So has Connecticut banned other species who 'dirty up' their pristine, natural State Parks as well (raccoons, deer, geese, foxes, etc.)? I guess now we have a whole state of camping areas available for the 'no dogs' crowd...
Lots of tips available for non-stick cooking on stainless steel. For me the water test is the most sure way to get the temperature right (has to be just right):
Drop 1/8 teaspoon water in pan as it is heating. If it:
- Does nothing: pan too cold
- Bubbles and steams: pan still to cold
- Forms one perfect bubble/ball of water that dances/glides on pan: temp just right. Add the oil and immediately the food.
Non-stick cooking on Stainless Steel
Bit of science about the Leidenfrost effect: Leidenfrost Effect
Easy tip for all those pantry bottles (oil, sauce, etc) you wouldn't want to clean up after they topple over (normally comes in your favorite beverage branding):
Still can't fathom why anyone uses the old style slinky. Get a modern rhino flex or valterra, minimizes the fuss and stress of dumping. Rhino flex isn't slinky at all, has the ends very secured, goes just where you want it, and stays where you put it (no more valve-pull surprises when your slinky triples in length, and maybe pulls itself out of the dump hole, etc.). It's like 10-15 more bucks ($29 at amazon), but well worth it. Sewer dumping should be a no-stress affair IMHO.
We pull what sounds like the same 5er from the weights (cougar 176rls) with a 2007.5 chevy 2500hd ext-cab longbed 6.0L 3.73. Plenty of power and brakes, no issues pulling packed with full water. Great match, IMHO. Unless your a diesel-head you won't regret it. ;-)
We tow with a 2007 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 6.0 3.73 Longbed. Currently pulling a 2011 Cougar 276rls (Dry Weight - 7143, Payload Capacity - 3037, GVWR - 10180), pretty close to the 5er your talking. I am completely comfortable with this setup, it seems a great match. We aren't real heavy packers, but tow with full water much of the time. We have not towed the Rockies yet, but I don't worry about finding it an issue. The only limit you'll be pushing is GCVWR, but pack responsibly and you should be fine.
Having driven 4 cylinders for 35 years I don't fear the rpms that many do. The 6.0 is a great engine, if a bit thirsty at times. Overall we range from 7.5 - 11mpg, average around 9-10. Sometimes the worst mileage comes in the flat states (we live in IL) due to wind. Hills have the weird effect of increasing mpg for the most part.