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Old 05-25-2016, 01:07 PM   #21
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I have a Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller and that is the only 1 I would use. Let me correct that I would also use a Prodigy P3, the reason I didn't get that model is it wouldn't fit in the cubby pocket of my truck. P2 fits perfect.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:23 PM   #22
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Thanks for the tip DB! Will definitely consider upgrading to a full-size truck for one of the next vehicle purchases. We've had the trailblazer for about 8 years and it's been paid off for about 6 years. We never really talked about upgrading the vehicle and/or trailer in the past, but now that the kids are getting older and we are running out of space in our pop up, we will definitely be looking at larger vehicles and trailers :-)
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:43 PM   #23
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I appreciate all the feedback, we ended up passing on this TT due to overweight and safety.

What's the consensus on towing a 21' Rockwood Roo hybrid with my TB? UVW is 2732.
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Good choice for your TB, especially since you are experienced with popups.
Most hybrid owners are former popup owners.

Just inspect everything especially the bunk doors, the bunk door seals, the door frames and hinge areas for softness and rot.
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I towed my 19' toyhauler with a GMC Envoy. It was 4500# loaded (checked on a scale). I added a transmission cooler to keep fluid temperature down. The transmission fluid would run 160-180F while towing. The trailer was the max I would recommend to tow with that vehicle, both in weight and length. I towed at 60-65 mph. Any faster and cross winds from trucks would cause the trailer to sway (not uncontrollable, but an annoyance.)

If you add a transmission cooler and keep you trailer to ~19' it is very doable with a Trailblazer. I used a P3 brake controller which worked very good.
I have the same experience.

I towed my 2104S with a 2008 Trail Blazer I6. Unloaded, I was 3900 ish lbs. and about 4500 loaded. It handled fine although I added WDH, trans cooler, and upgraded the rear tires to XL and ran about 42 lbs while towing. The wheel base is fairly short, so I wouldn't pull anything longer than 23'. For reference...expect 8.5 mpg while towing and it doesn't like long inclines or speeds above 60.
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Good choice for your TB, especially since you are experienced with popups.
Most hybrid owners are former popup owners.

Just inspect everything especially the bunk doors, the bunk door seals, the door frames and hinge areas for softness and rot.
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Just a word in advance, I was getting around 14 mpg pulling our 2280BH popup with the TB. That turned into low 8's when we hooked that parachute up to the back. Moving to the Tahoe with nearly double the tow rating didn't fix that, lol. Same trailer, more truck...same mileage.

Based on my experience with it though, as long as you keep it under 4000 lbs dry, less than 23' long, and install trans cooler, brake controller, and the right hitch / sway control, you should be fine with whatever you decide on. And the heavier tires, while not necessary, helped immensely.
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Just a word in advance, I was getting around 14 mpg pulling our 2280BH popup with the TB. That turned into low 8's when we hooked that parachute up to the back. Moving to the Tahoe with nearly double the tow rating didn't fix that, lol. Same trailer, more truck...same mileage.

Based on my experience with it though, as long as you keep it under 4000 lbs dry, less than 23' long, and install trans cooler, brake controller, and the right hitch / sway control, you should be fine with whatever you decide on. And the heavier tires, while not necessary, helped immensely.
Let's (hypothetically) say I purchase the hybrid tonight, and I am unable to get the trans cooler before Memorial weekend, but instead get a trans flush... will that suffice for a 168 mile trip? That's a one-way total; 336 round trip.
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I had a trail blazer and a heavy big Colman pop up I thought the short wheel base did not make a good tow vehicle
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Let's (hypothetically) say I purchase the hybrid tonight, and I am unable to get the trans cooler before Memorial weekend, but instead get a trans flush... will that suffice for a 168 mile trip? That's a one-way total; 336 round trip.
That's a tough call. I personally wouldn't do it. I'd limit it to about 50 miles one way. The tow package on those only consists of the receiver hitch and wiring. The radiator is the only thing cooling the transmission and it's not that big. A lot of it would have to do with outside temperature and the type of terrain you're pulling through. That wind drag takes a toll.

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I had a trail blazer and a heavy big Colman pop up I thought the short wheel base did not make a good tow vehicle
That's the downside to it. The stiffer rear tires and the right hitch and sway made it doable on my Mini Lite, but it blew the whole rig around when a big truck passed me. No sway, but the whole thing moved over.
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Listen to him. It's not the pulling power, it's the short wheel base instability that he is referring to. Short wheel base TV's can get whipped around very quickly in wind and semi wind wash.
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