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GMC /Chevy Colorado/Canyon

Discussion in 'Trailer Sailors' started by DAVA390, Oct 9, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. DAVA390

    DAVA390

    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    785 posts, 63 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    Has any one ever pulled a 5000 pound (Precision 23) boat with one? Thinking about switching out my Sierra 1500 for one, claim they can tow 7800, but can they stop it when needed to?
     


  2. watercolors II

    watercolors II

    Joined Dec 23, 2008
    732 posts, 19 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Central Penna.
    Most states require trailer brakes on trailer over 3000 lbs.
     


  3. vhoisington

    vhoisington

    Joined Mar 13, 2011
    123 posts, 22 likes
    Islander Freeport 41
    US Longmont, CO (SF Bay) Longmont
    How far and how often. If it's just to put in and out each season at the local lake your probably ok. However, if your going over the road, up into the mountains or other long distances my GMC Canyon would be pressed to have the needed power. I have the gas engine, love the truck but wouldn't want to tow too much with it. They always downshift going up hill. The diesel might do better but can't tell you for sure.

    As to the brakes, these trucks come with the hitch and electrical for trailer brakes but no brake controller, also the truck is a little light for a big tow along the interstates. You'll have lots of trucks that will blow by and give you fits, (tongue weight for towing will be critical)

    Can it do it - Yes.

    Should you do it- that is for you to decide but, I would stick to the 1500. Just a little bigger and better suited to the job.

    Just my thoughts, good luck on whatever you decide.
     


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  4. LeeandRick

    LeeandRick

    Joined Apr 26, 2015
    221 posts, 51 likes
    Oday 23-2, S2 26 Mid
    US Lake Havasu
    If a trailers brake setup is properly designed it should stop it's own weight plus. I always run electric over hydraulic disc on both axles. It would stop no problem behind my Kia Sportage but be a handful on the highway and destroy the transmission. Get a Ram 1500. Problem solved.
     


  5. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,648 posts, 317 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    @DAVA390
    Does the boat have a tandem axle trailer from Precision trailers (out of business) or Majic Tilt? Brakes on the trailer. Does Maryland if I assume correctly where you are at require brakes on both axles or just one in your case? I use to be one of the largest Precision dealers for years. Be glad to talk with you. Send me a private message.
    I am now retired living on a mountain top in Virginny.
    Crazy Dave
     


  6. DAVA390

    DAVA390

    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    785 posts, 63 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    Tandem axle, 13 inch tires , ,surge brakes on all 4 wheels. We don`t tow much, to and from marina in spring and fall, 15 miles, flat and easy. Don`t anticipate road tripping with this boat, roller furling is a pita when mast is going up and down. We are mid 60`s, get kids to help with all that spring and fall. Figure maybe 10 years left with this boat (hopefully), then won`t need full size truck. My GMC now is long in the tooth and cancer in the body, gonna get a new truck now while still working to pay for it.
    I`m actually seeing that a nice Canyon /Colorado can run 10 grand more than the rather basic 4wd extra cab gmc and f150 `s ive been looking at so i`m not sure about getting one but not gonna rule it out. I`ll be in contact Dave.
     


  7. vhoisington

    vhoisington

    Joined Mar 13, 2011
    123 posts, 22 likes
    Islander Freeport 41
    US Longmont, CO (SF Bay) Longmont
    It depends upon what you want on your canyon, also, look at a place Laura GMC Buick in St. Louis. They sold me mine for almost $7k less than any of my local dealers. Ordered the truck flew in, they picked me up at the airport and I was done an hour later. Easiest I've ever had.

    God luck on way ever you do.
     


  8. DAVA390

    DAVA390

    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    785 posts, 63 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    Thanks to all you guys for replies.
     


  9. Allan12210

    Allan12210

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    1,305 posts, 81 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Alameda CA
    There is a diesel option for the Colorado/Canyon I believe. Also, the Ford F-150 is coming out with a diesel option in the next few months to compete with the Dodge 1500. My friend has the Dodge and likes it for towing his horse trailer. Without towing he gets 26 mpg. The Ford is supposed to be better as they lightened the body with aluminum a couple of years ago.
     


  10. peterbud

    peterbud

    Joined May 7, 2006
    183 posts, 4 likes
    Catalina 28
    US New Bern, Nc. New Bern
    I have the Chevy silverado with the 5.2 v8 around town I get 19mpg on the highway not towing I get 22 + not towing. I tow an Oday 222 from Nc to Ma. With no problems at all and get 16 to 17 mpg my trick is the LT 4x4.
     


  11. LeeandRick

    LeeandRick

    Joined Apr 26, 2015
    221 posts, 51 likes
    Oday 23-2, S2 26 Mid
    US Lake Havasu
    Get the Canyon/Colorado. It's what you want and will make you happy and do the task as described.
     


  12. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,648 posts, 317 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Whatever you do make sure you get a tow package with the larger radiator, extra tranny cooler and so forth.
     


  13. Benny17441

    Benny17441

    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,173 posts, 250 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    Truck manufacturers produce a limited number of trucks capable of very high tow ratings so that they can boast about these ratings in their add campaigns. Make sure that you get the specs for the particular model you are considering. I would guess the 4 cylinder model would be inadequate for your purpose. The 5 & 6 cylinder like probably adequate to the task might not deliver good gas mileage. Just consider the terrain that you will be towing in, the speeds and the distances. In flat terrain for short distances at moderate speeds MPG could be irrelevant and it may not require a tow package. Maintain and adequate ratio of vehicle weight to trailer weight + load. Don't fall for tow rate claims only available with a diesel powered $50K model. One last comment; instead of paying the difference to upgrade to a truck that could handle the load you may consider if possible to use the moneys to rent a slip and keep the boat in the water. It will significantly improve your boating enjoyment and experience.
     


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  14. LeeandRick

    LeeandRick

    Joined Apr 26, 2015
    221 posts, 51 likes
    Oday 23-2, S2 26 Mid
    US Lake Havasu
    DAVA390, if you are only going to launch and retrieve at the beginning and end of the season then consider renting a Uhaul pickup for $19.95 a day. Then you could buy a Corvette. Several people around here do this, not because they don't have tow vehicles, but there tongue extensions are too short. It's more fun do drown a Uhaul than your own truck. Have you ever seen water coming into the bed of a truck on a launch ramp? :laugh: "Don't open the door Don" is normally said at this point. :biggrin:
     


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  15. DAVA390

    DAVA390

    Joined Jul 13, 2010
    785 posts, 63 likes
    Precision 23
    US Perry Hall,Baltimore County
    I`m always gonna have a truck but as i get older (as in right now) I don`t need one big enough to haul someones furniture any more. That`s why i have 30 something year old kids,old enough to move their own furniture. And, if my truck is small no one will want to borrow it. I will always have something for mulch, dump runs etc . and have 4x4 for winter (wifes Ford escape is 2wd. )
    My heart really calls for the equivalent of the 2002 GMC i have now, but with a lot less rust and miles, or the F150 equivalent. But, I wont dismiss smaller trucks out of hand if a great deal come along. Thanks again for replies, as always help and hints readily available here
     


  16. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    2,980 posts, 224 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    Those trucks sure have a different sound when the exhaust pipe is several feet underwater.. LOL. (I was only there helping.. it wasnt my idea.. )
     



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