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View Poll Results: What kind of tow vehicle
Explorer 2 5.71%
Rodeo, Trooper, etc. - kind of like BU, Tige, Moomba (there all the same) 0 0%
Pathfinder 1 2.86%
4 Runner - not the cheapest thing out there 15 42.86%
Keep your old ride, even though it has over 100k on it 11 31.43%
Man up and get a classic K5 with swampers on it, that'll really help out at the pumps 6 17.14%
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:58 AM
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Advice on a new Tow Vehicle

I was made a decent offer on my Silverado yesterday...never thought I would sell it, but the gas mileage sucks, it isn't the Z71, just the 4X4 package...pretty much a work truck that was sweet in school, not so much now. I am thinking about getting a 4 wheel drive mid size SUV, my S&S was previously towed by a mini van so I'm not worried about a V6 midsize getting in done, but would love to hear what you guys use to tow the boat, especially those without fullsize trucks, I can't afford to put gas in the truck at marina prices for the fuel.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:29 AM
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:40 AM
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I own a 2005 4Runner Sport Edition 4X4 with the V8... IT PULLS GREAT!! Would highly recommend the V8. I also own a 2002 V6 Tacoma PreRunner. You definitely know the X7 is back there.
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:07 PM
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At one point I pulled my 87 ProStar w/ a 97 4-Runner. It was the V6 and it was adequate. I did have to put stiffer springs under the truck but if you weren't in a hurry it pulled fine. I did know it was back there but the trailer brakes never worked either. (Original brakes were replaced at 91K and were not completely shot).

I now pull my OB SportStar with a 01 Expedition. No comparison.
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:18 PM
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I'm using an 01 expedition with the 5.4L now. I added a transmission cooler and stiffer shocks in the rear and it tows beautifully. I have made some trips pre exped towing with my wife's 6 cyl 97 explorer. It did fine, even on the long hauls. The problem was not so much the power, but little things like wheelbase, braking, weight versus the boat, etc. It towed my boat happily, but I don't prefer it. I did it recently for a short trip after having thoughts of ditching the exped altogether. At close to 220k miles on the explorer, I quickly decided to keep the expedition.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:13 PM
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OMG, Dont go with the Explorer!!
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:38 PM
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Yeah, Mark, yours isn't the only (04 was it?) that I heard of having transmission issues. My sister's 04 Lincoln Aviator had weird transmission issues that had to be fixed under warranty. But for all the roll overs in my wife's expoder's era, I can't argue with 220k miles with minimal maintenance apart from the routine stuff.
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:51 PM
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Richard, just wondering what you got for your Silverado? I have a 99 x-cab 4x4 with 131,000 completely trouble free miles. Still looks brand new, no rust, uphostery not worn ect. Are our trucks close?
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:55 PM
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Just to add.........pre Mastercraft days.......I would pull a 18' Wellcraft 200 miles to lake Cumberland with a '95 Toyota T-100 four banger/ 5 speed manual. That truck pulled like a champ! No problems even on the hills of Kentucky.
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I am a GM person and you do not have Tahoe or Trailblazer or Suburban as a choice There for I am walking out of the polls without voting on this election Tuesday!
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