Ok I did the math and it looks good on paper, but the more I read the more I second guess. I would like to hear some thoughts about the following (especially from those with the 2.5L 2nd gen).
I have a 2019 2.5L 4 cyl. - Ext cab - 6' bed - G80 diff - 7way is wired up with a class 3 hitch - max 3500 tow capacity. I am planning to tow a teardrop that will have a trailer weight around 2200 to 2400 lbs (2500 lbs worst case - 29% less than factory stated max tow capacity) that has electric brakes and will have a tongue around 250-300 lbs.
98% of the time it is a daily driver and not towing. Planning to take 3-5 trips per year with maybe 1 trip per year going in the mountains like the rockies. Max speed would 65mph. My payload is 1422 and after subtracting: cargo, tongue weight, my wife and I we still have around 400+ of payload left. And I figure our adjusted max tow capacity after using GM trailer guide drops us to around 3090lbs. (which is 19% less than factory stated max. tow capacity). We are definitely under our GVWR by 450-500 lbs and under our GCVWR by 1350 lbs.
Thoughts? Again any 2.5L gassers have any experience to share?
I towed my [email protected]
teardrop with my 2008 Canyon for ~15,000 km. My truck had a 242 hp 3.7L 5cyl engine, and a 4 speed automatic. So, a little more power than the 2.5L, but fewer gears.
When people asked me how the truck towed, I always said it was a very good match for the trailer. It always felt stable, (unless I loaded too much weight behind the trailer's axle). A Tekonsha Primus IQ handled braking duties very well. The engine provided good acceleration for merging onto highways, though sometimes I put my foot to the floor, if there was dense traffic. Climbing hills was good, though the engine did have to rev. Through the hills of PA, to maintain speed, I sometimes had to keep the revs at about 4000 RPM for some climbs, so it was loud, and the engine was working hard, but it did what I needed it to.
Going down to a 200 hp 2.5L 4 cyl, you are certainly going to have to keep the revs high when climbing, so be prepared for that, and understand, that on steep climbs, your speed might drop a bit, especially if at altitude. But, the load is well within your truck's ratings, so its not a safety concern. Just set your expectations accordingly, take your time, and enjoy the ride.
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