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Old 12-14-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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Suburban 3/4 ton vs. Excursion

We're considering moving from our Ram to a SUV for a tow vehicle. I want a 3/4 ton suspension and somewhat decent power. Going from my Cummins to pretty much anything else is going to be painful. Who has an Excursion or Suburban who would be willing to share your thoughts and experiences?

I would be looking at early-mid 2000's rigs. V10 for an Excursion or probably 8.1l for a Suburban. My trailer hovers around 1000 lbs. tongue weight and 8000 lbs. overall, maybe a bit more for extended trips. We tow over the mountain passes a fair amount, so needs to have some power.

I like the 'Burb a bit more on initial impression, but the V10 Excursions seem somewhat plentiful around here in seemingly nice shape.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:46 AM   #2
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Either one you will be happy with. I personally am a chevy fan and we bought a 3/4 ton suburban and it is very nice to tow with. I would go with the 6.0 instead of the 8.1 you will not feel the power difference but you will notice a slight and i mean slight difference at the pump. The Chevys in the years you are looking at had the 4;10 rear axle and that is where you make your power. My brother is a ford guy( must be adopted) he used the excursions as his tow vehicles with the 5.4 and the 3:73 rear axle and was never really happy until he went with the diesel excursion. This is just my experience with what you are looking at and hope you find it helpful.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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I had a 2000 Excursion with a Triton V-10 and it towed my 8200lb Flagstaff with ease. 16mpg not towing, 9.5mpg towing. Traded that in on an 05 Excursion with the 6.0l diesel. 19mpg not towing, 11mpg towing the same trailer. Both are rated with 1200lbs on the tongue with WDH. Both my Excursions were powerful, comfortable rides. IMO, the Triton V-10 was/is one of the best engines Ford ever produced. I can't say that about the 6.0l, but I really didn't have that many problems with mine. I would shy away from the 5.4 in the Excursion as they are very heavy vehicles and although it's fine for everyday driving, towing with it might be a little underpowered. Robert is right though, either vehicle would suit you just fine.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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We own a 2002 Excursion, we pull a 35.5 foot Jayco, about 9300 lbs loaded. the only problems is towing up big hills. on the flat and level we keep it in overdrive and cruise on and let me tell you when 18 wheelers pass me the truck and trailer doesn't move. We get about 9 mpg towing and about 14 empty. The power is there and comfort is up there with the best of them. We have airbags on the back and that helps. We gross out around 17,000 lbs. Our Excursion is a 4x4 and I think that with springs on all four corners that the truck handles better. When we are ready to go camping the front wheel fender in 1/4 inch difference then when the truck is empty. Truck and trailer tows great.
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I went from the Suburban to the Ram 2500 Cummins... Sorry, but I can't imagine having to go back...
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If your buying new order the 'burb with the Dmax engine option..
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If your buying new order the 'burb with the Dmax engine option..
I beleive the 2015 burb and yukons will only offer the 5.3l or 6.2l gas engines, no dmax
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I beleive the 2015 burb and yukons will only offer the 5.3l or 6.2l gas engines, no dmax
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GM has been toying with the idea of a Turbo V6, and possibly a diesel..., but not yet. I live near the GM Proving Grounds in Michigan and often see GM masked vehicles driving around the area...., I thought I heard a 'diesel' under what appeared to be a masked Yukon this past summer.

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I beleive the 2015 burb and yukons will only offer the 5.3l or 6.2l gas engines, no dmax
I've always wondered why GM hasn't offered the Duramax in the 3/4 ton Suburban. You would think they use the same frame as their 3/4 ton pickups. My Excursions were on the same frame as the F-250/350 short box crew cabs. It would be nice to have that kind of torque in a Suburban.
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Chevy or Ford?? You're choice, nothing more.
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