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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, EXT owners in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Greetings I am considering an EXT. I need to use it as a truck to support my rental houses. How ...
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    I am considering an EXT. I need to use it as a truck to support my rental houses. How practical is the EXT for hauling stuff? Can you get a fridge in the back standing up? I have concerns that the brake light bar will not allow it to be straped in properly.......

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    I used to have a 2004 Chevy Avalanche (Great Truck regret selling it) same size as the EXT in the cargo area. I used it a couple of times to help my friends and family move to their new houses or apartments, and it can fit a fridge in the back easily. Also the third break light doesn't get in the way of strapping down the fridge at all.

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    Seems to me that the 3rd brake light thingy (see red circle in the pic) would not allow you to push a fridge all the way to the front of the bed. If you cannot brace a fridge against front bulkhead, how can you secure the load? Having said that, I have not seen an EXT in person. The closest one for sale is a bit of a drive and I want to collect as much info as possible before I take the time.....
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    There is no way a fridge will go in the front of the bed. The light bar hangs over by probably a foot.

    The panels are a PITA to take off, and the tie down hooks are all inside the bed. The top surfaces of the bed have the tracks for the panels and the drainage channels. There are no good tie down areas there.

    If you need an open bed truck frequently, I would get a regular pickup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hueterm
    There is no way a fridge will go in the front of the bed. The light bar hangs over by probably a foot.

    The panels are a PITA to take off, and the tie down hooks are all inside the bed. The top surfaces of the bed have the tracks for the panels and the drainage channels. There are no good tie down areas there.

    If you need an open bed truck frequently, I would get a regular pickup...

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    That or a trailer.

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    True.

    I don't mean to sound like it isn't a great vehicle. I love mine.

    It's just most efficient when using the covered bed as a huge lockable trunk. You just get the flexibility of an open bed, or can drop the Midgate if you need it.
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    Re: EXT owners

    Hauled a fridge before in mine BUT you will never get it to be against the front of the bed like a regular truck. The panels can be a hassle if you dont take them out before you got to pick it up. But i do love the self leveling suspension! Ive pulled cars on trailers an it never struggle! Over all its a great truck but not really ideal for moving furniture without a trailer

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    Bummer... looks more and more like I will end up with a Dodge crew cab. Seems to be the best bank for the buck and love the Hemi. I had one in an 04 Durango and it pulled like a mule and got 19 MPG on the highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90limited
    Bummer... looks more and more like I will end up with a Dodge crew cab. Seems to be the best bank for the buck and love the Hemi. I had one in an 04 Durango and it pulled like a mule and got 19 MPG on the highway.
    Is that with or without the trailer??
    P.s the caddy can tow more on a trailer then a dodge can any day I know my cousin has a new dodge and I have looked at the gvwr and it is less then my 03 and his is a brand new truck.
    I get 15-16.7avg mpg and I have 4people and cargo when I get that rating.

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    Hmmm... thought the 2004 escalade EXT was 7400 where as a 2009 ram 1500 is rated for 9100

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90limited
    Hmmm... thought the 2004 escalade EXT was 7400 where as a 2009 ram 1500 is rated for 9100
    The rating was on the door my 03 can tow 2-300pounds more then my cousins new dodge ram pickup i have looked at the Manuel and it shows on mine 7800 towing I didn't look at the Manuel for the dodge so not sure but I doubt it's more then the escalade.

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    Re: EXT owners

    I'm a Realtor with a few rentals and I think the EXT is the perfect truck for me. I've used it to do clean outs, haul landscape debris, washers, dryers, dishwashers.It works perfect for me.

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    Re: EXT owners

    He was specifically asking about a refrigerator, which is much more top heavy than the appliances you mention, and is too tall to go in the front of the bed.
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    While I will hopefully only need to move a fridge once a year or so, I will need to be able to move it. Does the Avalanche ahve the same pannel system and brake light setup as the EXT? There are a couple of those that are close to me. I hate to rule out the EXT without ever seeing one in person...

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    It has the same panel/midgate system -- the only difference might be is in the amount of overhang from the third brake light bar. If you looked at an Avalanche to see how they worked and if you could side mount a fridge, then the same would work in the EXT. An Avalanche might be flush at the rear window, possibly allowing you to put the fridge up in the front of the bed. I just don't remember. I haven't had an Avalanche for 5 years.
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