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Old 11-03-2011, 02:57 AM
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I have hauled my 190 with

2002 chevy avalanche- squatted to stops and did not have air ride and was coil spring rear ended and under powered.

2008 chevy Tahoe LTZ- air ride pretty much ran the entire time but had much more power than the truck above

2009 chevy avalanche LTZ. Same issues as the hoe

My current tow rig is an 2009 king ranch f150 and it sends the Chevys down to china town. Would not trade my KR for anything accept a 3/4 ton that I chose not to afford. I do have the 5.4 but have a buddy with the Eco boost and he loves it.

Chevys pull ~7500#

Ford f150 pull ~11300#

Do yourself a favor and get the ford. This is my first ford and I have owned many many many Chevys and I seriously can't see myself going back.

First time I hauled my boat I felt like I was going 60 and looked down to see 87. Pulls like a champ.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:46 PM
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I have two trailblazers, a 03 and my wifes 05. Both tow my 205 well and they get about 18 mpg not towing.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:27 PM
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You already have an SUV, so get a pick-up..............or get your wife a car!
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:02 PM
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My air ride only runs when it first takes the weight then that is it.
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:09 AM
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You may want to consider a trailblazer ss. I have a 2006 and absolutely love it. 400 hp. Big wheels. Big brakes. Tows like a dream. And, since they're not making them anymore, they'll look good on the road for years to come. Only drawback is gas mileage - I probably average about 16 mpg. But, they are fun miles. Really fun.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:21 AM
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I have a 2007 Avalanche and use it like you would. Super versatile as an SUV with a huge 'trunk' or as a truck. Rides like a dream on the interstate and tows well. I have a 2wd LTZ with the Autoride suspension which load levels great and only runs when you first start the truck. As said above though you won't get 20mpg with it on the freeway. Window sticker said 15 city and 20 hwy but it doesn't get that. It will get 20 mpg on flat rural hwy doing 55 mph. On the interstate at 75-80 it gets about 17. Around town 14 and towing anything 12.5. I average 15.5-16 driving about 70 percent hwy and 30 percent city.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:09 AM
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I have an 05 Durango limited . I get 20-24 on the freeway at 65 and 15 ish in town. Thats what the truck says. Ive checked it it was really close. 5.7 hemi. awd. I only pull my 1985 s&s. Tons of room.

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:10 PM
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I have an 05 Durango limited . I get 20-24 on the freeway at 65 and 15 ish in town. Thats what the truck says. Ive checked it it was really close. 5.7 hemi. awd. I only pull my 1985 s&s. Tons of room.
Our Durango must be geared much higher than yours. We can't get above 17-18 on the freeway. Good tow vehicle.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:04 AM
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I have a '11 Tundra Crewmax 4x4 w/ the 5.7. It tows great and is the most reliable truck I have ever owned, but it can not pass a gas station without stopping. I get about 13 mpg in town and 17 mpg on the highway.
holy cow, i have a t-force edition of that truck, which is pretty much your truck minus the 4x4, add in a couple of fancy features and other stuff. I average about 18. When i drove it from San Antonio to Cleveland with my boat and all my stuff, i tpped the scales at 14K LBS and still managed to get here on about $400.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:33 AM
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I have a 2007 Avalanche and use it like you would. Super versatile as an SUV with a huge 'trunk' or as a truck. Rides like a dream on the interstate and tows well. I have a 2wd LTZ with the Autoride suspension which load levels great and only runs when you first start the truck. As said above though you won't get 20mpg with it on the freeway. Window sticker said 15 city and 20 hwy but it doesn't get that. It will get 20 mpg on flat rural hwy doing 55 mph. On the interstate at 75-80 it gets about 17. Around town 14 and towing anything 12.5. I average 15.5-16 driving about 70 percent hwy and 30 percent city.
I also have a 2007 2wd LTZ Avalanche. Nice truck but the gas mileage is pretty bad -- I do have a heavy right foot, though I'm getting the same numbers as Brian. My only complaint is that the bed is pretty small unless I open the back wall to extend it into the cab. But you don't want to do that if carrying some dirty stuff that can blow around in the cab. Also, I can't move the driver's seat back to my usual driving position in that configuration.

The Avalanche is a good compromise between an SUV and a pickup truck. But like most compromises, it doesn't excel at either. My next truck will probably be an extended or crew cab pickup with a full size bed.
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