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Old 09-29-2010, 11:25 PM   #15
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... Now all I have to do is find one that doesn't have a million miles on it and costing $50,000!
Make friends with a local used car/truck salesman, that's what we did when we were shopping for a truck for our previous 5-r. I had researched the 3 major brands (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) & made 2 lists: have to haves & nice to haves. I gave that list to the salesman & told him when he got something in that fit my criteria I'd come look at it. It took him less than a week to locate the truck we ended up buying. We got a 1yr with balance of warranty, low mileage & more options than we requested (including Flomaster exhaust & Rhino bedliner) for less than half what a new one, optioned the same would've cost us. It paid having him doing the legwork.

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Make friends with a local used car/truck salesman, that's what we did when we were shopping for a truck for our previous 5-r. I had researched the 3 major brands (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) & made 2 lists: have to haves & nice to haves. I gave that list to the salesman & told him when he got something in that fit my criteria I'd come look at it. It took him less than a week to locate the truck we ended up buying. We got a 1yr with balance of warranty, low mileage & more options than we requested (including Flomaster exhaust & Rhino bedliner) for less than half what a new one, optioned the same would've cost us. It paid having him doing the legwork.

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What do you mean by "5-r"?
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:43 AM   #17
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5-r, 5er or 5ver - 5th wheel-type RV, so named because it uses a 5th wheel hitch mounted in the truck bed over the rear axle

TT, bumper pull - conventionally-towed travel trailer-type RV pulled by a hitch at the rear of the tow vehicle.

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Old 10-01-2010, 11:49 AM   #18
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You might also want to try working with an auto broker - my credit union has one as a service to its members and it works on both new and used cars and can also handle your trade.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:29 PM   #19
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We have a 2007 Tahoe and a 5200 lb trailer and I wouldn't use ANYTHING smaller than the Tahoe. The Tahoe does fine with a weight distribution / anti-sway hitch for all but the steepest passes. We spent 7 weeks around Durango this Summer and the Tahoe was "just" adequate.

It's our second Tahoe and our second trailer right around 5,000 lb and really that's about maxed out right there. Take my word for it. I'm sure there are plenty of folks here that would say "no way" to our rig. I sure wish you could still get a Tahoe with the 6L engine. But you can't.

So, I would say, from my 7 years of experience - don't look at anything smaller than the Tahoe.
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creativepart - I thought your TT looked familar - I also have an AF 22H. I tried towing with a 99 Tahoe and it was a real chore - however I was right at the 12,000 lb CGWR. My TT tips the scales at closer to 5600 lbs. I think that I would prefer going the 2500HD Burb route - that way you can get the nice towing mirrors that are NA on the Tahoe along with the 6.0, 6spd, and 3.73 Rear Axle. Of course the 6sp tranny was not offered until 2008.

BTW have you looked at www.afnash.com - it is a site for owners of AF and Nash TTs.
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Hey Randy,
I'm a member over at the Nash Forum as well. Same username. I sold the AF 22H last Fall and ordered a brand new 2010 25S. We picked it up from Thunder RV in Feb and have been enjoying the daylights out of it. So far we've spent 2+ full months in it this year.

I got the 25S instead of the other heavier models with slides because of our Tahoe. As soon as I got it home from Oregon I upgraded the WD Hitch to make everything beefier. It's pretty much OK accept in the mountains, and then the only real problem is on the really steep grades.

We're looking at the 2500 Suburban's. But I had planned on keeping my Tahoe another year or two. We'll have to see. I guess if I keep the Tahoe, I'll put some LT tires on it and some HD Gas Shocks -- if not airbags on the springs.

Knowing us, we'll probably just go with the burb.
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CP - I tried the LT tires and HD shocks on my old Tahoe - however the biggest improvement came when I went from 550lb spring bars to 1000lb bars - my tounge wt is 650lbs and I usually haul wood and gear in the rear of the rig (truck or Tahoe).

The old Tahoe handled my older 4000lb liteweight TT with ease - I did not think that 1000 lbs would make so much of a difference - but it really did.

I looked at the 08 2500HD Burbs - they were almost twice what I paid for my truck! and had lower tow rating.

I usually like to keep vehicles at least 10yrs or 100,000 mi whichever comes first - the Tahoe was my first TV to not last that long before trading.

Found you on the other forum - good luck with your 25S - I am sticking with the 22H.
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Thanks for the info. I too had to increase my springs on the WD Hitch. I had lighter roundbar springs on the Reese WD hitch with no anti-sway on my old 22h and it was an instant problem on the 25S.

I swtiched to 1200 lb bars on a new Husky Centerline Hitch and that helped a lot.

My wife is a tad claustrophobic and the captive bed on the 22H became a problem for her. So, the 25s is pretty much the same trailer with a walkaround bed.

The unintended benefit to the 25S is the extra width. The 22h is 8' wide and the 25S is 8.6' wide. What a difference that extra width makes. It's amazing.
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The new 10 and 11 AF 22H are also wide bodies and they made the bed longer. Compared to many small TT plans the bed in the 22H is great. I used to have a TT with a rear corner bed - now that was a tight squeeze. We also like the big bathroom as well.
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The Suburban 2500HD is difficult to find. There are only a couple in my area and they are all loaded to the gills. I wouldn't mind a new 2010 at a lower price either, but according to Chevy there aren't any within 150 miles of here.

I assume that the Ford Expedition is pretty much the same as the Tahoe. It does have more HP and torque, but not much.
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Yeah, the Expo is the same as the Tahoe - the Excursion was the burb equal. I went to the truck because it fit my lifestyle - ext cab for the dogs and occ passenger. The next option is to get one of them on special order - talk to the fleet manager/buyer at your local Chevy Dealer and see what kind of deal he can make. I have not used a front end salesman since 89 - bought all my cars from the same fleet person. My last truck was so simple - went in - had a cup of coffee - went over the option list, priced it out - consulted the DW the bank and pulled the trigger. One more hint - almost 90% of the fleet managers business is in trucks so they usually know how to equip them for towing etc.
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We have decided to go w/ a Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab with diesel. It will have the tow package.
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That should be a very good choice. Just remember, speed is not your friend. My personal experience is when I reduced my speed from 65 to 60 I get about 10% better milage ($.30 per gal). Also as speed goes up control goes down.
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