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Old 08-13-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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We have a 2006 Keystone Outback 28rsds TT that has a 7200 # GVWR. Our family is expanding again with the birth of our 4th child. We are in need of a larger tow vehicle. Any wisdom on the Chevy Express or Ford full sized vans? Or would a Burb or Expedition be better. We usually have our geriatric canine and a cousin or two with us!

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We have a 2006 Keystone Outback 28rsds TT that has a 7200 # GVWR. Our family is expanding again with the birth of our 4th child. We are in need of a larger tow vehicle. Any wisdom on the Chevy Express or Ford full sized vans? Or would a Burb or Expedition be better. We usually have our geriatric canine and a cousin or two with us!

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Old 08-13-2007, 01:54 PM   #3
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Mmarty, welcome to iRV2.

We have lots helpful folks here with tow vehicle experience.

I'm sure they will be along shortly to help.
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Old 08-13-2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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Remember that kids do get larger as they get older, so the weight goes up.

With 4 kids plus a couple of tag-alongs and 2 adults, you will have considerable weigh in the vehicle.

The tongue weight of the trailer will be added to the weight of the tow vehicle so you will need to watch your GVWR. I would think a 3/4 ton might be a little close, so I'd look for a 1 ton van or Suburban 3500. The Burb has 3rd row seating plus a rear A/C. Sure be nice if GM would see fit to put the DuraMax in the Burb.

You will gets lots of opinions and suggestions. But you will need a good towing axle and larger block engine and a towing package to easily tow.

Have fun looking.

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I've been using a Ford E350 for a tow vehicle for years. My current E350 is a 2003 11 passenger model with a V10. This is the best tow vehicle I have ever had. I would not reccommend the 15 passenger or extended body van. The extra overhang at the rear is a disadvantage for towing.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:26 AM   #6
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Another vote for the E350. We have the 7 passenger, Chateau package. I got it on EBay for $18000 when it was a year old and 25000 miles. Try to get close to that with an SUV. In my opinion, full size vans are the best kept secret in the towing industry. If you don't have to have 4 wheel drive, go the van route.
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I've been using a Ford E350 for a tow vehicle for years. My current E350 is a 2003 11 passenger model with a V10. This is the best tow vehicle I have ever had. I would not reccommend the 15 passenger or extended body van. The extra overhang at the rear is a disadvantage for towing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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You could look for a good used diesel Ford Excursion. Ours does a great job towing and hauling people.
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On the PSD Excursion, I'd shy away from the 6.0L. They have been bad news for too many owners.

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GM is producing a 3500 van that you can get with a duramax motor , true it isn not the same power rating of the motor they put in the pickups but it will pull your Rv no problem. I think you can even get it in a 4X4 version !
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I love my Ford F-250, crew cab. Sits 6 adults comfortably and will pull just about anything.
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I agree with TXiceman about shying away from Excursion 6.0. Mine is a 7.3 and I love the way it handles towing the trailer
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I have a end of production 7.3L (2002) and the thing is towing beast.

The 7.3L has proven to be a very reliable engine. By the same token, the 6.8L V-10 has proven to be a very capable engine as well, just a bit hungrier than the diesel.

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Go with the burb or excursion in 3/4 ton configuration. It will make a far better tow vehicle in the long run.
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Thanks for the advice. We'll start doing our homework.
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