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Old 08-26-2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4 V8 Tow Vehicle??

LilNomad here looking at a 2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4 V8 as my first tow vehicle for a 75 25ft Tradewind. Im also considering a 2000 GMC Yukon Denali 5.7 V8 AWD w/ barn doors. I like both but leaning towards the Navigator. Any thoughts??? I do like the barn doors on the Denali, i can have some sit there Buddah style and direct me to the hitch
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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We have a member that uses a 2000 Lincoln Navigator to tow his 2005 25' Safari and is pleased with its performance so you should be fine with either tow vehicle for the '75 25' Tradewind. I doubt that it would be any heavier than a 2005 25' Safari.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:51 AM   #3
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I like the barn doors!!! I can open them without contacting my propane tanks and it makes it easier to load/unload my dogs. That is, I always felt uncomfortable opening/closing the hatch style door with my dogs in the back - afraid I'd catch a paw or tail. They usually ride in crates - but every once in awhile I *risk* taking them without the crates....

I have a 2000 Yukon XL, 1/2 ton. Does the job of pulling my 27' adequately, except in soft sand. It's not my favorite *style-wise* though - the Navigator is prettier, IMO.

That's my only input.

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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The Navigator is rated for at least 8000 #s of towed load in 4X2 or 4X4. And should be a very nice ride.

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Old 08-26-2010, 05:06 PM   #5
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I pull my '72 TW with an Expedition. Same truck, different trim. No problems to speak of.
The rear hatch easily clears the tanks and tongue jack.
Mine has the adjustable pedals so my wife finally enjoys driving a big SUV. Now if I could only get her to drive while towing.
The only quirk I can think of is that the EXPY has full rear axle air suspension. Check for airbags instead of leaf springs.
The ride height computer gives a level ride so the initial WD setup is a little more involved. Additionally the rear end squats down at times if the rear hatch is open. The computer thinks it's helping by lowering the deck to help you load your stuff. Sometimes it makes putting the WD bars on difficult.

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My 2012 Navigator has 9200 pound tow rating, and more importantly, 1625 pounds payload. Towing a 2015 Flying Cloud FB twin. I really like the combo. Except for fuel stops, which pretty much includes every gas station in every direction.
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We towed a 28 Intl back and forth across the rockies with a 2003 Navigator. It did ok, but I was nervous about how hard it was having to work, so now I've got a Cummins Ram. I think the Navigator would do just fine with the 25. And we loved the Navigator. Great handling and great ride.
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We have a member that uses a 2000 Lincoln Navigator to tow his 2005 25' Safari and is pleased with its performance so you should be fine with either tow vehicle for the '75 25' Tradewind. I doubt that it would be any heavier than a 2005 25' Safari.

Good luck with your decision.
Hi, this would be me and we have had the same tow vehicle, same trailer, and same hitch for over ten years. I now have a new 2014 F-150 Ecoboost, but I haven't towed with it yet.
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