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Old 02-18-2016, 05:17 PM   #21
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going nearly 30 inches shorter in wheel base will give you horrible handling. As a master tech, he should be able to understand how the size of the vehicle relates to ride and handling.
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:27 PM   #22
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going nearly 30 inches shorter in wheel base will give you horrible handling. As a 'master tech', he should be able to understand how the size of the vehicle relates to ride and handling.
That wasn't nice
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:11 PM   #23
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For our family of 5 & 1 large dog we spent a lot of time looking at 10 year-old 3/4 ton SUVs (under $20K) but they had older engine/tranny tech & therefore very poor mpg... The older V8 & V10 gas engines, especially w/4 speed transmissions, were real guzzlers & the Ford 6.0 diesel has issues...

In 2013 we found a 2 year-old 2011 Ram 2500 CC w/5.7 Hemi for $14K, added a like-new fiberglass cap from CL for $500 & securely fasten the dog's crate under the cap. With windows cracked she gets plenty of air and she doesn't become a projectile if we stop fast... We have the stock interior, so we have seatbelts for (6)... The best thing is our truck has newer engine/tranny tech & gets 16-17 mpg on my daily commute and NO RUST (for a $14K 3/4 ton vehicle).

Our 6,500 (empty) TT w/empty tongue of 650 becomes 8,200/1200 ready-to-camp. Our payload of 3,000 means we can load our gear where it fits best. I'm very pleased we have a much newer 3/4 truck vs. an outdated SUV...
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:33 PM   #24
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That wasn't nice
wasn't meant to be mean or degrading in any way. Sorry if it came across as such. Just saying that with a strong knowledge of vehicles and how they work, that it would be kind of obvious that a longer wheelbase is a huge plus when towing
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:37 PM   #25
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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
You won't have the room you want if you're getting the short Escalade. We have Yukon XL Denali (130" WB) and can fit 4 people easily, along with 2 dogs (140lb & 90lb), plus gear. It also has the 6.2L and AWD. Our Friends have a an Escalade and there is no way our dogs will fit. BTW, I love the CTS-V!
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:41 AM   #26
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I'm researching the Nissan NV 3500, wheelbase=146.1, 317hp/385 lb-ft, 3:54 gearing, tow rating = 8700, payoad = 3535. Reconfigurable seating from 2-12 passengers.

So far I can't find epa mpg rating. I did find one post that said it's horrible, 7/8 mpg, but I find that hard to believe. *see below

Ugly as sin, but with the truck nose, engine maintenance and repair should be cheaper and easier than a standard van configuration. And also makes for a longer wheelbase.

Plus I like the utility and convenience of the sliding van door.



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Given that the NV lineup has a gross combined vehicle weight of more than 8,500 pounds, the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't provide economy figures. But if you take the Titan pickup's 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway and deduct 10 percent for poorer aerodynamics, you should be fairly close with either the V6 or the V8. This truck begs for the introduction of a light-duty diesel.
However, it seems to me the front-on view of the NV and Titan are the same, and therefore the wind resistance should be the same. The only difference to economy should be the weight difference.


What do you think?
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Hmmm... I'll have to look into this. I am not a fan of vans of any sort but it's certainly something the husband has mentioned a time or 20. Thanks for the suggestion
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:21 PM   #28
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Nissan has reliability issues so check the ratings. I have a 2014 Silverado 1500 and 5.3L and I wish I had gotten the 6L engine. It has been a great truck and tows wonderful with the integrated trailer brake controller and towing package. Our tow is heavier so you would be safe with a 1500, 2500, or Tahoe/Suburban. There should be plenty of used ones now since they upgraded the towing capacity in 2014.


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Old 02-19-2016, 12:46 PM   #29
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Nissan has reliability issues so check the ratings.
JD Powers rates Titan reliability as average. I've always felt Powers was partial to GM, though.

Also found this on the '15 Titan:

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CRs take: The out-going Titan was never more than an also-ran, and it had a long history of subpar reliability.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:12 PM   #30
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Well I'd say stick with what ya have if it's towing ok and just put a topper on the bed and a rubber boot between cab and shell good to go with the dogs in the back. Later RJD
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