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Old 03-07-2014, 08:03 AM   #1
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No 3/4 ton SUVs on the market anymore?

Yukon/suburbon 2500 is discontinued

Excursion is discontinued

What else is there?
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:07 AM   #2
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Nothing that I am aware of in the 3/4 ton range.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:32 AM   #3
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With CAFE and EPA mileage regs on the horizon, 3/4 ton SUV's present some issues to manufacturers trying to comply with these new rules.
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Actually, 3/4 tons (>8600# GVWR) are excluded from CAFE regs.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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Yea, Tow vehicle wise options are very limited for large rigs compared to 3 or 4 years ago. I think this will create a problem in the future for towing and probably a big reason why Thor purchased live n lite. Airstreams and other trailers will probably start getting produced closer to those in Europe with much less weight
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The choices in new vehicles for towing 30'+ trailers are now:

a) Pickup trucks.
b) Full-size vans, possibly including a Quigley 4x4 conversion.
c) The Nissan Armada 4x4, which has a 9,000 pound rated towing capacity
d) The Yukon Denali XL, which has a 7,800 pound rated towing capacity.
e) Use of aftermarket modifications to improve towing capabilities.

The Armada and the Yukon both have payload limits such that the vehicle would be overweight with the combination of typical 30' trailer tongue weights and driver plus 5 passengers.

I'm hoping that Chevrolet will release a 3/4 ton 'burb at some future point.
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As we're discussing in another thread, the 3/4 is gone but the towing and load rating of the 1/2 tons has gone up... not to the same level as the 3/4 but some. I think my 2012 3/4 ton is rated for 9,800 lbs towing and 2,200 lbs load (or something like that) and the new 1/2 ton is in the 8,000 and 1,700 range. Yes, that's less, but it puts the new 1/2 in the range to tow a 27" Airstream.

All that said, it's a damn shame that the 3/4s are going the way of the dodo; for someone who wants to tow while transporting a medium sized family and may encounter a situation where 4wd is necessary there are NO good options for new cars anymore.
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The choices in new vehicles for towing 30'+ trailers are now:

a) Pickup trucks.
b) Full-size vans, possibly including a Quigley 4x4 conversion.
c) The Nissan Armada 4x4, which has a 9,000 pound rated towing capacity
d) The Yukon Denali XL, which has a 7,800 pound rated towing capacity.
e) Use of aftermarket modifications to improve towing capabilities.

The Armada and the Yukon both have payload limits such that the vehicle would be overweight with the combination of typical 30' trailer tongue weights and driver plus 5 passengers.

I'm hoping that Chevrolet will release a 3/4 ton 'burb at some future point.

Also, Ford Expedition has a tow rating of 8700 to 9200 depending on configuration (2WD vs 4WD and extended body length or not).
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I would imagine the low demand of the 3/4 Suburban is at least somewhat due to the evolution of 3/4 pickups. Now with good seating, relatively comfortable ride, luxurious options, well-designed bed shells to protect cargo and diesel engine option. Unless you prefer the shorter wheelbase or need the extra seating the newer "soft" 3/4 pickups do well.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:07 AM   #10
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My version - Cummins powered 4x4 4-Door truck with leather, Alpine stereo, Nav (all the comfy objects) and ARE topper with bed rug liner.

As my doggie is in the cab with me, like keeping my "stuff" in the bed isolated from the cab - a bonus to me over a SUV.
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Pickups have been reduced to a glorified car with the short beds and all. They are basically SUV's with no roof on the back and a pickup with no cargo capacity. I wonder if this will spur a truck to SUV customization industry.

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As is being discussed in a similar thread, the new 1/2 tons may be able to pull (and stop) more than before, but the payload limitations remain. For many this is an equally critical spec.
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Not having 4WD is a real issue for me. I've used it plenty of times towing and not. Other than that, the E-350 is a very capable TV except for it's integrated brake controller. There's no electric/hydraulic setting.

And, it's also discontinued.

Guess I'm going to need to keep my SuperBurb alive/in-service for a lot longer than I anticipated.
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I presume this is more than you're looking for

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