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2008 Chevy suburban. Only 112,000 miles. Just enough so I don't have to worry about the first ding. At 6'6" it fits me like a glove. I can sleep in it, tow my boat no problem and it can (and will) be towed behind the motorhome.
 

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I figure I will be into it about $21,000 once I finish with a few upgrades/extras.

New stereo w/Bluetooth, backup camara, 12DC/120AC inverter (I have a neural stimulator that requires 120AC every two days), the tow bar set-up will cost over a grand installed.

The previous owner hadn't reset the travel computer. Last 40,000 miles it has averaged 19 MPG. Big improvement over the Jeep.

We decided to hang onto the Jeep for now. Wife's Prius is useless in the ice/snow. She works one of those jobs that is "emergency vehicles only" means her.
 

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A crew cab pickup with an integrated canopy... now that's an option. Looks like a nice rig Jeff. Put a couple of dummy roof antennae and a set of those interceptor wheel/tires, and you'll have the fast lane to yourself. Which engine does it have?
 

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5.3L. I won't be towing any serious loads.
I have a 2001 Tahoe with that exact engine. I pull a fully loaded trailer 2500lbs, plus four kids, wife, food, gear, etc up and over Lookout Pass at 70 mph.

It has 175k+ miles on it. I think you'll be fine. You won't be disappointed with that 5.3L
 

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I have a 2001 Tahoe with that exact engine. I pull a fully loaded trailer 2500lbs, plus four kids, wife, food, gear, etc up and over Lookout Pass at 70 mph.

It has 175k+ miles on it. I think you'll be fine. You won't be disappointed with that 5.3L
Just saying, the heaviest loads it will see is the driftboat and a bunch of camping gear. It has the tow package so I'm not worried about it.
 
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Bruce, I have a new pickup with an 8' bed (rare!) and a late model van with Stow-N-Go seating. Both accept 4x8' sheets so there is plenty of room to sleep in both. I love the pickup but getting in and out of the back is a bitch when dealing with a tailgate. The van is vastly easier to use having power doors and liftgate. If 4wd isn't needed I far prefer the van for it's ease of use. I would think that something like the Tahoe or Suburban would be easier to deal with if the pickup configuration wasn't a requirement.

New pickups are just too damned big and tall. My wife and I are both 6' tall yet it is still difficult to get in my 4x truck. I imagine that other elderly folks that need a pickup are having similar difficulties. Not just the elderly but the vertically challenged as well. We have friends that are 5' and 4'11 that own a new Silverado and they need gymnast skills to get in and out of that thing. I would like to see a Social Security model pickup that was a reasonable height and had AWD instead of 4wd-for those of us that aren't jumping stumps but still drive in mud and snow.
 

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Just saying, the heaviest loads it will see is the driftboat and a bunch of camping gear. It has the tow package so I'm not worried about it.
I am jealous though.

Unloaded, with a wind at my back, I get 15 mpg at best. That said, I've only had to do brakes and a fuel pump. Not bad for a 2001.
 
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