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Old 03-25-2014, 07:20 PM   #15
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Try looking for a well taken care of Ford Excursion. 2005 was the last year they made them but should do what your looking for. I have a 2003 Excursion with the V10 and love it. I have done some suspension upgrades. Can seat 8 and still have room for cargo. I tow a 31ft Jayco and a 18ft enclosed car trailer with no problem(not at same time). Did Chevy stop making the 3/4 ton Suburban? That would be another vehicle to consider.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:08 AM   #16
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Try looking for a well taken care of Ford Excursion. 2005 was the last year they made them but should do what your looking for. I have a 2003 Excursion with the V10 and love it. I have done some suspension upgrades. Can seat 8 and still have room for cargo. I tow a 31ft Jayco and a 18ft enclosed car trailer with no problem(not at same time). Did Chevy stop making the 3/4 ton Suburban? That would be another vehicle to consider.
Ofdficially, 2012 was the last production year for the 3/4T SubB. They sold a few leftovers as 2013s but I never was able to find one.
If you DO find one, that's the best bet hands-down.
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6 of us also (17, 14, 12, and 9). When we had our 32" TT we started with a Ford van. It wasn't bad except when it got windy. Got pushed side to side a lot. We then went to a Dodge 2500 (V10) extended cab truck. Huge difference in towing. A little tight inside but the kids were young enough and we made it work. When we started making longer trips we went with a Megacab. Ample room in cab for us and the pickup bed doubled as more storage (firewood, generator, bikes, etc.).
If staying with the SUV, my choice would be a Excursion or Suburban.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:20 AM   #18
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Ideas for towing tt and 6 passengers?

Better late than never to follow up!!!

Bought an 03 Yukon XL 2500HD 2WD a few months ago. 6.0L, 4.10 rear w/G80 locker, and the HD package.

Haven't been able to find much data on the HD package, but I know it consisted of a 2" body raise and different brakes.

Either way, our first outing is this Thursday. 4 days to shake everything down and get away from town!
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Bought an 03 Yukon XL 2500HD 2WD a few months ago. 6.0L, 4.10 rear w/G80 locker, and the HD package.
2003 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE 4dr SUV 6.0L V8 4-speed Automatic Features and Specs

GVWR = 8600
CURB WEIGHT = 6812

Therefore, max payload 8600 minus 6812 = 2,788 pounds

Tow rating = 12,000 plus curb weight 6812 = GCWR of 18,812.

No, you cannot tow a 12,000 pound TT and haul the family at the same time without being overloaded. But if you haul nothing in the SUV except family, then you can probably tow a decent-size TT without being overloaded.
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Greater than 20% safety margin with all 6 of us, our crap, and the 25' R-vision 7253 behind it.

Did my homework before buying...
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My x5 BMW works great. The limit is 6000 lbs but for me it fits the bill.
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