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Old 10-28-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
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We are waiting on delivery of a 25FB Flying Cloud. We will be using a Chev Trailblazer as a TV. The only problem I see is in tongue weight capacity. The Trailer has a tongue weight of over 800 lbs and the Trailblazer is not rated nearly that high. We were told that a good weight distribution hitch such as a Hensley arrow would solve this problem. I realize the Trailblazer is not ideal but it is what I have and need to use right now.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:04 AM   #2
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Hi, from what I have just read, the Trailblazer with the 6.0 L V-8 engine is not rated high enough for this trailer. [6,800 lb tow rating] No hitch can change that. Before we bought our 25' Airstream, [6,300 GVWR] I had a wonderful Explorer Sport. [5,000 lb tow rating] It got replaced with a Navigator. [8,900 lb tow rating] You need a proper sized/rated tow vehicle no matter what hitch you decide to buy/use. [my opinion]
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:54 AM   #3
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Tow ratings are a factory recommendation based on the vehicle equipped as sold. A set of Extra Load tires, heavier rated hitch, or transmission cooler can improve the vehicle's ability significantly. Almost surely enough to use your vehicle for the new trailer.

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Old 10-29-2011, 06:37 AM   #4
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It is not just the pulling capacity that you need but also the braking capacity. Your TV must have the brakes to stop the combination. The trailer brakes help but you need the capacity of the TV as well. The other thing is the weight of the trailer vs the TV. The trailer will start to try to throw the TV around and make it uncontrollable in an emergency situation. The car companies give a rating so that they will not be liable if you go over their ratings.
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Hi, from what I have just read, the Trailblazer with the 6.0 L V-8 engine is not rated high enough for this trailer. [6,800 lb tow rating] No hitch can change that. Before we bought our 25' Airstream, [6,300 GVWR] I had a wonderful Explorer Sport. [5,000 lb tow rating] It got replaced with a Navigator. [8,900 lb tow rating] You need a proper sized/rated tow vehicle no matter what hitch you decide to buy/use. [my opinion]
From his other posts I don't think this is the trailblazer that he has. I believe these numbers are from the older model that is now the Tahoe. I believe he has the newer version which is a mid-size SUV with much smaller numbers.
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If memory serves me, the Trailblazer is not made anymore. When it was made it had an in line 5 cyclinder engine and towards the end of production GM shoe horned a small V-8. It was also a short and long version. This was a midsize SUV andthe Tahoe mentioned above was also made however that is a full size SUV, which is still being produced.
Its a small SUV but, the Can Am people say a mini van can tow a 30 footer so...Good luck.
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If memory serves me, the Trailblazer is not made anymore. When it was made it had an in line 5 cyclinder engine and towards the end of production GM shoe horned a small V-8. It was also a short and long version. This was a midsize SUV andthe Tahoe mentioned above was also made however that is a full size SUV, which is still being produced.
Its a small SUV but, the Can Am people say a mini van can tow a 30 footer so...Good luck.
Trailblazer never had a 5 cylinder. Only the mid-pickups had the 5 (or a 4). All Trailblazers had the inline 6 until the 5.3 became available.
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Trailblazer never had a 5 cylinder. Only the mid-pickups had the 5 (or a 4). All Trailblazers had the inline 6 until the 5.3 became available.
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