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Old 06-22-2016, 04:39 PM   #31
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That's the trouble with Yukon XLs and Suburbans, the price! It's the reason we got a PU, more truck for less money than a 'Burb. BTW, My wife is 5' 1" and loved driving our Suburbans (had 3 over the years). Not hard to drive at all. So don't let size be a deterrent.

Durangos are noted for being good tow vehicles especially for your situation.

Nothing you do will be ideal unless you have unlimited money available. Figure out what's most important to you and base your decisions on that. For example, how much time do you spend outside verses inside? It may be that if you'd rather be by a camp fire and doing other outdoor activities, is a smaller unit really an issue?

I hope you can find a solution that works for you!
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:43 PM   #32
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I know the differences between US and European trailers very well. It does not change the fact that there are heavy trailers towed in Europe with non-truck vehicles. The main difference is the tongue weight and hence you have lower speed limits for towing in Europe (45-50 mph).

I towed with truck, I drove a truck - maybe my statement was not precise. I will never buy a truck. I did NOT speak about trucks ability to tow. I just mentioned those parts of SUVs which should provide better towing experience then those in trucks. Forgot to mention lower center of gravity. These are just objective facts.

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Agreed. I appreciate you stating you are from Europe. That sheds an important light on your viewpoint. Trailers are made very differently in Europe. And the laws and safety specs on vehicles are very different than the US. It's an apples to oranges comparison.

What's more is that if you have never personally towed with a truck, I'm not sure how can speak to their towing ability.
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That's the trouble with Yukon XLs and Suburbans, the price! It's the reason we got a PU, more truck for less money than a 'Burb. BTW, My wife is 5' 1" and loved driving our Suburbans (had 3 over the years). Not hard to drive at all. So don't let size be a deterrent.

Durangos are noted for being good tow vehicles especially for your situation.

Nothing you do will be ideal unless you have unlimited money available. Figure out what's most important to you and base your decisions on that. For example, how much time do you spend outside verses inside? It may be that if you'd rather be by a camp fire and doing other outdoor activities, is a smaller unit really an issue?

I hope you can find a solution that works for you!
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:53 PM   #34
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We tow with a 2007 Chrysler Aspen (which is pretty much a Durango). It has a 5.7L Hemi V8 but the smaller wheel base so it also has a tow rating of 7500 pounds. The GVWR of our 19RD is 6000 pounds. We tow ours very comfortably. The Aspen also has third row seating. It has the tow package which includes the transmission cooler. It took a while to find but we only purchased it last May with 75,000 miles on it for around $17000 which is not bad considering it is a full-sized SUV that can tow. With everyone being concerned about gas mileage a lot of people are giving up the bigger engines that love to eat gas so you may find a deal sooner or later!
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:05 PM   #35
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Looked at a Durango tonight...hubby was not a fan. Not that I blame him going from an Acadia Denali...even the Citadel model didn't win him over though it did have a nicer look. Also looked at the Yukon again and just can't do that kind of trunk space (or lack there of). So it will probably come down to a Suburban or Yukon XL.

Anyone own a 23k that they absolutely love? Or hated? Reasons? Just want to make sure it's worth the vehicle trade otherwise I look harder at a smaller TT.

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JM,

Welcome and congrats on looking at trailers!!!

I know you mentioned looking at a new tow vehicle, something nit mentioned about your Acadia is the factory receiver hitch rating. I don't recall exactly, but it has a max tw (tongue weight) of around 600 or 700lbs. Look for a sticker on the hitch to verify. The Burb has a 1000lb max tw rating.

Head over to one of the Traverse/Acadia forums for some more info as well. Another thing to keep in mind is you are trying to pull a rolling brick! Even a boat (with a v hull) of comoparable weight would be better and easier than a travel trailer, due to the wind resistance.

Good luck in your quest!
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Okay it looks like the Jayco Feather 19bh is our best option...the Forest River Cruiselite 195bh is essentially the same thing...but nearly $10k less list (2017 Jayco at dealer is $18k; 2017 Forest River at dealer is $10k). Anyone know why the drastic price difference? Or have thoughts about Jayco vs Forest River? I'm sure there will be plenty here on this forum
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Okay it looks like the Jayco Feather 19bh is our best option...the Forest River Cruiselite 195bh is essentially the same thing...but nearly $10k less list (2017 Jayco at dealer is $18k; 2017 Forest River at dealer is $10k). Anyone know why the drastic price difference? Or have thoughts about Jayco vs Forest River? I'm sure there will be plenty here on this forum

Plain and simple, Jayco is a superior product compared to FR. Jayco prides themselves on doing things others don't. Like offering items as standard instead of an option like most others do. There's a lot of "structure" comparing on the internet as well. Check out some comparison videos and you'll see what I mean. Just better..
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Okay it looks like the Jayco Feather 19bh is our best option...the Forest River Cruiselite 195bh is essentially the same thing...but nearly $10k less list (2017 Jayco at dealer is $18k; 2017 Forest River at dealer is $10k). Anyone know why the drastic price difference? Or have thoughts about Jayco vs Forest River? I'm sure there will be plenty here on this forum
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:11 AM   #40
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FR makes fine TT's. The main thing that swayed me to Jayco is the 2 year warranty. But if there is the price differential you say, it would be hard to not look at FR. Take the savings and put it toward a newer TV.

Just my 2 pennies.....
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