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Old 12-03-2013, 07:04 PM   #15
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I am a new member of Air Forums. My wife and I are looking at Air Stream trailers. We live in a community that has a restriction against pickup trucks. We are looking for a tow vehicle that will tow a 27 or 28 ft Airstream safely. I read about the Suburban 3/4 ton which I think may have been a good option but from reading the posts it sounds like that vehicle has been discontinued. We currently own an Infinity QX 56 with a tow capacity of 8,500 lbs. are there other non pickup truck vehicles that we can consider with greater towing capacity than 8,500 lbs? What about diesels?
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I think most other vehicles will not feel as luxurious or competent as your Infinity. Perhaps you may just be wanting a new vehicle? I agree with others who suggest the status quo. You have an excellent vehicle for your intended Airstream. Jim
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:07 AM   #16
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You already own the Infiniti QX56?
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:24 AM   #17
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There may be tow vehicles out there that do a better job than the one I've got, but I ain't got no money to buy it with-
I'm gonna make it do what it do-
I really don't have a problem towing with a half ton pickup with 32,000 miles...but he can't have no pickup in his neighborhood...
I still say stick with the Infiniti...
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The QX56 is a very capable tow vehicle and I prefer it to a 3/4 ton suburban. The double wishbone independent rear suspension gives a much better ride while still handling better than the stiffly sprung live axle on the Suburban. It is also a little more maneuverable. The 5.6 Litre V/8 with 32 valves is thirsty but has a wide power band.

The gear spacing on the 5 speed is not quite right for towing an Airstream. It runs at a higher RPM than necessary in 4th gear and does not quite hit the power curve in 5th gear. A slightly lower profile tire fixes that and further tightens up the handling. Other than the fuel use it is a pretty nice vehicle. I see the new one is called the QX80 and now has a 7 speed transmisison.

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QX80? The number used to designate engine size...
Surely this thing doesn't have an 8 litre...
or maybe they changed the naming system to mean it has an 8 cylinder...
I'm gonna Google it!
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I see- they renamed it QX80 because it seats 8 passengers...
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