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Old 11-11-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Question

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I am new to this forum. We just purchased a 2010 Wildwood with a 21 ft box and 500lb tongue weight. It has a dry weight of 5006 lbs. We are now looking at used vans (Chevy Express, Savana, Econoline etc) for towing. A 2500 with a V-8 has a towing capacity of 8600 lbs. From what I can gather on a 1500 V-6, it has a 6400 lb towing capacity. I am leaning toward the V-8. DH is leaning toward the V-6.
I would like opinions pro and con on these 2 options.
SUVs and pick-ups are not an option because we travel with dogs and gear.

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Old 11-11-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
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Get the V8. In the long run, you'll be much happier. Less work for the vehicle to tow the trailer translates to better gas mileage when towing- plus something else to consider is the 8 will have a beefier transmission, and springs, trans. cooler (hopefully), a bigger radiator.....etc. I can tell you people on this forum with equal 1500 trucks have much better results with the bigger engines offered. That's speaking of the big 3 domestic US made trucks. Randy
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:34 PM   #3
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tell the DH that you won't see much difference in gas mileage between the v-6 and the v-8.
it's a common myth that a v-6 gets much better mileage than a v-8, especially in truck/van categories.

he'll probably find only a couple miles per gallon better with the v-6.

get the v-8.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:28 PM   #4
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I'm building my case : ).

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Old 11-11-2009, 08:04 PM   #5
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Try and get something with a factory integrated tow package that includes a transmission cooler.

Most likely that would only come on say... a.. V8...
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to the point.

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:49 PM   #8
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Yes, V-8 is the way to go with heavy duty tow package. As far as gas milage options are limited, with a gas engine 8 to 10 maybe 12 on flat ground. As far as dogs I towed with a 1997 GMC Suburban and had 3 Retired Greyhounds in the back. There weights were 78, 85 and 97 lbs and two kids, it worked for us.
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Since you have a trailer you will travel, When you travel you will come across hills, with names that have "Mountain" in them, then you will know that a V-8 was the right thing ot get,
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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WDH/Sway

OK so the tow vehicle is in the works, Chevy Express Van 2500 4.6L V8
Now I need to purchase WDH and sway control. My trailer has a 500lb tongue weight but now has 2 batteries and 2 large propane tanks. What type WDH and sway do you recommend?

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