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Old 10-16-2012, 06:11 AM   #1
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Expedition or suburban

Does anyone pull their TT with an expedition or suburban? If so, how does it do?
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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How big is the trailer, length and GVWR?

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Does anyone pull their TT with an expedition or suburban? If so, how does it do?
I towed a 30' travel trailer for 10 years and 70,000 miles with a 2002 Suburban 2500 with an 8.1 ltr engine. It did a great job towing. Fuel economy was around 8 mpg. I utilized a Hensley hitch.

The 2500 Suburbans are rare, but much better equipped for towing than the more common 1500 version.
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My trailer is a 26 ft. Palomino puma. It weighs almost 6200# dry. I currently have an avalanche that tows it pretty well. We are looking for a SUV for my wife.
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I would not worry about dry weight unless you plant onever add any supplies to the camper. Plan on at least a 7200# load.

The Expy XL or the "Burb Can do it if properly equipped and you do not put much load inside the vehicle.

Personally, I'd look for a 3/4 ton vehicle to do the job. have you considered an F150 with the Ecoboost engine?

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Personally, I'd look for a 3/4 ton vehicle to do the job.
Suburban and Yukon XL are available in a 2500 model (= 3/4 ton vehicle). None of the other SUVs are available in a 3/4-ton model.

Someone mentioned the Mercedes G550. Towing Capacity (max) = 7,500 lbs. But those are a bit spendy: Starting at $113,000. :(
http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicl...vehicle-design
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My avalanche has a towing capacity of 7300 and i haven't had any problems towing with it. I am just trying to get ideas on a SUV that might work occasionally. When it comes time for me to get a new vehicle I will probably go with a silverado 2500. The expedition advertises that it has a 9000# towing capacity.
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I used a Tahoe on occasion to pull a heavy boat-trailer rig but although it could pull the load well with its 4.10 gearing, stopping it took forever. Much better with a heavy duty truck which has far superior brakes designed for towing and hauling.
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I used a Tahoe on occasion to pull a heavy boat-trailer rig but although it could pull the load well with its 4.10 gearing, stopping it took forever.
Then something was wrong with your trrailer brakes.Brakes on a tow vehicle are designed to stop the wet and loaded tow vehicle, not the trailer. Brakes on the trailer should stop the trailer without any help from the brakes on the tow vehicle.It sounds like you probably had surge brakes on the trailer. If the surge mechanism was working properly, and assuming the brakes on the trailer were in good shape, and with proper driver technique, the wet and loaded rig should stop just as good with the trailer tied on as without the trailer. The only difference should be the second or so required for the surge mechanism to contact and apply the hydraulic master cylinder. If not, you need to do some diagnosis to find out why.
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