|05-23-2002 10:18 PM|
Personally I would go with a 4wd Tahoe or preferrably Suburban.
3.42s and open is what I prefer. Those who want steeper gears like paying for gas and don't know how to use the tranny. L/S is crap.
Having towed with both (tahoe only once) the sub is much more stable. Plus 8 seats come in handly with kids.
1/2 ton will work though a 3/4 ton (2wd is ok in 3/4 ton as 1/2 2wd have small wheels and tires which sucks unless you want a low rider, 3/4 you get same tires) is obviously a better thig to tow width.
The vortec GM engines are great towers and get good mileage on the highway (got close to 20 on sub highway if I went slow, even at 80 it would get 18).
|05-23-2002 06:48 PM|
|Zukster||I've got a 2001 Tahoe that I tow with. I tow a 21.5' boat and a 18' carhauler w/ my '85 4 Runner. We ordered the Tahoe w/ 4.10 gears to help tow with and installed an aux. tranny cooler. The Tahoe is acceptable as a tow vehicle, but is not great. For my family it is a good compromise between a daily driver/grocery getter/tow vehicle for now. Its extremely comfortable it does get the job done.|
|05-23-2002 04:53 PM|
I went for the expedition a couple of years back (2000) after finding out from camo they make a good tow rig. Ive towed about 4-5 thousand miles with it an its great. No problem on any hills (350lbs torgue) 260hp. seats 8. rear air. 8600#towing capacity.
Neigbor of mine picked up a 95 bronco (4wd) for $4000 at an auction in SAC and he said the expeditions were going for $8000
|05-23-2002 04:15 PM|
|spunky||I love driving the Tahoe, it's a plush ride. I thought about doing a 3/4 ton swap with a straight axle front, after the second time the rear went bad in the Tahoe, the wife found out what I was going to do and freaked out. She didnt think that putting two kids in the car would be good with 6" lift and 35's. Maybe next time the rear goes south.|
|05-23-2002 03:40 PM|
|05-23-2002 03:35 PM|
Probably better mileage and all that too, and I won't be wanting to lift it LOL
|05-23-2002 03:32 PM|
His truck rides A LOT nicer than mine, it's lighter, and there for quicker.
|05-23-2002 03:31 PM|
No its a 4wd i bought a year ago for 16,500 sure that it is cheaper now, if oyu have any questions about my truck you can also ask jiMMy he knows my truck well in fact he is probably at your house right now
the only other thing is that i need to put overloads or airbags in the rear bad
|05-23-2002 03:28 PM|
|Brandon||is it a 2wd? Check out my link to that Yukon above, what do you think? Sure fits my budget!|
|05-23-2002 03:26 PM|
I know where there are several 3/4 ton Suburbans for sale up in the reno carson area. Catch is....all of the ones I have seen are 454. And that is fine for towing, but gas mileage for a family truck sucks!!!
Brandon, I tow with a 97 GMC 1/2 x-cab truck. The vortec 350 is a great motor. Pulls the cruiser with minimal effort. Pulls my jet ski's fine and last year pulled my parents 20 something foot cobalt ski boat to the lake and back nearly every weekend.
Regular mileage with 100% synthetic fluid in it is running between like 18 and 21 mpg. Not bad for a full size truck that is also a commuter. Not sure what it get's towing.
My only recommendation is get a trailer with brakes. The 1/2 will pull that sucker but the brakes leave something to be desired. But honestly in my opinion all trailers should have brakes.
If you want to test if out, drive your truck over here, pull a trailer and we can load the whole mess up and you take her for spin. You will be surprised.
|05-23-2002 03:14 PM|
Brandon i tow with a 95 4 door yukon, i tow fine and thats with a heavy trailer nad just put trailer brakes on i love my truck and seems to tow fine with the jeep on the trailer, the only things thati would suggest would be overload springs and the vortec engine, i dont have the vortec engine and really wish that i did. Here is a pic of my tow rig and trailer https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...threadid=55612
|05-23-2002 03:11 PM|
My 2cents is if you have /expect 2 kids go with the sub or expedition. More room is better for all their stuff. A big plus on any roadtrip is when it's time to go home, you don't pack the vehicle, you just chuck everything in. This luxury is priceless when the kids are screaming and the wife is starting to get hot.
I got the 3/4t Sub but only becasue I found one for the same price as a 1/2t. Though the 454 vortec and bigger brakes are a plus with 6k lbs of trailer. Find a 1/2 ton with a tow pkg. That will at least get you gears and a tranny cooler.
|05-23-2002 03:04 PM|
Re: Family Car/Tow Rig - Tahoe?
|05-23-2002 02:56 PM|
EDIT: 3/4 ton burbs come with 350s too of course, just noticed that my post reads like 454 and diesel are the only way you can get them...
|05-23-2002 02:53 PM|
The K2500s are more plentiful out here.
|05-23-2002 02:44 PM|
|05-23-2002 02:30 PM|
I'd try to find a 3/4 ton suburban with a 350 vortec, the "K2500" model. Bigger brakes, heavier duty suspension.
I used to have an 88 bronco 351 EFI. IMO it is not enough truck to tow your toy on a trailer in the mountains. I towed a ski boat behind it and it was fine, but it was not as heavy as your toy and trailer will be. anyway, I'm not gonna debate it, but I would like to see you and your family in something abit bigger
I sold it to Glenn, and he flat towed his flatty behind it a couple of times so he might chime in.
The other downside of a bronco is its a 2 door and with kids that sucks.
|05-23-2002 02:26 PM|
If you really search around you will find out that Chev and GMC sold Subs that were the 2500 series. They are out there.
Didn't Camo tow with his Expedition for a long time?
|05-23-2002 02:18 PM|
this is cheap - Yukon
and I like this - 2001 expedetion
|05-23-2002 02:08 PM|
I've got a '00 tahoe Z71. I towed a lwb '66 truck from Fresno to San Jose with no problems. I also tow a trailer with a quad and three bikes to carnegie(sp?) twice a month. So far I've had no problems with anything.
I would say it would make a good tow/family vehicle. I don't really like as a daily commuter though.
|05-23-2002 02:06 PM|
cheaper the better
Blue Book on my current car is 16k so that would be my budget (yea I know it will cost more but I'd say in the below 30k range)
I need to go sit in these things, neighbors have an expedition. I'll have to hook up jiMMy's trailer and rig sitting at my house and go for a ride
I think the tahoe and burb are the same tow wise, so it is one of those or an expedetion right now.
|05-23-2002 02:01 PM|
What is in your budget?????
If its 35K and below...
01-02 Suburban/Denali has the new GM 6.0L which tows just fine.
They even have the new 8.0L in the new Suburban/DenaliXL
I'm not sure how well the 95-01 Vortec 454 Suburbans do but I would guess they will do fine.... I think UGET IT had one for sale a while back.....I had a 93 1 Ton w/ the 454TBI and it sucked in every way.
Some of these might be out of you price range since your talking about CARMAX....
|05-23-2002 02:00 PM|
|Brandon||lookin at a 2001 expedetion on carmax right now, although the specs on the 99's I am comparing it to are real close, same HO and 5 torque difference|
|05-23-2002 01:55 PM|
I can't comment on an Expedition, but what did you personally dislike about the way the Tahoe towed
|05-23-2002 01:52 PM|
Brandon, DO NOT GET A SMALL TOW RIG!!!! Get a good one to start off with. Get the Expedition before the Tahoe or the Yukon. The Expedition has moer power and tows a hell of a ot better. You have to make sure to get the 2000+ Triton motor. I am gonna go with a 2002 Ford F250 4 door short bed with a PS diesel. Have fun.
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