Originally Posted by jdb
Thanks for your replies guys.....
Any chance I could get by with a Escalade, Nissan Armada or Sequoia?
Is there a "chance"? Sure - about the same chance as winning the lottery without buying a ticket...
First a couple things, your trailer even at 90% load is out of most 1/2 ton trucks capabilities. The only exception is the newer trucks with the max tow options, and even then, you are probably skirting a couple of numbers.
This is severely compounded by the fact that most 1/2 ton based SUV's have dramatically less CCC and towing ability than there truck origins. Adding all that glass and steel (and shortening the wheelbase) tends to decrease their tow ability.
IMHO you are solidly in 3/4 truck range. There are only 2 3/4 ton SUV's ever made the Chevy/GMC Suburban 2550 and the Ford Excursion. The Excursion was available from around late 02 to 03 with a 12,500 tow rating in many configurations. Having owned one, I can tell you they are an absolute beast. There are several catches. The biggest is they stopped making them after ?MY 2005, and they did not make many that year. So finding good low mileage examples is tough. Add to that the fact that they often need some upgrades to tow well (the most common is to swap the front and rear leaf springs for heavier units and add roll bars.) So you will have some cost on top of purchase price. Again, assuming you can find one.
The 2500 Burbs are a little easier to find, and the newer ones have pretty decent capacities, but not as much as the Excursion. You would need to look at a specific model to determine the CCC and GCVWR to see if you would be OK.
You best bet is a 3/4 ton crew cab truck with a short bed. It gives you room for 5 (6 with front bench in the Ram or Ford) and enough capacity for what you are towing.
If you are stuck on SUV's and do not want to go the 3/4 ton route, you need to pay close attention to the weight ratings (not the tow rating, that assumes an empty vehicle which you will never have). And only look at the extended wheelbase models. A short wheelbase and 33 ft trailer will not be very fun experience for you.