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Old 06-16-2003, 08:36 PM   #15
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I found a list of SUVs ordered by their maximum towing capacity but the Ford Expedition is rated the highest at 8,900lbs. Whilst this may just cope with the largest Airstream, it's too close for comfort, or safety in my mind. Thought I'd share the link anyway in case somebody searches these forums looking for it.

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I wonder what carsdirect calls an Excursion? The towed rating for Excursion is 11,000 #'s and it's being discontinued. The king of SUV's.

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i have a 1 ton ford can pull, and still is quite manuverable.... of course then again.. i dont have to drive like a Californian.........norby....
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Old 06-17-2003, 09:42 AM   #18
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From the Chevrolet website on Suburbans:

"For heavy-duty towing, Suburban three-quarter-ton LT models feature a maximum trailering weight of 12,000 lbs.(2) when properly equipped with the available Big Block Vortec 8100 V8 engine."

I believe the one ton vans have a max of 10,000 lbs, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.

Looks like there are several choices beyond just a truck.

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This site has some great places if you can boondock. Even if you can't or don't want to rough it, it's an interesting site put together by an interesting gentleman called "Desert Dutch".
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Old 06-17-2003, 05:37 PM   #20
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Also look for camping books/info at Border's Books. There is one by I believe Foghorn that lists most all of the California private and public campgrounds. Also, the Auto Club publishes camping maps and books specific to areas such as California. All depends on what you want in the way of surroundings and amenities. I vote for national and state parks for the beauty, and generally more room. I live in Orange County and have taken my Bambi all over southern and northern California from the mountains to the desert to the sea. There are plenty of places to set up camp for a few days, weeks or (in private campgrounds) months.

But it seems you may be restricted to the southern California area for your girl friend's work. Still there are a ton of places in the local mountains, desert, coast (Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, etc.) which would work.
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Perchance, you do decide to haul one rather then drive it.
On the West coast, you have this place to look for a decent tow~
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Originally posted by j54mark
From the Chevrolet website on Suburbans:

I believe the one ton vans have a max of 10,000 lbs, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.

The best towing capacity for the 2003 GM full sized van is 9,900 lbs with the 3/4 ton (2500) van. You order the Vortec 6000 engine and 4.10 rear axle. I did the research before purchasing my new GMC Savana. No diesel or larger engine available. The one ton van actually has less towing capacity.

All in all its quite a value compared to the price of an equivalent Suburban. With current rebates and dealer invoice pricing you can pick one up for about $27,000.

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My brotherinlaw regularly traverses the country from Tucson Az to East coast and has a 31 foot Motorhome. However, as soon as the warranty runs out , he gets a another as out of warranty repairs are terrible. The last one he had was a 200 mile tow and 1500 bucks to repair a gas tank sender. You do not want to think of maintenance and repair on older motorhome.

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some thoughts, maybe repeats

Paulus, you might want to get a Woodall's book, about 20-30 dollars. It saved our skin this winter when we didn't like a CG we planned to stay in while in Florida.

I agree with the arguments for a TT over a MH, less mechanicals to deal with.

With a 34' trailer you want to look for something large to tow with but be aware of the gearing. Our '98 1/2 ton Suburban was only rated for 5000 lbs due to the rear end gearing. Towed 4500 miles with an Excursion and loved every minute of it except the semi sucking that happened. A better hitch would alleviate that and there are many opinions on that issue. We went with a Hensley Arrow after we got back. Haven't towed with it yet but backing up into the drive is incredibly easier. (I don't intend to start a hitch discussion here !)

Keep asking for advice and base your decision on what suits you best.

Good luck.

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