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Old 05-13-2015, 10:59 PM   #41
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2005 Silverado 1500 with 90k+ miles. 5.3 w/ 3.23 rear end. Will keep it until we quit camping. If it blows something, we'll just fix it and go on.
Nice looking truck.....in the for sale area, there's a set of chrome tow hooks....so I can pull you out of the muck !
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:04 PM   #42
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you guys are spoiled with those new vehicles. When I tow I use my 1978 Chevy Suburban with 454 engine. It has never failed me and will blow the doors off any new tow vehicle on the road.
If the Tranny doesn't explode, we had a 1974 that had 3 tranny's put in free by GM. Turbo Hydromatic 400 if I remember rightly. Dad gave it up in 1980 a dn sold the travel trailer went to a camper van.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:11 AM   #43
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We tow with a 2006 GMC .
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:28 AM   #44
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2004 Z71 Siverado 1500., pulls my 6600 lbs Rockwood 2604 no problem with the 5.3 engine. I too would love to trade up but why would I when all is good with the old girl....... 145000 kim strong!
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:16 AM   #45
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1995 four door 8' box Centaurus conversion F350 7.3 5 speed manual 4.10 gears dully limited slip rear end. 114,000 miles. Trailer is a 2015 Flagstaff 30wikss v-light diamond we picked her up in late march.

keep the old girls running and six on the ground have fun Tim
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:23 AM   #46
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I'd love to upgrade to a Ram Cummings, but for now my 2010 Ram Hemi does the job easily with my 2008 Surveyor at around 8,000 pounds. I calculated the pay back on fuel savings and it would take over 20 years to even come close to making a big enough difference trading up. You can still dream though!
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:30 AM   #47
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I'd love to upgrade to a Ram Cummings, but for now my 2010 Ram Hemi does the job easily with my 2008 Surveyor at around 8,000 pounds. I calculated the pay back on fuel savings and it would take over 20 years to even come close to making a big enough difference trading up. You can still dream though!
Do the American thing......become an impulse buyer!
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:50 AM   #48
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I'm using an 06 ram 3500 mega cab with 150k miles on it that I bought new in 07 to pull my 2012 sierra 365saq loaded probably 14k pounds. I constantly dream of having a new one but can't afford it. My truck does everything I ask it to do and has been a very reliable truck. It has never left me stranded but I also maintain it very well. I plan on having it for many years to come and putting a lot more trouble free miles on it.[/QUOTE

I have same TV with 110000 miles. The 5.9 diesel is just getting broke in. We tow a 14000 loaded sandstorm 29.5 without any problem. The only issue we have had is a new jake brake pump at about 80000.
Yes I know it's a million mile engine and I never feel like i'm driving a 9 year old truck with 150k on it because it still drives and runs great no rattles. I plan on keeping it a long time(nice not to have the truck payment) but you sure do start to want a new one when you see all the new trucks rolling into the campground. I think I would want a new one more for the interior comforts don't know if I would want to deal with all the new emission equipment on the diesels. I feel that mine is more reliable than the new ones( to many electronics and sensors to fail). I have no worries about hooking the trailer up and making a 12 hour trip.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:27 AM   #49
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If the Tranny doesn't explode, we had a 1974 that had 3 tranny's put in free by GM. Turbo Hydromatic 400 if I remember rightly. Dad gave it up in 1980 a dn sold the travel trailer went to a camper van.
I don't hear about too many transmission problems in Suburbans. My mom has driven one for her job for 30 years. The company she works for uses them as school buses to transport special education students. They have a whole fleet of them that have a ton of miles put on them every year and AFAIK, haven't had any major problems with transmissions.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:32 AM   #50
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DW and I just bought new 2016 FR FQLS toy hauler. We had to get a different TV because our old GMC Denali didn't have the tow capacity. DW didn't want a pickup or a diesel anything and she had to stay with a suv. We found a 2005 Ford Excursion with Triton V-10 and it really has the power and 10,000 lb. tow capacity. 133,000 miles on it and it was in very good condition. We got a super deal. I added some Airlift 5000 air springs to it to level it up when pulling the trailer. Excursion and trailer really look sweet together. Only problem is they don't like to pass a lot of gas stations without stopping. But hey DW doesn't either.
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