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Old 02-16-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle options... suggestions?

Hey all-

We have an Apex 300bhs which weighs 5960 lbs. We currently pull it with a 2005 Chevy Silverado half ton. The truck has been re-geared, has airbags, a built transmission, and brake controller.

We can only bring our daughter and the dogs in the crew cab. I would like to look at options to trade my sedan in for a used 7 passenger (or 4 passenger with large space for dogs) that can pull this thing.

What are all the possibilities? I like the Sequoia, and kinda like the Tahoe. Suburban feels too big. If possible, I'd also prefer something AWD/4WD... and the kicker? Under $30k, as well as under 60k miles.

We have several daily vehicles, so this just needs to be the tow vehicle where we can bring the dogs and have our daughter bring a friend.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:01 PM   #2
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Just one opinion, with a TT that long I personally would want something with a longer wheel base. I'm sure others will join in that may have something close to your set up. Some people tow long TTs with short wheel base TV using a Hensley WDH.
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I would want a Suburban or Yukon XL for the wheelbase. Keeps the swaying down. I would look for a 3/4 ton version
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I have been looking at that thread for the past 2 days but there is a lot of chatter between the suggestions. I need something in the 8500 lb towing range (to make me feel safe) and enough room for 4 people and 3 large dogs.
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You're going to want the longer wheel base vehicles.
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Old 02-17-2016, 12:45 PM   #8
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I would want a Suburban or Yukon XL for the wheelbase. Keeps the swaying down. I would look for a 3/4 ton version
I agree! You should be able to find a good used 3/4 ton, older burb with the 454 or 8.1 motor that will pull almost any thing you want. Won't pass too many gas stations though.
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definitely look for a long wheel base vehicle and a 3/4 ton. I pulled a 32' (ball to bumper) with a 1500 Suburban and it was a handful sometimes because it was light on the hitch. It weighed in at 5200 empty, but by the time we had all our stuff in, we were about 6500, which was at the limit of the 'Burb. So we then upgraded to an Excursion since it had the 3/4 ton frame. I had to upgrade the shocks, and add a RAS but it towed it great. We have since gotten a 30' toy hauler, and it tows it fine too.


With a shorter wheelbase, the trailer will be pushing you around a lot.
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I have a 2014 Suburban, should have gotten the Expedition EL. 9200lb tow capacity. Pulling a 6250lbs dry Rockwood. Suburban is just ok, friends have a similar trailer with the Expedition EL, they out perform us on every trip.
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