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Old 04-21-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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Looking for new TV.

Old like to find new TV. Has to be able to pull trailer (obviously) and be able to haul myself and wife, four kids, two dogs and misc. Right now using Excursion with 7.3 diesel. Love it, but it's showing age. Any suggestions or preferences?
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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We buy nothing but Samsung, usually at Costco. Between the MH and stick house we have 6 now.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:51 AM   #3
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We buy nothing but Samsung, usually at Costco. Between the MH and stick house we have 6 now.
You have 6 Tow Vehicles? And I thought Samsung only made Televisions.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:56 AM   #4
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The Ex was an excellent tow vehicle. Next thing is new tow vehicles are expensive. Next, the nearest thing is a Suburban and it is limited to gasoline engines.

I would look into spending a few $$$$ on sprucing the old gal up and make some repairs. A lot cheaper than a new truck.

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I think TXiceman has a good point, unless the Ex is completely worn out. Several diesel shops can rebuild the 7.3 into a really great tow engine and rebuild the transmission into bulletproof status, all for much less than a new TV of any kind. But, every so often, the 'New Vehicle' bug bites, and...
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If you need the room and capabilities of the Excursion, there's nothing on the market today that (IMHO) matches it as a tow vehicle. Count me in the camp that recommends upgrading what you've got.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:10 AM   #7
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Nothing on the market today will replace the X-Car. But if it has to go, then the closest I know of is a GM 3,500 8-passenger regular van with a diesel engine. Yes, they make them. Order an 8-passenger people hauler with the diesel engine and then add options to your taste (and pocketbook). You can order one with the fancy LT trim, which is similar to a Ford Lariat.
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It's a shame Ford doesn't offer the diesel engine in a van. I would prefer the Ford Econoline to the Chevrolet Express or the GMC Savana. But Ford hasn't offered a diesel van in a few years. They do offer the V-10 gas hog in the Econoline, so I might prefer that to a diesel-powered van made by Government Motors.

Depending on how much towing capability you need, you might also consider the Mercedes-Benz diesel-powered Sprinter van. Tow rating is 5,000 pounds with nothing in the van but a skinny driver. With your crew it would probably not tow more than about 3,500 pounds without being overloaded.
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I'll vouch for a duramax. Had an 03 and was very impressed by it overall.
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Wow.. I must be loosing it.. I'm with Mr D, I was going to recommend Samsung but you can't get 'um in diesel and they won't carry ANY passengers no matter which model you get.
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I'll probably refurb the Excursion. Really like the size and the way it pulls. With the wife four kids and the dogs it just can't be beat. Had gasser and after diesel I don't want to go back. We also pull a boat that weighs as much as the camper (big).
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I'll probably refurb the Excursion.
I hope you're smarter than my Dad. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s he'd decide to refurbish the car instead of trading it in. New tires, brakes, shocks, custom seat covers, maybe even a paint job. Then right after it was like new, he'd change his mind and trade it in on a new one.
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We buy nothing but Samsung, usually at Costco. Between the MH and stick house we have 6 now.
I didn't know Samsung made a tow vehicle.
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