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Old 08-31-2012, 11:55 AM   #11
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They have a coil spring/shock absorber setup and not leaf spring. Look at the pic I posted of my Suburban. Same for an Expedition. Armada and Sequoia owners can comment of theirs, but I doubt they are different.

That's why they ride so nice.
My suburban has leafs
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:31 PM   #12
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So wincrasher the RAM truck has a car suspension as it has coil springs ?
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:46 PM   #13
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Its perfectly fine to tow with an SUV within its ratings if that is what is best for a family. You don't need a pickup for this trailer .

As to the question about suspension, it is correct that payload generally suffers. As I wrote above, its not the towing power, but the payload. By the way, my Sequoia is derived from the Toyota Tundra but differs in its use of a fully boxed frame and independent suspension (Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bars IIRC).

More important than discussing the particulars of various suspension systems is the question does the TV/TT combo work within the various ratings?
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:37 PM   #14
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So wincrasher the RAM truck has a car suspension as it has coil springs ?
The must have borrowed that from the Fiat 500!
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:00 PM   #15
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We are a family of 7. (kids are 10 years old and under) We have been tenting and traveling in 2 vehicles. Our Dodge Ram served us this summer towing for local trips. We want to move to a Suburban 1500 or Expedition xl. Could either get it done? I want to avoid owning a 12 passenger 1 ton church van.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:01 AM   #16
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I would go with a suburban 2500 if I was you.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #17
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I would agree with the 3/4 ton suburban. You will gain something like 600lbs of payload and the combined weight of a family of seven with a 233S's tongue weight will soon eat up a 1/2 ton's payload.

The 233S will probably have a tongue weight between 650 and 700lbs depending on how much you carry and how you load it.

Add 650 lbs to the weight of your family in the truck and the typical 1,400-1,500lb payload in a 1/2 ton suburban will soon be eaten up and you'll probably be over the rating. If the kids are young and you think its close, make sure to plan on the future for when they get bigger.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:32 AM   #18
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Last time I checked, the Denali (both short and long) came with an air ride rear that will level out the rear. Though I think they say max tongue weight is around 650 lbs.

The 3/4 ton will do much better.

The problem with an SUV is that it like driving a pickup with 1500 lbs of steel and glass in the bed.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:58 PM   #19
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I tow my 233s with a 2011 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7 Hemi, pulls it just fine.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #20
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I would look into a Nissan Armada. Ours is an 2006 SE with the tow package. Rated to pull 9100LBS with a 910lb tongue weight. As others have said, just watch what you load up in the truck. We have three kids, the oldest being 6, so all three of my kids are about 120LBS total. As of right now, there are no weight issues, but are planning for the future. Hello 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel

Should pull your 233s just fine.
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