Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-23-2014, 02:21 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
cmptrkd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Gretna Nebraska
Posts: 143
Campingwilliamsons is right. I used an Expedition to pull our 35' Montana until we upgraded to a 5th wheel. I put 99,000 extremely hard miles on that truck, and other then brakes, tires, and 1 new battery, I didn't sink any major money into it. I know there are ford and chevy people out there who are hard core brand dedicated. The one thing I like in the Ford over the Chevy/GMC products are the 3rd row folds flat into the floor and depending on the model you get, it's powered and all you do is push a button. The Chevy/GMC the seat folds down onto itself and then flips up. This takes up valuable space. If you need it removed to haul something, it's bulky and slightly heavy for one person to do... and you've got to store it. Lastly, for whatever reason, the Ford doesn't hold it's value quite as well so if you're looking for a gently used one, 1 or 2 years old.... they're a bargain! We bought ours 1 year old and it was certified with a bumper to bumper warranty until 75,000 miles. We paid $1,500 more then half of sticker price when new. What a bargain and a super reliable family friendly tow beast. I pushed the limits and was at 12,800lbs significantly over it's 9900 tow rating yet it never gave up on me.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P4300273.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	51.4 KB
ID:	46678  
__________________

__________________
Loving our Sierra 365SAQ

Nights camped so far in 2016 = 0

Although Many trips scheduled.
cmptrkd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2014, 03:09 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
MagnoliaTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 316
Quote:
Originally Posted by campingwilliamsons View Post
Ford Expedition/Expedition EL is one you are missing.

However, depending on how many seats you need, you maybe better suited with a full size passenger van. The 3/4ton and 1 ton options that are out there will surely handle any payload you throw at them. Any new SUV is going to be hamstrung with payload issues right out of the gate. There are no more new offerings in 3/4 ton SUV.

It's really too bad because I know plenty of folks that would like a new Excursion or a new 2500 suburban with a diesel.
__________________

__________________
2014 Freedom Express 320BHDS Liberty Edition 50th Anniversary
2005 F250 Lariat SuperCrew 6.0 PS Diesel
2004 Excursion Limited 4x4 6.0 PS Diesel
2000 Excursion Limited 7.3 PS Diesel Sold:crying

MagnoliaTom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 05:36 AM   #13
Member
 
greti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 93
Smile

Thanks for the responses! I'm kind of leaning towards a used SUV only to use as a TV. This information will help me.
__________________
Tennessee
2014 Rockwood Mini Lite 2504s
2006 Ford Expedition
greti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 07:27 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Cover Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Chardon, Ohio
Posts: 370
Send a message via ICQ to Cover Dog
I would stay away from the Nissan. I had a 2004 Nissan Titan LE (from new 2004-2013) and it had the worse gas mileage of any vehicle I have ever had. IIRC the Armada needs to run on premium fuel.

Repairs were also frequent and costly. Can't just go to NAPA for parts, most were dealer only. When I got rid of it the body was fine but the frame was almost gone from N.E. Ohio winters.
__________________
Cover Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 10:22 AM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 92
Quote:
Originally Posted by greti View Post
I am looking at TV options but need an SUV as it is also a family and work vehicle. Just upgraded TT to a Rockwood 2504s which is just under 26 ft long and has a dry weight under 4400lbs. Right now I'm seeing few options other than Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, or Tahoe/ a Am I missing any? Any suggestions?
Have you considered a 1 ton passenger van (Chevy Express, E350, Nissan NV passenger)? Often cheaper than suv with more payload.
__________________
2014 Ram 2500 Laramie CC 6.4l Hemi
2011 LaCrosse 296BHS
autorot8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 12:01 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 135
I am eyeing up an GL320/350 for a TV but you cant miss with the GM, I know nothing about the Japanese ones other than I found them overpriced.
__________________
10 CTS AWD Wagon
10 BMW X5 35D
08 Mercedes GL320
08 Outback 21RS
Talonman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 12:12 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
BiigDaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 449
I did the same search just over a year ago. The factors (kids, TT weight) put me into Suburban 2500 territory, but I could not choke down the $60,000+ pricetag! My solution was a 2013 GMC Savana 2500 and a nice set of custom wheels and tires for about HALF the price, not to mention a lot more towing capacity. The kids all have a row to call their own and it is truly comfortable to travel in...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Van7.jpg
Views:	106
Size:	48.5 KB
ID:	46729  
__________________
BiigDaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 12:19 PM   #18
Camper Less Camping
 
Cajun Po-Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: NW
Posts: 3,642
Quote:
Originally Posted by BiigDaddy View Post
I did the same search just over a year ago. The factors (kids, TT weight) put me into Suburban 2500 territory, but I could not choke down the $60,000+ pricetag! My solution was a 2013 GMC Savana 2500 and a nice set of custom wheels and tires for about HALF the price, not to mention a lot more towing capacity. The kids all have a row to call their own and it is truly comfortable to travel in...

Good looking tow vehicle!
__________________
2013 Sabre 32RCTS-6 (sold)
Family of 4 whose always on the GEAUX!
Cajun Po-Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 07:24 PM   #19
Member
 
greti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 93
I never considered a full size van but I'll look into it as well!
__________________
Tennessee
2014 Rockwood Mini Lite 2504s
2006 Ford Expedition
greti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 08:34 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Tomball, TX
Posts: 298
Fullsize vans offer some advantages, primarily fuel economy and payload. They will give you ~15% bump in fuel economy as compared to most 1/2 pickups.
__________________

__________________
ST Williamson
Current TV:'14 F350 Lariat CrewCab, 4x4 Short Bed SRW Diesel w/ Pullrite 2700 (16K)
Current
Fiver: '15 Puma 295BHSS Anniversary Edition
Past TV: '13 F150 HD Payload SCrew EB, '08 Tundra CrewMax 5.7L, '02 'Burb 5.3L, '97 Dakota 3.9L
Past Trailers: '09 Wildwood LE 27RB, '02 Palomino Yearling RL, '87 Jayco 1006dlx
campingwilliamsons is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:54 AM.