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Old 02-17-2016, 01:15 PM   #11
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You're going to want the longer wheel base vehicles.
X2.

Just going from a short bed to a long bed made a big handling difference in essentially the same truck.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:14 PM   #12
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Go for a one ton van - if you look around you can even find a 4x4, but they are few and far between. Look for a big gasser or diesel. Plenty of towing capacity, plenty of cargo capacity, and lots of room for people and gear. Drive one before you decide - I think the visibility and par.ing, etc. are better than a long pickup. Nice long wheelbase, and can handle up to 10,000 lbs
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:04 PM   #13
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We towed with a full sized Dodge 3/4 ton van. At the time we had a 30' TT no slide. It did ok but the front end would get light if the WDH wasn' t set just right.
Why not get a crew cab truck? Kids in the back seat and dogs on the bed, secured in crates for their safety of course and with a cap on the truck. BTW, the dogs go in the crates, not the kids...
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:23 PM   #14
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A used Ford Excursion would fit your budget, the long wheelbase to compensate for the trailer length, and the diesel gets pretty good milage. Also 4WD.
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Ok, so a turn of events and a little background. I think my husband is considering giving up his desire to purchase a Cadillac CTS-V and purchase a Cadillac Escalade with the 6.2 liter motor. Everyone has mentioned the wheelbase- will this pose an issue?

I have to disclose that hubby is an ASE master certified tech. The wheelbase on our silverado is 143.5, while the escalade is only 116".

This whole idea is opposed to me trading in my lovely sport sedan for something like a tahoe/suburban etc
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Old 02-18-2016, 03:37 PM   #16
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Wheelbase is just too small for a rig that size. Even a Suburban (130" ) or Excursion (137" ) is less than what you have now. From personal experience I wouldn't go less than that.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:17 PM   #17
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I'm sure hubby has some strong opinions as to what he would like to be driving and fixing. As a master tech myself (retired) I know we all do. What are his thoughts? I get the impression you are leaning toward GM based vehicles. I've had short wheelbase and long wheelbase pickups, and I can tell you from experience wheelbase makes a HUGE difference in ride quality, handling, and control. Please consider going that route. DW actually likes wheeling around in Big Red.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:47 PM   #18
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I offered up advice without thinking it through. These folks have a interior space issue above all else. 4 humans and 3 big dogs almost limits them to a 3/4 or 1 ton van, Burb, or Excursion, I would think. Both options have been offered up already. The only other option I can think of would be a topper on a pickup with the windows removed. Being a dog lover, that wouldn't be for me.
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Oops, the windows between the cab and topper.
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Seeing all the things that you would like to have in a tow vehicle, a 3/4 ton Suburban/Yukon or Excursion would be the best option but a Expedition EL with the bigger tow package could also do the job.

IMO, the longest campers that should be towed with the short wheel base Tahoe, Yukon, and Expeditions is only around 26', anything longer than that is an accident waiting to happen!!
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