My wife and I towed our 197 to Whitehorse and back, 6000+ kms, with our 1997 Suburban. With one minor problem, we made it there and back with flying colors. I had my fingers and toes crossed all the way, but the old Sub perked along just fine.
Friday, we drove up to Prince Albert, and on the way, made the mistake of stopping in at Melfort to look at the nice new Ford trucks. We noticed a nice reddish brown 4-door F150. We looked at the specs. Aw jeez. Long wheelbase and box (not 8 ft, but maybe about 6.5'), trailer package, etc. On Saturday, we stopped in and made a deal. We are going back on Tuesday to pick it up.