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Old 04-17-2016, 08:15 PM   #1
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First trip with new TV

After towing six seasons with our 2001 Ford E150 Chateau (aka the Red Rocker) we decided the time was right to change vehicles. In early January we bought this new-to-us 2008 Chevy Express Explorer Conversion (aka Big Pimpin') It's on the 3500 chassis with the 6.0L. We just returned from our maiden voyage with a round trip from Cincinnati, OH to Cicero, IN for a nearby soccer tourney. Thankfully, an uneventful trip. Towing (and stopping) with the van was great and besides a stubborn propane system (possibly a future thread), the Roo was ready to camp. I will also say that if you ever find yourself looking for a campground in Cicero, IN, I wouldn't hesitate to go back to White River Campground. Nice, small place and all the locals were friendly. Happy camping!Click image for larger version

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Old 04-17-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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hey buckeye, where did you find the van.
my sister has or had one like it.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:50 PM   #3
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We ordered a new 2016 Chevy Express 3500 Extended 15 passenger to tow our 2015 Roo 233S. Van should be here soon. Hopefully, we'll have a similar positive towing experience.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:37 AM   #4
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That is a great looking combo
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:29 AM   #5
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farmermark We purchased from a dealer in Troy, OH
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campnwithkids I'm sure it will work out nice. I was concerned about the extra weight of the conversion but that 3500 chassis is rock solid. Ours is a 9 passenger conversion so it should be the same body/chassis as what you're getting. Only sunk down the suspension less than 3/4" without the weight distribution/sway connected. I was pleasantly surprised on how great it towed. Much better than our 1/2 ton van did.
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jgourlie Thanks We've been happy, so far.
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Getting ready to make our first road trip with the new van. Short trip from storage lot to home went fine. Van is a little bouncier than the old Suburban but plenty of power.
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I'm surprised more people don't pull with these large vans. The forum is full of people wanting to tow a larger camper with a medium suv, only because they don't want a truck. Looks like a great compromise for those with a larger family.
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