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Old 10-04-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Where have all the good Tow Vehicles gone?

I just bought a 30' Airstream Bunkhouse, I have 4 kids and lots of stuff. They stopped making Excursions in 2005 and stopped making the 3/4 ton Suburban in 2013. What's a family guy like me to do? Ever drive with 4 kids jammed in a pickup? I have a diesel Excursion now but it won't last forever. I know there are conversion companies but that's seems a bit extreme. It's surprising there are no big SUVs left up for the task. 3/4 ton with diesel that is.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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I hear ya. It's all about demand. As I remember the demand for 3/4 ton suburbans was down to 2500 per year. If GM can't make any profit then it's history.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:44 PM   #3
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I think I''ll have my 96 Suburban forever. I dont want a pickup. Its easier to load stuff with the barn doors.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #4
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There's two kinds of SUV owners in this world.

Those who love Barn Doors, and those who haven't had them yet.
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Loved the barn 1/3-2/3 doors on my Toyota Landcruiser.

If you need a sweet tow vehicle with room for the chiclets.....

2014 Mercedes Benz Unimog U 5023 Crew Cab Photo #17 - #394076 - Automobile Magazine

Will pull 1000 metric tonnes.

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I would also include the heavy duty vans like the Ford E-350. There was a time when it was available with the diesel. It pulled our Airstream nicely, and had lots and lots of interior room. It had short overhangs and a 138" wheelbase. It had a nice towing package. And it had barn doors!

On the down side was the foot room in the front seats. The dog house and wheel wells encroached significantly on foot room.

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Agree. I'll keep my 1999 c2500 "barn door" as long as it will let me.

I do wish for a little smother ride when it's not loaded down but I'll put up with it.
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4 door pickup trucks are just SUVs chopped off without the 3rd seat which are useless away.
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You are obviously in the majority thus the demise of the 3/4 ton SUV. But some of us don't see the advantage of a pickup truck.
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How about a Sprinter?
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You know, we used to tow with some pretty marginal stuff, like 1970 station wagons.

I hear over and over again that we are towing with vehicles way to big and stiff, like one ton pick ups in my case. This can damage the fragile and flexible Airstream. CanAm in London, OT sure has me wondering why we need these big tow vehicles. Andy T likes the Jaguar sedans.

So is a Ford Flex an option? It would have the room for a big family.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:49 PM   #12
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There's a reason why the owners of the old diesel Suburbans and Excursions love there vehicles so dearly.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:58 PM   #13
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Probably a full size van is the way to go. Problem is they don't make very many for passenger use because you really need and want a crossover, at least that is what they are forcing on us. I guess I will worry about this in 10-20 yrs when my Excursion wears out.

The Expedition with the tow package is about 9000 lbs towing capacity.

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Consider remanufacturing your EX should that become necessary.
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