New tow vehicle needed

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by Bonecrusher, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Bonecrusher

    Bonecrusher Active Member

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    Anyone have any recommendations for a tow vehicle?

    I have a 07 Fleetwood Saratoga. Gross at 3500lbs and I'm definitely just around that after getting an idea of contents and such. Usually have at minimum 4 people in the car. Plus gear. So I guess we are averagi g about 5000lbs of total weight between camper and cargo.

    Looking for a midsize SUV in the 2010 or later range.

    I've been reading Info on lots of cars but I know some things look better on paper.

    So any one have some ideas or experiences to share?
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    What is your budget?
     
  3. GalsofEscape

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    back in 2010 when i was looking for an SUV to tow my 3800 lb highwall, i wanted a midsize SUV that could tow at least 7000 lbs - i wanted alot of extra tow capacity. There were not many midsize that high - in fact there was only three at the time the 2010 ford explorer, the Nissan Pathfinder, and the Dodge Durango (redesigned in 2011). Side note: the explorer was redesigned in 2011 - and it dropped off the list when the tow capacity dropped to 5000 lbs. So, I got the 2011 Durango with the V8engine - I towed that highwall popup close to 15,000 miles in 5 years to include out west and all over the east coast with usually 4 people in the vehicle. was very happy it. I still have the Durango and now tow a 6200 lb hybrid. Still very happy with it and we have towed the hybrid out west across the Rockies and all over the east coast.

    back when i bought it in 2011 - it was classified as a midsize SUV - i see that they (the car knowitalls) now consider it a large SUV - but it is kinda the smallest of the large (or largest of the midsize LOL). And it fits in my garage.

    Whatever you are looking at - i would recommend that it has the factory tow package -
     
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  4. Bonecrusher

    Bonecrusher Active Member

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    I have a budget around 10-15k
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I second that emotion!
     
  6. Bonecrusher

    Bonecrusher Active Member

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    My current truck, a 2002 suburban has a factory tow package. I think the reason the tranny has lasted this long is because of that transmission cooler.

    I wonder how much life it has left and if I should put more.money into her before buying another car...
     
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    Nissan pathfinder in that year/price range looked pretty good to us when shopping recently. We did however go for the larger Armada. 1 more seat and more tow capacity. But it was a close decision.
     
  8. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I have Toyota 4 runner, it has a tow limit of 5000 back in 06 they had a V8 option that could tow like 6000 or something like that. I love my 4 runner and it's a very dependable vehicle. They are expensive but I never had to replace anything major except the catalytic converter. However I think you will be at max payload when your fully packed. Something I was shocked about, is how low the payload really is on pretty much any mid SUV.
     
  9. Bonecrusher

    Bonecrusher Active Member

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    With these smaller SUVs like Pathfinder or 4runner. I probably would max out.
    Are you guys using weight distribution hitches??
     
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    with my Durango and the highwall camper - i did not need a weight distribution hitch. I do use one with the hybrid.
     
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    I have a Jeep GC with HEMI; tow capacity is something like 7,200. The Jeeps with the 6 cylinder can tow a bit over 6,000 pounds.

    Love my GC and it tows my 3,500 Aliner just fine. Three essentials with either sized Jeep engine (or really any setup): 1) Factory Tow Package, 2) Electric Brakes (which your trailer should already have) and brake controller, 3) Sway Control Bar.
     
  12. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    I used to tow with Suburbans. What I can tell you is you have been spoiled. During that time I tried towing my pup with other smaller SUV's and I was never happy with them. I fully expect you will find yourself in the same situation. Unless the truck is rusting apart and nickel and diming you at every corner I would fix it and keep on trucking till another suitable Burb comes your way.
     
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    Google moose test and look at some test by practical caravan of the vehicles you are looking at. Granted these are tests from Europe but they will give you a general idea of how that vehicle can handle emergency situations. There are some popular vehicles I personally would consider as a daily driver let alone towing with them.
     
  14. Bonecrusher

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    I ended up picking up a new 2019 ram 1500.
    I was able to sell the burb for a decent selling price and I made out good in all areas.

    After test driving all the keeps, Durango's, Pathfinders, 4runner.. I felt like I was missing something.

    Big difference between the suburban and the ram. I will definitely miss the suburban. It was such an awesome reliable truck. The ram is awesome though and I'm looking forward to getting some camping trips in!
     
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    Good to see someone get a capable tow vehicle instead of a small four cylinder SUV with an overrated tow capacity.
     
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  16. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    You will be much happier with the Ram than you would have any of the lesser options, and it was much more affordable than a new Burb, those things have gotten insanely expensive. A half ton pickup by any manufacturer would do you well if you can get by with 6 tight seats
     
  17. Bonecrusher

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    I bought the cr
    I bought the crew cab - so it is MORE than enough space for us. The crew cab back seat is like a small couch for my kids.

    I looked at the new burb/tahoe, but yeah - the prices are ridiculous and they are way too foo-foo for me. too much luxury and not enough rugged-ness. I felt like I was driving a NYC uber...

    I have more than enough capacity now to tow my camper, load the thing up with all our gear and go and if I ever up grade and go bigger, I still have tow capacity to spare within reason. I still have a truck capable of bringing out on the beach to go surf fishing, and i like the idea that I can toss some dead fish or bait in the bed and keep the smell out of the cabin - that was a down fall of the suburban - but probably its only downfall. I loved the burb, but the repairs were turning into a monthly car payment!

    My favorite feature so far is the backup camera - its amazing how accurate it is with lining up the trailer hitch!!

    Overall - I think I made the right choice!`
     
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    I couldn't agree with you more! I owned an '01 Yukon XL - plenty of comfort and power - no leather, no wood and whatever else... look at a new one and they have taken all of the utility out them. And that's not even touching the pricing issue. I think GM is missing a large (should be) target marketing group.
     
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    I think you will be happy with this decision. :)
     
  20. Bonecrusher

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    Got my first trip under my belt with my new ram. What a big difference from my old suburban. Braking is better, acceleration is better, gas mileage is better. Overall very happy with the decision!
     

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