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With all of the naysayers on the Suburban, you probably should pass any 3/4 ton or 1 ton gas pickup unless it’s the latest model year with the Ford 7.3 or GM 6.6. Best to go straight to a diesel.

With the Suburban at 350+ HP and 380+ #-ft of torque an HD pickup isn’t going to buy you anything to be safe “towing up the mountains of AZ” as you have stated.

Will an HD truck handle the weight better, sure, but with a family of five and a 7500# GVWR there is t any reason why a properly equipped Suburban (3.42 axle) and proper weight distribution can’t tow that trailer.

If you are looking for room for your kids seriously look at a 3/4 ton or 1 ton full size van. My choice would be an Express/Savana as it should tow that trailer with relative ease and they return good fuel economy when not towing (for what they are!). We used to tow a nearly 33’ camper with seven of us in an Express and it was a great combination.


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Not familiar with eth Suburban, but my daughters family tows a slightly larger Jayco 28BHBE, gross weight 9200 lbs, with a Ford Expedition. What makes it viable is that it has the factory installed HD Trailer Tow Option which includes a bigger radiator, transmission cooler, higher rear axle ratio and electric brake controller.

If your Suburban has all of that, I would not be concerned.

Last tip. Know your load. Take the loaded Suburban to the scales and have it weighed. Same with the trailer.

The kids will love it.

Your only other choice is a 4 door 3/4 pickup. Pretty cozy in the back with 3 kids and a dog.

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Chevy and Nissan both offer heavy duty vans that should be considered for your use. They can be hard to find but they do exist and can be ordered.

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We have three kids and use a crew cab. For a time we had two of three in rear facing seats too. It was tight but worked okay. The dog goes in a kennel in the truck bed unless it's really hot or cold in which case we flip up the front console and let her ride up front, which she thinks is awesome.

For the length of trips you are contemplating with that size family...I don't think a half ton SUV is a great choice. Check out the HD crew cabs and the Ram Mega if you think a little more space would be better. I was tempted by the Mega but ultimately we decided the crew cab was a better fit.


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You don't want 3 kids and a dog inside a pickup truck; especially when they get a few years older. You need a 3/4 ton van.

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Lots of good advice OP and seeing that you're more interested in a used vehicle, then I'll agree too that a 3/4 ton van should be had. They are out there. Used CC pick-ups are not as large as say '17 and up are. Tho a Forde guy, the Mega cab is HUGE inside, but as OP said, they have 3 little ones and a dog, so the dog would end up on floor or in crate in bed of truck as one poster said if truck is a CC.

So OP, do a used 3/4 ton van search unless you see the need to have a pick up for other things. Also, plan for several years down the road as vehicles prices are going nuts, your needs and all. On a personal note here, we bought a '15 F350 CC SRW in Dec of '14 thinking no problem as it had high tow numbers across the board. 2 years later we upgraded RV (in sig) and now we are at max and then some with weights. She did ok 1st year ('15 F350) and I really liked the truck. Come '18 vaykay plans to FL in summer time. Knowing we were over on tire capacity on the '15, had this nagging/gut feeling that wouldn't go away. So ended up getting a '17 F350 DRW. She tows like a dream, wife is more comfy driving / the RV while I catch a nap. Do I like the DRW? For towing yes. Would I like a SRW instead, yes---especially in winter. Pocketbook only goes so far and while the newest of trucks all have higher ratings, the weight of the RV is dictating type of truck and to feel safe in. Like I said, the '15 did well but it was up against all the ratings for it. If a tire blew on it at Hiway speed and the weight she had..........YEE HAW ! Being wise on the yeehaw haw. Wife does well when she's driving/towing and for her to say she feels better w/ the DRW while towing, well that says it all and now feel better about going/getting the DRW. Just something to think about.


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Lots of good advice OP and seeing that you're more interested in a used vehicle, then I'll agree too that a 3/4 ton van should be had. They are out there. Used CC pick-ups are not as large as say '17 and up are. Tho a Forde guy, the Mega cab is HUGE inside, but as OP said, they have 3 little ones and a dog, so the dog would end up on floor or in crate in bed of truck as one poster said if truck is a CC.

So OP, do a used 3/4 ton van search unless you see the need to have a pick up for other things. Also, plan for several years down the road as vehicles prices are going nuts, your needs and all. On a personal note here, we bought a '15 F350 CC SRW in Dec of '14 thinking no problem as it had high tow numbers across the board. 2 years later we upgraded RV (in sig) and now we are at max and then some with weights. She did ok 1st year ('15 F350) and I really liked the truck. Come '18 vaykay plans to FL in summer time. Knowing we were over on tire capacity on the '15, had this nagging/gut feeling that wouldn't go away. So ended up getting a '17 F350 DRW. She tows like a dream, wife is more comfy driving / the RV while I catch a nap. Do I like the DRW? For towing yes. Would I like a SRW instead, yes---especially in winter. Pocketbook only goes so far and while the newest of trucks all have higher ratings, the weight of the RV is dictating type of truck and to feel safe in. Like I said, the '15 did well but it was up against all the ratings for it. If a tire blew on it at Hiway speed and the weight she had..........YEE HAW ! Being wise on the yeehaw haw. Wife does well when she's driving/towing and for her to say she feels better w/ the DRW while towing, well that says it all and now feel better about going/getting the DRW. Just something to think about.

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That TT is about 500 pounds pounds dry. That will be close to 6500 pounds loaded with 800-900 pounds of TW. With 3 young children, I think most modern half tons SUVs should be good it. They seem to come in around 1600 pounds of payload which is you likely practically limit. As much as I love my Suburban, you will appreciate the extra power of Ford's Ecoboost in the Expedition, especially at higher altitudes.


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