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Old 11-29-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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tv for six people

we have six in our family. Right now we tow our 8316 at 6500 lbs empty with a silverodo 1500 (i know we at the limit ) we have only made short trips so far as we got the trailer last spring so we have kept supply weight low. My question is what would be a more roomy tv that six would fit in and tow lbs. Do tahoes or suburbans fit this. Do they even make those any more.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:49 PM   #2
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:16 AM   #3
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Watch the pickups, many only have 5 seat belts. They also don't have a way of keeping stuff dry or theft proof, without a cover on the bed. 3/4 ton Suburban, or Ford Excursion. With that many people and some gear in the tow vehicle, sounds like A 3/4 ton is in the works. By the way, I have a pickup truck.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:01 AM   #4
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A megacab only comfortably seats 5 and 6 if you forgo the console. I personally hate having someone sitting beside me and got one with a console to eliminate that problem also they only have an 8250lb tow rating if you go with a Hemi and 3:73 gears or 10,250 with 4:10's on the new ones 100lbs more on the 06 to 09 and then there is the payload issue a hemi has a 2310lb payload and the diesel only has a 1580lb rating so stay away from megacabs. You would have to look at the HD suburban to get comfortable seating for 6 and decent tow capacity or a used Ford Excursion.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:12 AM   #5
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I tow with a 2003 Excursion 6.0 PSD and it really does the job. 1 trip to FLA. with wife, mother, 2- daughters, dog, moms bird and all very happy. 1 trip to MA with 4 adults and 4 children under 2. and I'm alive to talk about it. Love the truck.
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Go with a used Diesel or V-10 Excursion or a 2500/3500 Suburban with the 8.1L, if you can find one?
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Ford and Chevy make 3/4 and one ton passenger vans with big V8's and Diesels.
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I think they pretty much said it all up there. If you go for a Suburban (don't get a Tahoe...won't be enough), you'll want to try and get the 2500. They do not make the Excursion anymore, but if you could find a good used one, that would be great. And the full size van is a great idea also. I have not seen a Chevy with a diesel, but I have seen Fords with them. But if you are looking at a bigger trailer someday (or a 5th wheel), a truck may be the answer. Depending on the size of the kids, a crew cab truck will work, but I don't think it would for a long time as the kids get bigger.
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we have six in our family. Right now we tow our 8316 at 6500 lbs empty with a silverado 1500 (i know we at the limit ) we have only made short trips so far as we got the trailer last spring so we have kept supply weight low. My question is what would be a more roomy tv that six would fit in and tow lbs. Do tahoes or suburbans fit this. Do they even make those any more.
I suggest going by the the full load capacity of the camper, camping with six people you are going to be carrying a lot of stuff for a week at the beach.

With six people in the tow vehicle, you will need to subtract there weight and any cargo you carry with in the tow vehicle.

Stay away from short wheel base trucks/SUV and most likely they will not be rated to tow a lot of weight any way. I would say noting smaller then a Suburban as an example.

Techknowledge has changed and will continue to change, my 3/4 ton GMC Suburban 1997 was rated to tow 7,500 lbs, my 2008 heavy duty 1/2 ton pick up is rated at 10,500 lbs, the difference is the weight of each vehicle and the engine, the GMC had a 5.7 and the pick up has a 6.0, both have a 4:10 rear. The wheel base on the GMC is 130" and on the pick up it is 144" never had a problem with the GMC but the pick up fells better with a 144" wheel base and that's towing the same camper.

Look to the future what is your plans, bigger tt, 5th wheel, more kids...etc
It is overwhelming and you need a starting point.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:31 AM   #10
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Our GMC Sierra crew cab has logged quite a few miles with 4 adults and two car seats (the grand kids). The adults are not "skinny minnies" and the car seats tended to poke a bit but the Sierra Crewcab handled the the crowd just fine. The two car seats went in the back along with my Daughter in Law while my wife and son rode up front with me as I drove.

This was pre-Bella (LOL) our dog. Only one Grandchild in a booster seat now, but Bella will have to learn how to ride in the Fiver the next time we are out in the Seattle area.
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