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Old 02-24-2015, 05:17 PM   #21
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Thanks for the input. He told me it tows like a dream. That's without trailer brakes, antisway hitch or equalizer bars. I've expressed my safety concerns to him so the rest is on him. I don't see how a trailblazer can tow better than my old half ton gmc with 373 gears but what do I know. I'm washing my hands of it.
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:24 PM   #22
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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.
^This. (For me anyways) towing our little 165 with our Envoy it seems to struggle in the hills or gettng up to speed for my liking. I hope your friend dosent end up in a panic stop situation or have something in front of him.
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:38 PM   #23
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I'll say one thing, we will for sure be driving seperate to the campground. I want no part of a breakdown or something allot worse. Don't get me wrong, I think short travels of 20-40 miles will be manageable. Anything else with our hills and I think it's way to much weight.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:25 AM   #24
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lsttype, every time I see someone say a combo like that "tows like a dream", it's because they haven't towed anything that was with the right tow vehicle.

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^This. (For me anyways) towing our little 165 with our Envoy it seems to struggle in the hills or gettng up to speed for my liking. I hope your friend dosent end up in a panic stop situation or have something in front of him.
There's no reason it shouldn't tow that little trailer like a dream. We towed our old Kiwi 17a with our Trailblazer though the Rockys and it did beautifully.

Have your catalytic convertor checked. Very common on GMT360/380s for it to clog between 80k - 120k miles. I had it happen and when you are towing with a clogged cat the thing can barely get it's own weight up a hill. 90% of these failures are from a bad thermostat, which you may not even know is bad because the temp gauge is a 3 position "dummy" gauge. What's your towing mileage?
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #25
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I want to say in the 10-12 range (worst case) but not too sure. It will pull it but seems (which may be normal for my combo) when I see a hill or bridge I get it up to a good speed before hitting it cause towards the top I will be likely getting passed by anything behind me. Think of it as I hit the bottom of an average large rolling hill going 55mph, when Im at the top I'd likely be going 40mph. Im not over weighted or anything but think its a combo of the giant square sail Im pulling behind me and my feathering of the gas pedal (I hate to floor it tring to make it up a hill.) We're at 98K on our Envoy it it matters.
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That's not terrible mileage. Mine got 12/13 towing our old Kiwi. When the Cat was clogged it got about 6/7. But you should have no trouble on hills. It might drop a gear into 2nd sometimes (and that doesn't hurt a thing, BTW), but for the most part it should easily handle that load. Towing our X20E wasn't that bad either, it just shifted a lot more.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:46 AM   #27
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We towed our x20e with our Trailblazer without ant problems. We added a cooling package, braking system and antisway bar.
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Old 04-02-2015, 07:43 PM   #28
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He told me over the weekend that he wasn't going to add any swaybar or brake controller this year. Doesn't see the need if camping locally. Some people just have to learn for themselves.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:25 PM   #29
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If this trailer is equipped with electric brakes, he had best get a brake controller! The TV brakes are not made to stop the GCVR!

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Wow! No brake controller? Where do you guys live? Let us know when he's on the road, I'd like to stay far away from him!
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