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Old 11-04-2008, 10:42 PM   #29
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IIRC, our 28' CCD goes 7300# fully loaded to the max. Following the 80% "rule", I always figured the new Sequoia would be pushing the comfort zone.

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80% would be 7600# so you would be under the your rule... It wont' tow like the suburban, (speed wise) But it handles better than the Nissan and has more torque... over 400 foot lbs... and 372 hp.. (from what I have read)

But it's up to you..... Maybe go a look at one... We like a lot of the features it has... Lots of storage places (unlike the burb) lock the center dif. for if you really get stuck... All seats fold flat 60-40 3rd row split 40-20-40 2nd row spilt... Built in desk on front passenger seat if you sit in second row... It has a lot of cool features...
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:33 PM   #30
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Wow! Towing a TT that size with the Armada? I guess when you're towing in the "lowcountry" it's probably okay.

I worry about pulling in the "mountains" of West Texas with only 9100# of rating.

But a test drive may be in order.
Rich Luhr (Airstream Life) tows his 30' Bunkhouse with his Armada....
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:45 PM   #31
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Rich Luhr (Airstream Life) tows his 30' Bunkhouse with his Armada....
Really?! Wow, that's pretty impressive.

I wonder what kind of cargo carrying capacity those SUVs have? (Googling it now.)

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:47 PM   #32
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80% would be 7600# so you would be under the your rule... It wont' tow like the suburban, (speed wise) But it handles better than the Nissan and has more torque... over 400 foot lbs... and 372 hp.. (from what I have read)

But it's up to you..... Maybe go a look at one... We like a lot of the features it has... Lots of storage places (unlike the burb) lock the center dif. for if you really get stuck... All seats fold flat 60-40 3rd row split 40-20-40 2nd row spilt... Built in desk on front passenger seat if you sit in second row... It has a lot of cool features...

My folks have a Sequoia and it's a sweet vehicle. I'll check out the specs and see about a test drive. (Think they'd let me do a "test tow?")
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Before I leased our 08 f150, I looked at a company called sportsmobile. You can custom order vans anyway you want, and I mean anyway with a dodge sprinter diesel or ford and chev both 250 and 350 series, diesel or gas. Really neat website that allows you to create a full class b motorhome, or just a great day trip/ tow vehicle. It maybe my next choice as I am crossing the country 4 time/year and having a full bed/small bathroom/tow vehicle when not towing and letting my wife do the driving is next on the list indeed. I just wish they would lease them. Sportsmobile Custom Camper Vans - Your Home Away From Home
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:12 PM   #34
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I am surrprised about your towing experience with your F250. I am guessing you have a 3.55 axle ratio. That was a problem with that configuration. I have 4.10 I have no problem with 12000lbs. The new 5.4 ltr also is a 3v per cylinder and 6 speed automatic tranny.

With oil prices as volitale as they have been, I dont know if I would buy a diesel, diesel is very close to home heating oil , along with commercial transportation/fuel sure charges, It wouldnt make much sense to drop the price like gas.

When it comes to tow vehicles, I also couldnt imagine wasting time with a foreign Toyota/ nissan ect unit. I would consider German now. But the quality and longevity of the Toyota's and Nissans isnt there. I am not talking about camry or carrolla. I wouldnt buy one of them either, but I am talking tow vehicles.

I have tested them and would tell you or anyone else to do the same in real world testing. Dont be to immpressed with a over marketed product. The good stuff markets itself. The garbage needs to be rolled out over and over again to convince everyone.

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Old 11-08-2008, 07:18 PM   #35
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I am surrprised about your towing experience with your F250. I am guessing you have a 3.55 axle ratio. That was a problem with that configuration. I have 4.10 I have no problem with 12000lbs. The new 5.4 ltr also is a 3v per cylinder and 6 speed automatic tranny.

With oil prices as volitale as they have been, I dont know if I would buy a diesel, diesel is very close to home heating oil , along with commercial transportation/fuel sure charges, It wouldnt make much sense to drop the price like gas.

When it comes to tow vehicles, I also couldnt imagine wasting time with a foreign Toyota/ nissan ect unit. I would consider German now. But the quality and longevity of the Toyota's and Nissans isnt there. I am not talking about camry or carrolla. I wouldnt buy one of them either, but I am talking tow vehicles.

I have tested them and would tell you or anyone else to do the same in real world testing. Dont be to immpressed with a over marketed product. The good stuff markets itself. The garbage needs to be rolled out over and over again to convince everyone.

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He has a 2000 F250, it is a 2 valve per cylinder engine and it has an E4OD transmission, which is a 4 speed. John
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Well, I test drove a diesel Excursion (2002), a V-10 Excursion (2003) and a 2005 Suburban 2500 with the 8.1L gas engine.

Now, I wasn't towing, but I think I'm leaning towards the diesel Excursion.
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Really?! Wow, that's pretty impressive.

I wonder what kind of cargo carrying capacity those SUVs have? (Googling it now.)

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:54 AM   #38
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Okay, okay! I'll go test drive the Armada already!

Seriously, if that combination works for my 28' CCD, I'd be a very happy man.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:40 AM   #39
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I think U would be well satisfied with the Excursion. Please don't trade Fuel mileage for safety. A testament to safety . Search here for the thread from thecatandsandi He got hit by another vehicle and managed to maintain control and bring the Rig to a stop. He has a heavy tow vehicle.Check it out.
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Just got back from breakfast with the wife, and spent a few minutes looking over an Armada in the parking lot. Looks good, and like the size, but I have to admit, some of the components (brakes, frame, etc.) just don't quite seem "heavy-duty" enough for me. I guess I've come to understand the philosophy many on this site have, which is it's better to have more TV than you need than to need more TV than you have. After all, when you find out you don't have enough TV, it's usually in a situation that could go from bad to dangerous to downright deadly.

So, I'm still leaning towards the diesel Excursion (which I also like 'cause I can run biodiesel in it).

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He has a 2000 F250, it is a 2 valve per cylinder engine and it has an E4OD transmission, which is a 4 speed. John
That is why I mentioned the new 3 v per cylinder
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I think you will very well and have many good, enjoyable, safe trips with the Excursion.

I agree the toyota's are tin cans. Nissan isnt any better
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