So the choice was made and we have been very happy with the vehicle. The only downside that I can find is in the seating. Especially during long trips the seats are not premium quality leaving you with a stiff back and sciatic pain after long drives. We had discovered these issues on earlier trips and now we have them again on this trip which will last until September. I haven't sat in a newer, higher trim level to see if the seating has changed any. According to what I have read, Chevrolet has made huge strides in the driver and passenger comfort over the past few years.
Another thing that makes us happy is the 20 miles plus per gallon combined city and highway we get when we don't have the trailer attached to the bumper. It drops dramatically when you attach the trailer at nearly 6,000 pounds but still well under the 9,600 payload that the truck is capable of towing. Chevrolet added another button on the gear shift called Trailer Towing Mode in 2009 and we have this item in our truck. Our Nash 25S weighs 5050 dry and nearly 6,000 loaded for us to tow bringing it safely under the total payload.
Not only does it help with the torque necessary to pull the trailer but the fuel mileage is much better in the trailer towing mode. Best I got without it was just over 9 miles to the gallon. So far, the best we have gotten in mode is 10.45 mpg but a good portion of that was a low elevation, long pull on the interstate.
We will be using trailer towing mode for the remainder of the trip so long as we continue this type of result.
Today we went shopping in Casa Grande and plan to hang around the park and do some laundry. Tomorrow we'll likely take another of the many available day trips and Sunday I will be heading to Peoria early in the morning to catch the Mariner game.