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Old 09-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Towing a '71 31' LY w/ Trailblazer?

Saturday I should be picking up my 1st AS. A 1971, 31' LY...would it be silly of me to tow it with an '03 Trailblazer, EXT, 4wd, L6 motor ??? Or should i borrow a pickup? (the trip will be about 250miles)
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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saturday i should be picking up my 1st as. A 1971, 31' ly...would it be silly of me to tow it with an '03 trailblazer, ext, 4wd, l6 motor ??? Or should i borrow a pickup? (the trip will be about 250miles)
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:33 PM   #3
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pickup..........pickup..........pickup..........pi ckup..........pickup..........and don't try to run without the trailer brakes.

BTW - Congratulations on your new A/S
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:39 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums, We're glad to have you with us.

I, too, would borrow the pick up. The Trail Blazer would be way outmatched.

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How much does the trailer weigh and how much will the trailblazer tow... Is it the same as the regular blazer or the newer trailblazer body style....... If you can get a truck maybe you should.. Thats a big trailer... and get the brakes working like Harry W said He's got one...
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Pickup.

Under the best of circumstances, the max to rating of the trailblazer is 5900lbs with the inline 6 (depending on gears, 4x4 or 2x4, etc).

Plus, with about a 113" wheelbase, not a great combo for a 31' RV.
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Saturday I should be picking up my 1st AS. A 1971, 31' LY...would it be silly of me to tow it with an '03 Trailblazer, EXT, 4wd, L6 motor ??? Or should i borrow a pickup? (the trip will be about 250miles)
Hi aircooled4;
I hope you are kidding, Right? "boatdoc"
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Based on history I would recommend at least a 3/4 ton Suburban with a 3:73 rear end. I pulled a 1975 31' Excella with a 1978 Mercury Station Wagon with a 400 engine and if you have to stop suddenly the trailer pushes you all over the place. Good luck with your decision and welcome to the Forum.

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I dont think it will be any worse than towing it with a toyota or Nissan so what the heck.

Alot people are doing it
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Our 31' comparable to yours weighs about 6,000 pound or so empty. Even with a weight distribution system and brake controller, and sway control, it will be over the Trailblazer's weight rating. Can you do it? Yes. My concern is worst-case, if that disabled kid in a wheelchair rolls off the sidewalk in front of you, will you be able to avoid hitting him? 99.9% of the time, you will be okay. It's that .1% that is the kicker.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:48 PM   #11
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I dont think it will be any worse than towing it with a toyota or Nissan so what the heck.

Alot people are doing it

I know some of you think 3/4 ton or 1 ton is the only way... But please there is no need to slam the trucks (you don't think will tow it) I now My Sequoia will and unless you have towed with the new one It would be nice to just see recommendations, rather than put downs.

There is a big difference between an old Trailblazer and the new Tundra or Nissan.... whether you think it or not....
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I don't think anyone is trying to "slam", anybody, or any vehicle. Many of the people on this forum have a great many years, and untold miles of towing experence, in all sorts of terrain, and weather, with all sorts of vehicles. This cumulative knowledge base is expressed here out of concern for safety, and stress-free towing. Yes, their is a big difference between a few local towing trips per year, and cross-country driving, the rig that will suffice for local use, might be totally unsuitable for a full-time user. That said, the Trailblazer, is not up to the level of the newer 1/2 ton trucks, concerning either payload, or tow capacity. It is perhaps a 3/8's ton.
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A coment like this (I dont think it will be any worse than towing it with a toyota or Nissan so what the heck.

Alot people are doing it) Is making fun or slamming in my book...

There's a lot of people in the forums that are not comfortable towing with a 1/2 ton and I'm fine with that... But if a truck or suv is rated for a certain amount then It should be able to tow that much....

The trailblazer is at it's limit or over.... A new Toyota or Nissan is not ... There is a big difference... So I guess I think the comment is a jab and not constructive, and does not contribute in helping the OP question....
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Welcome to the Forums 'Aircooled' and congrats on your new trailer. I hope all worked out well for you in getting your new rig home.
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