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Old 07-21-2009, 06:10 PM   #29
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(My wife uses the strap-hanger to get up and into the diesel Ram. With my back -- and height -- I used same to maneuver BOTH into and out of her low-slung Lexus).

Ironies abound.

Guess we'll all have to go back to the 1976 Cadillac my Dad used to tow for over 12-years and 190,000 miles (8,000-lb GVWR Silver Streak). No lack for room, exit or egress.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:27 PM   #30
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I keep trying to imagine how you'd mount a swim tank in the cab of the tow vehicle...
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:38 PM   #31
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Anyway, my BIL and his wife each have a DTS and I had a chance to drive one of them. It was nice in every way. Impressive handling, comfort, performance. They have it all.
Just want to third this - I've spent a lot of time in recent Cadillac DTSs. The interior materials and fit and finish might not rival the Lexus LS, but the quiet and ride sure does. A Buick Lucerne CXS/Super (the one with the Northstar and the Magnaride suspension) is really close too (same platform) and will likely cost a bit less. Like Andy T. said, these are deals on the used market.

Got to say though, the Avalanche has one of the best rides of any truck. Then again, I've driven 1/2-ton Avalanches without the Z71 off-road package, which is probably the best combo (even without Autoride.)

One more thing - someone earlier mentioned a BMW X5. The first-generation ones ride decently, the newer versions have a choppy ride.

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Old 07-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #32
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Hi Tom

I agree about the 1/2 ton avalanch having a smooth ride but Pat's is a 3/4 since it has the 8.1 Litre. Even on the 1/2 ton I find the live axle tends to send a thump through the chassis when towing. I don't find I experience that on vehicles with less unsprung weight.

I like the specs on the Lucern as well but I have not towed with one as yet.

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Old 07-21-2009, 08:23 PM   #33
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I keep trying to imagine how you'd mount a swim tank in the cab of the tow vehicle...
You put it in the bed, silly.

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Old 07-22-2009, 06:22 AM   #34
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I can't give you advice about a vehicle, but maybe I am able to help with his back. I am not a doctor but I was involved with swimming for over 30 years. Over the years no matter what pool I worked for we always had many adults of all ages and sizes coming to swim. My personal feeling is nothing out there works as well as swimming. Swimming works all those muscles around the injured area in your back. They end up taking over for the bad vertebrate, muscles, and nerves. I have heard years of testimony of the benefits of doing laps in a pool. The last person I watched cured himself from swimming at the time of my getting out of the competetive sport. He was in his late 50's and he wrecked his Harley Davidson. He was really messed up. Shoulder, legs, back and neck. As soon as he could get in the water he did. It took him six months but the results were great. He said it was the swimming that helped him.
Have him try water aerobics first then work slowly into laps.
Ask your husband to give it a try.
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If swimming causes more pain then at least just set in the water, once in the water there is Zero gravity on the spine and thus takes the pressure off and allows healing as well as time for the muscles to relax better.

I know with my conditions the movement of swimming actually irritates the nerves that are pinched, but just sitting in the pool or the jacoozy does help to relax the muscles. Evertime we are near a pool my wife stays on me until I give in and join her, most of the time I do feel better.

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What is the rated towing capacity for the DTS?
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:37 AM   #36
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It is 1000 or 2000 pounds which just tells you they don't want to bother with it. They don't perceive that a tow rating will help the sales of DTS's so they don't give it one. However you can add a couple of thousand pounds to it and stretch it into a limo.

It does perform and handle very nicely, the northstar engine has lots of power and because it does not take a lot of power to push the car along there is lots left over to pull the Airstream.

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Old 07-24-2009, 05:48 AM   #37
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However you can add a couple of thousand pounds to it and stretch it into a limo.

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That is the truth! We see it all the time here in Niagara where stretched vehicles of all sorts are cruising down the QEW to the Casino.

This one has at least 2 to 3,000lbs of added structure weight and that is before they pile in the multitude of passengers and luggage.
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I have a 2005 Ridgeline and it is all truck in power but has the most comfortable suspension and seats I have ever sat in. I agree that seats are most important but the suspension is as important. The Honda is 110% for a TV and has no compromises in the comfort area. It looks like a truck, acts like a truck but is as comfortable as a Cadillac Sedan.
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I have a 2005 Ridgeline and it is all truck in power but has the most comfortable suspension and seats I have ever sat in. I agree that seats are most important but the suspension is as important. The Honda is 110% for a TV and has no compromises in the comfort area. It looks like a truck, acts like a truck but is as comfortable as a Cadillac Sedan.
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The same things that work well on the Cadillac work on the Ridgeline the independent rear suspension and a rigid body structure. The caddie does have a lot more power and considerably better fuel economy. The Ridgeline has 4wd.

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Rides like a dream. Car will tow 6000lbs the way it's set up right now. Has only 78k miles. LT-1 engine 290HP 320torq. tow package.
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I'm looking at buying a 23 or 25' Flying Cloud FB. I have a 2008 Chevy Avalanche LTZ. Is this tow vehicle sufficient for this type A/S.
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