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Old 09-16-2014, 02:52 PM   #11
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OK, thanks for the clarification. If that's the case and you can keep that weight down to 5500# like nbhybrid said, then I think as far as weight you'll be fine. That's essentially the same drive train as a 1/2 ton PU. Do you know what gears you have? I'm assuming 3:73. Look in your glove box for your RPO code list. GU6 = 3:42, GT4 = 3:73, GT5 = 4:10.

It's still a long trailer for a Trailblazer, so yes, you most likely will want something more suited when you do go looking at replacements for the TB.
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:01 PM   #12
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Gears are 3.73. I definitely would like a truck for a replacement, but it will have to wait a while. Ideally a 3/4 ton PU would be great, especially as the number of kids at home starts to shrink. I can't see us every going to a bigger trailer, especially since we were hoping for a smaller one. We just couldn't find something to fit a family of six with a decent floor plan (although we haven't had all six in a while).

Thanks to all of you for your advice and assistance.
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:22 PM   #13
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As a starting point on this issue, I look at the max gross trailer weight listed on the sticker (usually) located on the front left outside corner of the trailer. (This is the same sticker that lists tire size and inflation pressure).

I compare this number to my max towing capcity of my truck and decide there.

My '06 suburban had a 10,000 lb tow capacity and my 2008 26BHS has a max weight of 9300lbs. I doubt if I ever exceeded the max of the trailer, and the rig towed fine behind the suburban (although, never very fast over the hills).

I upgraded to a CCLB ram w/ a towing capcity of 12,500# and life is even better.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:34 PM   #14
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My 26BH weighed in fully loaded at about #5600; delivered weight #4800, with #620 of the total loaded weight on the hitch.

Hope that helps
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:16 PM   #15
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That's great information, Nighthawk. Does that include water in the fresh water tank? If not , I will want to watch how I load the unit. Next vehicle will be something that will tow at least 8000 pounds.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:28 AM   #16
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My 2015 26BH elite was 5100# from factory, 6000# loaded(food, clothes, toys, bikes, etc for family of 4, no water in tank,) 720# tw when loaded..
I tow it with a 2014 ram 1500, and as far as I am concerned, my trailer is as big/ heavy as I would go with my truck allowing for safety margins..
I think a new tow vehicle will come to you sooner than you think after towing a few longer trips..
Good luck. Enjoy they trailer..
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Thanks Skaling. We stay fairly local, within an hour. However, we have talked about some longer trips as the kids are starting to move out on their own. Guess we will start saving towards a new TV.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:30 AM   #18
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I towed our 28BHS for 3 years with my Chevy 1500 5.3. Its a bit heavier then the 26 BHS at 5350 dry, around 6500 ready to camp. The truck had the power but with a tongue weight approaching 1,000 lbs and a truck payload of only 1450 lbs the suspension was maxed out, and I never was real comfortable with the combo, especially on windy days. Moving up to the 2500 with a payload of over 3400 lbs and heavier frame/suspension/brakes/tires has made for a much more enjoyable towing experience. I`m not telling you to run right out and buy a huge truck, but as others have said your TV will be marginal at best and I think you are on the right path of saving towards a new one.


Here is a thread I started, comparing the 1500 and 2500. I still own both.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...hevy+2500+1500
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Thanks, Crabman. A new TV isn't an option, but we can certainly keep the trips shorter until it is possible. I like paying cash or at least as close to cash as possible.
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Thanks, Crabman. A new TV isn't an option, but we can certainly keep the trips shorter until it is possible. I like paying cash or at least as close to cash as possible.
I like to pay cash too when possible. Which is why I bought an 8 year old, well kept 2500 with only 73,000 miles on it, at a cost of less then 1/3 what a new one would have been. The 40-50 grand trucks are just not in the Crabman budget.
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