My sweet boy Hank was unhappy on our recent tour to Texas and back to Florida, so I decided that it was time for him to retire.
Hank is a good, handsome boy... and not that old! He's a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2-wheel gas. And, as my mechanic friend Nick confirms, there is no reason at all that he shouldn't have been able to pull my trailer. In fact, I had been insanely careful picking a trailer for that very reason!
But Nick also thinks that whoever owned this truck before me was towing things he shouldn't have been towing and killed the transmission. I was loosing transmission fluid like crazy and had to replace it twice on the drive home! The RPMs were revving high, and I was also going through gas too quick. It was a very expensive drive home.
When I arrived home, I went down to the local Chevy dealer to explain what happened, and had horrible experience. My transmission was blessedly still under warranty, so I requested to have it replaced due to all the trouble I was having. I explained what it was like on the drive home, and that the problem really only presented itself when towing. Hank drove fine on his own around town, which is why I had never noticed trouble for the first year I had him.
But Chevy claimed everything was fine, as their "computers" showed no codes for trouble. I don't care what the computers say, I told them, I'm telling you what my experience was. They told me they had no way to test the towing on the truck because they had nothing to tow. They very rudely spoke with my sister and I, then sent us on our way out the door.
So! I no longer drive a Chevy. (Though I do hope my sweet Hank went to a good home where they will treat him well and not tow anything!)
I went and traded for a 2016 Ram 4x4 Diesel! Behold, Hank 2.0! My new, even bigger, space ship! What a handsome man!