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Old 05-10-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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"New" TV

While my little S-10 was ok for going to nearby campgrounds, it was a bit anemic for our desire to head into New Mexico and other places where the terrain is a bit more rugged - or for longer trips. Traded my old friend in for something that we'd be much more comfortable with anywhere we want to go, towing our Sunny.

Today, I took delivery of a 2003 GMC Yukon 5.3L with all the bells and whistles and the factory towing stuff - tow mode, traction control, 6000# factory receiver and 7-way electrical connector.

We're going to try it out in a couple weeks, to our favorite nearby canyon. I'll get some pics then. It should look good towing it, being brown in color.

Looking for even more good times with our Sunny - if we can afford the gas. <G>
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Congrats on your new TV and happy towing!
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Thanks, guys. As a quick reference, this is pretty much what it looks like. This is not ours. Grabbed a quick pic off the 'net.

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Run a full synthetic motor oil and install a full airflow filter ie; K&N. You will pick up 2-3 MPG, better cold starting, more power and better engine protection. I did that in my 2003 Chevy P/U. You also double the the milage between oil changes.

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Thanks, Bobo. I'll have to look into that.
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I don't know how cold it gets in Texas, here in NY we can get sub zero at times. That is when you really appreciate the full synthetic oil. It does'nt thicken up like conventional oil does. You can actually feel how much slicker it is. That is a lot of less strain on your motor for a longer life.

I was changing oil every 6,000 miles in my 2003. With my new Ford Ecotech, the onboard computer has me changing at 9.000 miles. To me, the full synthetic is the best maintainence you can give your TV.

The K&N air filter, you can feel more power right away. I found if you drove it like the old 4 barrel carbs, taking it easy with the takeoffs, it increased the milage over the factory paper filter gave. Give it gas and its about 20-30 pct more power.

I had the 5.0 ltr motor in my 2003. Pulling the Sunline was maxing out the capacity. These two mods, for lack of a better term, really helped the towing and everyday usage.

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It can get pretty chilly up here on the high plains (3600'+). The teens and closer to zero are common. Good info. Thanks.
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Congrats on your new TV.

We had a 2002 Tahoe, the Chevy brother to the 2003 Yukon. It was a great truck.
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Congrats on your new TV.

We had a 2002 Tahoe, the Chevy brother to the 2003 Yukon. It was a great truck.
Thanks, John. We're hoping it will serve us well.

Here's a shot of the real thing:
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With the Yukon, you will barely notice the Sunny.

Comparing to my 2003 Chevy, what to watch for is the rear brake rotor. Tendency to wear out faster than the fronts. I also had problems with sensors ( antilock, crash, airbag) with rotting out. But I blame that on the extensive use of rock salt during the winters up here.

Your Yukon looks great. May you have a great time traveling and camping with the combo.

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With the Yukon, you will barely notice the Sunny.

Comparing to my 2003 Chevy, what to watch for is the rear brake rotor. Tendency to wear out faster than the fronts. I also had problems with sensors ( antilock, crash, airbag) with rotting out. But I blame that on the extensive use of rock salt during the winters up here.
Thanks for the info, Dave. I wouldn't have expected the rear rotors to go first. Good to know. Understandable about the sensors, too. I was born/raised in Iowa, so I know all about Winters and salt. <G>

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Your Yukon looks great. May you have a great time traveling and camping with the combo.
Thanks. We really like it. We're ready to try 'er out.
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Strange...the pic of our Yukon disappeared in my comment above. I'll try again.

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Truck is showing now. In both posts. The nice goldish color that had back then. Amazing how good older vechiles look from the south look as compared to the salt haulers we have up north here. Boy that thing shines!
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Nice find! You sure won't know that 1350 is back there!
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