Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Long Trip Is Over

I knew this was going to be a long trip and that it might be very difficult to finish in a timely fashion but everything worked out just like we planned and we managed to meet our timelines even with some nasty weather conditions.

Let me start by saying how impressed I am with my 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.  I had researched trucks for sometime realizing that the Trailblazer we had purchase was under powered for our intentions.  We settled on this vehicle after much debate.  The EPA gave it an 15/21 mpg rating with no load using gasoline.  It will also use E85 but I haven't tried it because the miles per gallon fall dramatically.  We purchase two wheel drive with very few options.  It has a variable timing and EcoTech technology that allows it to switch seamlessly from 8 cylinder operation to 4 cylinders.  On the highway, in those long straight stretches this vehicle switches from using 8 cylinders to more economic operation using only 4 cylinders with no loss of power.  Steady throttle pressure such as cruise control allows the engine to switch back and forth as power is needed giving optimum miles per gallon.  At one point during our trip, somewhere in South Dakota, we registered 22 mpg.

The cab is comfortable, seating is good, storage in the back with the crew cab is great.  The ride is smooth and you almost forget you are driving a pickup.  Last but no least this truck performed exceptionally well in harsh conditions as you will find out later in this or other blog postings.  I am really impressed after our first really long trip.

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