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Old 07-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Diesel Suburban Lasted 2 Weeks...Sigh

I had it nailed, ya'll, found a diesel Suburban with 150,000 miles on it. Took me 8 weeks of hard searching.

Great two vehicle.

It got hit by a garbage truck last week, and she's a goner.

Back on the hunt, but don't have the time or energy to hunt down another one.

Someone please just indulge me - 24 ft. Airstream, little mountain driving - moderate budget - just tell me what to buy.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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Get a V10 Excursion. You can get them for less than $10k around here. Look hard and maybe you can find a 7.3L Diesel. You can get a used Excursion for half the price of a used full size pickup and they have the same running gear.

You might consider a van as well. E250-E350.

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Old 07-17-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Perry, thank-you.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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If a diesel Sub is still in your sights let talk.
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This was my tow till the engine failed. I got an Excursion but still put a new engine in her and now she is a third vehicle
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Sounds like HowieE has just the ticket for you. If I were looking I'd definitely contact HowieE.

If that doesn't work out for some reason, or you're just curious, check out the DuraBurbs built down in Florida. Here's a link to the thread that discusses the DuraBurbs:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/subs...n&folderid=all

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:42 PM   #6
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You know a diesel is overkill for a 24' airstream most any full size SUV can handle it, even some midsize ones.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:13 PM   #7
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I don't know the gross weight of your Argosy—but it shouldn't be over 5,000 lbs. and probably less. There's no need for a diesel. Any fairly new gas full sized pickup and many SUV's can easily handle that weight. Less maintenance, less purchase cost.

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #8
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Your trailer is around 3610# empty

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #9
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Get a V10 Excursion. You can get them for less than $10k around here. Look hard and maybe you can find a 7.3L Diesel. You can get a used Excursion for half the price of a used full size pickup and they have the same running gear.

You might consider a van as well. E250-E350.

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Old 07-17-2012, 05:30 PM   #10
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Vans Rule

I happen to be a van lover. Been towing with vans for over 18 years. I own a 2002 Chevy 3500 window van now. It has 196k on it and still runs great. I have towed over 8100 lbs trailers without any problem. Also my van has not needed any major repairs(Knock on Wood). The best thing about having a van is my kids sleep in the van and me and the wife sleep in the AS

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Old 07-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #11
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Honda Odyssey.

Go read all and everything on this forum and on the Net that Andrew T (Thomson) of CAN AM RV has written about minivans. Start here and go next to Hitch Hints.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:28 PM   #12
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I like vans as well but unless you want a cargo van they can be hard to find with seats in them.

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