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New tow beast time

Post by Russ » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:49 pm

Time to shop for a new tow beast.

I'm thinking of a family car/tow vehicle.
Any suggestions.

On the list

Chevy Suburban/Tahoe
Ford Expedition
Toyota Sequoia

Must be 4WD.

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by trdprotruck » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:05 pm

I was in the same market for a similar family/tow vehicle 4wd but with good MPG.

The one I liked the most was the Mercedes ML350. It has 302hp and a tow capacity of 7200lbs. The mpg isn't bad at 18/23.

The biggest draw back is the price. It ended up being cheaper to just have a cheap 1/2 ton truck and a family car for the mpg.

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Highlander » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:25 pm

Here was my solution
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I am very happy

J 8)

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Steve K » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:31 pm

Had a Suburban (Actually, full size Blazer)
350 cid (5.7) 4x4. 10-12mpg towing the boat. In fact, it got about the same mileage, no matter what. It was a 1992 and I put over 300,000 miles on it.

Now have a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 W/ extended cab
2wd 323cid (5.3 V8) 16mpg towing the boat and more power than the old SUV. It has a 7800 pound tow rating and rides like a car, not a truck. It has towing package. It will run on 4 cylinders, when not under heavy load and this greatly improves mpg.

I think it would tow two boats as easily as the old SUV pulled one. PLENTY of quiet power. This is my first pickup and it is so handi for so many things. The sticker was $26,000. (but who pays sticker?) :wink:

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by RobertB » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:43 pm

We went for the F150 Super Crew. Ecoboost with Tow package makes towing real easy and is a blast to drive (360 hp, 420 ft lbs torque over most of RPM range) and the interior is plenty big for our family of 5 plus two large dogs if needed. With the short bed, my wife can still park it in the parking garage.
http://www.macgregorsailors.com/forum/v ... +tow+beast

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Russ » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:58 pm

So tow BEAST is probably overkill. I have a Dodge RAM that tows the boat 2 twice, up and back to the lake. I'm thinking of something of a family vehicle that the admiral will drive most of the time and get the boat up there and back. I may keep the truck just for hauling stuff.

So pickup truck is out for this application. That Mercedes SUV looks sweet, but the nearest Merc dealer is 3 hours away. Not sure I want to travel that far for maintenance stuffs. Still, it's a nice ride.

Lincoln Navigator looks nice too.

Probably going to have to go shopping and drive a few.


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Re: New tow beast time

Post by NiceAft » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:32 pm

I usually stay out of these discussions because not everyone has the same budget.

When my Envoy died, I bought a 2011 GMC Acadia. It pulls my :macm: without any problems. The Acadia is a larger vehicle than the Envoy, more luxurious, and it can be configured for eight or seven. For me, that means I can fit grandchildren, their parents, and stuff. :) If you are considering a Navigator, then I would also consider the Acadia. If you wanted even more refinements, then look into Buick's version. These are both smaller than the Navigator.

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Russ » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:23 am

Thanks Ray, I'm adding the Acadia to the list. Looks like another good option.


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Re: New tow beast time

Post by KayakDan » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:26 am

Consider a different take on this.
I have a Honda CR-V that is our everyday vehicle. Cost is about 22K a couple of years ago. 27MPG all day long,and its AWD for winter
I bought a 2WD Dodge Ram with 4.7l V8. for a tow vehicle. Dealer was really hot to sell it,as nobody wants a 2WD,especially just before winter. I didn't care,as it's our tow vehicle and it doesn't move all winter. Never had a problem on a boat ramp,as the rear axle is loaded with boat weight and trailer,plenty of traction. Cost for the Ram in 2009 with 30K was $11,700,after some hardball negotiation. Total vehicle outlay around 33K.

I put a cap on the bed of the Ram,so I can carry boat gear securely,and it's a good vehicle for hauling drywall,wood,recycle bins,whatever,and I do everyday driving at 27MPG.

Would this work for you?

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Russ » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:33 am

Dan,

You may have a good point. I don't need a tow vehicle as much as family AWD vehicle. Hmmmm. I may consider that. The fuel economy is important.

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by kevinnem » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:46 am

I have 4 runner (and living 6 hours north of you I suspect we share a lot of weather).

I understand your need for 4wd.

IF I have room for it in the garage and could do it over again, I would get the soquia over the 4 runner. I think its tow capacity is LOWER then the 4 runner, because the technical itself is heavier. I could be wrong.

I have the 275HP v6, and no issue ever with power, though you might not be able to climb the 10% hills in rockyies in top gear at 110 KM/hour (65 mph).

IF I could afford to look at new vehicals, I would look at 3 ideas.
1) some sort of SUV, the envoy with v8 from a few years back was great, I don't know much about acadia. Dont touch the durangos, they are really really bad on ice and snow (would be fine if you were in flordia).

2) an old "tow vehical", like a 1998 suburban. It would be an "old " car such that he cost would be very low, but you get other issues, and not sure if that is a way to go or not.

3) twin turbo Eco boost - one of the guys here at work has one and loves it, been in it a few times, I have never towed init. The fuel economy is good, and
lots of space.

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Hamin' X » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:39 am

The 2012 and newer Ford Explorer has third row seating, AWD, 5,000 lb towing and eco boost economy. We have the 2012 version without the eco boost. nice vehicle, except for the navigation system, which sucks (I use my phone and google nav instead).

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by dlandersson » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:08 am

Got a used Jeep Grand Cherokee for just a few thousand. Tows 7,500 lbs, okay mph and can double as a family vehicle when needed. 8)
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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Sea Wind » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Take a look at the new Durango. It is based on the Mercedes GL. It tows over 7000lbs with the Hemi and has a hidden third row for more seating capacity. Even the 6 cylinder has much more towing capacity than the Acadia and it is a little smaller. It also has a lot of nice extras not available in other suvs like blind spot monitor, vented seats, 20 inch wheels, led headlights that adjust with steering, etc
We got one in January replacing a 2010 Honda Pilot and it feels like a major upgrade for almost the same MSRP. The New Grand Cherokee is prety nice too

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Re: New tow beast time

Post by Azzarac » Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:49 pm

The absolute only way to go is with the H2-X! :D :D
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With 315 HP you can tow all day long. The kids can plug their PS3/Wii/Xbox into the console and play games all the way to your destination. If they do get bored with games just pop a DVD in and stick the headphones on them and it is blissful silence! Mileage isn't too terrible. I can usually get 16 highway towing and I figure that's worth the price for the comfort.

As others have mentioned on here, we also have a '96 Chevy Tahoe with a 350ci engine. It tows just fine and gets 16cty-20hwy mpg. Parts are readily available and it is easy to work on. You can find these in good condition and relatively cheap. Insurance is also a lot cheaper on an older vehicle. That $20-30K you save on buying a new vehicle will buy a whole lot of fuel.

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