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Old 08-11-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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Should I upgrade my TV?

Hello everyone,

I wanted to get a your opinions on my current and possible future TV.

I current own a 2004 Trailblazer (v6) that is rated to tow 5,000lbs. I used it successfully to tow my previous pop up; a Rockwood HW256 (about 4,000lbs). I ended up selling my HW256 and will be replacing it with a Rockwood HW296 ( about 4,500 lbs) . It is about 500lbs heavier or so.

As the TV is getting close to 10 years old, I will be replacing it very soon. No time like the present if I need to. Hehehe.

Anyway. I am not a contractor nor do I have a truck with my business. I only camp about 5 trips a year so I am only towing 10 days a year. I just drive normally for the other 355 days each year.

If I do upgrade I am thinking of getting a similar type TV that can tow 5,000lbs. The DW would primarily drive it and would rather an SUV than a pick up truck. I am considering the Ford Explorer with a tow package. I know it is on a car chassis and defaults to FWD.

A Chevy Tahoe is the other choice (add $10K to the cost). This has a V8 and a truck chassis and would work better. Just not looking to spend all that money.

What are the thoughts out there? Any other ideas for towing a pop up?

I do have use a prodigy and use a 1,000/10,000 lbs equalizer WDH.

Honest opinions are welcome. I know the TV topic is often a hot issue but I am interested to hear if I am on the right. Or not.

Thanks everyone.

Vin.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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I think you would be best to look at a vehicle built on a truck frame. That said, depending on how far you travel to camp and what type of terrain(hills or not) you'd drive. If it were me, I'd look at a used Tahoe or similar vehicle.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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I would go with a Tahoe or armada or something along that size. You seem to keep tv for awhile. Think about potential trailer upgrades in the next 10yrs. Get something that can handle a HTT or small/medium tt. Remember to get a tow package that includes tranny cooler.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:57 PM   #4
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If your wife wants a SUV, then you need to get a SUV... Personally I prefer a used Armada over a used Tahoe... We almost bought an Armada last year & are still thinking of getting one for my wife when we trade-in her Odyssey. Lots of room on the inside but it won't feel cumbersome for your wife to drive. Make sure you get the tow package which allows you to tow up to 9,000 lbs...
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:06 PM   #5
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You probably know yourself better than us. I'm thinking a guy who's been driving and towing with a 6 cylinder mid-sized SUV for 10 years... Owned a popup for 8 years and just recently upgraded to a new popup. You know what your into and I don't see the likely hood of you upgrading to a TT anytime soon.

Ford Explore with 3.5L V6 and 5,000 towing package seems like your style to me... Just enough to get the job done and easy on the gas budget for the other 355 days a year!
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If your wife wants a SUV, then you need to get a SUV... Personally I prefer a used Armada over a used Tahoe... We almost bought an Armada last year & are still thinking of getting one for my wife when we trade-in her Odyssey. Lots of room on the inside but it won't feel cumbersome for your wife to drive. Make sure you get the tow package which allows you to tow up to 9,000 lbs...
Rhino- I had a 2004 armada. It will handle a small to med tt or a htt or pop-up like op wants but your primetime is too much tt for it. I towed a 30' tt that had a loaded weight of 7300 lbs. I got pushed all over the road with it and had no control of the tt coming down a 7% grade. The payload was low on it. You are limited by a hitch rating of 910 lbs/9100 lbs and our payload was around 800 lbs with family in it. It should however do just fine with a 24' tt and a tt around 5500-6000 lb gvwr. I wouldn't want to go any bigger than that with it. And yes I had a tow package and it towed a 5000 lb horse trailer like it wasn't even there, did great with a car trailer and even a 20' boat but 30' tt not so good.
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If your wife wants a SUV, then you need to get a SUV... Personally I prefer a used Armada over a used Tahoe... We almost bought an Armada last year & are still thinking of getting one for my wife when we trade-in her Odyssey. Lots of room on the inside but it won't feel cumbersome for your wife to drive. Make sure you get the tow package which allows you to tow up to 9,000 lbs...
And a gas discount card! I personally know two families that have Armada's (4X4). 13-14mpg is what they average picking up the kids from school and grocery shopping. That's about what you'll get out of a Tahoe or pretty much any 5+litter V8.

Oh, same families are happy to get 17mpg on family all highway trips. It's the cost of big V8's and seating for 8!
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How about a V8 mid size SUV, like a Pathfinder, Touerag,etc. I use an Envoy Denali to pull my 3,600 # dry weight camper and it's not a bad pull.


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You could look for a mid size diesel SUV. I use a diesel X5 for my SP220 4500# dry and it works great and gets 27mpg when not towing. I don't think it would do good with a 30' trailer with that short of wheelbase.
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Remember folks, the OP has a 4,500 lb. popup, not a 30' trailer, etc. Although he could get-away with a V6 like before, IMO the new V8's do better with gas mileage than before...

On my 20 mile daily commute, my Ram 2500 w/5.7 Hemi gets 17 mpg. It costs me $1,000 more in gas per year vs. my V4 Accord so definitely less than $1000/year difference vs. a new $35K+ "Eco" V6 gasser or diesel. I purchased my 2 year-old Ram 2500 ST CC for $14K... It would take me 10 years to recoup the up-front costs of "Eco" technology... I plan to drive my V8 for about 5 years & then see where used Eco technology lands vs. gas & diesel prices... We also tend to keep our vehicles. We had the Accord forever & my wife's Odyssey is 10 years old & has never missed a beat...
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