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Old 02-23-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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What options for a full size SUV as TV?

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/ Suburban? Am I missing any? Any suggestions?
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:02 AM   #2
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any of those properly equipped would be a good decision. Guess it just comes down to personal preference of what works for you. Just make sure since you are buying it for towing, it has all options to go along with it.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:04 AM   #3
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I'm using a VW TDI Touareg pulls my 29ft surveyor 264 great and I get great milage to.
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What options for a full size SUV as TV?

Greti,

I'm not familiar with all of the SUVs out there nowadays, but the three you mentioned were the ones I looked at in 2007 when I bought. I didn't know about the Touareg so that sounds like a good option, too.

The big tow rating to pay attention to is the payload for the truck as your camper is probably going to weigh around 5,500-5,700lbs fully loaded for a trip.

A moderate 13% tongue weight is going to give you a TW of 720lbs or a bit more that will subtract from the payload. The remainder is for your family, all of the stuff that you will carry in the truck plus any accessories on the truck. Payload can go fast.

If you have young children, plan on the fact they grow fast. My three kids are a cumulative 110lbs more than when I bought this current trailer.
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Triguy is right. Family only gets bigger as does the load of stuff they bring. I would pay just as much attention to payload as trailer tow rating. Bigger is always better in this case, and leaves you a little room if you upgrade your TT in the future
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I use a diesel Excursion to tow my camper. It's also my wife's daily driver. It could pull just about anything.
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Yup, family gets bigger and the trailer gets bigger. So then the TV gets bigger... It's a vicious circle!
Just wait until you have a 12 year-old son that is over 6 feet tall. It gets interesting real fast.
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Yup, family gets bigger and the trailer gets bigger. So then the TV gets bigger... It's a vicious circle!
Just wait until you have a 12 year-old son that is over 6 feet tall. It gets interesting real fast.

So true. That's why I have a big trailer and TV now, so that we can grow into them and I won't have to upgrade every few years. My 3 kids are under 9 years of age now and I believe our rig will suit us until they get into their teens. They'll probably not want to go camping with us by that time do wife and I will have a lot more room
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Size does matter, really

Take it from a guy who thought that his tow vehicle was big enough the first time - get biggest truck or SUV that you can cuz your first camper is hardly ever your last. We started out with a RAM Hemi towing a Flagstaff 8528IWKS ultra lite (7800lbs empty). Towed like a dream thru the flats, but even with 390HP, the truck sometimes struggled up thru the hills. After a trip through west Texas, we resolved to get 1. something with a diesel and 2. get the highest tow rating we could afford. Long story short, we now feel VERY comfortable towing ANYTHING because we settled on a RAM 6.7L Cummins Dually with 800lbft of torque. The tow vehicle makes the whole experience of "getting there" much, much more comfortable.....

Of course there's a downside: wife decided that since we had a bigger truck, why not have a bigger rig...but that's another whole story. Have fun!!
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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.
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