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Old 02-24-2015, 09:15 AM   #11
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It sounds like he will be close to the max tow weight. That suggests he will be over the Rear GAWR. A quick trip to the CAT Scale will tell the truth.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:15 AM   #12
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We had the same Trailblazer when we got our first Jayco 22ft., and I knew before I got home from the dealer that it just wasn't going to cut it. Flat level ground, it did fine, but on a hill, it literally killed it. And we don't have much flat level ground around here. We upgraded then to a 1500 Silverado 5.3.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:28 AM   #13
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My $.02.

I have towed with "Small" pick ups and suv's all the way to 1 tons. Some of my best towing experiances were towing with the small SUV. One of my worst experiances was towing with our 3/4 ton diesel. IMO, its all about how you have it set up and how fast you travel.

It makes it a whole lot easier to not go 80mph when towing with a small suv or truck.

I used our 3/4 ton a couple years back and vow'ed I would NEVER tow our 24' 242 Eagle with it again. That camper and truck was all over the road for my 3 hour trip. Now, hooking up to my folks 5th wheel with it is a whole differant story. You could nap while towing it.

I now tow our 314 bhs eagle with my Tahoe. Its a lot of camper and im sure i am slightly overweight, BUT, rarely do we travel more than 60mph when towing. I run load range D tires on the tahoe and sway control to help keep things straight. It tows nice and I wouldn't heasitate to go anywhere with it

I think your buddy will be fine with their set up. Just remind them to take their time to get to their destinations and keep the trans out of overdrive and as long as their paying attention while towing (which most people dont when just driving) they will most likely not have any problems.
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If GM is like other manufacturers where the tongue weight limit is equal to about 10% of the tow rating (e.g. 630 lbs), your friend may already be over the tongue limit of the Trailblazer, even dry.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:30 AM   #15
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I would rather tow any day of the week at 70% or less of gross than 95% to 110% of GVRW. What happens when you are booking along at 60mph with the DW, kids and fido if you have to do 60- zero in 5 seconds? Give me a big set of brakes, an equalizer and a little more truck!

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Old 02-24-2015, 10:34 AM   #16
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If GM is like other manufacturers where the tongue weight limit is equal to about 10% of the tow rating (e.g. 630 lbs), your friend may already be over the tongue limit of the Trailblazer, even dry.
??? I've never heard that one before. GM has tongue weight specs for the Trailblazer, as I said in my earlier post, it's 970# with W/D hitch for this truck.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:38 PM   #17
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This tells me there was something wrong with that truck, clogged CAT perhaps? That should have been a great combination. My K1500 Sierra has 3:73 gears, 5.3, and tows our 4700# X20E like dream. It hardly ever downshifts.
No, she was tip top. Just a lot of hills around me in central NY. Mostly it was fine, just the steeper ones. My block alone people get stuck trying to make it up in the winter without awd. My point being, unless you live and camp where its flat, I would not want that Trailblazer setup. Your results may vary.
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??? I've never heard that one before. GM has tongue weight specs for the Trailblazer, as I said in my earlier post, it's 970# with W/D hitch for this truck.
Aaahhh..didn't see that. Some manufacturers, like our Nissan Pathfinder, spec the tow rating at 600/6000, and for the 3500lbs tow capacity crowd, will spec it at 350/3500.
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Another factor to think about is insurance coverage - IF - you tow overweight and, god forbid, have an accident it's a good bet the insurance adjuster will have the weight specs and deny your coverage for operating out of the Vehicle specifications - towing overweight is just too much risk for me.
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I've hauled 30 bags of mulch in my 2003 TB, which was 1200+ pounds. I cant imagine the same type of weight on the hitch and people in the back seat with a trailer behind.It is just not enough truck for the job.
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