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Old 10-06-2007, 07:42 AM   #15
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Can't find the name, but the address and directions are accurate- double checked with my man- I-95 to Stirling Road, west, about 1 miles and just over RR tracks make a right on Ravenswood/Anglers Ave, and its the first set of warehouses on the NW corner, and he has 3 or 4 bays- you can see the sign, we just don't remember. Worth driving there, he's the best source we've ever used... good luck.

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Old 10-06-2007, 10:58 AM   #16
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That would probably be it- sounds right because I know that SR 84 is SW24th ave, the numbers count down, and the address should be quite a ways from SR84- at least thats what my man says. We can't remember his name, big guy, on the chubby side, we try and save all our needs til we go there- he's cheaper and better than CW and doesn't sell the Chinese stuff first- has it, but for almost the same, we bought DT or Reese- easier to get parts for when you need it. Good luck- EZ
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Old 10-06-2007, 12:23 PM   #17
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. . . I've dropped in on Chevy dealership and showed it to the service manager, as well as a couple of U-Haul places near here, and they weren't entirely sure what was up either, but they all said that it's a class 3 hitch, and should handle 6000 without the WD.
That's pretty outrageous! No way could a Blazer handle 6000 lbs dead weight. I woud go someplace else, like the guy on Ravenswood.

I think the reason your Blazer has a 200 lb limit on deadweight tongue weight may have to do with the weight distribution between the front and rear axle. If you look at the effect of 200 lbs on the hitch, it really shows up as 300 lbs weight on the rear axle, and 100 lbs less weight on the steer axle. I think this redistribution of weight may be the limit that the designers felt comfortable with. Perhaps it is lack of traction on the front axle that limits the deadweight?

On the other hand, if you put a 750 lb tongue weight on the hitch and use weight distributing gear, you are adding weight to the front axle instread of removing it. So with a WD setup, you have added probably 225 lbs to the front axle, maybe 400 lbs to the rear axle, and the remainder back to the trailer axle. The designers were apparently comfortable with the higher total weight, as long as part of the weight was transferred to the steer axle to maintain good steering response.

Just an opinion. Basically what Nick said, but I used his equations to dummy up some numbers for this example.
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What size trailer and weight are thinking about towing with the Blazer? Which engine is in the Blazer? The Blazer has a relatively short wheelbase so you will be limited as to the size trailer you can tow safely.

Below is a review of the 96 Blazer by RV news. I think the capacity is on the high side and would not try to go near what is suggested.

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right now we're on in the market for our Airstream, especially the Bambi (16-19) or Safari Sport (22). Up to now, my main concern has been the TV-a well maintained 2003 Chevy Blazer-rated at 9500 # GCWR. I talk with people at work who tow trailers (no Airstreams) and drive BIG trucks. When they know I want to tow with my Blazer (100" WB, 4.3, V-6), I get the "you got to be out of your mind" look and lecture--along with a load of good information about trailering.

I know they know what they're talking about but THIS is an AIRSTREAM maybe I can do it. Now, here I am-new member, BTW-to hear from Airstream owners. I suppose I could defer the trailer purchase until I buy the Trailerblazer or Tahoe but our decision to purchase the trailer has a utilitarian bent. I am working on the road away from home and paying a lot in rent. Buying the trailer will let me own for all that money. So, my initial towing won't be short road trips. But we'll definitely be at the beach with IT this spring!
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:35 PM   #19
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right now we're on in the market for our Airstream, especially the Bambi (16-19) or Safari Sport (22). Up to now, my main concern has been the TV-a well maintained 2003 Chevy Blazer-rated at 9500 # GCWR. I talk with people at work who tow trailers (no Airstreams) and drive BIG trucks. When they know I want to tow with my Blazer (100" WB, 4.3, V-6), I get the "you got to be out of your mind" look and lecture--along with a load of good information about trailering.

I know they know what they're talking about but THIS is an AIRSTREAM maybe I can do it. Now, here I am-new member, BTW-to hear from Airstream owners. I suppose I could defer the trailer purchase until I buy the Trailerblazer or Tahoe but our decision to purchase the trailer has a utilitarian bent. I am working on the road away from home and paying a lot in rent. Buying the trailer will let me own for all that money. So, my initial towing won't be short road trips. But we'll definitely be at the beach with IT this spring!
No, find the RIGHT trailer first. Then find a tow vehicle to pull it. If you find the RIGHT trailer youll have it for 20 years. You'll go through 3, 4 or 5 tow vehicles in that time.

A dozen people other than I can also chime in here. First Airstream was an 05 22 CCD, which I fulltimed in for 14 months. Next is my current 25 FB SE Safari. I'm drooling over the 27 FB CCD. Sooner or later I'll pull the trigger on that one.

Save yourself a TON of money and find an Airstream you can live in /live with FIRST. Go to a forums rally, go to a dealer with a big inventory. Sit on the throne, stand in the shower, lie down on the bed. Now imagine having your family with you (I assume they will travel with you at least some of the time or visit you periodically.) Corner beds or beds where one partner has to crawl over the other to get to the bathroom, and the tiny bathroom right next to the bed where there is "complete disclosure" of what your partner is doing in there??

Get the Airstream FIRST.

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Old 08-31-2008, 07:17 AM   #20
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2003 Chevy Blazer-rated at 9500 # GCWR.
(100" WB, 4.3, V-6), I get the "you got to be out of your mind" look and lecture--along with a load of good information about trailering.
sturm. Certainly you should make sure the Airstream model you pick matches your needs. Many of us are not in position to buy both a new tow vehicle and a new Airstream. Your Blazer does give you many nice choices in Airstream models. First see if you are in the ballpark.

With a curb weigth of 3850lbs, and a 9500lb GCWR the Blazer gives you the rough capacity of 5650lbs, which would be the weight of your Airstream plus people and cargo.

A 22' Sport has a base weight (empty, no fluids) of 3400lbs which leaves you a nice margin of 2250lbs (5650lbs minus 3400lbs) for people and stuff. So you are definately in the ballpark. If that looks like a good combo to you, you will need to do a little more arithmetic to make sure you properly distribute your payload between the Blazer and the Airstream (the Sport's tongue weight puts about 350lbs on to your Blazer).

Some will try to convince you that you'll need a giant truck to tow safely, but just do the numbers. Airstreams are light and easy to tow. The Blazer and a 22' Sport looks like a nice combo that you can set up for safe economical towing! If you get serious - just post again for help with a more detailed calculation.

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For reference, I regularly towed a single-axle 3800 lb boat trailer with my '95 Blazer, without WD equipment and without any electric brakes. It had the 4.3L Vortec V6 (which is a fantastic engine IMO), and had no problems pulling the trailer.
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I wouldnt go over 5000 lbs total
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