SUV for Towing???

Fishrdan

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Hey Guys, I'm looking to replace the truck with an SUV :imgay:

My 03 Dakota has been a great truck for towing a 3000# boat, but it's totaled and a SUV is a better option for the family. I'm looking at a Dodge Durango, Chevy Tahoe or Ford Expedition, but not sure which one will be best for towing 3000#.

I'm looking at 2002-2005 SUV's, any comments on Durango's, Tahoe's or Expeditions of that age; engine, transmission, suspension or electronics problems? Any comments towing with an SUV as opposed to a truck? I'm under the impression that SUV's have the suspension softened and not designed to haul heavy loads like a truck, so a few modifications might be in order for the rear suspension.
 

skipjackray

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3,000 lbs is pretty light. is that including trailer, gear, engine, and fuel?

Any of those vehicles should be able to tow 3,000 lbs just fine. Id stay away from dodge they are low quality. The Tahoe or Expedition would be a safe bet.

I tow 4,500 lbs with a 2005 V6 4runner and it tows just fine.
 

Jericho

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Check out the link at the bottom of my post. I have a few that might work for you.
 

Shawn Sadler

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Consider the mileage on the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
<st1:place w:st="on">Durango</st1:place></st1:State>, I have a 2006 and get 14mpg in town and 14 on the freeway. I don&#8217;t even tow anything
 

Fishrdan

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Boat and trailer is 3000#, 3500# with gear.

Shawn, what engine do you have in the Durango, I can see that mileage with the 360. My Dakota with the 4.7 V8 and auto tranny gets 17-19MPG highway, thinking the Durango wouldn't be far off that...
 

hotrodtuna

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I have an 07 Tahoe and tow an 18" Wellcraft CC, and a 20" R.V......

Ask me any question about it and I will let you know...

In my opinon it is the BEST SUV by far to cover all the areas needed....plus I get 19-22 mpg, 07 has fuel management and burns ethynal (cheaper). It really hauls ass too, if you like that. Replaced an 06 F150 SuperCrew, never been happier.
 

Compromise

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Right now the best truck to pull anything 10,000 lbs or less is the new Toyota Tundra.

Bar none the best truck for the money and longevity.
 

Fishrdan

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Right now the best truck to pull anything 10,000 lbs or less is the new Toyota Tundra.

Bar none the best truck for the money and longevity.
DUDE! :imgay: and getting a SUV instead of a truck :nutkick:LOLLOLLOL

This decision really sucks, getting rid of my truck (which I really like), taking over the wife's Accord because it gets better mileage and letting her take the "good" vehicle.

I can feel my nards shrinking already..
 

slydawg

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Right now the best truck to pull anything 10,000 lbs or less is the new Toyota Tundra.

Bar none the best truck for the money and longevity.
Good luck pulling a 10k boat with a tundra..... Just because you can doesn't mean you should..... .02
 

Kurt

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A Tundra is NOT a 3/4 ton truck. Wouldn't even consider it at 10k or even 7K. That is 250/350 territory. You gotta stop that bitch somehow.

My brother in law pulled a 19 foot glass boat with a Suzuki Samari. Got lot's of looks but really iffy.
 

hotrodtuna

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Kurt good advice, I was exposed to a manufacture's info track and was made aware of a breaking problem they had and currently have, problem is to much heat for rotors and pads to accept even when not pulling, so they were very worried about when people pulled with them and the whole break fade issue. Toyota has spent a boat load of money to try and retro~fit? Interesting, I want to make sure this does not turn into a maker against maker thread. I buy American, because I'm proud and it is good stuff!
 

Mot's Sr.

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I have an 07 Tahoe and tow an 18" Wellcraft CC, and a 20" R.V......

Ask me any question about it and I will let you know...

In my opinon it is the BEST SUV by far to cover all the areas needed....plus I get 19-22 mpg, 07 has fuel management and burns ethynal (cheaper). It really hauls ass too, if you like that. Replaced an 06 F150 SuperCrew, never been happier.
I have a 98 Suburban with a 350, love the thing, it gets about 14 around town, about 16-17 on the road. I pull my 19 Wellcraft CC and it does great, really great to throw everything inside where it's locked up to.

Before my son (Mots) got his 250 Ford deisel, I was towing our 25 foot Wellcraft Coastal with the Suburban, it wasn't for shit, got pushed all over the place and hard to stop it in a hurry if someone (which allways happens) cuts in front of you. I've had some scary moments for sure.

Also, if its been raining and the roads are wet, with that kind of weight it will slide all over the place and you can't stop it in a reasonable amount of time.

Don't bite off more than you can chew with thinking just becuse a vehicle is rated for something more than what it should be, that you will be ok and safe. :hali_parkutuli::hali_parkutuli:;)

Just my experience and opinion for whatever it's worth.
 

michael

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Guys, he's towing a 3,500 lb load!

Dan, any of those you listed above will handle that no problem.
Just pick the one you like.
I'd say get the Tahoe and stay away from the dodge mainly for the fuel milage.

Just my $0.02
 

saltyRed

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Well I don't have a boat right now so I can't account for that but I have an '06 durango and it rides sweet. I love it but I think the gas mileage is gonna be rough with any suv, it gets about the same as my mustang I traded in for it which was around 16 city.
 
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I have a 2005 Armada . 20 mpg highway. 17 city. rated for 10k but i wouldnt tow that much. very comfortable and never had a problem. i sold my expedition, no comparison
 
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Guys, he's towing a 3,500 lb load!

Dan, any of those you listed above will handle that no problem.
Just pick the one you like.
I'd say get the Tahoe and stay away from the dodge mainly for the fuel milage.

Just my $0.02
Even the cute porshe !
 

Mean-Machine

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tahoe / Yukon, I think you can get 0% financing. No need to buy used. The new warranty is even better than before. These SUVs are bitchin!
 

Shawn Sadler

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Boat and trailer is 3000#, 3500# with gear.

Shawn, what engine do you have in the Durango, I can see that mileage with the 360. My Dakota with the 4.7 V8 and auto tranny gets 17-19MPG highway, thinking the Durango wouldn't be far off that...

Ive got the hemi, the wife loves it, it kinda sucks to drive somthing other than that, but the gas mileage does bit :_diarrhea_:
 

Duramax

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Well I don't have a boat right now so I can't account for that but I have an '06 durango and it rides sweet. I love it but I think the gas mileage is gonna be rough with any suv, it gets about the same as my mustang I traded in for it which was around 16 city.
I like to see a durango that get's 16mpg in the city, not even on the hwy.
better get your self a new calculator or get that speedo checked out by a pro.:picknose:
 

mark rascon

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I've got an 2004 ford excursion with a 6.0 diesel and i wouldn't trade it for anything and you wouldn't evev know you have a 3000 lb boat behind you.
 

Fishrdan

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Not looking to get tied to another 5 years of car payments, just slap down $15K and drive it till the wheels fall off.

You guys are going to love this one, no sales tax in Nevada if you buy the vehicle from a private party :D
 

Blank

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Guys, he's towing a 3,500 lb load!

Dan, any of those you listed above will handle that no problem.
Just pick the one you like.
I'd say get the Tahoe and stay away from the dodge mainly for the fuel milage.

Just my $0.02
An expert non boat owner.
 

Mot's Sr.

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I'd get ahold of Jericho, he's got a nice one on his web site that's right on what your looking for, maybe he'll deliver to Nevada (or say he did) and work something our with you.



Not looking to get tied to another 5 years of car payments, just slap down $15K and drive it till the wheels fall off.

You guys are going to love this one, no sales tax in Nevada if you buy the vehicle from a private party :D