We are a family of 4 so we need something that we all can ride in and still be somewhat comfortable. We really aren't wanting something brand new. We would like to find used. But we just are sure what to go with. My husband was wondering if we could get by with a Blazer or something like that other than a truck.
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I see that you are from Southern Illinois as well - - I consider my hometown to be Anna, and will soon be returning to Union County.
For safety and long-term durability, you are well-advised (as per several posts in this thread) to consider something with a little more heft than the Blazer, especially the S-10/S-15 varieties. My father has a '94 S-10 Blazer with the full-factory trailer towing package and the only trailer that we have considered pulling with that vehicle is my '78 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre that has a loaded Gross Weight of at the very most 3,200 pounds.
Something to keep in mind when you think of towing around Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, Western Kentucky, and Western Tennessee is that you will encounter many secondary roads with frequent curves and some serious hills. Much of my towing has been in this region, and a C/K 1500
series truck with the largest motor and heavy duty trailering package will be the minimum that I have found to provide something approaching acceptable towing performance in the hills of this area - - in fact, if it didn't stretch the budget too far, a C/K 2500 series with the large engine and at least 3.73 gearing would provide an even more pleasant towing experience. I would only rate my '95 K1500 Chevrolet Z-71 (5.7 liter V8/3.73 differentials/heavy duty factory towing package) club cab pickup as marginal (seriously underpowered and over-sprung) with my '64 Overlander with its empty weight of 4,400 pounds and loaded Gross Weight maxing out at 6,100 pounds - - the '99 K 2500 Suburban, on the other hand, is hardly burdened by the Overlander with its 7400 VORTEC, 4.10 differentials and heavy duty trailer towing package.
I will admit to being something of a perfectionist with my tow vehicle, and do spend six to eight weeks traveling every summer with at least one trip to the Rocky Mountains most years. One of my key trials of a tow vehicle is how fast it can make 55 MPH from entry ramp speed (towing the fully loaded Overlander) at Lick Creek Road (Exit 36) heading North on I-57 - - the '95 K1500 couldn't make 55 MPH until well past the top of the grade - - the '99 K2500 Suburban handles the task in less than 15 seconds. My other test is how fast the tow vheicle is going when the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 is cleared with the fully loaded Overlander in tow - - the '95 K 1500
was doing all that it could to maintain something less than 20 MPH in low gear while the '99 K 2500 Suburban was continuing along at 55 MPH in third gear with little perceived additional effort. The surprising issue has been that the long-term fuel economy of the 7400 VORTEC has been within 1.2 MPG of the 5.7 Liter in the K 1500
vehicle both solo and towing; and the K 2500 Suburban has been far superior for my patterns of use than the K 1500 Club Cab Pickup could ever have hoped to be especially with its comfortable seating for eight adults (I frequently carpool to a variety of activities with friends and rarely did anyone want to travel with me when I had the pickup - - it too had the premium leather interior package).
To one degree or another every tow vehicle is something of a compromise. For the most part if anyone is dissatisfied with a tow vehicle, it isn't because it is too much/too large; rather it is a situation of having just barely enough or not having quite enough to make it comfortably to your favorite destination. Until I made my first trip back to Southern Illinois that was followed by a Rocky Mountain expedition with the '95 K 1500 pickup, I thought that it was perfectly acceptable as it handled most of my Central and Northern Illinois towing with few reservations - - I only kept that tow vehicle until it had 45,000 miles - - the Suburban (purchased new by me) now has nearly 126,000 miles and I have no plans to trade it at anytime in the foreseeable future.
Good luck with your search for the appropriate tow vehicle!