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Old 04-09-2016, 05:27 PM   #15
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cadillac-Sev...m=272203919504

Not an SUV, but interesting. The only Caddie with a short stern. And it does have character. Pat
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Old 04-09-2016, 06:31 PM   #16
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Wow, what a tough question. I own a 1984 BJ60 with the 3.4L 4 cylinder diesel and I have towed full size trucks with it but holy to mergatroit was it slow and ponderous. The gassers are not much better and parts could be expensive if not hard to come by.

The Grand Wagoneer is a great choice but very heavy on gas with not a lot of power, hard on tires and brakes.

International Harvester made some great SUV's as well, that are a great size, but the 307 V8 is very low in power and parts could be hard to come by.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Internationa...m=281991413265

Vintage Suburbans are very big, almost too big.

The very best choice for me would be an ICON Landcruiser or Bronco; fantastic modern drivetrains but yet very simple vehicles that are true to their ancestors; however they are very, very pricey.

If it were me I would find a great custom shop and get a modern EFI crate engine into a IH Scout or Scout II. Find a modern Dana axle set with disc brakes all around and enjoy. Be prepared to spend almost as much, or more than a brand new vehicle to do the conversion properly.

At the end of the day you still won't have the reliability, comfort, parts availability, serviceability and safety that a modern vehicle has in spades over the ancients.......but I totally understand your dilemma.

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Old 04-11-2016, 04:05 PM   #17
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I would think an older Suburban might be good.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:44 PM   #18
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International Travelall... The old cornbinders have class...
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:45 AM   #19
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Yep the ones with the gas cap in the front fender.
The stance of the 4WD look so much as a world traveler.
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:07 AM   #20
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There's no problem cubic money can't solve! Dodge diesel PU chassis/running gear and '35 Ford cab with a stretch. Interior is late model Caddy. Set up for bumper pull or fifth wheel.
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:10 AM   #21
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Driving through town yesterday and saw one of the Chrysler minivans with the fake wood paneling. Looked like an interesting vintage alternative. But those vehicles were a bit light weight and had a beam axle. Maybe better solution is your choice in a good late model tow vehicle with an interesting wrap. Picture of a model T or a corvette or a woodie or a flintstone log would all be fun. Pat
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Have been happy towing our 1966 Tradewind with a 1969 Chevy C-10 pickup for the last 3 years of full-timing, though we are looking for a similar vintage Suburban for the convenience of a back seat. Suburbans came in 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton configurations, and many different drivetrain combinations. Decent fuel mileage is attainable with the right engine and gearing for your driving style. If you are accustomed to driving vintage, the noise level is one of the few drawbacks.
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You ride awaits......

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Old 04-20-2016, 08:24 PM   #24
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I can't believe the overwhelming response to this thread! I'd forgotten to check up on it and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for all of the great information, everyone. After reading through this, as well as some of our own research, it looks like we're probably looking for a newer SUV, sacrificing vintage appeal for modern comfort, technology, and safety. We're looking into a Grand Cherokee, but we'll see how that goes as time moves forward. We're still a ways away until we're done with Alice, so there's plenty of time to research! In the meantime, we created an Instagram account to act as a mini-blog (with hopefully a real blog to come soon) to chronicle our journey! Check us out if you'd like to see pictures! https://www.instagram.com/therivetedlife/
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The search for a Grand Cherokee as a TV will bring an equal amount of responses. Enjoy
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