9L I4 . 185 190 at 2800RPM . . 17/23 . . . 4000 lbs
Ranger . 3.0L V6 . 145 180 at 3650RPM . . 17/22 . . . 3860 lbs

I'm not sure whether I should be disgusted with Ford's engineers or Chevy's marketing department, but if we take these specs at face value the Colorado has more torque at lower RPM (which is more important than horsepower for towing) than the Ranger does, and gets similar MPG. If I were buying a new truck based on these numbers, I'd buy the Colorado.
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Peter I was impressed with Chevrolets Colorodo. I will talk some more at the NOG. I have some home work to do but I like what I see so far.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:21 AM   #4
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I don't know much about a company called Mahindra but they supposedly have been in the US since the 40's and they are coming out with a diesel/hybrid that is capable of mileage in the 45mpg range and they say it has more torque and payload than a toyota tacoma.... lots of new stuff will be out in 2010.
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Mahindra diesel/hybrid pickup:
http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/02/11/ma...ybrid-pickup-s/
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:44 PM   #5
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Thanks Joe I will investigate. my F150 is in good shape I can wait a bit. As the old Foks song goes<These times they are a changen>
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I'm planning to buy a new truck, too, but I'm hoping to wait out the next few years to see what kind of fuel-efficient options appear now gas is more expensive.

We're happy fiberglass regulars now, but a couple years ago we were were new to the idea of pulling a trailer and heading off to our very first gathering (the Fall '06 NOG) with a borrowed stickie trailer and tug to check things out. We were far from sure that trailer camping was the vacation answer we were looking for.

Fiberglass trailers and the people at the NOG impressed us. We particularly liked the idea of a Scamp 5th wheel, but we still weren't sure a trailer was the answer. So we bought a lightly used trailer and retired 2000 Ford Ranger "fleet" truck with 119,000 miles to pull it. We figured they'd be a good way to figure this fiberglass-trailer-thing out.

It's worked out pretty well. Well enough that now we have two fiberglass trailers, the big 5er and a smaller 14' Surfside "project" trailer, and a used Ford Ranger . . . it isn't getting any younger, but it keeps on plugging.

We know we'll have to replace the Ranger someday, but we're hoping to hold off on that for another two or three years. There are a lot of new fuel-efficient small-truck options that are in the pipeline and should be established in the market by then. Mahindra from India is bringing its diesel mini-pickup to the US, but other companies are bringing stuff in, too. Toyota's Hybrid Tacoma should be out by then, Honda has introduced a V6 CRV SUV for 2009 that shuts down three of the six cylinders when they're not needed, and Ford has decided that it's going to keep and update the Ranger instead of scrapping it for a new "F-100" pickup. In short, I think there'll be a lot more choices in fuel-efficient trucks in a two or three years, so If I our Ranger can hang on, I'll wait it out.



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Old 10-04-2008, 05:48 AM   #7
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Get the V6
4 cyl way to small for a 5th wheel trailer.
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Old 10-04-2008, 10:06 AM   #8
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I agree with Kevin K, the V-6's are not that far behind the 4 cyl in mpg but much more power. As far as waiting to see what comes out for alternates as far as I figure it will be a pay me now or pay me later thing. The price difference from fuel to hybrid would buy a lot of fuel. The Mahindra company has had a few farm tractors in the USA, I've only seen one and as I remember it was much bigger and bulkier than comparative tractors already in this country. As for vehicles we will have no idea of any kind of predicted reliability they will have for a few years after they arrive. Remember the Yugo??????
The Toyota Tacoma 4 cyl is a horse compared to many of the 4 cyl engines out there but we followed one of our friends with one and it did real well until we hit the mountainous regions then it struggled a lot, they seem to be satisfied and thats where it counts. good luck in your choice
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Unbelievable truck. A man at our church drives a (I think) 1976 Chevy Luv. He has not been in the engine, and about a year ago, he had 413,000 miles on it.
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Check out the Chevy site. The 2009 Colorado comes with a 4, 5 or V8.
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Unbelievable truck. A man at our church drives a (I think) 1976 Chevy Luv. He has not been in the engine, and about a year ago, he had 413,000 miles on it.
Chevy Luv of that era is actually an Isuzu rebranded. Isuzu if im not mistaken is the oldest oriental diesel maker in the world. Unfortunately they had few diesels come to the US in the domestic market.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:22 PM   #12
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Unbelievable truck. A man at our church drives a (I think) 1976 Chevy Luv. He has not been in the engine, and about a year ago, he had 413,000 miles on it.

The LUV trucks were built by Iszuzu and badged as Chevys. Nothing to do with present offerings.
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I have an 06 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab with the 3.5 liter 5 cylinder engine that tows the Fiber Stream. It has ample power for the hills in our part of Texas. I am able to maintain 60 mph without trouble. I was a bit disappointed with the fuel mileage of about 15 mpg while towing. I run in 3rd gear because there is just to much down shifting in overdrive. Just normal driving I get 20 to 23 mpg. It has a tow rating of 4000 lbs but I see the new ones have a higher tow rating and a larger engine.

I have had it just a little over three years and I am very pleased with it. It has had some minor problems, burned out lights and a back door glass track that was loose from the factory causing the glass to bind and you had to help it up. These were repaired under factory warranty. Over all I am very pleased with it. It fits in my small garage, it is easy to park and you can carry four adults and two children comfortably.

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Thanks Dwight
I do like the looks of the Chevy Colorado 5cyliner 2wd with limit slip rear end.
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