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Old 08-17-2007, 03:51 PM   #15
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I have a 3/4 Ton Suburban with the 8.1L. Our TT weighs right at 8,000lbs and the burb has no problem at all pulling it. It also is nice to have so much inside room. BTW, the 3/4 is a 2500 series, there is no such thing as a 3500 Suburban as far as I know.

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Old 08-20-2007, 07:31 PM   #16
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If you are looking for gas engine - any of the rigs mentioned will work. GM is putting the 6.0L V8 in all 3/4 and 1T trucks and vans and 3/4T Burbs. (no more 8.1L) If you want a diesel then you will have to go with Ford as GM only puts the duramax in the 3/4 and 1T trucks - nothing else. That may change in 2009 or 10 when the new baby max comes out.

Vans and SUVs make equally good tow vehicles and people haulers. Large vans have the most rear seat room - however SUVs usually have seats that fold down to increase cargo capacity when needed - you usually have to remove the seats in a van. Are you also going to be looking at a larger trailer in the near future? If so than go with a bigger TV now so you will be ready for the future.

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Old 08-31-2007, 09:15 AM   #17
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We have been using a E-350 Ford Chateau for 29 months. Lots of room and plenty of power with the v-10 and 4.10 RA. Did a trip through Nova Scotia last summer, covering about 4200 miles and averaged about 10 mpg towing an 8,000# TT. Less with the A/C and more w/o it. Haven't gotten less than 8.5 mpg yet.

We take out the center seats to carry a mobility scooter and ramp.

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Old 09-01-2007, 07:18 AM   #18
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The new Sprinter with the MB engine would be another option. The Sprinter could be used stock to tow a TT or could be partially or fully modified to a camper for those short tent trips.

Just a thought.

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Old 09-05-2007, 03:46 PM   #19
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The GVWR and GCVWR numbers on the 3500 Cab & Chassis and Sprinter Cargo Vans are very impressive on paper.

Once you change the Sprinter configuration from a cargo van to a passenger van, all the weight numbers change dramatically and would in NO WAY handle the trailer weight mentioned by the O.P.

If there were a genuine 5.9L or 6.7L Cummin's under the hood, I would own one.

As already mentioned by other members, nothing comes close to a 4X4 turbo diesel Excursion, except maybe a E350 van with a turbo diesel. If none of those are available, then consider the V10 Ford Van or 6.0L GM passenger van.


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