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Old 10-27-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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Gas or Diesel? If gas and weíll maintained it prob ok
If Diesel and well maintained itís just getting started.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:08 AM   #3
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Taking stock before we went to Alaska this year:

218,000 miles and 12 years on the TV
30 year old Airstream
Both occupants past 75.

What could go wrong?

Nothing did. It was a fine trip.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:14 AM   #4
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I am going to have to admit to stirring the pot a little with my original post.

I would tow my trailer anywhere with my high mileage tow vehicle without trepidation. LOL
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Gas or Diesel? If gas and weíll maintained it prob ok
If Diesel and well maintained itís just getting started.

The check engine light?.............


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Old 10-27-2018, 10:06 AM   #6
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I am going to have to admit to stirring the pot a little with my original post.

I would tow my trailer anywhere with my high mileage tow vehicle without trepidation. LOL
Nothing a little black electrician's tape won't take care of.
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"I am going to have to admit to stirring the pot a little with my original post."

We know that.
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:47 AM   #8
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Here is my read on this issue. I have always maintained two tow vehicles to use with my Airstream. Right now I have a 2018 Duramax pick-up and a 2005 3/4 ton Suburban. This old suburban has nearly 180,000 miles on it.

The engine and transmission on the Suburban run just fine without any problems. It is all of the ancillary systems that break down, one after another. Within the last couple of years we have replaced or repaired the starter, the brake lines, the alternator, a power window motor, air conditioning control module, air bag sensor unit, dash board gauge rebuild, headlight control switch, two door latches, and both hinges on the rear gate glass.

We use the old Suburban for our winter Airstream trips. Unfortunately, many of the failures mentioned above have happened while we are on a trip. This has made us a little gun shy about continued use of the Suburban as a tow vehicle.

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Old 10-27-2018, 10:49 AM   #9
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On any vehicle, the question of "how well maintained?" is at least as important as this or that number of miles or years. Nobody ever thinks they do a bad job of keeping a vehicle in shape ..... half of them are below average at doing so ...

Also important is just how lucky you happen to have been with this or that vehicle. Some vehicles do better than others. If you are into the "major rebuild of this ..." every year phase .... might not be a good sign. Some vehicles hit that phase a lot earlier than others (regardless of make / model / year / engine).

To me the deciding point is as likely to be financial / time as anything else. If it's costing me significant money to keep on the road *and* that's taking up a lot of time I could be drinking beer .... time to trade it in.

So very much a "that depends" sort of thing.

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How many fuel pumps has it had? Mine had 4, two transmissions and the speedometer started to act up. 325,000 miles on it now, still going strong.
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Old 10-27-2018, 04:53 PM   #11
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Itís on itís third fuel pump, I rebuilt the gauge cluster two years ago and the transmission earlier this year. Five years ago I ďupgradedĒ the engine from a 5.3 to a 6.0. All window regulators have been replaced, the a/c blower motor and itís associated resistor and pigtail. A new master cylinder and rear brake shoes earlier this week. I think thatís about it though.

The replacement fuel pumps arenít nearly as good as the OEM pumps, even when I buy Delco...
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Old 10-27-2018, 05:38 PM   #12
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Too many miles for a TV?

Guess Iíve been lucky - very well maintained - original owner 2002 3:4 ton avalanche 208000 miles Iíve only replaced water pump alt and fuel pumps - all maint items none failed :-)
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Old 10-27-2018, 05:51 PM   #13
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Guess Iíve been lucky - very well maintained - original owner 2002 3:4 ton avalanche 208000 miles Iíve only replaced water pump alt and fuel pumps - all maint items none failed :-)


I had forgotten about the water pump and a starter too. We swapped the engine at about 150,000 miles, although it didnít need it, everything else was real close to or after 200,000 miles.

You will have a fuel pump failure before 220,000.... Iím surprised you havenít had a gauge issue yet. GM had a problem with the stepper motors. There are businesses that will fix the cluster in a few days for $125 if you mail it to them, or if you can solder you can buy the motors for about $20 and fix it yourself in a couple of hours. (Iíve done both with a couple different vehicles)
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I had a 2000 Silverado 1500 Z71 crew cab 5.3. I used it for a daily driver and a tow vehicle for 10+ years, ~230,000 miles. Had issues with a throttle plate and the solenoid that switched the 4 wheel drive, replaced by the dealer under warranty. I replaced water pump, wiper blades, brakes, and battery. No issues with the drive train at all. I sold it after 10 years. That guy is still driving it local daily and towing occasionally with it. It is well past 300,000.
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I bulletproofed my 2005 F250 6.0 recently. Iím planning on 450k
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Nope no gauge issues - oh ya -4 batteries and many windshield wipers :-)
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The replacement fuel pumps arenít nearly as good as the OEM pumps, even when I buy Delco...
This is the biggest complaint that I have, and hear about from friends; that the quality of replacement parts sold these days is terrible. If you can get NOS; get NOS.

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I always keep my vehicle as long as I like them, or the wheels fall off. Tow vehicles are no different. Most of my trucks have gone at least 250,000 miles without major issues (Toyotaís all)
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