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Old 07-13-2014, 01:43 PM   #11
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I tried pulling my Roo 19 with a 2011 Traverse (3.6L, V6, 281hp, 266 lb-ft, 5200 lb tow capacity) for one season. I wasn't happy. It ran ~3100 rpm in 4th gear at 60 mph on straight and level road. Any slight incline dropped it into 3rd. The issue isn't the weight, but the drag.

I got a Silverado with a V-8. I'm a LOT happier now. I wouldn't bother with a V6.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:50 PM   #12
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On flat roads, it can do it but something as simple as headwind could make it struggle.

Go with the bigger engine- you won't regret having more capability but you could regret not having enough.




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Old 07-13-2014, 06:00 PM   #13
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Okay so go with the bigger engine. Back to the search for a new truck.


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Old 07-13-2014, 09:32 PM   #14
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We have a roo 233s and were using a 2012 durango with the 3.6L v6 and it did ok. We just traded to get a 2012 with the hemi v8 and it pulls like a rock star. The engine has more power at lower RPMs. It is better to pay more now then regret it later!


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Old 07-18-2014, 02:50 PM   #15
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I am pulling my Roo 19 with at Trailblazer with a 6 and it is ok but any kind of a head wind is a killer. Too much drag! I got 7.5mpg going out to South Dakota (upwind) and 11mpg going home (downwind)!
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:24 PM   #16
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I believe the 'tradesman' model is the basic work truck - not going to have a tow package, cooler, wiring, and such you'll want (or need) for towing.

that looks like a used truck? I bet you could get a new 2014 for about that price and just add a year to the payments - starting with a new truck vs a year old one means they'll be the same 'age/condition' when paid off so no risk. And prolly lower interest rate on a new one.

We got a 2013 4 door 4x4 chevy 1500 w/ v8, tow package, backup camera, integral braking controller for $30,500 new and the incentives I"m seeing now on TV are more than we got.
Use the internet, truecar.com I think I used on my subaru (got it $1100 under invoice, 1.23% 5 year loan)
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:07 PM   #17
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Not sure about the 1500 series, but my 2011 Ram 2500 ST is the "Tradesman" crew cab & even this base model comes with a tranny cooler/gauge & trailer hitch wiring - because, after all, they are made for hauling around construction & landscaping trailers, etc.

Although my base Tradesman did not come with the internal brake controller, it was already pre-wired for one. All I had to do was buy a used one for $100, plug it into the pre-wired socket, and have the dealer program the computer ($40).

A couple friends just dropped $30K+ for new trucks, complete with $500-$600/mo. payments, so I just admire their new toys & don't judge... However, I get around just fine without leather seats, backup camera, internal GPS, or satellite radio for $200/month payments...
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Has anyone been towing with an expedition EL? I'm looking at one to replace my current 2002 F150 super crew. I currently have a 3:55 ratio, and was looking to go with a 3:73 in an EL. I'm currently looking at 2007 or 2008 models.
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I would go with the 8 cyl. 269 lb of torque is not enough. hp for show, torque for go. The 5.7 is a good motor. What you sacrifice in fuel economy you will make up in performance and safety.
Understand the performance increase but how does more power increase safety?
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Acceleration getting on the hiway, passing, going up hills, keeping up with traffic - IMO it's not safe to be a 'rolling road block' with everyone trying to pass you.
And if you have more power you won't be using 'all' of it just to get down the road - so less wear and tear on the engine/drivetrain, less tiring on the driver (which means a safer driver).

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Understand the performance increase but how does more power increase safety?
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