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Old 11-12-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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hello all (first post)
My wife and I want to get an Airstream (after many mentions by the wife) (which is why I researched all the available website and saw what i like here)

before we start looking I need to make sure what I am driving now will pull what ever we diced to buy (looking vintage)
top price is an issue as we are both County employees (high school teacher and Sheriffs deputy for the county

this is currently what we have to pull-
2001 Chevy blazer LS
with ball hitch (the largest model that can be put on the Blazer

my one question (thus far) is for the brakes-
what manuf. should I get for my local mechanic to put in that will control that brakes on which ever tow behind we decide on

thanks all and look forward to the answer and help

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I will leave the brake question to those that pull trailers all the time.

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question on brake hookups

Greetings Andrew!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstreaming!

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hello all (first post)
My wife and I want to get an Airstream (after many mentions by the wife) (which is why I researched all the available website and saw what i like here)

before we start looking I need to make sure what I am driving now will pull what ever we diced to buy (looking vintage)
top price is an issue as we are both County employees (high school teacher and Sheriffs deputy for the county

this is currently what we have to pull-
2001 Chevy blazer LS
with ball hitch (the largest model that can be put on the Blazer

my one question (thus far) is for the brakes-
what manuf. should I get for my local mechanic to put in that will control that brakes on which ever tow behind we decide on

thanks all and look forward to the answer and help

Andrew
The first critical bit of information is whether your Blazer has the factory heavy duty trailer tow package with the 3.73 differential gearing. Even with the heavy duty trailer towing package, I believe that you will find that the Blazer's maximum trailer tow rating is no more than 4,400 pounds (4X4) or 5,500 pounds (2X4). Another potential issue is that the two-door Blazer (which was far less popular than the four-door version) has a short enough wheelbase that it isn't well suited to towing a larger trailer.

The 4,400 trailer tow rating is much more limiting than the 5,500 trailer tow rating. In a vintage Airstream or Argosy, a 22' is likely the largest coach that will fit within the 4,400 pond trailer tow rating while it is possible that a 24' coach might fit within the 5,500 pound rating. As an example, the loaded, ready-to-travel weight with my Overlander (26') varies between 6,000 and 6,100 pounds.

Good luck with your investigation and research!

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