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Old 06-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #15
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We had the 460LE in our Tahoe rebuilt with HD clutches for $1700.

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:10 PM   #16
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any idea of fuel mileage at 55mph on mostly flat-ish terrain in my region pulling 30' flying cloud airstream?
My 2003 8.1 burb gets around 12-13 at 70Mph without the 34 footer. It gets between 9-11 with the AlumaCave attached. Not a lot of difference. I does a lot better when I leave my heavy shoes at home, however. The faster you drive, the poorer the performance. Except for lower speeds. My burb does much better at 40-45 than it does at 30-35. That is, 14-18 vs 12-13. Yes, it does the same at 35 as it does at 70. Oh well.

Many people here will tell you that 60 to 62 MPH is the perfect speed for towing. The mileage you get will probably agree with that. I think, for me, I'll try 55 the next trip. Don't know when that will be, however.

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #17
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any idea of fuel mileage at 55mph on mostly flat-ish terrain in my region pulling 30' flying cloud airstream?
8-9 mpg with no wind.

Headwinds or 70mph will take it down below 8.

13 mpg with no trailer
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:24 PM   #18
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ok, thanks...since this is for towing only, the cost of extra fuel is not terrible..I did some math a minute ago....i think if I had alot of plans in the next 5 years to travel very far...say out west...this would be more painful....once we get to that point of wanting to trek out that far (when the kids are at ages able to hike, swim, etc....then I will upgrade
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:31 PM   #19
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I'm not as good at exaggerating MPG as most people.

The way I figure it I could drive to Cape Horn and back every year and even then the money I'd save on fuel for a diesel Excursion wouldn't pay for the higher purchase price and suspension upgrades those things seem to need to go down the road in a straight line. Never mind the possibility of the turbo failing.

But I was never good at arithmetic.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #20
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well....so much for that line of thought.

I went right home after test driving, called my wife, discussed (this was around lunch) - then, emailed the dude back telling him I am interested and wanted to discuss price...no response from him..texted him a couple hours ago...no response...

Then I just called him, he had emailed me at the same time...they sold it after I left..

I told him "i was very interested" and just needed to discuss with my wife today.

He said another salesperson sold it....guess it is not his fault...but it pisses me off...

When I expressed some frustration about this, he said "well, I did not want to pressure you into the sale"....

I guess, you snooze you lose...not his fault I guess...
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #21
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:15 PM   #22
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any idea of fuel mileage at 55mph on mostly flat-ish terrain in my region pulling 30' flying cloud airstream?
My safari 30 weighs 7670 road trip ready (full of water) and I get a steady 11 to 12 towing at 65 to 70 with wife and 5 daughters
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:30 PM   #23
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I own a 2005 Suburban 2500,in fact I just listed it yesterday For Sale in the Tow Vehicles for sale section of this site.
I used it to tow my 1987 Avion 32S.Towing it over to the Oregon Coast,up hills etc I get 11 MPG.
This is my 3rd suburban,I am only selling mine to upgrade to a newer suburban.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:43 PM   #24
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whew, oregon too far perhaps

here is one close by...106k miles?? Im not sure of trim and 6.0 vs. 8.1L at this point

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/3835656029.html
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #25
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but even if 6.0L, asking price is below NADA and interior looks to be in good shape...worth considering perhaps
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #26
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I have 1500 2008 burb, thninking of upgrading to a 2500. I only tow a Bambi, but I do festivals and haul rediculous weight. I remove middle and third row seats, pop in a sheet of plywood and off I go. I would hope a 2500 would have not lower the back as much as my 1500 gets. I am in all weight ranges with room to spare, but going about 25k a season, it is a lot. I have only ever driven suburbans, somehow I missed out on the mini van even though we had five. Kids, for a while we both had suburbans. Wish they made them the old way! They are a gas chugging fine machine.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #27
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Bought our 2006 8.1 back in 2008 while I was still working at the Chevy Store.
It was a GM Program/Exec Demo with 14K on the clock. It was being sold on ebay by the first registered owner. It didn't sell, called, made offer, went to NC to pick it up and haven't looked back since. Been using Burb TV's since 95 with our first 2500 big block.
For us its the perfect TV. Has all the payload, room and comfort we could ask for....plus my co-pilot loves sharing driving with me.

Ask the selling dealer to do a VISS. Get the vin# and ask the Service Mgr.


Have them include all the underlined items under the above heading. That will include the build sheet with all options, all repairs done under warrantee, any repairs done if it was purchased with a GMPP service plan. A lot of good info included.

See if you can get them to install the oversize factory flaps all around, and the black moulded step boards.
Here's a photo of ours as purchased...had to add the flaps, and extended towing mirrors.

Note...when I did the VISS on ours, the build sheet specified the large towing mirrors but they weren't installed, so I had them done under warrantee.

POI....I got 15.1 mpg@55mph on the trip back from NC. Not too shabby for the 8.1 w/4.10's. Cross country towing averaged 11.1...

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:59 PM   #28
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Thanks for advice!

Cr ad was for 2wd - I need 4wd...movin on
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