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Old 08-29-2015, 05:42 PM   #11
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Each gen burb has it's quirks, but don't be shy. Don't settle, get a 3/4 ton burb with a 3.73 rear end minimum. 4.10 rear end is better.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:45 PM   #12
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Also try to find a Ford Excursion I believe they were a bit larger than a suburban. Some came with a 6.8 v10
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Thanks, didn't they stop making the Excursion too? Don't mind buying used but seems like these car manufacturers are missing part of the market now.
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I thought the excursion was done, too.

As to pay load in the 'burban, my method is probably a bit different than 95% of the TT owners: I try to get everything we need in the trailer, and run the truck bed pretty much empty. I gave up hauling firewood. I gave up hauling fresh water in our Gatorade cooler. The only thing in the bed are the kids bikes, my empty black/gray water tote, and the greasy tabletop gas grill.

I know it's sacrilege to not fill the pickup bed to the brim... But it makes for a more enjoyable time when I know all our gear is in the camper, and I don't need to "load" the pickup and unload the pickup. My point is.... A suburban's job is to haul your family, with plenty of room in the "way back" for the pups. Don't be alarmed or angry if the fam plus tongue weight kick all your payload. That's what it is for. You'll be happier once you figure out exactly what gear you need, pack the trailer with it, and leave out all the stuff you don't need.

But I would still look at the transit. I'm going to guess you can buy two for the price of one new 3/4 ton burban... If the dealer will even sell a 3/4 ton to a non fleet user.
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Thanks, didn't they stop making the Excursion too? Don't mind buying used but seems like these car manufacturers are missing part of the market now.

Yes. Last year for the Excursion was 2006.
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Check-out the signature as to our new truck. DH can quote all the 'manly' things, but from the female side - LOTS of room, seats 5 comfortably, and is very luxurious. If you get a shell for the bed - it might work for your pets. I LOVE the exhaust brakes and other diesel features, we'll never go back to a gasser!
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Yes. Last year for the Excursion was 2006.
Correction, 2005 (which is what I have). Great vehicle for what you are looking. Unfortunately, you will only find ones that are at least 10 years old, which means a lot of mileage.

I know what it is like going on a trip with 3 kids in the back of a pickup, and it is not fun! That's why we got the Excursion, so 2 kids go in the 2nd row captain chairs, and the 3rd goes on the back bench with the dog. No one is touching each other!
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Correction, 2005 (which is what I have). Great vehicle for what you are looking. Unfortunately, you will only find ones that are at least 10 years old, which means a lot of mileage.

I know what it is like going on a trip with 3 kids in the back of a pickup, and it is not fun! That's why we got the Excursion, so 2 kids go in the 2nd row captain chairs, and the 3rd goes on the back bench with the dog. No one is touching each other!


06 was the last year of the Excursion. Although, not for long. They should've never stopped making them.
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A Ford 1-ton van is another option. We towed with one for years and loved it. Ours has a 4x4 conversion which I love, but is not needed for most towing. They can also be found with the v-10, which is used in many many motorhomes.
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06 was the last year of the Excursion. Although, not for long. They should've never stopped making them.
Your statement piqued my curiosity, so I looked it up. Apparently they did sell a few in Mexico as a 2006 model, although it was produced in Sept 2005. It doesn't appear as though you could buy a 2006 in the U.S.

Back to the topic at hand, Ford needs to make Excursions again!
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