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Excursion v10 Tow Rating Question

So on the tow ratings guide, it shows the tow ratings of a 2005 Excursion V10 as 11,000 lbs. It doesn't clarify if that is with the 3.73 or 4.30 gears. I have seen some people on here mention its lower with 3.73. What is that limit and where do you find it? What is the cost to change the gears on a 4wd X? Is $1500 about right? Does the 7.3L Diesel have the same restriction on tow capacity for the gears?
The LeRoys 04/14/15 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing over 10K lbs with 6 passengers...

To clarify, there are 6 people total. 1 Driver and 5 passengers. 4 of the passengers are under 10. As far as I know a crew cab truck isn't an option. Though I would love to hear if someone knows otherwise. From what I read the passenger airbag cover BOTH front passenger and center seat and someone under 12 can't ride there. They can't be switched off in a crew cab from what I understand. Again if someone knows better I'd like to hear. I know they have seatbelts and shoulder belts but the airbags are what makes that seat deadly. I love the 2500 suburban, we lost one in an accident years ago. But finding one with an 8.1 seems impossible. Used Diesel passenger vans are almost as uncommon. Excursions are always out there, but finding one with low miles or in good condition is proving to be a challenge.
The LeRoys 04/08/15 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing over 10K lbs with 6 passengers...

Mercedes, Ram Van and 2015+ Ford have almost no towing capacity as it relates to what I need. As for the passenger switch, yes, if the person in the front seat is 75lbs or less its off. However if my wife sits in the passenger seat and daughter is in the middle, then the switch will be on, and thats no good.
The LeRoys 04/08/15 12:03am Tow Vehicles
Towing over 10K lbs with 6 passengers...

So I'm searching for a vehicle that can tow our 10K lb trailer and still give us room to carry 6 total passengers, 4 of them under 12 which means they can't ride in the front with an airbag turned on. At first I thought I could get a crew cab would work. However, I have since learned that new crew cab trucks can't have their front airbag disabled. Super Cab and Regular cab have a switch but not crew. There is a pressure switch that will turn off the airbag if no one is in the front seat, but if a passenger is in the right seat then the airbag is on. I think I would love a truck, but don't think I have an option of one, unless I buy one that is old enough not to have airbags. It looks like nothing other than a van or excursion has the seating capacity and towing capacity that I need. I would prefer a diesel vehicle, as that is what I have had and love. But I would be open to a gas vehicle. For those of you out there who tow larger trailers with a lot of passengers, I'm open to your suggestions.
The LeRoys 04/07/15 10:41pm Tow Vehicles
Duramax with Hydra-Matic a good combo?

i am used to the duramax and Allison combo in my 2005 Silverado and love it. I need more passenger room. I'm looking at a 2008 express with the duramax hydramatic combo. I know it's not as good as the Allison. But is it still good and reliable? What do I lose?
The LeRoys 04/01/15 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 Chevy Diesel Van - No Tow / Haul Mode?

The towing guide on trailer life has it listed as 20,000 GCWR. Is that not correct?
The LeRoys 04/01/15 06:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 Chevy Diesel Van - No Tow / Haul Mode?

Is the Non Allison transmission a problem? Has anyone used one?
The LeRoys 04/01/15 03:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 Chevy Diesel Van - No Tow / Haul Mode?

Looking up the VIN it appears to have the following Transmission Code. Trans Order CodeMN8, MT1 Which I believe translates to this transmission. 2007 Hydra-Matic 4L80 (MT1) 2007 Hydra-Matic 4L85 (MN8) While I'm used to and love my Allison transmission in my 2005. Is this transmission decent for towing? Or should I skip past this unit?
The LeRoys 04/01/15 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
2008 Chevy Diesel Van - No Tow / Haul Mode?

I'm looking at a 2008 Chevy 2500 Diesel as a new tow vehicle. What I noticed is that there is no tow / haul button on the gear selector. Could it be somewhere else? Or could the van not have this? Did the vans not come with the Allison Transmission? It looks like its rated for a bit less HP / Torque than a truck of the same year. Did they do something different to the engine of the vans?
The LeRoys 04/01/15 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding a Passenger Airbag Disable Switch to an F250

I was really under the impression that if a child was in the front seat, the air bag needed to be disabled. I guess I will have to do more research. We would really a vehicle capable of towing in the 10-14K range so when we inevitably go shopping for the next unti we're not limited by weight. Unfortuantely this leaves us with pickup trucks or excursions as our only tow options. I've been searching for a used Excursion for quite a while, but have yet to find one in the condition or price that I'm looking.
The LeRoys 03/05/15 09:24pm Tow Vehicles
Adding a Passenger Airbag Disable Switch to an F250

We are now a family of 6 and our current truck has only 5 seats so we are on the search for a new truck. We have determined we need a ford as that is the only manufacturer who makes 3/4 and 1 ton trucks with a bench seat in the front where the center seat has a shoulder belt. However In searching for a F250/F350 from 2011 - 2015 we have found that no crew cabs seem to have a switch to disable a passenger airbag. They only seem to have it on regular and super cabs. All of our kids are under 12 so we need to turn it off. Does anyone know if it can be added? And at what cost? Anyone done it?
The LeRoys 02/28/15 05:58pm Tow Vehicles
Fuel Mileage on New Gas F250 towing & around town.

Just looking for some feedback on what people are seeing as fuel mileage on the V8 Gas F250? We have a diesel truck now and LOVE it. But we need to look for something bigger as we now need 6 seats. There is an amazing deal on a Gas F250. I'm trying to calculate the break even on mileage. I really love having a diesel truck, but really want feedback on the mileage people are ACTUALLY getting both around town and towing.
The LeRoys 01/22/15 11:52am Tow Vehicles
Looking for an overnight recommendation near Savannah, GA.

Going to be traveling through Savannah next week on our way home. Looking for a recommendation on a place to stay for the night? Wont be there long, just stopping for a day and doing some sight seeing. Easy in & out is important, and not too far from downtown. Suggestions?
The LeRoys 08/01/14 09:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
What Rancho setting do you tow with?

For those of you with Ranch 9000 shocks, what setting do you have it on when pulling your rig?
The LeRoys 06/13/14 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
Recommended Route in the Smokies

We are staying a few days at Bryson City this summer, and then a few in Cades Cove. We are looking for the easiest / best route to travel when moving from Bryson City area over to Cades Cove. Driving over New Found Gap or Deal's Gap sounds pretty challenging pulling a 35' camper. But then again driving all the way north to I40 to cross seems like a long way out of the way. We pulled the camper on about 100 miles of the blue ridge parkway last year and we'd lie to avoid that white knuckle driving experience. Any recommendations?
The LeRoys 06/07/14 10:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fridge 12v Fuse Blowing

One thing I forgot to mention was that the fridge is on a slide. I took things apart yesterday. This was the only 12v circuit on the camper that had multiple wires connected. I was lucky to find that there was one wire going to each of the 3 slides, to power the 12v lights and such on each slide. I was able to isolate that the living room slide was causing the issue. I had open spots on the fuse board, so I connected each slide to their own fuse. It turned out that the wire that fed the slide was pinched pretty badly. I had to take the entire underbelly skin off to get to the wire to replace. It really isnt a good design to run the wires through the supports of the slides. The wheels inside of there are so close and can easily pinch the wires.
The LeRoys 06/07/14 08:17pm Travel Trailers
Fridge 12v Fuse Blowing

So we've got a strange issue where the 12v fuse that our fridge is on keeps blowing. Its a 15amp fuse and I haven't found anything else that is on the circuit but the fridge yet. It seems to blow every couple of days, and I can't find any similarities as to when it blows. Before I though it was only blowing when it changed from 110v to gas or back. But its been on in the driveway for several days and I noticed it has popped twice in last 2 days. Without this fuse it wont start on 110v or gas. Its still under warranty, I took it in and of course it didn't do it for them. We're about to head on a long trip, and I'd really like to figure it out before I go. Any ideas of what to look at or try? Anyone seen something similar?
The LeRoys 06/04/14 10:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cleveland to St Petersburg in August

What about along the east coast? Any good campground in NC or SC that are on the ocean that aren't too HOT?
The LeRoys 05/13/14 01:56pm Roads and Routes
Favorite Campground near Smokey Mountains

What is your favorite campground near the smokey mountains? And why? We're looking for one that has a creek / river nearby that we can tube or raft down. We'd like something with a view of the mountains and waterfront. We'd like something with full hookups. We're staying for a week in June.
The LeRoys 05/13/14 01:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Cleveland to St Petersburg in August

We are going to be traveling from the Cleveland area back to St Petersburg the first week of August. We have a week to make the trip with 3 young kids. We are searching for a different way to go or new areas to stop at along the way. On the way up we are spending a week in the Smokie Mountains. Have done DC and Stone mountain on other trips. We somewhere that won't be too painfully HOT (I know that is a lot to ask for August). Want something fun for us to do on the way. Any suggestions are welcome.
The LeRoys 05/03/14 02:42pm Roads and Routes
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