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crdickey
07-08-2006, 03:52 PM
Recently tried towing with my new Chrysler Pacifica and even though it is rated at 3,500 lbs. it is a real dog! So now I'm looking to buy a truck or SUV like a Tahoe 4x4 just for towing my PS-197. I'm looking for feedback on tow rigs model year 2003 or newer.

Ric
07-08-2006, 03:57 PM
Let the games BEGIN! !!

BriEOD
07-08-2006, 04:00 PM
Might I suggest the #1 selling vehicle on the planet: Ford F-150! :headbang:

Ric
07-08-2006, 04:03 PM
Does GM offer a mega cab like dodge yet? Wasn't it diesel that posted pics of a 6door GMC at the sema show? ROOOAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

billr
07-08-2006, 04:49 PM
I tow my Maristar with a '05 GMC Yukon with the air autoride package. Works great. Previous was a '99 Chevy Suburban. Also a great towing with. Before that was a '91 Ford F-150. It had the in line 6 cyl and was not enough power for that size load.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
07-08-2006, 05:08 PM
:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

JohnnyB
07-08-2006, 09:31 PM
Oops, double post :cool:

JohnnyB
07-08-2006, 09:32 PM
Current tow vehicles are 2002 Suburban and 1998 Tahoe. Both are great tow vehicles. The 'burb falls under "they don't build 'em like they used to". My Tahoe has the old 5.7 which lends to much more pulling power and is built like a brick S%*thouse....the 2002 is next generation Chev platform and seems to be "the softer side of trucks".....much better fuel mileage though. Next go-round, I'm looking to get back into a quad-cab chev pickup.

Remember...anything looks good towing an MC :D

Hoosier Bob
07-08-2006, 09:46 PM
Maybe it is just me but that new Tahoe looks awesome! I am sure it is up to the task and the looks are a plus! :D

JohnnyB
07-08-2006, 10:07 PM
Yup, like what they did with the new Tahoe and 'burban... :firejump:

DrJ
07-08-2006, 10:27 PM
My wife and I use a 2002 Z71 Tahoe. It's an awesome tow vehicle. Pulls well, lots of room for all your toys and kids inside. But it's just my suggestion.

AirJunky
07-09-2006, 01:31 AM
Interesting. We just towed a 20' pontoon boat (2700 lbs) from Minneapolis, MN to Seattle with a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. It did 70+ mph easily & pulled all but the steepest hills without a problem. We had to slow down a bit over the passes in MT & ID, Homestead (6100 ft) & 4th of July (4500 ft), ie; 45 mph in a 55 mph speed limit. Gas mileage averaged about 11 or 12 mpg, but the thing only gets about 20 mpg anyway.

A buddy of mine just towed a boat from Seattle to Spokane & the 'burban puked going thru the Columbia Gorge. After the tow truck drug him & the boat to the dealership in Moses Lake, he proceeded to write a check for a 2006 Silverado.

No way I'd mess with pulling an inboard with the Pacifica though. The 3500 lb limit seems like it wouldn't be enough for any inboard/trailer combo out there.

bucky
07-09-2006, 04:54 AM
Me and the wife looked at an '07 Tahoe, and we're happy to see that it looks just like her 2000 Isuzu Trooper. Maybe it'll raise her resale when she buys a Lexus next spring. I personally thought it was butt ugly.

I've been using a '03 Wrangler to pull my 190, and thought it was too slow, but after following another vehicle pulling an X boat (not sure of exact model) and seeing the beating a boat takes on the trailer, I'm thinking slow is good. It's got good cooling and brakes, and that'll get me there, if not in style.
Also, my 190, according to MC, is 3480 lbs empty, close to 4000 with fuel, gear, etc. Quite a bit over the 2000 lb rating of the Jeep.

Edited for quality, not my strong suit at 03:58.

ttu
07-09-2006, 07:15 AM
I recently traded in my 03 Sequoia for a 07 Tahoe. Both are 4 wheel drive.

My overall impressions is the tahoe does tow better. It is 300 plus hp.
I have been disappointed with the mpg since they rate this as the number one in fuel consuption.

Hopefully after the break in it will do better.

Question? The dealer had already installed 20inch wheels with fat tires. Would that use more gas with this setup.

db

firstmc
07-09-2006, 09:46 AM
2003 Land Rover Discovery..... pulls like a champ... 5500lbs and never struggles at 70 mph

André
07-09-2006, 09:54 AM
Also, my 190, according to MC, is 3480 lbs empty, close to 4000 with fuel, gear, etc.
You're sure about that? :confused:
what year is your 190?

firstmc
07-09-2006, 10:13 AM
well my new boat (which i cant mention because of brand) boat and trailer is 5500lbs

not a trader just a got a great deal on a great boat

tex
07-09-2006, 10:23 AM
I have a new Durango w/hemi. No 4X4 and it tows great! It is longer than it appears and you can put alot of jumpers and barefoot suits in it. It has even carried my slalom ski once or twice. I generally make the wife's swival ski ride in the boat! Good luck!

love2fly
07-09-2006, 11:23 AM
Land rover Discovery, with a lot of mods. 3' lift kit, warn winch and ARB front fender. Never given any problems pulling my maristar.
The best 4X4 by far.

Datdude
07-09-2006, 01:05 PM
You're sure about that? :confused:
what year is your 190?


That is one heavy 190 :uglyhamme
I am thinking that it was supposed to be 2480 lbs not 3480lbs?


I have a 2005 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 3500 SRW 4x4 Cummins turbo diesel and it pulls my 190 great :D . The advantages to a diesel are better mileage, longer life, and better resale value.

shepherd
07-09-2006, 04:50 PM
I have a Tahoe too. 1999 with old 5.7 liter. I love it, pulls great, sometimes I forget the boat is back there (which I guess isn't so good... :eek: )

love2fly
07-09-2006, 06:31 PM
I agree with you on diesel. Growing up in africa with Landrovers in diesel you could never go wrong. I would cross rivers with water up to my knees and never worried about the engine quiting. Can't do that with gas.

I looked at the the VW Toureg in Diesel but they are out of this world on the price.

Workin' 4 Toys
07-09-2006, 11:41 PM
Does GM offer a mega cab like dodge yet? Wasn't it diesel that posted pics of a 6door GMC at the sema show? ROOOAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!
There was a 10 door suburban at the Indy show.

Workin' 4 Toys
07-09-2006, 11:44 PM
Recently tried towing with my new Chrysler Pacifica and even though it is rated at 3,500 lbs. it is a real dog! So now I'm looking to buy a truck or SUV like a Tahoe 4x4 just for towing my PS-197. I'm looking for feedback on tow rigs model year 2003 or newer.
'04 Yukon, tows great. Nice ride and plenty of room as a bonus.

bucky
07-10-2006, 01:00 AM
Sorry, that's gross weight. Boat was listed at 2620, trailer 860. Throw in wet carpet, stereo, boards, toobs, fuel, ballast, anchors, etc. for the 4000. And beer. Lots of beer.
You're sure about that? :confused:
what year is your 190?

firstmc
07-10-2006, 08:33 AM
im not talking about my PS190..... im talking about my VLX!boat is 3900 (dry) and trailer is about 1200 so....

sanjuan23
07-10-2006, 09:15 AM
Last week: 2001 F150 Supercrew 4x4
This week and for the next 48 months: 2006 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4x4

sanjuan23
07-10-2006, 09:16 AM
Pulled the boat yesterday and that thing pulls like I am towing a SeaDoo.

Thrall
07-10-2006, 10:15 AM
Land rover Discovery, with a lot of mods. 3' lift kit, The best 4X4 by far.

3' Lift Kit???
That's some serious lift!

Thrall
07-10-2006, 10:17 AM
This pulls alright.

dapicatti
07-10-2006, 10:55 AM
Traded up from 03 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited to a 07 Yukon Denali last month.....its like the boat isn't even back behind the Denali. 380hp, bad gas mileage but gets the job done right.:cool:

Hoff1
07-10-2006, 12:19 PM
Can't beat this one at 88 mph.

Ric
07-10-2006, 06:25 PM
I recently traded in my 03 Sequoia for a 07 Tahoe. Both are 4 wheel drive.

My overall impressions is the tahoe does tow better. It is 300 plus hp.
I have been disappointed with the mpg since they rate this as the number one in fuel consuption.

Hopefully after the break in it will do better.

Question? The dealer had already installed 20inch wheels with fat tires. Would that use more gas with this setup.

db
I don't think it will use more gas as much as it will be innacurate on gas mileage calculations.
If your DIC is showing mileage and your tires are taller than stock, then you will show a lower fuel mileage on the DIC (opposite if your new tires are smaller in diameter than stock)
To know for sure, you will need a recalibration at the dealer
the best way to check the accuracy of the speedo and the odometer is with GPS.

Brent
07-10-2006, 06:33 PM
How About a Honda Ridgeline? 5000 towing capacity & great reviews.:)

jmyers
07-10-2006, 06:33 PM
"02" Tahoe with Autoride!

rodltg2
07-10-2006, 06:36 PM
13000lbs towing capacity....!!! :)

9mpg :mad: :mad: :mad:

ttu
07-10-2006, 07:32 PM
ric, I have checked the speedo's with the gps and it was right on. On the 07 it is a upgrade for the 20's but the dealer put on much wider goodyear eagle tires. That is what I was referring to.

Thank you for your input.

db

bradamerry
07-10-2006, 07:35 PM
I really have no comment to this thread......;)

Datdude
07-10-2006, 08:12 PM
13000lbs towing capacity....!!! :)

9mpg :mad:



Shoulda got the CUMMINS..............:D

I just towed my PS 190 on a 320 mile round trip at 75 mph and got 16.1 hand calculated mpg. I get almost 20 mpg empty on the highway....:D

I am considering the Bullydog programmer to give it a little more power-LOL

Ric
07-10-2006, 08:15 PM
I saw the new suburban on the highway today and I don't know if the pimp behind the wheel had a run-in with someone or what.... The side panels all seemed quite wavey (not straight) like the truck had a thousand whiskey dents or something
anyone have the new suburban???

flya750
07-11-2006, 12:52 AM
I gotta say the best tow vehicle is a combination people hauler and stuff hauler....so I think a four door pickup is the best tow vehicle...

flya750
07-11-2006, 12:53 AM
sorry the pic is small...but if you look close there is my two wheel toy in the back.

Workin' 4 Toys
07-11-2006, 10:14 AM
Shoulda got the CUMMINS..............:D


And he thought larger tires and lift would get better mpg's.....:rolleyes:

Rixter_69
07-11-2006, 08:11 PM
Pick'em
- 1999 Ford 30' RV with a 6.8L V10, tons a torque, sleeps 8 and all the comforts of home (including a blender for margaritas after our sets). Great Tourque, but could use a little more top end, have considered upgrading to a BANKS turbo setup, but 2500 is a lot of green for a little more RPMs....

- 2003 Chevy Suburban with a 6.0L with the 3/4ton setup and autoride, pulls my X9 like it's not even there. Great low end torque and pulls long runs very nicely. It seats 8 so I can bring the whole crew.

Previous was a 96 tahoe, put 200K (tough towing) miles on it, then sold it to my nephew for 5K. He lifted it, rebuilt the motor and put huge 38 mudders on it. Kids....

Cheers,