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Old 08-04-2016, 11:38 PM   #15
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They do on the 2016 and newer Rams

I vote Ram Cummins Crew Cab

For the labs, a nice 2 Hole Mountain Top Custom Kennel. Insulated, locking doors, and Fantastic Fan for ventilation all makes happy cool/warm pups.

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Old 08-05-2016, 05:44 AM   #16
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Our tow vehicle is an '06 GMC 2500HD with the YBZ series diesel. Now with close to 130k miles on it with no issues whatsoever. We tow a 25' Safari and 2 sailboats on occasion, with one weighing in at almost 12k. The Allison transmissions keep us in the GMC family and the Duramax engines are much quieter than the others. Ours is a crew cap with a short bed with a topper over the bed. Big back seat with good leg room.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:44 AM   #17
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Do Not exceed 80% of rated capacity

Another interesting point is that many threads recommend to not exceed 80% of rated Capacity.

The longer wheel base of the F-250 Super Crew 6.5' bed (or Chevy / Doge equivalent) will make a much more stable towing experience.
The short wheel base of a Yukon/Tahoe will make backing easier, but at a huge risk of less stability when towing.

Unless the Yukon 2017 is dramatically different than the 2016, you are no where near the towing capacity of a 10,000# Classic with only 8,100 towing capacity. Add in the 80% factor as a good rule, and it rules out the Yukon / Tahoe.

The previous thread that suggested the F-350 is a great idea. with 10,000# get all the truck you can.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:47 AM   #18
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Full size van.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:54 AM   #19
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What about a 6 passenger crew cab truck with a sliding window and truck bed cap with fans for the labs?
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:56 AM   #20
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The full size vans aren't what they used to be unless you can get a Chevy Express/GMC Savana 2500 or 3500.
I still want to know where 6 people and 2 big dogs are going to sleep in a Classic...
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:00 AM   #21
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I will correct myself

I will correct myself. You did say Yukon 2500 (9400- 9600 #)

Still with rated towing capacity of 9400 - 9600

That makes a person think it is close to 10,000
But adding 4 - 6 adults and two labs,
a Hensley or Propride
plus the possibility of a Generator, tool box, and any other heavy items

Too close to the limits if not over.
Sure it might tow.
It might Stop.
It might have a huge nervous factor every time there is an undulation in the highway as you hit a bridge overpass with a tractor trailer passing at the same time with a heavy crosswind, all the while thinking, "Man, This Yukon sure is nice, but wish I had more room for margin of error." or translation "Holy S**t!"
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Did not know that GMC Sierra had a five person version - that sounds like a possiblity and it sure sounds like a tricked up Yukon is not.
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:21 AM   #23
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All full size extended cab and crew cab pickups hold 5 or 6 people depending on whether you have 2 bucket seats and a console up front or a bench seat up front. The back seat is always 3 passengers, usually wide enough no hips, elbows, or knees touch. Think of the cab in a modern full size pickup as a living room with 2 recliners and a couch. I have more space in my pickup truck than in any other vehicle I have ever owned or driven, including full size vans. Only full size SUVs could compare, but they cost more and do not have an open truck bed for hauling big stuff.
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:46 AM   #24
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Dogs in Back

Huge downside to Pickup trucks with a shell cover versus Yukon 2500.
No Air Conditioning in the dog area in back.

Having the shell cover on the back of a pickup truck is a huge downside for the dogs.
Depending on the cover, with all windows open in the shell cover, it can run 8 - 10 degrees hotter than ambient air while driving interstate 65 mph.

I tested with a shell cover and the windows open. One facing the cab, plus two side windows open.
I used a remote thermometer to watch as we drove in 95-97 degree sunny days.
The inside of the bed was 8 - 10 degrees hotter. Putting it well over 100. Too hot for the dog.
All windows in the shell were open, so one would think that it would follow close to ambient air temperature, but the side windows have screens which have some effect on reducing airflow. Truck cab sliding rear window was closed but shell window was open. Air flow was in the gap between cab and shell.

Sure would be nice to have a SUV with 3/4 ton pickup truck towing capacity.
Your Yukon 2500 is close, but for a 10,000# Classic, I would bet not enough.
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If you have a sliding glass on the truck, a boot between the truck and cap, a sliding glass on the shell, and fans in the shell...
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:55 AM   #26
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If you do pick a pickup with a canopy topper, pick a canopy that has full side wing windows that open fully up.


These toppers are a safe way to park a vehicle and have your dog in moderate heat because they offer full cross ventilation. Then pick a wire crate, instead of a plastic, because again you have full ventilation.

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Hanging out at a lot of Summer AKC retriever hunt tests I have noticed it is alway more tricky for the SUV and Van owners to keep their dogs protected from the heat than those with pickups. With a pickup you can have the high quality insulated box or the above pick up topper.

http://www.mtck.com/gallery/Slidein/88eb6d37-946d-4cc2-af56-1e8bd17b5e4e

So being able to pull into the super awesome, must not skip, no dogs allowed, because your pups have a cool location to hang is a pro for having a pickup.

I have the MTCK box, but of course my girl often finds her way into the cab
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:25 AM   #27
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I'd be looking at a sprinter type van for that many people. Mercedes and Dodge come equipped with diesels. I believe the Excursion is also coming back out if you want a SUV
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Does a Sprinter have enough guts to tow a 10,000# GVW travel trailer while loaded with people and dogs?
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