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#12684267 - 03/22/18 10:27 AM Truck vs SUV
Too Fat 2 Fish Offline
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My 17 Tundra is a total. About to pick out a new vehicle. Been driving trucks forever but thinking about switching to SUV (tahoe/expedition)

Like the idea of being able to keep tackle, cooler etc. inside of SUV. Also thinking you could pop the hatch and have great view of trailer when launching or baking up?

Right now I'm towing 20' single axle about 3000#

Who has experience towing/launching with SUV and truck? What's your preference?

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#12684523 - 03/22/18 12:33 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Might want to do some research on your choices before you buy. Not sure about the current models but both have had torque converter issues. If It was me I would stick with Toyota. SUVs are great if you have family and don't need a bed but also normally cost more than pickups.
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#12684711 - 03/22/18 01:59 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Stump jumper]
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Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
Might want to do some research on your choices before you buy. Not sure about the current models but both have had torque converter issues. If It was me I would stick with Toyota. SUVs are great if you have family and don't need a bed but also normally cost more than pickups.


Really?? hadn't heard that. I'll probably end up sticking with tundra.
Been driving them since 04 and zero problems.

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#12684766 - 03/22/18 02:31 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Originally Posted By: Too Fat 2 Fish
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
Might want to do some research on your choices before you buy. Not sure about the current models but both have had torque converter issues. If It was me I would stick with Toyota. SUVs are great if you have family and don't need a bed but also normally cost more than pickups.


Really?? hadn't heard that. I'll probably end up sticking with tundra.
Been driving them since 04 and zero problems.

I haven't heard that. I know this guy hasn't heard that either. He's the transmission guy at my GM dealership. His stalls and rebuild table are like this daily. When I read this I walked over and took these picture because I knew they would be empty. I'll let him know we have converter problem so he can get to work.


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#12684851 - 03/22/18 03:15 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Have used a Yukon, suburban, and Tahoe to tow a very similar setup. They all performed fine, the extra weight over the rear wheels will give you some more traction on slick ramps.

That said I much prefer the open bed of a truck to an suv. I find many times more often I have something big or dirty that I want to put in the bed than I do find somethin I cant fit in a crew cab truck.

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#12684891 - 03/22/18 03:34 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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If you're interested in a Tahoe or Yukon, I would sure love to help you out. Give me a call
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#12685036 - 03/22/18 05:27 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I have the perfect solution, pickup with a hard shell bed cover.

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#12685293 - 03/22/18 08:34 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Justin DuBose]
Too Fat 2 Fish Offline
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Originally Posted By: Justin DuBose
If you're interested in a Tahoe or Yukon, I would sure love to help you out. Give me a call


I’ll give you a call manana thanks

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#12686146 - 03/23/18 12:26 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Todd™]
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Originally Posted By: Todd™
Originally Posted By: Too Fat 2 Fish
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
Might want to do some research on your choices before you buy. Not sure about the current models but both have had torque converter issues. If It was me I would stick with Toyota. SUVs are great if you have family and don't need a bed but also normally cost more than pickups.


Really?? hadn't heard that. I'll probably end up sticking with tundra.
Been driving them since 04 and zero problems.

I haven't heard that. I know this guy hasn't heard that either. He's the transmission guy at my GM dealership. His stalls and rebuild table are like this daily. When I read this I walked over and took these picture because I knew they would be empty. I'll let him know we have converter problem so he can get to work.



So I guess everything I have read was "Fake News"
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#12686278 - 03/23/18 02:05 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Stump jumper]
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Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
So I guess everything I have read was "Fake News"


You know every Tom "Richard" and Harry screams at the top of their lungs from the highest hill forever when they have a problem with a new car. Just because you read about a problem doesn't mean it everyone every time and common. If you read the ram ecodiesel forum you would think its a wonder I manage to make it 20 miles to work every morning and 20 miles back home every day. In reality I have almost 50k miles without one hiccup.


Edited by redchevy (03/23/18 02:06 PM)

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#12687545 - 03/24/18 03:21 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
So I guess everything I have read was "Fake News"


You know every Tom "Richard" and Harry screams at the top of their lungs from the highest hill forever when they have a problem with a new car. Just because you read about a problem doesn't mean it everyone every time and common. If you read the ram ecodiesel forum you would think its a wonder I manage to make it 20 miles to work every morning and 20 miles back home every day. In reality I have almost 50k miles without one hiccup.



Exactly, well said!

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#12689807 - 03/26/18 12:11 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Woods & Water]
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Originally Posted By: Ol Man River
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
So I guess everything I have read was "Fake News"


You know every Tom "Richard" and Harry screams at the top of their lungs from the highest hill forever when they have a problem with a new car. Just because you read about a problem doesn't mean it everyone every time and common. If you read the ram ecodiesel forum you would think its a wonder I manage to make it 20 miles to work every morning and 20 miles back home every day. In reality I have almost 50k miles without one hiccup.



Exactly, well said!
I understand the whole 1 unhappy owner versus 1000 happy one thing but I have simply read of too many people having problems with the Big 3. Enough to scare me away. I owned Fords for 35 years. Had mostly good ones but one total piece of junk and lack of any kind of help from Ford plus their attitude chased me away and made me maybe a little over cautious. I actually got several quotes on GM products when I was looking last year. I probably would have bought one if I could have gotten the 6.2 in an LT trim. I was not going to touch the 5.3.
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#12689997 - 03/26/18 02:24 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I went to pick up my boss at the Toyota dealer today. I saw a tundra getting the engine pulled. I would stay away from tundras. Their clearly not reliable.
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#12690216 - 03/26/18 04:51 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
So I guess everything I have read was "Fake News"


You know every Tom "Richard" and Harry screams at the top of their lungs from the highest hill forever when they have a problem with a new car. Just because you read about a problem doesn't mean it everyone every time and common. If you read the ram ecodiesel forum you would think its a wonder I manage to make it 20 miles to work every morning and 20 miles back home every day. In reality I have almost 50k miles without one hiccup.


This!^^^ Yeah pretty much fake news. I read about these problems and I never see them but things I see all the time that I are problems nobody ever mentions. It's kind of weird like that in the car business. Now days just buy what you like and drive it. You pretty much can't go wrong.
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#12690423 - 03/26/18 07:05 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I have had a Tundra and had to have the transmission replaced while it was still in warranty. Now have a 2015 GMC with 6.2/8 speed transmission. Had to have the torque converter changed at about 35,000 miles and it has been a major problem with the 8 speed. Not sure if they have corrected the problem. Coincidentally, I am thinking of trading for a SUV or a crossover. Not sure which way I will go but will not need it for towing but I will be checking to see what kind of problems they are having. Interestingly, when I had the problem with the torque converter I looked online and it is mentioned often.

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#12691517 - 03/27/18 12:36 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: donothin]
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Originally Posted By: donothin
I have had a Tundra and had to have the transmission replaced while it was still in warranty. Now have a 2015 GMC with 6.2/8 speed transmission. Had to have the torque converter changed at about 35,000 miles and it has been a major problem with the 8 speed. Not sure if they have corrected the problem. Coincidentally, I am thinking of trading for a SUV or a crossover. Not sure which way I will go but will not need it for towing but I will be checking to see what kind of problems they are having. Interestingly, when I had the problem with the torque converter I looked online and it is mentioned often.
That is strange. I have been a member of the Tundra forum for almost 2 years and never seen a post on someone having tranny problems. I spend almost a year shopping and trying to decide between GM or Toyota. I have seen plenty of post on cam tower leaks but not sure what percentage of trucks actually experience them and to what degree. Tundra and Tacoma owners seem to be a picky group (not that GM owners are not) so even minor problems get blown up at times.
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#12691616 - 03/27/18 01:28 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Go with the Tahoe if you decide to get an SUV, there's a reason they sell more than twice any other model.

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#12693005 - 03/28/18 10:55 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Stump jumper]
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Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
Originally Posted By: donothin
I have had a Tundra and had to have the transmission replaced while it was still in warranty. Now have a 2015 GMC with 6.2/8 speed transmission. Had to have the torque converter changed at about 35,000 miles and it has been a major problem with the 8 speed. Not sure if they have corrected the problem. Coincidentally, I am thinking of trading for a SUV or a crossover. Not sure which way I will go but will not need it for towing but I will be checking to see what kind of problems they are having. Interestingly, when I had the problem with the torque converter I looked online and it is mentioned often.
That is strange. I have been a member of the Tundra forum for almost 2 years and never seen a post on someone having tranny problems. I spend almost a year shopping and trying to decide between GM or Toyota. I have seen plenty of post on cam tower leaks but not sure what percentage of trucks actually experience them and to what degree. Tundra and Tacoma owners seem to be a picky group (not that GM owners are not) so even minor problems get blown up at times.


After reading that I truly believe that you and all the other Toyota groupies are brainwashed and in a cult.

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#12693085 - 03/28/18 11:49 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I don't know about brainwashed or a cult, but I've owned em all and Toyota is by far the best I ever had. I was a Chevy man since the 60's when if you want to race there was only one motor. I now drive a Ford because I can buy a used one cheaper than a Chevy but if I had my druthers I'd own a Toyota truck. I do have a Highlander and it is just wonderful. To each there own.
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#12693146 - 03/28/18 12:29 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: jackiekennedyfishingguide]
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Originally Posted By: jackiekennedyfishingguide
I don't know about brainwashed or a cult, but I've owned em all and Toyota is by far the best I ever had. I was a Chevy man since the 60's when if you want to race there was only one motor. I now drive a Ford because I can buy a used one cheaper than a Chevy but if I had my druthers I'd own a Toyota truck. I do have a Highlander and it is just wonderful. To each there own.
yep, used Fords are cheap because their resale value sucks.
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#12693279 - 03/28/18 01:35 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I drive a lot. I have been driving 16 years. I have owned and maintained 6 vehicles with over 200,000 miles on them, 3 over 250k miles. In all that 1 has needed engine work. A GM 350 had crooked mains and wore out the bearings and started knocking well before its first oil change (replaced under warranty). Other than that there have been no engine or transmission repairs. I have never owned a toyota.

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#12693344 - 03/28/18 02:11 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
[/quote]yep, used Fords are cheap because their resale value sucks.


Been car hunting a bunch over the past year..mostly looking at blue ovals....and that is most certainly NOT the case. People want as much for a low mileage used truck as you can buy a new one for.

I have nothing against Toyota or GM but if I want a SUV, I buy an Expedition with the ecoboost. That engine is a dream to tow with.

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#12693599 - 03/28/18 05:07 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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#12693901 - 03/28/18 08:17 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Had a 1999 gmc suburban 4x4 and would pull a single axle boat trailer and it sucked, trailer would sway real bad, I tried everything to fix it with no luck.

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#12694477 - 03/29/18 09:01 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Samsonsworld]
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Originally Posted By: Samsonsworld
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
yep, used Fords are cheap because their resale value sucks.


Been car hunting a bunch over the past year..mostly looking at blue ovals....and that is most certainly NOT the case. People want as much for a low mileage used truck as you can buy a new one for.

I have nothing against Toyota or GM but if I want a SUV, I buy an Expedition with the ecoboost. That engine is a dream to tow with. [/quote]

Yeah, the guys stating Ford resale sucks are completely ignorant of the facts. I had a 2013 F150 that I sold after 2 years and 30K miles for $4K less than I paid new. I currently have a 2018 F150 that I bought when they first came out which resulted in less incentives, so I won't be in quite that good of shape next time around. But I had a very specific setup I wanted and ordering was my only option.

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#12703556 - 04/04/18 08:17 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Samsonsworld]
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Originally Posted By: Samsonsworld
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
yep, used Fords are cheap because their resale value sucks.


Been car hunting a bunch over the past year..mostly looking at blue ovals....and that is most certainly NOT the case. People want as much for a low mileage used truck as you can buy a new one for.

I have nothing against Toyota or GM but if I want a SUV, I buy an Expedition with the ecoboost. That engine is a dream to tow with. [/quote]

A frirnd has a ford woth ecoboost and he said it sucks. He sold his Chevy SUV to buy and wish he would have bought another Chevy.
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#12703935 - 04/05/18 07:38 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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My cousin's first uncle's brother's best friend's boyfriend, who has been a master mechanic for Chevrolet, Ford, Ram AND NASA, says you're wrong.

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#12703954 - 04/05/18 08:00 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Never been a ford guy and actually never owned an ecoboost but have driven one quite a bit. I think ford hit a home run with them. Sure some people, mostly early on, had bad experiences and problems, but what new technology doesn't? It was in the final consideration for when I bought my current truck but I ended up siding with exceptional fuel economy and adequate power instead of unreal power and average fuel economy.

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#12704015 - 04/05/18 08:43 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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There's a reason why GM sells 75% of large SUVs.
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#12704043 - 04/05/18 08:56 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Yeah but I cant imagine why, the new ones all look like a hearse

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#12704146 - 04/05/18 09:41 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Never been a ford guy and actually never owned an ecoboost but have driven one quite a bit. I think ford hit a home run with them. Sure some people, mostly early on, had bad experiences and problems, but what new technology doesn't? It was in the final consideration for when I bought my current truck but I ended up siding with exceptional fuel economy and adequate power instead of unreal power and average fuel economy.


Surprised they never got into the full-size SUV market. I know they offer the diesel in a Grand Cherokee, but I can't say I'd want tow much weight behind one.

People can gripe about the eco's economy (especially while towing) but it's tow ability is second to none in the class. It has similar economy to the 5.3, produces 87 lbs more tq and needs a whole lot fewer rpms to make it. That probably doesn't mean much to most soccer mom's, but it means something to people who appreciate a good tow engine.

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#12704205 - 04/05/18 10:15 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I would buy an ecoboost over a 5.3 any day. I have always preferred fords approach to forced induction smaller displacement to increase fuel economy to GM/Ram's AFM and MDS. I haven't driven a new model GM 5.3 since the power bump etc. but I was able to get about a mile per gallon better average out of a 2013 3.5 ecoboost than I was out of my 2011 chevy 5.3 and the ecoboost easily outperforms it power wise.

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#12704238 - 04/05/18 10:38 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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LOL! Looks like this Truck vs SUV discussion turned into the usual USA vs Japanese discussion.

I have fished for over 30 years and have never towed with anything other than an SUV or, going back to before SUVs were popular, the old Chevy Blazer with Fiberglass top. I actually have no use for an open bed so the enclosed SUV, with access to it from inside the SUV at all times, (as opposed to a shell on a pickup) has always worked the best for me. I have towed with a Blazer, Tahoe, Avalanche and currently the Explorer Sport (which has the 365 HP Eco-boost engine like in the F-150) and all have been 4 wheel drive. I sometimes sleep in the back of the SUV on a futon or air-mattress which is nice and, sometimes, I carry my gear in the back of the SUV to include my rods which I carry with a system below the roof. For me, the SUVs make it very secure and handy to get to from either inside the vehicle, through the side doors, or the rear hatch. For small trailers that you cannot see with your mirrors, the ability to pop the rear hatch makes backing up a breeze. For the two times a year that I need an open truck bed...I borrow my buddys pickup.

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#12713661 - 04/12/18 01:32 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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I had a Suburban that was an absolute lemon. After 4 transmissions I finally got rid of it and I'll never own another GM vehicle.

Currently driving a 2005 Ford Explorer 254K, only one transmission problem when a relay went out. Can't complain about that at all

IMO and SUV is the way to go


Edited by texasbass1 (04/12/18 01:34 PM)
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#12717471 - 04/15/18 09:51 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Not that it would attract most but I've lived and dealt with owning advocate type vehicles. My Dodge was the "other" diesel when I bought it in 1999. My Allison is definitely not a cookie cutter and only few people buy it.
I was thinking about selling my truck and buying a BMW X5 35D diesel AWD in 2011 through 2013 and having it deleted which would make it a pretty good all around vehicle. A 3.0 liter diesel with all wheel drive and towing capabilities of 6000 lbs for towing the boat. Deleted it should average in the mid 20's driving around town and on the highway unloaded would be close to 30 mpg. Not bad for a 7 passenger luxury SUV. I think they are built in South Carolina.

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#12725936 - 04/22/18 08:40 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
So I guess everything I have read was "Fake News"


You know every Tom "Richard" and Harry screams at the top of their lungs from the highest hill forever when they have a problem with a new car. Just because you read about a problem doesn't mean it everyone every time and common. If you read the ram ecodiesel forum you would think its a wonder I manage to make it 20 miles to work every morning and 20 miles back home every day. In reality I have almost 50k miles without one hiccup.

Got a f150 2006 230000 miles still drive to work every week.

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#12727112 - 04/23/18 09:52 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: basscaster46]
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Originally Posted By: basscaster46
Got a f150 2006 230000 miles still drive to work every week.


Yeah, I mean mine is barely 2 years old in 10 more years at my current rate ill have about 250k miles on it.

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#12755745 - 05/14/18 09:55 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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If it adds anything to the thread, I pull my 22.5' fish and ski deck boat with a 2013 Dodge Durango with a 5.7L Hemi. Outperforms my F-150 that I pulled it with before.
Only catch is, I am a bed backer, not a mirror backer, so I have to put the seats down and open the hatch to be comfortable.

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#12802747 - 06/23/18 08:13 AM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Pulled the boat for years with a 2001 5.3L Tahoe, but finally got rid of it at 230k miles. The Tahoe was absolutely trouble free all those years. Now pull with a 2009 dodge Ram Hemi. Hemi definitely pulls better and the truck handles the boat much better, but I still miss the locked enclosed area for putting rods and tackle.
Thinking about getting one of those hard tri-fold bed covers. Should solve the security issue...hopefully.

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#12803064 - 06/23/18 04:40 PM Re: Truck vs SUV [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish]
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Love my Suburbans, on my 4th one in 35yrs now. Can't speak to the new ones since I prefer older burbs, my input is only truck vs suv. For fishing and hunting I'll take a burb any day. I love the added relative security and the ability to keep things stored out of the weather as well. In a pinch I can even camp in mine, and have many times.

I've used pickups as well, always had work trucks too, and they just don't work as well overall for me when it comes to outdoor stuff. So I have a truck for work, and a Suburban for play. As for putting a topper on a truck, just go with the SUV if that's the idea. Same physical size at that point with a much more usable interior space in a number of different ways.

Also, the added tail weight of an SUV is great for muddy or slimy ramps. I've launched at plenty of nasty ramps and if there's concrete down there a 7,000-8,000lb burb will find it.

The only Ford I'd even consider for this purpose would be an Excursion, due to sheer size. But even then I'll stick with the tried and true Burbs.
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