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Old 05-11-2015, 09:56 AM
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Reaching out to my fellow BEAK DRIVERS. Having to adjust some things in the toy department and refuse to do anything but keep my 2000 38 Lightning. Long story short getting out of a hefty truck payment. I have a 2000 38 Lightning with a triple axle steel trailer. I'd say for argument sake towing 10,000lbs. I hit 4-6 poker runs per year usually in the southeast. Other than those trips its back and forth to the local ramps. You can pick up a V10 Excursion fairly cheap. Before I make a decision I'd like to hear your opinions on the matter. Lets keep it to a 4x4 V10 Excursion. I have looked up in the tow section the capacities but I would like comments from those of you who have towed with them. Good or bad let me know. Thanks in advance!!!!
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It'll get worse fuel mileage than the boat.
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I think you are more then 10k. May be a good time to take it and scale the boat and trailer with what you normally carry so that it's not a guessing game.

You will get people telling you it's a fountain and a feather weight to ones saying you should have a 650.
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I tow my 38 Powerquest with a 2002 Excursion with a V-10. Milage is bad, but she is paid for. Does a fine job. It gets 9 mpg when towing, gets about 13 mpg with nothing behind it. My wife had a Jeep Wrangler before the Excursion, it got 11 mpg empty.
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I don't own a Fountain but did own an Excursion 7.3 Diesel. Your boat/trailer/misc should be around 12k going down the road. After 1 tow from Wisconsin to Ohio with 12k+ behind me I installed Firestone Air Ride, Hellwig rear sway bar and 4 new Michelins. Truck road night and day difference. At 75+ speed still got a little" tail wagging the dog" on bumps and windy situations. Around 60 ish, truck was very planted. I would look for 7.3 diesel over the V10 gasser or 6.0. The MPG on the V10 is poor on its best day. You will be happier with the diesel when launching at steep ramps, put it in low and walk right up.
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Originally Posted by BlueOval View Post
I tow my 38 Powerquest with a 2002 Excursion with a V-10. Milage is bad, but she is paid for. Does a fine job. It gets 9 mpg when towing, gets about 13 mpg with nothing behind it. My wife had a Jeep Wrangler before the Excursion, it got 11 mpg empty.
Right now I have a 2006 Duramax dually. I get 14.5 in the city +/- and 10-11 towing. I have a heavy foot and tow the same way.
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hell we all know the Fountains are gas sippers!!!!
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We all know diesels are better. No news there guys. You're not telling anyone anything they didn't know.

But if I had to guess, I bet this guy is right for using it a handful of times a year...what he saves on the truck he'll spend on gas and still come out way ahead.
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It would do the job if you can find one priced right. Unfortunately Excursions are one of a handful of vehicles I have found with out of line pricing. people are overly proud of them.
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[QUOTE=phragle;4303123]It would do the job if you can find one priced right. Unfortunately Excursions are one of a handful of vehicles I have found with out of line pricing. people are overly proud of them.[/QU
More than a few times I had people ask me if I wanted to sell my diesel Excursion over the past 3 years. The offers were all unsolicited and very strong offers. I just wasn't selling at that time. I sold the truck to one of Full Forces buddys on a phone call. If he didn't buy it I had a couple more people with money in hand. Just like the H2, there is a strong following for the trucks and people will pay for the good ones. The demand dictates the price.
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