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Old 02-06-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Who all here has experience hauling travel trailers with an SUV? I'm looking for something that can easily deal with a 24' Travel Trailer (Around 4-5000lbs i'd imagine), along with being a daily duty truck for Home Depot, etc.

The ones that come to mind are:
Suburbans/Yukons
Expeditions
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Durangos (only come in SWB, so I'd imagine they aren't ideal)?
Range Rovers/Porsche Caynnes (rated to tow 7500ish) outside of warranty scare the bejezus out of me.
Pathfinder Armada's (Do not seem to have great track records)
Toyota Sequoia?
Toyota Land Cruiser (Crazy Money even used)
XC90 (Not sure what they are rated for with the V-8, or if its even recommended)


(The Ranger is vastly too small/light to want to try and tow something that large and not get tossed around before its asked)

I've visited this topic a handful of times in one way or another over the past 2 years I know, but I'm curious who has real experience.
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I say the Suburban/Yukon would be at the top of my list. I love my escalade for tow pig duty which is the same thing with a 6.2L. I've only towed an open car trailer though so can't comment on that, but I wouldn't hesitate to try. I think the 07-15 Escalades were rated at 8000lb towing. Would recommend an upgraded hitch and brake controller. i tow on stock hitch with a tekonsha brake controller and it's absolutely fine.

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I say the Suburban/Yukon would be at the top of my list. I love my escalade for tow pig duty which is the same thing with a 6.2L. I've only towed an open car trailer though so can't comment on that, but I wouldn't hesitate to try. I think the 07-15 Escalades were rated at 8000lb towing. Would recommend an upgraded hitch and brake controller. i tow on stock hitch with a tekonsha brake controller and it's absolutely fine.
My FIL has towed this very travel trailer with his 2015 Burb, and he grieved that it didn't tow it as well as his 2013 2500 Burb (Which is actually part of the reason why I started this thread). I'd imagine road manners when towing something that bulky behind you can vary pretty wildly with an SUV.
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Throw anything nissan out the window, they pretty much overheat from the factory under towing conditions and require a bit to get up to snuff.

Our crapcan team tows a 24 foot enclosed trailer with a tahoe 5.3. It isn't the prettiest/funnest thing to do. Suburban would be a bit better.
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Longer the better and I would skip anything with IRS
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My FIL has towed this very travel trailer with his 2015 Burb, and he grieved that it didn't tow it as well as his 2013 2500 Burb (Which is actually part of the reason why I started this thread). I'd imagine road manners when towing something that bulky behind you can vary pretty wildly with an SUV.
Do those only come with the 5.3L? Towing capacity should all be the same but maybe that added torque from the 6.2L would steer you into something like an Escalade. Maybe the Tahoe comes with a 6.0 or 6.2L
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Basically would go one of 2 directions; would want to buy it cash for under $4-5000, or finance something sub 30k once the cooper is paid off in a few months.

If its not possible to acquire something that could handle a trailer of that size in cash and a trade-in is required; It would need to not have 10 billion miles on it, which is a pretty common trend unfortunately for the newer options that would be preferred.

We fully planned on buying a 3/4 ton ram this year since the value proposition is crazy, but the more we think about it, the more sense an SUV makes with the dogs and the things we plan on doing with it (and the fact that we have the Ranger as far as pickup bed needs goes).
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worth mentioning of course here, but perhaps even more important than engine, is gear ratio.

my 5.3 burban pulled fucking awesome with it's 4.10s...
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Do those only come with the 5.3L? Towing capacity should all be the same but maybe that added torque from the 6.2L would steer you into something like an Escalade. Maybe the Tahoe comes with a 6.0 or 6.2L
His 2500 had the 6.0, but it had a different rear end setup than the half ton trucks. The 2015 is a 5.3, and he misses the extra power of the 6.0.

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That's the impression I had (Longer is better when it comes to dealing with travel trailers).

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Throw anything nissan out the window, they pretty much overheat from the factory under towing conditions and require a bit to get up to snuff.

Our crapcan team tows a 24 foot enclosed trailer with a tahoe 5.3. It isn't the prettiest/funnest thing to do. Suburban would be a bit better.
Yea, I figure nissan was a non-starter, just threw it in my post because it is rated for the weight.
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what's a boat load of miles to you also?
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BURB ftw.
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worth mentioning of course here, but perhaps even more important than engine, is gear ratio.

my 5.3 burban pulled fucking awesome with it's 4.10s...
Not nearly as far as I would have thought when it comes to the miles, everything I Was looking at in the ~15k range had 160+K on it, or was a low trim level. Hadn't broadened the price past that just yet.

The obvious choice (and still the most likely purchase) is a 07+ Suburban Lt or LTZ with as low miles as possible (and in black because wifes request).

The 3/4 ton 07+ trucks seem to still have a pretty crazy premium on them as well (or have a billion miles on them).
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a premium brake controller (Tekonsha P2 & P3 are great) and a solid WD hitch with built-in sway control are a must for anything that long and slab sided as well
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do you "need" 4wd?
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if not.

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The excursion I have tows awesome but sucks on gas, but for a 4K dollar SUV I'm very happy with it, gas excursions can be had cheap 3-5k all day long, mine is a v10 with 4.30 gears 4wd tows a car on a car hauler like it's not even there
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I'd get a 99-2006 2500 Suburban/Yukon if your budget is for a sub $10,000 tow vehicle. Anything newer GM with the 6-speed auto will tackle that without issue as well. As with anything, the longer the wheelbase the better it will tow. My tahoe has the grunt to move my car hauler but it gets pushed around like the nerdy kid in class when you try and maneuver or stop at speed.

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if you could figure out a way to finance an 05 reasonably id this thing all day every day

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Gooberment trucks would be mighty sweet too:

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FYI with the GMT900 (07-13 MY trucks) the 2007 2500 Yukon/Burb is the only year you couldn't get an A6. Those are the cheapest because of the outdated 4-speed. Stick with the 6-speed if you're going to step up to the new body.
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