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Is this the right section for this [MENTION=19]Yaj Yak[/MENTION]?

I've kicked around the idea of consolidating everything (Mustang, Suburban, Ranger project) down to just a modern (So sub 5 years old) full size SUV or Truck and pick up a 22-24 foot double axle camping trailer.

Anyone camp with older trucks and just #Sendit? Or is the risk of failure simply too great when far away from home to chance over the road failures? Or do you just make 100% sure everything is maintained well and solid before making the trip?
 

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[MENTION=10343]Bub[/MENTION]
 

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what suburban do you have currently
 

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what suburban do you have currently
I have an 03 Z71; it already has new brake lines, calipers, pads, newer tires, new shocks.

It has 145K on it, and I'd replace the brake soft lines and fuel hard lines before trying to haul anything from home.

The Trans is a little questionable since it doesn't have a service history but I'll be flushing it and replacing the filter shortly and giving it hell to see how it behaves. Shelling out for a rebuild doesn't really bother me as its the only real weak point on these trucks outside of rust.

I'm having my ScanGauge re-programmed for it so I should have Trans Temp and accurate oil/coolant temps and will have it sitting on the windshield by the A-Pillar.

I'd be looking to pickup something like this (22 foot or so Where it has a bathroom/Bunk beds at the back, and a queen at the front with a living/dining in the middle).



We also have a dedicated site already in Galesburg IL (~3 hours) where the in-laws own about 70 acres of property, so power sports out there is 100% a thing.
 

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I don't need to get rid of the Mustang if the Burb is up to the task, but I'd likely continue to shelve working on the Ranger just due to Time.
 

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TOO MANY VEHICLES; 17 Mini Clubman ALL4 S, 13 Mustang GT Premium Vert', 05 Suburban, 99 Ranger (V8 Swap Project), 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 2004 Yamaha Vino 125

Time for an update
 

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The Trans is a little questionable since it doesn't have a service history but I'll be flushing it and replacing the filter shortly and giving it hell to see how it behaves. Shelling out for a rebuild doesn't really bother me as its the only real weak point on these trucks outside of rust.
$950 for a bench build with converter. I can do an exchange also. Get the updates as well as sonnox boost valve that fixes 90% of the issues the 60e had.

Full blown tugger shift kit available for extra.

12 month/12k mile warranty
 

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If you get to a point where your confident that the 4L60e is healthy, I don’t think you would have any problems.
 

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I think your suburban will be fine. I tow my 21' with the v6 Silverado just fine. You'll want a WD hitch for sure.
 

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Parents were towing probably similar weight trailer with a '10 Expo. WD hitch and maybe even some helper airbags if you're getting too much squat.
 

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TOO MANY VEHICLES; 17 Mini Clubman ALL4 S, 13 Mustang GT Premium Vert', 05 Suburban, 99 Ranger (V8 Swap Project), 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 2004 Yamaha Vino 125

Time for an update
I'm with Emerson. Ditch the junk, get something decent to tow and cart the family around.

The last thing you want to deal with is a broken tow vehicle or cause a wreck
 

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I'm with Emerson. Ditch the junk, get something decent to tow and cart the family around.

The last thing you want to deal with is a broken tow vehicle or cause a wreck
I updated my signature; we go most places in the STI, and I take the Mustang or Burb to work.
 

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Travel trailers are fairly light considering their size. Most full size suvs and trucks will have little issue towing what you're looking at. Especially when you consider how many towing miles vs unloaded miles you'll do a year you'll be fine. I've been tossing around the idea of u loading mine for something a touch bigger and newer. Currently I put 4k behind my truck and it does fine. Id feel safe going up to 5k
 

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Loaded. My current trailer is 3100lbs unloaded. New trailer I'm looking at is 4200lbs. I never travel with liquid in the tanks. Either use filters and fill tanks on site and I'll dump grey n black before I go. Only gear and propane when I'm travel
 

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until you get into the big shit, i feel like the wind resistance is the more fuckity portion of these things than the weight.
 

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Loaded. My current trailer is 3100lbs unloaded. New trailer I'm looking at is 4200lbs. I never travel with liquid in the tanks. Either use filters and fill tanks on site and I'll dump grey n black before I go. Only gear and propane when I'm travel
Just wanted to clarify for the sake of full disclosure to Dasfinc
 

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until you get into the big shit, i feel like the wind resistance is the more fuckity portion of these things than the weight.
That and tongue weight. But again the wd fixes that. I swing hard from them after using mine for the first time last month.
 

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My neighbor uses his WD to make it possible. Tacoma pulling near max weight and it really picks up the slack
 

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until you get into the big shit, i feel like the wind resistance is the more fuckity portion of these things than the weight.


THIS!! I think there is some sort of rating related to the square footage of the face of the trailer. You don’t ever hear anyone talk about it though.
 

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THIS!! I think there is some sort of rating related to the square footage of the face of the trailer. You don’t ever hear anyone talk about it though.
you know come to think of it, there is a rating for it in some of the ford towing guides i was looking at last week.


it'd be interesting if they figure out a way to have that rating take precedent over weight or with weight as a factor.
 

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