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Old 12-06-2002, 07:02 PM   #1
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Hensley with a Tracker

Would my rig be safer with a Hensley? Tracker pulling Airstream Classic 25'......

Please no rhetoric...just yes or no.
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Old 12-06-2002, 07:09 PM   #2
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Too much gray!!

Way too much rhetoric for me
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Old 12-06-2002, 07:13 PM   #3
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Kistler,

I looked at your tow rating and no, the hensley wouldn't make you safer since you are unsafe to begin with. I know you don't want to hear this, but we all share the roads
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Old 12-06-2002, 07:22 PM   #4
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Appreciate the reply...was hoping for yes or no replys Don't you think being unsafe to begin with that the Hensley exascerbates my problem? (sp?) of exacerbates

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Old 12-06-2002, 09:06 PM   #5
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Just looked at your profile... yeah... 'bout the same as towin' with a Tracker!

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Old 12-07-2002, 12:44 AM   #6
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Don't get it

I looked at your profile - a Jeep GC with v8 doesn't seem that out of line if he's running light.? The Hensley should help with sway, stability, but I don't have one to speak from experience. Do you have a problem currently?
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Old 12-07-2002, 06:58 AM   #7
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Kistler;

You are talking about a Chevrolet Tracker, right?

Series ---- 2-Door------ 4-Door

— 2WD ---1000/453 ----1500/680
— 4x4 --- 1000/453 ----1500/680

1 Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See your Chevy dealer for additional details.

http://www.chevrolet.com/tracker/lib...trailering.htm

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Old 12-07-2002, 03:10 PM   #9
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OOHHHH

"But didn't that ad on T.V. show a Tracker pulling a broken down semi?" I looked again at Kistler's profile, it shows "jeep GC v8." Kistler, I wouldn't try a Chev Tracker. "No"
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Old 12-07-2002, 03:57 PM   #10
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Thanks for replying everybody....yeah I do not have a Tracker BUT the Hensley would only add to my weight problems at this point....tow vehicle being Jeep GC V8 Quadra.....which was what I was hoping to garner from my ridiculous question....

That the Hensley would put me more beyond the safe perameters. We are shopping for a new tow vehicle; the problem is we do not wish for a truck.

Most of what we are interested in do not have a much longer wheel base.....Durango, Escalade AND the suburban types (built on 3/4 chassis) won't fit in our garage.

Anybody have suggestions?

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Old 12-07-2002, 04:52 PM   #11
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how about a chevy trail blazer? the new inline six is 275 hp.
and i believe you can get it with 4.10 rear end.

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Tow car?

I seem to be in the same "boat," so to speak. The wife really doesn' want a truck, and when we travel (with our boat, before trailer) about six of us went in our Chev Astro. The Astro really doesn't have the guts to make it over the passes around Seattle, flat and semi-level is fine however (we have a van with the heavy duty suspension). I looked at Buick Roadmaster's (94's with LT-1 engine) but overly long for the garage, and the wife's not too fond of these. If I forget about size, the Chev Express looks great - I only wish it had a diesel for economy, and was about 5 thou cheaper. I'm trying to convince my wife that an older Dodge van (al Uwe) would be perfect, and I'd buy her a car for everyday use.
I've also read online about V8 conversions for the Astro - but we've had so many problems with the two Astro's we've had (its the only car/van I know that can shed parts and still work!) that I'm reluctant to invest in it.
Why doesn't the V8 GC work? Is the wheelbase too short and sways?
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and a 5.3 v 8

http://www.chevrolet.com/trailblazer...trailering.htm



here is their page, looks like they added a 5.3 v8 for '03

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Old 12-07-2002, 05:07 PM   #14
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Actually the Jeep does OK power wise....it is mostly the wheel base sway control (and the fact the dealer doesn't wish to install a Reese dual cam system) problems....

Power is adequate for us....we can go as fast as we wish to and it stops great. We haven't experienced the "oscillating" that was described somewhere in this forum.

Had side winds on the way to Parker and seemed to have very little effect.....trucks passing us either...

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