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Old 06-25-2003, 10:39 AM   #15
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Suburban, Tahoe, Excursion and Expedition come to mind. All of course should have the proper tow gears, cooling, etc.

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Suburban, Tahoe, Excursion and Expedition come to mind. All of course should have the proper tow gears, cooling, etc.

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Let me also add in that the GMC and Chevy 3/4 ton passenger vans are also excellent tow vehicles....priced 15 to 20K less than their expensive SUV cousins.

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Suburban, Tahoe, Excursion and Expedition come to mind. All of course should have the proper tow gears, cooling, etc.

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I would add that you need to consider your usual towing location as well. I see you're in Colorado. If most of your towing is in the mountains, then I would definately recommend 4.11 gearing as opposed to 3.73s. Most of my towing is on the (relative) flatlands of the midwest, so I can get by with 3.73s for better gas mileage.

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110% correct on both counts boys (Jack and Roger)!

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Lightbulb Towing a 34 footer

Thankx folks for all your input! Double thankx for your input Kevin. I think I'll NOT dump the Bronco, however, my wife and I did purchase the 34' Excella which is in Deltaville, VA and we need to get it to Luverne, AL. Being that I'm not going to do it with the Bronco...any thoughts or info on how I can make this happen the week of 21 July? Thankx for all your help everyone!
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A friend bought a Silverado 2500 HD a couple of months ago to tow his 34-footer. 6.0L engine and 4.11 rear end. He reports that performance is excellent with this combination. He has a little more HP and a little less torque than his previous Burb. His only complaint is high engine RPM when not towing.
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High engine RPM when not towing
He has no objection to the RPM at his towing speed of about 60. What he doesn't like is the high RPM when deadheading at 70 or 75. His Burb with a 3.73 cruised at a lower RPM.
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A friend bought a Silverado 2500 HD a couple of months ago to tow his 34-footer. 6.0L engine and 4.11 rear end. He reports that performance is excellent with this combination. He has a little more HP and a little less torque than his previous Burb. His only complaint is high engine RPM when not towing.
I drive that same pickup. I almost didn't buy the Chevy because they didn't even offer it with the 3.73 gears that year (02)
I agree about my rpm being too high all the rest of the time.
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Thankx folks for all your input! Double thankx for your input Kevin. I think I'll NOT dump the Bronco, however, my wife and I did purchase the 34' Excella which is in Deltaville, VA and we need to get it to Luverne, AL. Being that I'm not going to do it with the Bronco...any thoughts or info on how I can make this happen the week of 21 July? Thankx for all your help everyone!
Hi again, Stan. First congratulations on your 34' trailer! Welcome to the wonderful world of Airstreamers!!!

Now regarding moving it... there's an old saying that you can move a train with a sewing machine motor if you gear it properly. You can, in fact, tow your 34' with your Bronco if you must. You just need to realize what is involved. Understand the physics of what can happen when nearly 10,000 lbs of trailer begins pushing around a 4000 lb short-wheelbase tow vehicle that is already inherently unstable and how quickly your situation can deteriorate. A lot depends on your hitch setup, you as a driver, and your brake controller's ability to respond. There are TONS of info on this forum regarding both, so I won't go there in this post.

All of our recommendations are to help you prevent a white knuckle and perhaps disasterous towing experience. But honestly, if you take it easy (read slow...), stay off the interstates, have a Hensley Arrow hitch, and you anticipate road hazards well in advance, you'll undoubtedly have a safe trip. Perhaps not a comfortable trip, but a safe delivery.

All of our comments are meant to help you be an informed and safe RV hauler.

The bottom line is that you CAN tow with your Bronco if you need to as long as you understand and drive within the vehicle's design limits, set it up properly for towing and are mindful of it's shortcomings. For peace of mind, for a regular recreational hauler I still wouldn't recommend it.

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Just traded up

I was in a similar situation. I had great F150 but was approaching max towing rating during a recent trade.
Just traded my Safari 25C for a Classic 30'. I then had to trade my F150 V8 5.4L Supercrew for a F250 SuperDuty V8 turbo diesel.
I should not have any problems towing and get better mileage.
It was tough convincing my wife that I had to trade trucks again, but well worth it. Don't go through all the trade that I have gone through. Pick a truck with proper engine, gear ratio, suspension, etc. that does not endanger you or others. Good luck!! Ron
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Hi, Stan!

Buy the trailer. Ditch the Bronco!

We pull a 34' trailer with a V10/3.73 Excursion Limited.

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Just curious: isn't the Excursion wheelbase a litttle short (based on recommendations I've seen elsewhere) for the 34-footer? I seem to remember this guideline - do I have it correct?:

111" for first 20' of trailer, and an additional 4" for each foot thereafter.

We, too, might like to consider the Excursion, but the stuff I found online shows its wheelbase as 137" - do I have that correct also?

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That's 110" for the first 20' of trailer on that rule of thumb.

Using it, I'd need a 170+" Crew Cab Long Bed to pull my 34'. I think that's overly conservative. If you want to use a formula like that, adding 3' for the tongue makes it more reasonable, i.e. a 23' trailer with 110" and 4" more wheelbase for each additional foot.

There's another rule of thumb from a guy who teaches RV towing... I forget his name. He says wheelbase should be at least half of the distance from the center of the ball coupler to the center of the rearmost axle. On my 34', that's 280", or 140" wheelbase.

I think the 137" of the Excursion is close enough to that, but I'd definitely want a Hensley or Pullrite. There's a guy on RV.net who's pulling a 40' travel trailer with an Excursion/Hensley, and he's also had it up to 85 mph and found it stable.
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Just curious: isn't the Excursion wheelbase a litttle short (based on recommendations I've seen elsewhere) for the 34-footer?
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Hi, Dave.

The Excursion may be a little short by the formulas, but it's the longest/heaviest SUV 4WD available on today's market. Not much out there for other choices if you don't want a truck. My garage won't accept anything longer than the Excursion either. I have a Reese Dual-cam with dual friction sway control that I'm not too excited about. I'll be moving to a Hensley eventually.

BTW, the Excursion handles the 34' very nicely, and gets 9.5 to 11 mpg towing, depending on wind conditions and terrain. I'm comfortable pulling the 34' with it.

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