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Old 01-12-2020, 02:20 PM
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We are shopping for a new kid hauler that can pull the boat (~4,500#) and carry at least eight people.

So far we have looked at the Nissan Van and Toyota Sequoia. We still plan to look at a Chevy Tahoe and a Mercedes powered Sprinter.

We are most likely buying new. What else should we be looking at?
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Chevy Suburban. I'm pretty interested in the new diesel version, should get great MPGs.
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sprinters are junk I have owned 3,,,,, suburban or even better a.. DURA-BURB
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I would reccomend the suburban over the Tahoe as well. That longer wheelbase will tow it better, and I realize it's not a huge load., but you will have more room behind 3rd seat.
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few more to look at.

Ford Expedition
chevy suburban
Nissan Armada
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Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia would be top of my list. Iím a Toyota guy but the new Expedition is awesome. Iíve owned a Tahoe, GMís are great when new but 10 years later theyíre falling apart when a Toyota still drives like new.

I have a Toyota Land Cruiser which will seat 8 and tows great, but the wheelbase is shorter and itís smaller inside than your other choices. The Sequoia has a dated interior and poor gas mileage but it will last forever and is very roomy, bigger than a Tahoe but smaller than a Suburban.

All of these large SUVís will tow 4500 lbs easy. Pick the one that handles 8 comfortably. Expedition, Sequoia, Suburban. No way I would buy the Sprinter.

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Huge fan of the job our 5.7 Sequoia does towing a HydraSports 2390. Best mileage? Nope. Best most luxurious ride? Nope. A smooth, capable drivetrain that will last forever? Yep!
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My concern with the SUV options are their payload capacities. With 8 passengers (and it seems you may have even more at times) along with TW of boat, you might be maxing out. IMO, You are firmly in the full size passenger van segment. I wish the Nissan NV Passenger would come with 4WD option. Would have bought it by now. Quigly does make a conversion though.
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Expedition Max. The ecoboost is a fantastic engine.
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Thanks for all the input!

So far the Sequoia drives the best. We liked the interior of the Tahoe best. Suburban had the best cargo hauling ability. The Nissan NV will haul twelve people and costs ~$20,000 - $25,000 less than the others, but is obviously not as deluxe and only has 2WD.

In addition to a new people hauler she is also getting a commuter car. If we go with a nicer rug like the Suburban or Sequoia we will probably get a bare bones economy car. If we go with the Nissan or a used Suburban we will be able to get a nicer commuter/daily-driver, so that is why we are looking at a fairly wide range of tow vehicles.
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I've had to many burbs to count (Since the 80s) and wifes previous 3 SUVs before her current 2015 burb (115k and still like new) were Expeds (04, 07EL 10EL) and the burb is THE ride! We tow my 24ft BlueWave to the coast (500miles ea way) 4-6x+ a yr and half of those are with the burb and our 3 kids (all college age, all over 6ft tall). The only thing more comfortable is a full size conversion van but I don't want to drive one of those eveyday and the wife says she will NEVER drive one!

I understand the new 2020 burbs are coming with the babymax diesel, if I didn't require a CC PU for all my huntn/fishn/farmn I'd be allover one in a heartbeat! But I wouldn't put my wife in a oil burner for NOTHING, the first time she has to fuel up a diesel she'll likely come home ready to shoot you at least file for divorce!
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I'm shameless. However you can buy custom conversions still for big bucks.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
few more to look at.

Ford Expedition
chevy suburban
Nissan Armada
Another vote for the Armada. Itís a great vehicle with a nice towing capacity.
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No room for 8 peopleís luggage in a Tahoe sized vehicle. Personally, out of the SUVís I would only consider the expedition EL and suburban, as the others SUVís have basically zero cargo space with all 3 rows of seating in use. I personally have zero desire to use a rooftop carrier. Just too much of a pain to load.
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3/4 ton GM conversion van. They make one on the extended platform, 2 rows of captain's chairs in the middle plus a reclining bench in the back, 9 passenger. No one has to sit in a middle seat. Comes with a 6.0 motor.

None of the SUVs can fit 9 with seatbelt unless they still offer a first row bench seat. 6 kids crammed in 2 rows, one of which being a 3rd row seat, doesn't sound like a good time for anyone.

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Originally Posted by DavenFla View Post
I'm shameless. However you can buy custom conversions still for big bucks.
A bullet-proofed diesel Excursion is nice.......
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Originally Posted by SouthpawHD View Post
Another vote for the Armada. Itís a great vehicle with a nice towing capacity.

Personally, I'll NEVER own anything with a 'Nissan' nameplate, or Mercedes Benz.......
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check for Lexus GX470 years 2005 or greater, they are capable of pulling to 6500lbs, comfortable, dependable, 7 seater, under $10k

Sequoia would be my next choice, little larger towing capability and little larger inner space than GX470

4runner would be my 3rd...
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Originally Posted by 71Outrage View Post
Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia would be top of my list. Iím a Toyota guy but the new Expedition is awesome. Iíve owned a Tahoe, GMís are great when new but 10 years later theyíre falling apart when a Toyota still drives like new.

I have a Toyota Land Cruiser which will seat 8 and tows great, but the wheelbase is shorter and itís smaller inside than your other choices. The Sequoia has a dated interior and poor gas mileage but it will last forever and is very roomy, bigger than a Tahoe but smaller than a Suburban.

All of these large SUVís will tow 4500 lbs easy. Pick the one that handles 8 comfortably. Expedition, Sequoia, Suburban. No way I would buy the Sprinter.
Solid advice.

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