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Old 03-09-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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Family expanding now which tow rig?

My wife told me last week that we would be welcoming another member of our family in September. So we will have three kids and I'm wondering if my F250 plan still works or do I need to consider a big SUV?

Child 1 is 5 and in a booster, Child 2 is 2 and in a full car seat. Child 3 will start out in a bucket and move to a full size seat.

Can I fit all three in the back of the 250's we sufficient room so that they won't be immedialty touching each other. We know how bad that can be.

I can only come up with two SUV's that would be big enough and could tow the trailer. Escalade ESV or an Excursion. I'm not considering the Expedition because I just don't like them. The Escalade will cause me day to day issues because of what it is and the Excursion well I love them but the last ones are getting on 10 years old now.

Anyone with a 250 fit three kids in the back?
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:13 PM   #2
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The Escalade really doesn't have the towing capacity for your ST290QB. I would suggest a Suburban 2500.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:29 PM   #3
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8100 would be enough for the 29. The 2500 burbs are very hard to find and the ESV is a relative deal as a used truck.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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Go on Kelly Blue Book. http://www.kbb.com
Look up the specs on your truck.

A F250 has 68" of rear shoulder room.

A Suburban has only 65" rear shoulder room.

Both were 2012 models.

Don't know what year and model you have, but if you have either the crew or extended cab F250 you are ahead of any Suburban type vehicle.

So if you indeed have a crew or extended cab, keep what you got..
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:37 PM   #5
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I never thought about looking on kbb thanks! I'm taking out three seats to the dealer and test fitting them once I get back from my next trip. I have yet to buy the 250 because I wanted to get a better look at a 2015 F150 but now I think I'll need more cab space.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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2014 F150 has 65 1/2" of shoulder room. I believe the 2015 will be slightly wider.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:49 PM   #7
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First congrats on the future new addition. IMHO you will be very unhappy towing with the escalade. The specs I found for the escalade esv were 8000 lbs for 2wd and 7700 lbs for the awd. What is not accounted for is the payload which it will be seriously lacking in. Not to mention that escalade only has a 3.42 rear in it. I gave towed a similar weight tt with an armada that was rated for 9100 lbs but actually only had 810 lbs of available payload. I believed a dealership that said I would be fine, it was not a pleasant towing experience.

You could go for a 1 ton van to get your third row. I have the f250. We have a booster seat in it. I have fit 3 skinny adults next to it in a tight squeeze. Your kids will be able to touch each other in close quarters in any vehicle that doesn't have a third row.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:57 PM   #8
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Burb 2500 or Maybe a Ram Mega cab.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:27 AM   #10
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My 2-cents:

If you were to purchase an F250, 3 kids will fit in the back. Get a crew cab.

HOWEVER, because you have a Sunset Trail 290QB (a trailer we looked at), you CAN pull that with a 1/2-ton suburban. Your GWVR for the trailer is just under 7800#, so a properly equipped suburban will be a decent tow vehicle. Try to get one with the 3.73 rear end. Stick with the 'Burb as smallest SUV because the wheelbase will help.

You will spend months looking for a 3/4 ton 'burb with no avail. We have looked. Fortunately, your Superlight ST290QB can be towed with a 1/2-ton and you will get the same vehicle as an Escalade without the criticism. Expect $30K minimum for a clean used one. As Anaro mentioned, a super-duty van is also an option.

Unfortunately for us - the Zinger is too heavy and a truck is our only solution.

Edit: If you already have the 250, keep it. I thought you were looking to get a new TV.
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