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Old 06-10-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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Looking at a new tow vehicle....

Hi guys, my names dustin and last year me and my wife bought a brand new 2012 Salem 27RKSS (I believe thats the number) with all the fancy electronic gizmos...etc.

Currently im pulling it with this....





Its a 1977 F250 with a 400 and C6 auto trans, 3.07 gears and 2wd. It tows the nearly 7000lb trailer rather well but its ridculiously uncomfortable on long trips and we cant take the dogs with us due to lack of room.

Right now im looking to replace my current DD (an 08 Colorado) with a DD/Tow rig. Im trying to keep it under 10K and have narrowed my search to the following....

97-03 Expeditions
03-07ish Expeditions
00-05 Excursion.

My concerns are mainly with the Expeditions. I like the 1st gen (97-03) ones better BUT am worried about their abilty to handle such a large trailer. I owned a 97 at one point and my dad had a 98 but we never did any super heavy or large towing with them.

I would love an excursion and they definatly win in the "bang for your buck" catagory, BUT, im worried about day to day MPG. I DO NOT want a diesel....

So i guess my question is what would you guys recommend? I use the Pretty generic pro series sway/WD hitch system and behind my F250 and its very stable.

Also i would like to add that I drive a semi and am very experinced with pulling trailers....so we dont need to factor in the "idiot factor" lol.

Any input?

Thanks for helping a newbie.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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If it were me, I'd take the rig to get weighed to find out your tongue weight and pick a vehicle that's going to have the appropriate payload capacity.
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This is what you need.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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Thats about 22k outta my price range plus i want a 4x4
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:12 PM   #5
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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Thanks I love the truck to death. I paid 2k for it a year ago and threw in a huge trans cooler a radiator and rebuilt the carb. Its does the job well enough with the exception of steep hills at speed lol. Its just inpractical for long trips with the dogs.
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have you considered replacing the rear window with a slider and then installing a topper so that you can put the dogs in the back and still be able to be in touch with the. That truck is a really nice tow vehicle. I would suggest changing to a 3.73 rear and you would have quite a nice rig. I don't think anything in the expedition class would come close to what you have.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #8
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Yes ive actually been tossing around the idea of rolling a 3.73 or 3.55 rear under it. Ive already got a slider but the cap is a good idea....didnt even think of that.

In my owners manual Ford recommends a 3.73 for loads between 7 and 10 k. I have all the other required equipment.
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If it were me, I'd take the rig to get weighed to find out your tongue weight and pick a vehicle that's going to have the appropriate payload capacity.

X2 here!


This is the perfect chance for you get actual weights on it and find a vehicle that isn't going to limit or hinder you!

I'd suggest weighing the truck with you and a full tank of gas. Then load the camper, truck bed and cab with what you feel you would be taking along and run across the scale again with just the truck and this will tell you how much you added to the truck itself. The payload or the amount the vehicle can carry on its own wheels and tires are where people generally end up overloaded...

Again, this is the perfect chance for you to spec out exactly what you want for what you have... just take your time and don't be afraid to get "too" big of a tow vehicle... you'll only go bigger... I PROMISE !!!
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Ill find a scale and do that. We usually travel pretty light though. I wonder if im overloading my current truck lol
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