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Old 03-02-2014, 08:39 AM   #463
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I had to go back and catch up on what you bought. Whoa - I never knew there was a straight 6 anymore. With 275HP that's a lot of output. It seems like a very nice size SUV and power train for what you are towing.

Looks like you are almost ready to camp!
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:25 AM   #464
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yep it was an unknown to me too. Guess I didin't keep up with the SUVs out there. It has nice power range and gets decent mileage. I lightened up by 3000 pounds and 4 cylinders.
I fit my hitch better, there was a large rivet that goes behind the hitch against the vertical part and helps angle the head outward.
I sold my 50 year old Reese to a guy too..not an Airstreamer.

Spent the morning testing the trailers water system, and cleaning up inside. Ready to camp soon...ALUMALINA Rally March 28.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #465
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And now for a little levity, it seems that all our small vehicle towing and maneuverability issues were solved back in 1974.

Introducing the Beetle 5th wheel!
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:25 PM   #466
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took our first real trip this weekend. 250 miles each way..going up in solid rain all day.
Impressions- first I miss the Excursion. Mileage was not really any better, and the comfort level is not as good. I had to hold tight on the wheel when tractor trailer blew by us.
We maintained 60mph except I had to shift it down to 3rd on any inclines and it would drop to 50-55mph.
Felt like a lot more work driving than I am used to.
Maybe I screwed up selling my former rig? It did suck driving it around town but sure was different towing.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:58 PM   #467
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took our first real trip this weekend. 250 miles each way..going up in solid rain all day.
Impressions- first I miss the Excursion. Mileage was not really any better, and the comfort level is not as good. I had to hold tight on the wheel when tractor trailer blew by us.
We maintained 60mph except I had to shift it down to 3rd on any inclines and it would drop to 50-55mph.
Felt like a lot more work driving than I am used to.
Maybe I screwed up selling my former rig? It did suck driving it around town but sure was different towing.
Alan,
Have you done a thorough setup of the WD hitch at the CAT scale ? Cuz' I'm thinking your T-Blazer ought to pull that trailer easily. Proper setup is likely critical though.

EDIT: and besides....you're back....and alive....any landing you can walk away from is a good one ...
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:00 PM   #468
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no I have not. I measured the front fender height and angled the hitch head back.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:07 PM   #469
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You went from one extreme to another.
There has to be a happy medium like Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon, Armada/QX56, Navigator/Expedition, Sequoia-
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:16 PM   #470
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yes I was thinking about an Expedition...2004 is in my ball park.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:35 PM   #471
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My neighbor 2 doors to the north is also an Airstreamer. He just sold a 20 year old Econoline and bought a 5 year old Expedition. He wants the Expedition to last 10 years. He figures at 75 years old he will probably not need it more than 10 years...
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Hi Alan. What size tires does your trailblazer have? Do you know the axle ratio?
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HE has given you what you have, so be glad you have it and learn to use it. HE gave it to you for HIS purpose, not YOURS. Am glad for you............

For me, I kept my paid for 2003 F250 V10, with 64K, for traveling, hauling feed/hay, pulling my 16' flatbed to haul stuff like my tractor or RTV.........Then for my great mileage daily, HE gave me a paid for Merc SLK 320 with 28/32 MPG.........It's HIS will NOT mine...........God bless......Dennis
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Hi Alan. What size tires does your trailblazer have? Do you know the axle ratio?
Yes the axle is the 3.42 not the 3.7 which would have been better. I will check the tires when I get home.
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My tires are P255 70 R 16 ..HTR tires.
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HE has given you what you have, so be glad you have it and learn to use it. HE gave it to you for HIS purpose, not YOURS. Am glad for you............

For me, I kept my paid for 2003 F250 V10, with 64K, for traveling, hauling feed/hay, pulling my 16' flatbed to haul stuff like my tractor or RTV.........Then for my great mileage daily, HE gave me a paid for Merc SLK 320 with 28/32 MPG.........It's HIS will NOT mine...........God bless......Dennis

Yes Dennis, I agree on both accounts. Everything we have is His and I also believe in a dedicated tow vehicle. Your low mileage F250 is the perfect example. Driving six of seven thousand pound trucks around for daily transportation will never be in my budget. But between the diesel VW TDI's I drive and the electric car my wife drives (96 cents to drive 100 miles...ha, ha OPEC)...I don't worry about what it cost me to tow somewhere...at least for the most part. Of course, as I say that, I did recently buy a vintage Apache tent camper like the Felver's that we plan to take to Key West and to the coast of Maine...towing it behind our TDI VW. I've already checked and the VW get 45.6 MPG while towing it. Can't wait to make time for that trip.

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