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Old 06-28-2013, 04:17 AM   #15
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Once again thanks for the feed back,
I have ran into a road block with the MGB as the toad, I have to make the base plate and that will require some modifications to the front bumber which I'm not sure I want to do. In fact my have pretty much made my mind up not to. So now I'm back to the Trailblazer.
You'll have to modify ANY vehicle if you want to tow it four-down. Front bumpers are designed to be load-bearing in pushing, not pulling. Both Blue Ox and Roadmaster baseplate kits generally require removing the bumper supports and replacing them with supports that will support the load. However, the baseplate kits don't generally involve modifications to the bumper itself; the baseplates penetrate the grille right below (or maybe sometimes right above) the bumper. For both Roadmaster and Blue Ox, everything that extends in front of the bumper is removable, everything behind the bumper is not.

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Protagonist, you gotta have more than a 3.0L turbo-diesel I thought it would be a 5.9 Cummins
Nope. 3.0-liter V-6 MB turbo-diesel, 5-speed automatic transmission. Main reason why I get 18mpg highway at 70mph, and 17mpg towing my Honda at 60mph.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:56 AM   #16
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Steve said "Did you install the SMI Stay in play in the Taurus X."

Steve, I use the SMI in my Toyota Corolla. I like the fact that the only thing required of the SMI when you are going to tow is to turn on the switch near the left foot rest on the Corolla. One negative, if you are going to tow more than one vehicle, it cannot be easily moved. The SMI is installed such that it is a major operation to uninstall and reinstall in another vehicle.

Bummer on the MG B. I was looking forward to seeing it down the road.

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Old 06-28-2013, 07:08 AM   #17
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DaveFL.....The first Airstream I test drove was a 99 with the 454 and it ran fantastic but the couch had been neglected and needed some serious work and cleaning so I kept looking and found my couch in Ohio a 2004 with 31K one owner stored inside, like new. And as good as the 454 ran the 8.1 was even better, I wish it had the Allison Trans., but the GM 4 speed does a good job. What is your hitches weight ratting ?
My 2000 was on a 99 chevy chassis, so the first one you tested could have been the same as mine, 454 that year was 7.2 which might make the difference.
I will still tow the pu for short trips when we will be able to use our kayak, for me it boils down to what I am going to use the toad for, Fit nicer to tour(40mpg) and pu(20 mpg) but can carry the kayak. Choices we all have them.
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DaveFL.... What is your hitches weight ratting ?
Our hitch is Reese 5000
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Steve my hitch is also rated at 4000#.

I had the SMI stay in play brake system installed by my local RV repair shop.

I'm not sure which upset my wife the most, seeing our 94 Airstream 30' Classic trailer being pulled off our property by the new owner or seeing the 95 F-350 Crew Cab Dually drive off our property by the new owner. We nicknamed the F-350 "Big Hoss" since it didn't seem to care if the Airstream was behind it or not, 12MPG either way. The truck had less than 150K miles on it when I bought it used and 367K when I sold it. Many wonderful miles pulling our Airstream.
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I tow a 2000 trailblazer 4860 lbs full of gas with my 96 33ft LY. 454 engine and a Banks Pwr Pac. Use a Roadmaster Sterling Alum tow bar. I have a heavier rig and heavier toad than you so I'd hook it up and go. I'm on the west coast so when I leave here I'm heading to the Mts. Use your downshifts and enjoy the ride. Jim
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Oh yes, I forgot to mention I use a Brake Buddy for extra braking pwr on the 2000 Trailblazer Jim











































































































































































































































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Old 06-29-2013, 09:26 PM   #22
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Protagonist, there is no base plate manufactured for the MGB, but I could make one with the help of some friends which have done this to other MGB's. The problem is I just don't like the way the 2" channel looks protruding from the front bumper. It really looks like crap so I'm not going down that road. I'm leaning toward a Roadmaster XL Base Plate that would work on the Trailblazer. I ran across this which looks really interesting for a tow bar brake combo set up Ready Brute Elite at Adventure RV.net. It had good reviews on a other board irv.net.
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I got a Demco tow bar with my moho purchase, but my proposed toad, a 2002 Honda Insight, does not have a baseplate available, and I lucked in to a Demco SS dolly about the same time. I towed (toad?) the Insight and dolly, about 2600# with the ~100# hitch weight with no problem. After I upgraded my commute vehicle to a 1996 BMW 318ti my towed weight went up to about 3500# and I did notice a difference. The P.O. went to the Banks factory so I have better breathing, etc and I guess more power. I went deep into the dolly for a maintenance check before my last trip & discovered that the P.O. for that unit probably built it up, but it was too much trouble for him to hook up the line from the brake master cylinder to the actual brakes, so I have been using it for about 3 years with no brakes! A couple hours later it bakes nicely, and the dolly and car track very nicely.
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It would be nice to have the Trial Blazer, but I would go with a smaller car like a sonata, thats perfect!! and if you want to have fun with the Trail Blazer, Have some one Drive it.
Gota think it would be a lot less expensive to do it that way.
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