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Old 10-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Which vehicle to use

Hey y'all we've got a 5000lb TT and just recently bought a 99 chevy tahoe (I love that Gen of body style) but we've been towing with our 05 Buick rainier 5.3.
Now since I've got something that can also pull the trailer, which would be the better tow vehicle?
99 tahoe- 5.7 V8 3.42 auto open diff
05 rainier- 5.3 V8 3.73 G80 locker

Now I haven't towed with the tahoe yet because it has the standard 4 flat wiring and not set up for trailer brakes. Just wondering if it would be worth my time to do it if it's not the better tow vehicle.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 10-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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I would not bother with Tahoe unless you don't want to be tied to just one TV like I am ( have to get my wife's permission to take one)
Both trucks are pretty much the same in their basic design and specifications. I am not a big fan of 4 speed transmission but with 8 cylinders and not very heavy trailer this may work. If your Buick does the job that is ok, if not- I don't see how the Tahoe can help, it may provide slightly more payload however.

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Old 10-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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I'd set the Tahoe up with the proper equipment and try it. Having a second tow capable vehicle may save a vacation some day. (It has for me).
As for a comparison, I bet they are very close. If anything I'd give the edge to the Buick with it's lower gears.
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