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I use my burban for hauling building materials occasionally. That includes 8 foot drywall panels.

I use it also a lot for family hauling.

I currently have a 91 Suburban. I'm considering swapping in a Vortec engine when the motor dies. However, with the price of these trucks dropping (because of the gas mileag) I'm wondering if I should buy a newer truck.

Do the 92-99 Sububans have the same interior cargo space? How about the 2000-2006 Suburbans?

I love the look of the 2007 Suburbans, but I read somewhere, that you can no longer haul drywall sheets in this truck. They've made it more for people hauling than crap hauling.
 

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I believe all those in the 90’s have the same room, same body, same amount of room.

I know I can fit a full size sheet of 4X8 ply in our 94 and close the barn doors.

Not sure about the newer ones.
 

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Thanks, I figured the 92-99 trucks were about the same. When I look at the interior, it seems a bit smaller, maybe because of the formed sides with the cup holders etc. I'm not sure.

I was going to take a tape measure and check a few out, but I didn't want to deal with any car salesmen yet. :lol:
 

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I agree, I think the number of 2007 Suburban owners that use their burb to remodel their house or run a construction business is probably around nill. The new burbans are for soccer moms during the week and for hauling a boat on the weekends.
 

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I agree, I think the number of 2007 Suburban owners that use their burb to remodel their house or run a construction business is probably around nill. The new burbans are for soccer moms during the week and for hauling a boat on the weekends.
Considering the history of this truck, I think this is kind of sad?

Admittedly, I use my Burb for more people hauling that cargo, but when I do have to haul, I use it to haul trash, construction supplies etc. It's why I love this thing!!
 

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Resurrecting my old thread, to show a size comparison. The '91 definately has a bit more room inside.

I figure what the hell, when is the next time I'm going to have two Suburban's parked side by side to compare.

I think the Burb in general is slightly narrower in Width. The spare tire location seems to take up more room. The plastic sides take up more room as well. In opening the 1998 is a inch and a half smaller top to bottom.


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A different angle to look at.

 

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My 1998 easily takes 4x8 material. It is 49" by 98" and 37.5" at its narrowest shortest and least tall.

It is least tall at the rear opening, of course-the 37.5' measurement.

If you want even more room you can remove the second row-takes about 45 minutes -and it gives you about 108" of length (depending on how far back you put the front seats).

I'm really curious if the newest body style is too small for 4x8 "stuff". It looks huge from thwe outside-can't believe Chevy would make it unable to handle 4x8 material. The whole point of the Suburban is to be able to carry anything and everyone; that is why we all willingly (more or less willingly) take the mpg hit to own it. It can do it all- a covered long bed pickup, but a lot more comfortable ,and now just about cheaper- used- than a pickup.

Big aside - it broke my heart that a 2003 LT 2wd Suburban 64000 miles -white, my color- sold for just $9950 on ebay yesterday. I was watching it, but didn't have the $$. Main problem -other than no money - is that my 98 just runs so well -despite the years and miles- that I just can't bring myself to go more in debt to replace it.If it is ran like crap , or was beat up ,I would dump it. It isn't ,so I can't.

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My 1998 easily takes 4x8 material. It is 49" by 98" and 37.5" at its narrowest shortest and least tall.

It is least tall at the rear opening, of course-the 37.5' measurement.

If you want even more room you can remove the second row-takes about 45 minutes -and it gives you about 108" of length (depending on how far back you put the front seats).

I'm really curious if the newest body style is too small for 4x8 "stuff". It looks huge from thwe outside-can't believe Chevy would make it unable to handle 4x8 material. The whole point of the Suburban is to be able to carry anything and everyone; that is why we all willingly (more or less willingly) take the mpg hit to own it. It can do it all- a covered long bed pickup, but a lot more comfortable ,and now just about cheaper- used- than a pickup.

Big aside - it broke my heart that a 2003 LT 2wd Suburban 64000 miles -white, my color- sold for just $9950 on ebay yesterday. I was watching it, but didn't have the $$. Main problem -other than no money - is that my 98 just runs so well -despite the years and miles- that I just can't bring myself to go more in debt to replace it.If it is ran like crap , or was beat up ,I would dump it. It isn't ,so I can't.

Charlie

I believe the exterior dimensions are about the same. If you look at the second row seats though, they are more comfy, but don't fold the same way. Because of this, the length of cargo room is smaller and if I remember correctly, the floor is not flat.

I looked at one in the car show. While I like the exterior looks I don't like the idea of giving up even MORE interior room.

I won't be selling my 1998. It will have to explode or catch on fire, and then I'd probably buy another one in the same generation.
 

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I've got a 2007 Suburban. If I flip up my 2nd row of seats I can get a 4x8 sheet in the back.
Is the floor entirely flat? I didn't have anything to measure with, but I had the impression it was a bit smaller inside.
 

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the floor are no longer flat. the second row seats folds down then swivel up, and there is no "flap" to make the floor flat. i was disapointed that my new burb cannot do all the thing i use to do with my 94. but as far as hauling, i just use my car trailer.
you can still carry 4x8 but its a tight fit. the older models deffently have more cargo room. as far as people mover, the 3rd row seating is more cramped than the previous models.
 

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I don't think the THIRD row folds flat in any generation. For that feature you have to pull the seats out.
 

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The 2000 - 2006's fit 4 by 8 sheets. The second row seats flip down and forward and the third row seats need to be removed. I have cargo doors but I'm pretty confident that the hatch would not make a difference.
 

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The only difference I've noticed with the hatch is that if you're too tall you have to duck which makes loading a challenge, but it is do-able. I think they need to re-release the barn door option
 
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