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Old 02-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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Friend pulling with trailblazer

Hey everyone, been awhile since I've posted but I wanted to get some opinions on a towing issue. I have a buddy that just bought a 2000 ish 27' prowler weighing 5500lbs dry. He is going to be towing with a 2003 trailblazer with the I6 and let's assume 342 gears. Is this at all safe? I told him to immediately buy an equalizer hitch and brake controller. He says it tows great but all he has done is tow it home maybe 15 miles. My current whitehawk 28dsbh weighs 5600 lbs and I'm thankfull that I have a 3/4 ton to pull it with. Maybe it's just me but I would think he would be over his max limit gvwr.
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:45 AM   #2
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Hey everyone, been awhile since I've posted but I wanted to get some opinions on a towing issue. I have a buddy that just bought a 2000 ish 27' prowler weighing 5500lbs dry. He is going to be towing with a 2003 trailblazer with the I6 and let's assume 342 gears. Is this at all safe? I told him to immediately buy an equalizer hitch and brake controller. He says it tows great but all he has done is tow it home maybe 15 miles. My current whitehawk 28dsbh weighs 5600 lbs and I'm thankfull that I have a 3/4 ton to pull it with. Maybe it's just me but I would think he would be over his max limit gvwr.
2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS 4dr SUV 4.2L 6-cyl. 4-speed Automatic Features and Specs

Shows a 03 trailblazer has a tow cap of 6300lbs MAX

IMO - it's REAL close - closer than I would feel comfortable with. - A 03 Silvarado/Sierra 1500 would do much better - a 2500 would be best, a 3500 would be overkill and you would never know the thing is hooked up.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:02 AM   #3
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Maximum tow for my wife's 2004 is listed at 6300 lbs.

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My Trailblazer SS is rated for 6600 lbs but the only thing it hauls is ass !!!
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I want to stay tuned to this thread. My wife has the GMC Envoy which the same as Trailblazer. I have thought about pulling our 27BHS but get to gun shy when it's that close to limits.
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My Trailblazer SS is rated for 6600 lbs but the only thing it hauls is ass !!!
Thank you, I really did LOL!!
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While the weight appears to be close, I think he should be more concerned about length. Towing a long trailer with a short wheelbase vehicle can get you into a "Tail wagging the dog" situation which could result in this:
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I used to tow tow with an '03 Trailblazer, I6, 3:42, 4WD EXT. My towing capacity was 4900#. But...

First things first, ignore the dry weight. No one tows anything at the dry weight. Once options are added and his "stuff", it's a fair bet that trailer will weigh 6500#+ with an 850# tongue weight. Those are the kinds of numbers you have to think about.

Also ignore what the online sources say. Get it right, this is too important to guess at. Everything he needs to know about that truck's exact specs is in 3 places, his owners manual, the RPO sticker in the glove box, and the weight sticker in the door jamb. There were 3 gear sets available for GMT360/380s, look for one of the following RPO codes: GU6 = 3:42, GT4 = 3:73, GT5 = 4:10. Very few I6s had 4:10 gears. Most have 3:42s.

Towing capacity and payload are also determined by 4WD vs. 2WD, and EXT vs standard length. The payload of that truck is likely less than 1100#. Assuming a loaded tongue weight of 850#, that leaves about 200# for his family and their stuff. Not much room for anything inside the truck. I believe the GCWR is 11000#, but again, the owners manual has the most accurate information on this.

BTW, the W/D limit of the hitch is 970#, DO NOT go by the sticker on the hitch. That's for the hitch itself, not considering the vehicle it's attached to.

We towed our X20E with our Trailblazer for one season. The X20E has a GVWR of 4750#. Yes, it "towed fine". But it got about 8mpg (our Sierra gets 10.5 or so towing the same trailer), struggled in the wind, and no way would I have towed with it on longer trips or in mountains. It was at the max I would ever consider towing with a Trailblazer. Your friend's trailer is going to be about 2000# heavier and is several feet longer than my X20E.

We sold our Trailblazer in part because it had a lot of miles on it, and in part because it was marginal at best for towing our X20E. Towing our trailer with our Sierra is a real pleasure. Rightsizing your trailer/TV combo makes all the difference in the world. BTW, our Trailblazer was great when towing our old Kiwi 17A, a 3500# GVWR trailer.

So all in all, I see this as a really bad combination. Set up properly he'll be safe if he does short trips on mostly flat terrain. Anything else will be an unpleasant experience at best. He'll be replacing that Trailblazer in less than a year.
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We towed a 4400 lb hybrid with a 1/2 ton Avalanche with 5.3 liter and 4.10 gears rated for 8200 lbs and it was at redline on any hills at all struggling. I could not imagine towing more with less.
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We towed a 4400 lb hybrid with a 1/2 ton Avalanche with 5.3 liter and 4.10 gears rated for 8200 lbs and it was at redline on any hills at all struggling.
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.
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