Originally Posted by Hammer bird
DH and I are at a crossroad regarding a tow vehicle. We own a Suburban (2002) an oldie but goodie. Research says it's a simple vehicle to tow. No extra fuses, lube etc. Just wondering if anyone tows such a big vehicle. We've also considered buying a jeep but since the suburban is such an easy tow.. and it's in our garage...
Well, first off, you don't say whether or not your '02 Suburban is four wheel drive or not. We can assume that it is, based on your statement that "Research says it's a simple vehicle to tow". What research? Are you talking about internet research? Or, are you relaying on what's in the owners manual for that particular Suburban? Since it's a SUBURBAN, I'm pre-supposing it's not a STICK transmission. And, therefore, it's an automatic and, if so, the only automatics of the GM truck line that can be FLAT towed are the 4x4 versions with a neutral in the transfer case.
So, at this time, I'm assuming it's 4x4 Suburban. The next question is, have you actually taken this Suburban down and weighed it, with a full tank of fuel and, any other things that would be in it, while it's being towed? This way, you'll know the EXACT weight of it to compare what your GCWR of the coach says it can handle.
The difference between a Jeep and your Suburban will be a few hundred pounds, depending on which model/year of Jeep you get. Jeep Wranglers, most years from about '97 up, do hold value fairly well, as with any vehicle, depending on general condition and care. So, if you're thinking about one, be prepared for some sticker shock, even on a bit older ones. A Jeep Wrangler, will most certainly not be able to hold as much gear as your present Suburban will when galavanting around the country side.
But, the Wrangler is a much more agile vehicle for many driving and operating conditions (parking for one) and, gives the ability for exploration in the off road environment, should you decide you'd like to do that. Good luck.