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Old 04-09-2010, 08:32 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
you think it would be "better"? you do know that some people disagree. Some might even call it...."stupid".
ANYway, I'd like to hear more of your thoughts on it. your Yukon...thats like a Tahoe, yes?

casitaplata, if you can get where you need to go most of the time on a bike, I don't think whatever you pick for a vehicle, no matter how bad the mileage is, is going to put much of a dent in the world's problems, one way or the other. Its one thing if you're going 40 miles each way to work, day in and day out, but if you're mostly "around town"...throw a solar panel up on the roof as penance, and "go with god".

An Airstreaming friend of mine once told me that he has gotten actual "grief" from people at the gas pump, when he fills up his 3/4ton Burb...till he informs them that, in spite of his large gas-guzzling vehicle, his carbon footprint is much smaller than most people's, because he lives in his airstream, and doesn't burn any 2000 gallons/year of home heating oil to heat a house, or a bazzillion coal-fired kilowatts of electricity to cool it in the summer.
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Excellent advice and observations in the last two paragraphs!!

Acadia Better? no. Perfectly adequate? Having weighed all info, absolutely! I have witnessed personally the Buick version of the Acadia tow a brand new 30 foot Airstream flawlessly. We can discuss more around the campfire as I do not wish other commenters degrade this thread and have casitaplata not get her help.

I, after a good amount of towing with the Tahoe/Yukon, am very very happy. The short over hang in the rear makes for very good control (something Andy at Can-Am mentioned to me also when he saw my set up). [For comparison I used the Buick Wagon, set up properly. It's wheelbase is the same as a Suburban and has a long overhang too.] The auto leveling can be bit tricky during initial set up but once proper bars and the "link count" is determined all works flawlessly. I am convinced that the short overhang makes up for the shorter wheelbase than the Suburban. Keep in mind that only compared to a Suburban is a Tahoe wheelbase considered "short". It does suck gas when towing, 9 - 11 mpg on New England's hills.

non towing info: My Yukon is a Denali which comes with the auto level, full time all wheel drive and the biggest engine, 6.2L gas. If I got the Tahoe I wanted (but the dealer wouldn't haggle well enough (got the Denali for less than Tahoe dealer would go to)) I would have had a smaller engine and the ability to drive the rear wheels only. I mention this for fuel mileage purposes. I get 14-15mpg combined driving with my Yukon, 18 all highway. I bet the Tahoe would get 17-18 combined your mileage may vary

Sorry for the ramble. I hope I helped. Future commenters, please try to keep your comments positive about your preferred vehicle and not negative of another.

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Old 04-09-2010, 09:44 PM   #16
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Well I dont drive every day but when I do I do home health in a 200 mile radius(Im a very dedicated midwife) so some days are nuts!! The couple that owned my AS before me had a tahoe and it did well. Is there any way I could use a 4 runner or highlander? I grew up in Africa so Im a little partial to them? So I guess the denali and tahoe are my best bets? Would a hybrid make any difference in towing capacity? You all have been wonderful thank you.
PS I dont have any pics right now of my bike but shes a beauty!!! Girls pony neck 48 that I got in hunting beach CA! 2 spring front end. I will get some pics and put them in my profile or something. I have to get new tubes etc because I went to CO and they popped! I also have matching 70s western Flyers cruisers in rootbeer brown. Hey Ive always wanted to put them on the outside of my airstream when traveling? I want some kind of thing like a guitar stand but on the outside of my AS Any suggestions?(sorry off topic)

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Old 04-09-2010, 09:58 PM   #17
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I moved up from an '06 Xterra to an '00 Yukon XL. Honestly, I liked the Xterra better (it just suited me more) but the Yukon provides me the confidence/security that I NEED. I don't feel any difference between the two when towing - but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Yukon gets about the same mileage, unbelievably - and provides much more payload. And I like the split/barn doors on the Yukon. It just seems like such an old, big beast. I used it to pull a horse trailer this evening - no problem man..... and it's only a 1/2 ton.

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Old 04-09-2010, 10:05 PM   #18
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As I write this, I know I will be labelled a crazy Canadian (or worse), but we took our 31' 1974 Sovereign to Florida and back, some 4,000+ miles, with our 2007 Ford Freestar van.

I'n with you: I do NOT want to drive a truck the 88% of the time I drive the vehicle with no trailer attached.

My trailer is some 500 lbs heavier than yours, casitaplata, and although we didn't tour the Sierra Nevadas, we did go through lots of hilly country in Kentucky and (if I remember correctly) Tennessee with no trouble.

I also agree with the suggestion of the GMC Acadia, and would also suggest that the new Ford Flex would also do what you want.

However, although they are all good cars, none of them gets great gas mileage. Better than the Dodge 2500, I'd imagine, but I didn't really look up the numbers.

A Freestar would be the cheapest bet, since you won't find a newer one than a 2007. Because they were discontinued, a nice, late-year, low-mileage 2007 loaded up can be had quite cheaply.

The other two might easily stretch your stated budget.

Good luck with your search. Remember that the key is getting the right hitch set up professionally and properly.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:32 AM   #19
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We are using a 2009 F150 2X4 Crew cab as both our tow vehicle for our 34' Airstream and my daily driver. It holds all four of us very comfortably plus the dog (60# Weimaraner).

I would buy the same truck again in a heartbeat. (It also has cooled seats for those egg frying days!)
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:48 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Aage View Post
As I write this, I know I will be labelled a crazy Canadian (or worse),
Buddy, I don't think you are a Crazy Canadian. I think you a just a normal as the rest of us.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:04 AM   #21
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I know you said you don't want two vehicles, but for your budget of $30k, you could get a solid preowned 3/4 ton truck in gas or diesel AND something else thats fuel efficient and kid friendly. Just something to think about.

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