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Old 04-07-2013, 08:16 AM   #15
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Having 4 kids makes selection of a TV more difficult. My first recommendation would be to talk to Andy at Can Am and see what he recommends.

I would probably either go with a 6 passenger truck with a cap over the bed, or go with a used full size van. Vans are not very popular now, so they depreciate quickly. It would be your best value by far.

Good luck, Dan

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:32 AM   #16
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I would highly recommend against an Excursion.
Performance, ergonomics, tow capacity are all below average to poor.
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2500 Suburban or E-350, IMHO is your best choice. Both offer good performance, excellent cargo, and more than enough tow capacity.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:20 AM   #17
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We tow our 31' Airstream with a 2004 Suburban 1500. We have 4 teenage boys. Depending on your budget try to find one with the 6 speed automatic transmission, tow package with transmission cooler. The 1500 with the 4 speed transmission doesn't do well on steep hills. Be sure to check out the reviews if you go with a Ford. They had a poor engine that has alot of problems. Not sure which one, I have just heard to stay away from that engine.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:08 AM   #18
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I agree with the earlier post re the 7.3L Ford. We have a 2002 F250 (bought it new) and towed a fifth wheel for years before trading it for our 2012 30ft FC last year. Truck has plenty of power for the AS and with the 7.3L engine, is considered one of the more reliable TV's around. Would recommend you consider this among your candidates. Good luck.

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:21 PM   #19
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We are still at a stand still. There is much talk going both ways, well all ways We are thinking of the 3/4 ton Chevy Suburban, but sometimes have a hard time deciding if it is a 1/2 or 3/4 ton... is the LT 3/4 ton, or... or the Z one? But the 7.3L Excursion seems like a candidate too... they just seem so huge! I really don't want to go overkill!
How about you Suburban owners... are the newer 3/4 tons worth the money??

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