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Old 02-28-2006, 09:38 AM   #15
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So true..

JR,
I was impressed with the time and accuracy of the info put together by Canoe Stream for you. I've towed with a 3/4 GMC Suburban for years and, quite frankly, it's one of the better ways to go. The Dodge Mega 3/4 truck, with the diesel, is gonna meet all of your current needs as well as anything in the future that you'll run up against.
I won't mention names but, I personally know a family that has the very same setup as you. Plus the family numbers. They're currently using a 1/2 Suburban for their towing vehicle and, it's so overloaded it scares the heck outta of me. The tires on the Suburban are way overloaded in addition.
In the short time that they've had this, the xmission is beginning to go as well. They know all of this and, I suspect, are planning on a new replacement soon. Point made: Safety is and should always be the prime consideration here when you're dealing with family.
Good Luck to you and the family~
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Old 03-04-2006, 10:07 PM   #16
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Ok, I've gone all out for you guys!

Being a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing to excess, today I bought an 04 Ford Excustion Diesel to tow the 28'... it's a real rig, and we love it so far. Should have no worries pulling it now. Thanks again for all of your advice!
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Being a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing to excess, today I bought an 04 Ford Excustion Diesel to tow the 28'... it's a real rig, and we love it so far. Should have no worries pulling it now. Thanks again for all of your advice!
way to go rosie.....

i haven't heard of the excustion model....

but if it's anything like the 250 superduty...

with the 6 liter diesel you will love it...

and they pull airstreams like butta'...

show us pictures please!!

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(i know you mean an excursion....i couldn't rezzzzzzzst)
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Old 03-04-2006, 10:24 PM   #18
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Good show J.R.! You are a person of redeemed thought and great practicality. Please come back and post often about your adventures!
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yukon do it

I have a 99 Yukon and couldn't be happier... it's so easy to tow with this vehicle I can't say enough. I don't even use a weight distrabution hitch or a sway control... however I would prefer to use a pickup and this last month I purchased a dodge crew cab to try as a substitute... I havn't been able to tow the trailer with it yet as I'm having some issues with the new axle purchased last year... ( more on this later ) but just towing it around the block I noticed some bounce not present with the yukon. good luck with your search and don't be afraid of the suv its weight distrabution and short distance from rear axle to tow hitch is very nice to tow with...
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oops page 2,
you already purchased a ford oil burner ... didn't see that ... that was a good choice... very nice... should have checked page 2 befor I chimed in with my .o2 cents you should be very comfortable with that rig...
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gotair -- What is your Argosy length? Yukon should be okay for some but I had to switch out tow vehicles with a 25' new Safari -- 1200# heavier empty than my 24' Argo!!! J.R. is intending to tow a 28, so he did the right thing.

Love that hill country J.R. Just don't let anyone mistake your Airstream for a deer!!!
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:29 AM   #22
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You could easily meet your payload needs by going with a 3/4 ton Yukon XL, or a 3/4 ton Suburban. I don't believe the Denali model or the Escalade comes in a 3/4 ton. But you can really dress up a 3/4 ton Suburban or Yukon XL with leather, DVD player, and lots of other goodies to make it a very comfortable SUV. Mike
Yep, I hear of too many people looking for a TV that will just make the grade for towing their trailer. They forget how many people will be riding in the vehicle and how much stuff will be packed in it. They also forget what the real weight of the trailer will be when fully loaded. You know, I'd rather have more than that 10-15% buffer and as pointed out earlier, the 3/4 ton has a beefier braking system among other things.

While not on many people's minds, I'm sure there are plush interiors of vehicle sitting in junk yards that can be used to upgrade a vehicle to the status you want. It just takes timing it right to get one before someone else does or weather takes it's toll.
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Thanks all - got so excited that I misspelled Excursion. Anyway, just installed a prodigy brake control, Sirius radio, and a rear camera with the LCD in rear view mirror...heading out to Florida this weekend, should be fun. Thanks, ya'll. JR
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gotair -- What is your Argosy length? Yukon should be okay for some but I had to switch out tow vehicles with a 25' new Safari -- 1200# heavier empty than my 24' Argo!!! J.R. is intending to tow a 28, so he did the right thing.

Love that hill country J.R. Just don't let anyone mistake your Airstream for a deer!!!
My argosy is a 20 footer and its 3.ooo lbs empty and it has a single axle...
the ride with the Yukon seams better than the truck...although I realy havnt been anywhere with it yet... the truck exhibit's some bounce that I dont get with the Yukon.
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I'd fully agree that a Yukon for the Argosy mentioned would be fine, but plug that into the equation of the thread starter (a 28' CCD) and I think that would not be the best choice tow vehicle IMHO.
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