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Old 08-25-2014, 02:18 AM   #1
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Should I sell my Suburban and buy a Tundra?

Hello friends,

I've been towing my 31' airstream with my 92 754 7.4L V8 Suburban with bank power converter, but.... I've had my eye on a new vehicle and I was considering purchasing the 5.7 V8 toyota tundra.

Should I do this or is it an awful idea? Will I regret not having the extra power or will I not even notice?

Any tundra owners out there?


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Old 08-25-2014, 02:59 AM   #2
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What is the weight of your trailer? How about the tongue weight?

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Old 08-25-2014, 03:37 AM   #3
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You didn't tell us if it's a 1/2 or 3/4 ton suburban.
The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:26 AM   #4
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My opinion is you should keep the Suburban. Trust me you'll miss the extra power, and it's a heavier vehicle, so it's more stable and safe. Besides that you can't beat a giant station wagon for comfort and room.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:43 AM   #5
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Is the Suburban a daily driver? How many miles on it? According to your profile you have a vintage AS so it is a good bit lighter than than the newer ones.

I prefer to keep my older lightly used vehicles for a loooong time. Current one is a 1996 F350 PSD CC DRW with only 148,000 miles on it. Don't see that one leaving anytime soon.

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:28 AM   #6
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If the sub is a three quarter ton, keep it. Use what you may loose by trading to keep it in great shape. Jim
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:35 AM   #7
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Tundra is a really nice truck. Be sure to get the one with full roll down rear window. My favorite feature-- if you do decide to switch.

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:11 AM   #8
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Sorry guys it's a 3/4ton
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:46 AM   #9
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They don't even make the 3/4 ton Suburbans anymore. Keep it if is't reliable. I have a 1999 C2500 454 Suburban w/ 105k miles and love it. The ride's a little stiff when you don't have it loaded down but other than that you can't beat it. The 454 is a beast and the heavy duty transmission will never let you down. The brakes have always been the weak link but I recently changed out the proportioning valve a put in the bigger rear shoes and it's much better.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:53 PM   #10
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the difference in price of a new, which i never buy, and what you have will buy a LOT of gas.. unless the thing is just falling apart you are dollars better off keeping it.. spend the money on upgrades of engine, trans and other running gear stuff..

the urge is great and the new tundras look nice but resist the urge to purge..

keep the girl you got it always cheaper .. unless money is not a object..
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:30 AM   #11
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I towed a new 25' flying cloud with my 5.7L V8 Tundra. Pretty heavy trailer but probably not as heavy as your 31'. It towed with no issues whatsoever. Solid and legit. One problem I have with the Tundra is the fuel tank size ... it's only 20-23 gal (or something small like that). The range is horrible. You will miss your massive fuel tank(s) on the suburban. You can replace the Tundra tank with an aftermarket 40 gal+ tank but only in certain states (California - where I live - not being one of them). Tundra is awesome truck, super reliable, rides like car, and great overall. For your 31' though, I'd probably stick with the suburban. When Toyota makes a true 3/4 ton diesel (probably will be a reality in the next few years) then it will be a real truck and a no brainer.

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