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Old 01-13-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle help!

I am still looking to upgrade my tow vehicle. After months of test drives and research, I have determined that the 2014 Silverado or Sierra 1500 5.3 liter engine with the Max tow package and the 3.73 rear end would be perfect for my towing needs. However, I have come to the conclusion that I don't want a pickup and want too stay with a SUV similar to my Suburban. The problem is, as I see it, nothing currently being built is significantly better from a towing perspective that what I currently have (2011 Suburban LT 1500). I just started looking at the 2014 Dodge Durango. The 8 speed transmission combined with the Hemi is interesting. However, it appears that the towing package from Dodge includes a 3.09 rear end. So, my question, does anyone have experience with this vehicle as a TV? And, can anyone suggest an SUV alternative to the Suburban that would give me a similar improvement to the Silverado with the 5.3 engine and 3.73 rear end? By the way, I'm pulling a new 27'International.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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Well... GM has killed the 2500 model ("3/4 Ton") Suburban's (Chevy and GMC) so the standard 1500 model is pretty much all that exists in new large SUV's.. Durango and equivalent Jeep or large Lexus/Toyota or Taureg/Cayenne are all shorter wheelbase, with potential loading and tongue weight issues, though many are towing 25's and 27's with them.. (Search here for those names...). I am not sure if Ford has killed the EL version of the Expedition, but the independent rear end made it less popular tow vehicle, according to posters here... As more trucks get wrapped into EPA Mileage requirements, large towing is going to be restricted to crew cab pickup trucks, which you could put permanent matching shell on to protect stuff...
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What is it about the Suburban that you find lacking for towing a 27' Airstream?
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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A couple of things. One, I took it into the hills between Kerrville and Bandera a few months ago and wasn't happy with the engine performance. Two, I watched my transmission temperature jump to over 200 degrees. I don't see it lasting very long with that kind of strain. Would really like to take some further trips out of Texas but don't know that I will feel comfortable doing so.
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Hi Pat,

A couple thoughts from here....

First, you can get the 6.2 liter engine (400HP) in a Yukon Denali, short or long wheelbase. That will give you some more get-up-and-go.

Second, you can add an additional transmission cooler. I have a Yukon Denali, and I have seen my tranny temp get to 235 climbing to the continental divide in Colorado (I pulled over at that point). I am thinking about adding a cooler before summer. eTrailer.com sells kits, and they have a video showing to to install it in a Suburban.

Here's the eTrailer link: Installation of a Transmission Cooler on a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado - etrailer.com - YouTube
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