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Need (want?) a new pick up to tow

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs, Trailers and other things with Wheels' started by OCMD, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. 2kwik4u

    2kwik4u Jet Boat Junkie

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    Location:
    Georgetown, IN
    Ratings:
    +914 / 16
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    I'm rocking a '15 Sierra SLT Plus (the Z71 version of the Denali essentially) with the 5.3 and it's a fine truck. Easily the nicest vehicle I've ever owned. The heated/cooled seats, and the heated steering wheel are awesome. Same with the giant sunroof. With just the sunroof and rear glass open there is SOOOO much airflow through the cab. Nothing better than the summer time with all 5 windows and the roof open cruising to the lake!

    The 5.7 is definitely a stronger motor than the 5.3, but I don't think the 5.7 can compete with GM's 6.2. I honestly think you have to really work at it to find a bad fullsize pickup anymore. They're all going to have little oddities here or there, but overall they're all great trucks. Pick the one that you like to look at and sit in the best and let 'er rip.

    If you can convince the wife to get into a Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Durango (Citadel or R/T for the Hemi) you should be good to go towing the boat, and you get the Hemi fun while you're at it. GM doesn't have a good towing SUV aside from the Yukon/Tahoe lineup. The Lambda platform just isn't great for towing about about 4k lbs IMO, so the Traverse/Acadia are out. Lots of folks like the way Audi's tow, but I have no experience with them first hand towing.

    The wife and I both have "new" vehicles, and I somewhat regret the position we're in there. I bought the truck thinking that I would just drive the Tow Vehicle all the time, her vehicle wasn't great at towing, and I didn't want to "bootstrap" her into a tow vehicle. Situation changed rapidly about 9mo ago. I now drive 36mi one way (up from 7miles) to work, and her car suffered a near catastrohpic engine problem. We traded hers away for a small SUV (Nissan Rogue) that she likes, and I'm driving a poor mileage vehicle heavily during a commute now. Hindsight being 20/20, I think I would have put her in a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Durango R/T and got myself a smaller commuter car. We both love our vehicles, but if she would have gotten something the next click larger to tow the boat, and I didn't have to drive the truck daily we would probably be money ahead on fuel usage. At this point we're in what we're in, and intend to stick it out for the long haul, just poor timing on these purchases really. I think I would've been happy with a B7 A4 Wagon that was paid for with some mod money on the side, and she probably would've been fine with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Probably could've saved us some monthly cashola there. Again, kinda is what it is at this point. Trading away for fuel savings rarely pays for itself in the short term.
     
  2. Jaylex

    Jaylex Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
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    Ratings:
    +153 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    We like the Jeep, but this is my first pickup and Im hooked, love the bigness (not a word) and people are willing to let me over when I signal,lol

    Maybe will go check them out to see about size.

    Prob gonna end up extending my lease a few months to give me some time to fix it out, not sure.

    The new Ram is badass...need to go do some test driving....Boat show is this weekend, they usually have trucks and Suvs there for display....last year had the new Navigator which is sick!!
     
  3. OCMD

    OCMD Jetboaters Lieutenant

    Messages:
    610
    Location:
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    Ratings:
    +578 / 5
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    Okay I know nothing about sunroofs I am sold if I go used and it has one!
     
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  4. 2kwik4u

    2kwik4u Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    1,222
    Location:
    Georgetown, IN
    Ratings:
    +914 / 16
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    I've had a couple fullsize SUV's, but never a fullsize pickup truck. I totally get why they sell so well. This thing is seriously a swiss army knife of a vehicle with all the comfort and convenience of a luxury sedan.
     
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  5. adrianp89

    adrianp89 Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
    1,281
    Location:
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Ratings:
    +654 / 20
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    21
    Good call lol. I am team sunroof 100%.
     
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  6. JeffVans

    JeffVans Well-Known Member

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Zion Crossroads, Va
    Ratings:
    +221 / 3
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Sounds like you need a Grand Cherokee SRT! lol
     
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  7. adrianp89

    adrianp89 Jet Boat Junkie

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Ratings:
    +654 / 20
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    21
    At GS F sport price range, he could go Trackhawk. Prob does 0-60 with the boat attached quicker than the F sport by its self lol.
     
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