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Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow #5196028 08/25/19 08:54 AM
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My son needs a vehicle that can seat at least 7 and pull at 7,000 lb trailer with a 680 lb tongue weight.

He'd have the vehicle loaded up with his large family and of course the trailer would be packed for a trip.

I figure he needs at least a 10,000 lb tow capacity.

Can't afford something new, prefer something that doesn't blow plugs or have some other nightmarish problems with the drive train.

Be specific on the year/model/engine drive chain combination you recommend.

What would you guys recommend?


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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196039 08/25/19 09:06 AM
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Smells like a job for a Suburban, to me. I'd look at a 2500 model with whatever V8 is standard. 2wd, unless he needs 4wd.

Maybe a low miles used one, such as an 04-06, with the 6.0 liter and a 4L80 transmission would be perfect.

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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196040 08/25/19 09:06 AM
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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196042 08/25/19 09:08 AM
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An 8.1L Suburban and an Excursion are two that come to mind. I would personally avoid an Excursion with the 6.0 diesel which showed up in 03 I believe. Prior to that was 7.3 diesel (pretty much bulletproof but getting harder to find with reasonable miles). Gas V10 was an option but some years had the spark plug issue you mentioned. I think Suburban got the 8.1 around 01-02.

Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196045 08/25/19 09:11 AM
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Here's a low mileage beauty...

https://www.carfax.com/vehicle/1GNWCMEG5BR198319

Something like that would tow to his heart's content, for many years.

I'd think you'd find quite a number of them to choose from in Texas. Probably lots of Expeditions, too.

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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196053 08/25/19 09:18 AM
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How about this. A 2008 Chev Suburban 3/4 ton with a 6.0 liter gas engine, 6L90 transmission, 6 Speeds, factory transmission oil cooler, integral motor oil cooler in radiator. It has a tow mode and the ability to control the transmission gears electronically with a button on gear selector. It has 352 HP and 383 ft lbs of torque. The tow rating is 9300 lbs. Tires are LT 265 70 R17 with load range E.

The stopped selling the 3/4 ton a few years ago.

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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196060 08/25/19 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by sasilverbullet
What would you guys recommend?


Really need to know the budget. Are you talking $5K or $25K? What about full size passenger vans?

Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196072 08/25/19 09:40 AM
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+5 on a Suburban 2500 or Yukon XL 2500.
The 8.1L big block is a beast but gets horrible gas mileage and is not necessary, the 6.0L will be fine. The 6-speed 6L90 automatic on the newer ones would be preferable but the 4-speed 4L80E automatic would be acceptable and is a very good transmission. Either way, the drive trains are pretty much bullet-proof. The problem will be... trying to find one. They are few and far between, and nice well cared-for low mile examples are going to be expensive.

Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: wag123] #5196078 08/25/19 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by wag123
The 8.1L big block is a beast but gets horrible gas mileage and is not necessary, the 6.0L will be fine.


How much worse could it get? I have a truck with the 6.0 and towing with a total weight around 11,000 pounds, I get in the 12's mpg. Empty at around 7,500 pounds, maybe 13.

Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196088 08/25/19 10:00 AM
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Chevy Express 2500. We took one down to NC and pulled a truck on a trailer back through the mountains and it did awesome. Quite comfortable too. Can't say I'd recommend an E350, overhead cam engine in a doghouse seems like a nightmere.


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The 8.1L big block is a beast but gets horrible gas mileage and is not necessary, the 6.0L will be fine.


How much worse could it get? I have a truck with the 6.0 and towing with a total weight around 11,000 pounds, I get in the 12's mpg. Empty at around 7,500 pounds, maybe 13.
8, maybe 10 if you are very careful.

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Originally Posted by wag123
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The 8.1L big block is a beast but gets horrible gas mileage and is not necessary, the 6.0L will be fine.


How much worse could it get? I have a truck with the 6.0 and towing with a total weight around 11,000 pounds, I get in the 12's mpg. Empty at around 7,500 pounds, maybe 13.
8, maybe 10 if you are very careful.


Why is that? I'm no engineer but all things being equal, shouldn't it be about the same? The 8.1 would have less throttle opening vs. the 6.0 in a identical load so it should even out.

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Originally Posted by wag123
+5 on a Suburban 2500 or Yukon XL 2500.
The 8.1L big block is a beast but gets horrible gas mileage and is not necessary, the 6.0L will be fine. The 6-speed 6L90 automatic on the newer ones would be preferable but the 4-speed 4L80E automatic would be acceptable and is a very good transmission. Either way, the drive trains are pretty much bullet-proof. The problem will be... trying to find one. They are few and far between, and nice well cared-for low mile examples are going to be expensive.


Yep. I towed a 27' boat with a Chevy Express 15 passenger van full of kids and gear with the 6.0 and the 4 speed. The 6 speed would be gravy. The 6.0 did just fine. They can be found and are worth the search.


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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196111 08/25/19 10:43 AM
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Nothing but a big Chevy or GMC would be up to this task.


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Re: Recommend a 7 passenger w/10,000 tow [Re: sasilverbullet] #5196164 08/25/19 11:42 AM
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One thing more on the 3/4 ton Suburban. Mine has hydro-boost ( the power steering pump aids the power brakes) and it has disc brakes all around. Going up grades I manually held it in 4th gear (out of 6) at 3500 rpm at 60 mph with a 3.73 rear end. They also have a 4.11 option but you’re at the mercy of what’s available on the used vehicle market.

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