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Old 06-23-2016, 07:19 PM   #11
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Towed our 26BH for half a season with a Tahoe and it did ok, but I prefer my Silverado... You won't even know that little X17Z is back there!
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:26 PM   #12
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We have a older Tahoe and a 17C HTT. A friend just bought a fairly new Escalade. My problem with the new SUV's is if you don't order chances are your not going to find one with a towing rear end ratio. Ours has I believe 3:43 I wouldn't want to go any lower, even with a exp 17. 3:73 would be ideal for up to 25ft. and 4:10 beyond that length. His Escalade has the 6.0 motor and 3:23 gears and he said it is not a good combo pulling a 28ft Outback not sure but I think he said it was just under 5K in weight. Next TV for us will be a Suburban or the Yukon XL larger and definitely more solid on the road no matter what I tow.
So you are right, the Escalade ESV and Yukon XL Denali both have 3.42 rears from 07-14 and the 2015+ for both have 3.23 gears. However, the 15+ also have 40 more ft/lb of tq and an 8 speed transmission (vs the 6 speed). So I think it slightly makes up for the more highway rear gear.

The Suburban doesn't get the 6.2 nor the 8 speed. So to me, it's the least capable of the three GM's (but not by much IMO).

You really can't go wrong with any of these full size SUVs of any brand. They are so competitive and spec'd so similar that it comes down to preferences of exterior/interior look, mpg, comfort and reliability.

I re-emphasize my earlier recommendation to look at a long version SUV for the extra room and longer wheelbase. Glad I went that way for sure.

The full size SUV I'm most looking forward to is thr 2018 Expedition that will be on the aluminum body and all the interior upgrades of the new F150. With the EcoBoost, and maybe the 10 speed from the new Raptor. It should be a crazy SUV, with a huge sticker price to boot!
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:30 PM   #13
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I really like my Ford Expy with the factory tow package, just sayin'....
I like your Expedition! I was looking at an EL, the 3rd row, self leveling rear, and ride quality were better than the GM's I drove. My main gripe is the interior but that's just my preference.

I ended up with my Escalade, but in a few years I might get the 2018 Expedition...
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:22 PM   #14
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We towed our 17z with our Dodge Durango. Factory tow package with the v8 Hemi. Never noticed the tow behind us and it came with the 3rd row seating for lots of people room. Now we tow our Starcraft launch 24rls and it's still comfortable to drive. And it fits in our garage without any problems. I've been driving dodge for 30 years and loved all of them.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:17 PM   #15
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The Suburban doesn't get the 6.2 nor the 8 speed. So to me, it's the least capable of the three GM's (but not by much IMO).
The 2500 Suburban gets a 6.0 and massive payload.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:36 AM   #16
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I have the gmc acadia & tow the x17z . Seating for 7. Works great. No power issues.
I vote for the gmc
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:13 AM   #17
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we went with the 2015 sequoia found a great deal on one. pictures coming soon first trip with the beast in july
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:43 PM   #18
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The Sequoia is a sound choice for a TV. My 2008 has 110k miles and still looks/works great. When well maintained Toyotas can go forever. A 9600lb limit with tow package pulls our x18d with ease through the mountains getting 10mpg while providing a comfortable/quiet ride and lots of room.
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:55 PM   #19
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I just bought a 2008 Sequoia Platinum Ltd (5.7L) for the purpose of towing out new X23F. I traded in my Prius for a Sequoia and I am thrilled with it

We live in Washington state. Just this past weekend we towed it over the Cascades and it didn't skip a beat.
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We tow our camper with a GVWR of 6000 lbs. with a 2007 Chrysler Aspen that has a tow rating of 7400 lbs. It has a 5.7L Hemi V8. It can hold the driver plus 6 passengers.
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