Originally Posted by Fishboy
Its me again with another newbie question. Having recently bought a 63 overlander I am wondering if anyone is towing one, or one of equal weight with a 1500 series 94-97 Suburban? 350cid motor, tow package and a decent weight distributing tow hitch set up. Any and all comme3nts will be greatly appreciated. Fishboy
Wow, this is freaky....your querie resembles my tow rig of last year...a 63 Overlander with a 97 2wd Suburban 1500. I would still have this vehicle if I hadn't totalled it on a 2-lane mountain road due to it's ridiculous brakes, and perhaps due to my poor driving skills.
In any event, my experience towing with this vehicle was excellent. It took me a little while to get used to the higher rpm ( towed with a 5.9l Dodge before). But, it was a healthy and well kept truck until the bitter end.
177000 miles, one transmission replacement ( $ 2500), and a GM sponsored fuel injector replacement were the only major issues.
Fuel consumption towing my 5200lb Overlander was around 12.5mpg towing, and between 14 and 17.5 mpg solo.
Only once did the fuel mileage drop to below 10mpg, and that was going west on I-40 at high elevation, into strong headwinds. It dropped to around 10mpg.
In any event, I often wish I still had this truck, and not only because of the fact that it was paid for.
I replaced it with a 2007 half ton 2wd Suburban. The 07 handles substantially better, has real brakes, and is far superior in all aspects other than bodywork. But the 07 had character was better built, and was more rugged.
I can't speak for all instances, but for regular towing anywhere in teh continental US, this truck should serve you very well.
Wolf creek pass exceeds 10000feet, and crossing it with the 97 and my 71 TradeWind never made it drop below 40mph. Many cars went up the grades slower than that....