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camsdad11

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I am Gonna be buying A travel trailer and wondering which truck to use as my tow vehicle. What are your opinions?

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Well as long as the trailer is on the lighter side I guess either will do. The motors of that time arent nearly what they are today. While the Navigator has the tried and true 5.4 liter (2 valve version), its the very early version that only has around 230 hp but does still have over 300lbs of torgue. I also saw a properly equipped towing capacity of 8000lb. NO WAY I WOULD TRY THAT

The Tahoe has the 5.7 liter with around 200hp and 300 lbs of torque. It has a properly equipped towing capacity of 7000lbs. Again NO WAY

I think anything over 5000lb loaded you will be unhappy with the performance and will be nearing the payload capacity of either vehicle. Just my opinion


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The longest and heaviest would be my choice. I know on the Tahoe with the 4L60-e transmission I would never tow with it higher than third gear and use second in the serious hills up and down.

Unless you want a new transmission I would not touch OD in any older TV.

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Neither one will be a great towing vehicle. A longer wheelbase would be more stable and offer a better ride. More power wouldn't hurt either. I towed a 19 ft TT with an 06 Ford F-150, 5.4 liter 3 valve engine. It ran out of breath on long hills even with that little trailer...

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IMHO the navigator will pull much much better. It came factory with 3.73 axle ratios.

However, neither have that much payload. IMHO a Suburban 2500 with 4:10 axle ratio and the 454 would be a much much better tow vehicle from that vintage. Plus you get the much stronger 4l80e 4 speed transmission.

You could probably score a nice excursion with the V10 for around 6k, of course it will have some high miles. But then again most of them from this vintage will have some miles.


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The Navigator came with a 4V version of the 5.4L, 300HP and 330+ lb-ft of torque. That is far superior to the GM 5.7L.

But I recommend a 3/4 ton Suburban of that era as Jeremy said. Find a 454. Plenty of power and payload for an RVing family.


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APT wrote:

The Navigator came with a 4V version of the 5.4L, 300HP and 330+ lb-ft of torque. That is far superior to the GM 5.7L.

But I recommend a 3/4 ton Suburban of that era as Jeremy said. Find a 454. Plenty of power and payload for an RVing family.


IIRC the Navigator didn't get the unique 5.4 until mid 99. From 98- early 99 it was a standard 2 valve Ford 5.4

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I should have stated that I knew neither one would be the ideal tow rig. My plan is to make due with what I have until I can upgrade. Sorry for posting in the wrong forum.

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Does the navigator have air suspension? If it does what kind of weights is the air suspension rated for? If you blow an air bag or have the pump give up on a trip it would make for a very bad ride.


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camsdad11 wrote:

I should have stated that I knew neither one would be the ideal tow rig. My plan is to make due with what I have until I can upgrade. Sorry for posting in the wrong forum.


Camsdad11,

Don't worry about your thread getting moved, we all get threads moved, the mods do that to help get your thread to a more specialized audience.

Do you currently have these vehicles? I was under the assumption that you were looking for a tow vehicle.

The Navigator is the superior of the two. If I recall correctly it has more payload and more hp, and more gears

Get a good WD hitch and set it up per the instructions. With the air ride, turn it off to hitch up and install the WD bars. Then turn the air ride back on. I am sure I missed something so an air ride expert will chime in here in a bit.

Thanks and good luck

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