4x4 prelander / camping rig suburban

Doubleggregg

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thoughts on a 4x4 suburban? Currently been thinking about something like an 04-06 suburban or Yukon xl for a 4x4 camping / family snow adventure, daily driver, tow pig type platform using the jd fab 4x4 mid travel parts.

I want 3 rows and room inside is the only reason I think a suburban over a Tahoe is better for me.

Or is a newer 4x4 suburban worth looking into?

Gregg
 
This dude camps the shit out of this thing. He even made a trailer out of another burban.

I think he did a you tube also, But I haven't seen it.

 
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I've been looking into these more lately for a family off-roader. The main consensus is that they are big and heavy but they are actually lighter, shorter, narrower, and have a shorter wheelbase than a Raptor crew cab. They have a shorter wheelbase than a crew cab Chevy and are shorter overall with only a 500lb increase. The four fullsize doors allow better access than the Tahoe sized doors and make trimming for up-travel easier.

The latest gen Ford Expedition is tempting too as it accepts Raptor take off parts easily but is so new it is price prohibitive.
Both generations of Sequoias accept Tundra parts but the first gen is too small and the 2nd gen has crappy IRS.

I built this spreadsheet to try to help me justify building a SUV using Autoblog information as it is fairly comprehensive
WheelbaseWeightLengthWidth
2007​
Chevy1500 Ext cab 6.6 4x4
143.5​
5266​
229​
79.9​
1500 Crew cab 5.75 4x4
143.5​
5326​
229​
79.9​
Tahoe 4x4
116​
5524​
202​
79​
Suburban 4x4
130​
5743​
222​
79​
Avalanche 4x4
130​
5863​
221​
79​
2003​
ToyotaSequoia 4x4
118​
5270​
203.9​
78​
2008​
ToyotaSequoia 4x4
122​
5920​
205​
79.9​
FJ Cruiser 4x4
105.9​
4295​
183.9​
74.6​
4Runner V8 4x4
109.8​
4475​
189​
73.8​
2019​
FordExpedition 4x4
122.5​
5692​
210​
79.9​
Expedition Max 4x4
131.6​
5793​
221.9​
79.9​
2012​
FordRaptor Crew
145​
6210​
232​
86.3​
2021​
FordBronco 4dr 4x4
116​
4497​
189.4​
75.9​
 
I looked hard at the 2500 burbs, mainly for the higher payload and HD running gear.

But plans would be solid axle, like the WFO Concepts kit.

Edit- had a 02 1500 2wd family bus. Treated us very well for almost 10 years, did very basic maintenance never needed much more, other than valve cover gaskets. 1000% would buy platform again
 
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