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  • Best SUV to tow with?

    Hey all,
    It looks like I will be trading in my Subie for an SUV and tag-along. Can you guys give me suggestions for SUV's that could haul 2 large warmbloods in a trailer with a dressing room? I will be looking at getting used car and trailer. While trucks are great, I dont want a truck as my main driving vehicle, so an SUV it is!

    TIA

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    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/se...rchid=13121804

    There you go. 108 threads, from this board, on towing with an SUV.

    If, for some reason, the link doesn't work, type "suv towing" into the search box at the top of this page.

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    • #3
      You can get away with a slightly less monsterous tow vehicle if you are somewhere flat and not to hot or cold but you're pretty much looking a Suburban or used Excursion if you can find one
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      • #4
        Suburban, Tahoe, Excursion. All of these are built on truck frames and can likely haul a 2H-BP with DR with no issues properly equipped.

        I'm about to buy a new Grand Cherokee with the V8 and have no concerns about future towing with it for my limited needs which will be for a more basic 2h BP, perhaps slightly stretched rather than a DR. Rated for 7200 lbs with the Class IV hitch with a recommendation of weight distribution setup for over 5000 lbs.

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          #5
          Thanks for the info. I got lazy rather than do a search, but did check out the threads. The Tahoe keeps popping up, and, doing some research, I see that the Tahoe has a hybrid model. Does anyone have any experience with hybrid towing vehicles? Do they tow well, or are they weaker?

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          • #6
            I recently got an 06 Excursion with the Heavy Duty Package on it. It can tow up to 14,500 lbs. My trailer is an extra tall/wide with a large dressing room. Its a 94' Gore trailer. I've towed my 17H and a 16.2H with no problems and the tack room fully loaded for a 3 day show and the car had no issues. It was a dream to drive, the gas mileage isn't the best....about 11-12 mpg, but it does the job and keeps the SUV factor for dogs, trips, and friends.
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            • #7
              I think the request to do a search is because we're all tired of responding to the same question.... There are many different opinions and you really should read through the threads as there is a lot of info.

              also check out www.horsetrailerworld.com - best site for info as there are alot of professional truck drivers on there and I am constantly amazed at the wealth of knowledge on that site.

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              • #8
                I have been towing with a Sequoia since 2001 but no way I would attempt what you want to tow with that. I have a wb sized 2 horse with no dressing room to keep the trailer as small as possible.
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                • #9
                  Not all of the same Make/Model are actually the same. When I was looking for my Tahoe I found out that the typical Tahoes are only rated to tow around 3200lbs (or something crazy small, it was over 2 years ago when I was looking). I was told that to get the 7500lb towing capability, I would have to get the heavy duty model (which looked exactly the same).
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                  • #10
                    I've used our 2009 Tahoe to tow my 2h bp with a dressing room. The trailer weighs 3200 empty and the Tahoe is the heavy duty model. I haven't had two heavy horses in there but with two light horses I had no problems.

                    I do think that my Dodge Ram pulls the trailer a little better, but the Tahoe did just fine for my local shipping.

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                    • #11
                      Chronicle articles on Towing and Trailer Safety addresses your question
                      "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."

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                      • #12
                        I'm afraid you'd have to be out of your head to tow two large warmbloods and a dressing room trailer with a Tahoe. The tow capacity on the newer ones is about 5,000 lbs give or take, and the older ones it's about 7,200, which could still be a stretch with trailer and equipment. You do NOT want to overload your vehicle.

                        I'd also skip the hybrid. Honestly, if you must have a SUV, you need one that is truck sized. I like 3/4 ton or better, in particular for that load.
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                        • #13
                          I have a 2002 diesel excursion with a hd towing package. I have a 2H DR XXL Hawk. I am in love with my rig I wouldn't feel comfortable towing in much smaller.

                          http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h2...0/d9e0a463.jpg

                          I did a lot of research on SUVs and the excursion was the only thing that I felt could tow what I needed to tow. I was also considering the 2500 suburban but it didn't have the power, gas mileage, or towing capacity of the diesel excursion.

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                          • #14
                            My Tahoe does well with my spacious 2 horse Sundowner (no dressing room, aluminum) and two 1500lb horses. For long trips (Florida) we use my daughter's truck as I don't trust the Tahoe at 65-70mph on I95.

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                            • #15
                              The tow rating for a Tahoe WITH the HD tow package is 8500lbs, for the hybrid Tahoe it is only 6100lbs.
                              Wiiliam
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by reay6790 View Post
                                I have a 2002 diesel excursion with a hd towing package. I have a 2H DR XXL Hawk. I am in love with my rig I wouldn't feel comfortable towing in much smaller.

                                http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h2...0/d9e0a463.jpg

                                I did a lot of research on SUVs and the excursion was the only thing that I felt could tow what I needed to tow. I was also considering the 2500 suburban but it didn't have the power, gas mileage, or towing capacity of the diesel excursion.
                                LOL, yup, you will have to pry my cold dead body away from my diesel Excursion
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                                  LOL, yup, you will have to pry my cold dead body away from my diesel Excursion
                                  Sold my '89 Diesel Suburban for three times what we paid for the '99 GMC 2500 gas quad cab. I still miss my 'burb every. single. day. It's pretty depressing how attached I was to that vehicle, I shouldn't have sold it. The guy who bought it giggled when he drove it.

                                  Sadly, it was the 1500 and just underpowered for my 2-horse w/dressing. Needed the 2500. Tried for weeks to find a decent 2500 Diesel suburban, with no luck.


                                  The brand new diesel Grand Cherokee coming out next year has an 8000lb capacity, if I'm remembering correctly, but it's going to be far out of my budget for several years, until they start hitting the used market.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                                    You can get away with a slightly less monsterous tow vehicle if you are somewhere flat and not to hot or cold but you're pretty much looking a Suburban or used Excursion if you can find one
                                    This! Suburbans or Excursions for sure, particularly the older ones. Or, a nice used 3/4 ton quad cab dodge (cummins) or Chevy (duramax) truck-can still tote passengers around, get 24-26 mpg and won't even feel your trailer!!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
                                      The brand new diesel Grand Cherokee coming out next year has an 8000lb capacity, if I'm remembering correctly, but it's going to be far out of my budget for several years, until they start hitting the used market.
                                      That's a figure I haven't seen yet. Although it's certainly possible, I'll be surprised if it's that high. The Hemi V8 version I'm buying does go to 7200 lbs as I mentioned above. And yes, it will be pricy when it come out sometime between January and May of 2013 as a 2014 model.

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                                      • Original Poster

                                        #20
                                        Interesting, from what you all are saying and what my Internet searches (obviously not the best indication, but certainly a starting point), it may be difficult to find a used SUV with the capabilities that I am looking for. It sounds like they are out there, but more rare. I'll have to keep on looking, I have a few months until I need to make any decisions, hence the early search. But it just may make more financial sense to keep the Subie and get a used 250/2500 that I use just for hauling. Interesting, keep the information coming!

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