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Old 10-17-2012, 08:11 AM   #15
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Does anyone have any recommendations on what full size SUV is best for hauling a TT? Mine weighs about 6200 dry.
The Ford Expedition comes in 2 sizes. The standard and the EL. The EL is just a longer version with more interior cargo capacity. The standard version has a towing capacity of 9,200 lbs while the EL version is only 8,900 lbs.

I have a 2010 Eddie Bauer standard length version with the 5.4 V8 and towing package. I regularly tow an equipment trailer which weighs 5,000 to 8,000 lbs depending on how it's loaded. The truck pulls it fine and still gets 18 - 19 mpg.
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The best diesel SUV, in my opinion, is Mercedes GL 320 CDI. They came out in 2007 - perhaps may be out of your price range ~ $25K. The latter models are 350 BlueTEC.
GL350 BlueTEC SUV Starting at $62,400*
Towing Capacity (max) 7,500 lbs‡
Engine 3.0L turbodiesel V-6
Transmission 7-speed automatic

That 7,500 tow rating is a real world tow rating of about 6,000 pounds with not much weight in the SUV, or about 5,000 pounds tow rating with a small family. It's a wonderful luxury SUV if you can afford it and you don't tow much of a trailer.

But why stop at $62,000. The G550 is $113.000, and it also has an overstated tow rating of 7,500 pounds.
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Heck maybe I should just buy a lake house and a mountain cabin at those prices!! Thanks for the help guys. I am new to camping and hauling trailers besides a bass boat. I appreciate all of your help. I think I may go with an expedition that we could occasionally. We will only be taking weekend trips about once a month for the most part. I am going to eventually go with a 4 door silverado 2500 I believe once my avalanche is all used up!
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When I used a SUV for towing I went with a Chevy Tahoe. The coil springs of the Expedition were ill suited for trailering though maybe a softer ride for the passengers.
I would not be inclined to trust the braking ability of a SUV full of passengers and gear and pulling a 6,000 lb. trailer as well. If the trailer brakes malfunction it will take a country mile and probably two to come to a stop.
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How about a full size van? Lots of passenger room, cargo capactiy, and towing capacity. Big gassers and diesels available ..... and generally priced lower than similarly equiped SUV's.
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I had 3 Ford Excursion deezles that I thought I couldn't improve on...

they would have towed most anything I wanted, EXCEPT for what my wife wanted - our current 5th wheel - so the 05 Ex was traded in on our 'super' 6.7 diesel superduty.
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