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Old 08-12-2014, 03:10 PM   #21
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Yeah Beerjay. A new small diesel would be awesome. Just none on horizon at the moment that I can see. As you mentioned, the Trailblazer does not get good mileage at all and I think that contributed to its demise. Why not just get a larger vehicle with a V8 (Tahoe, etc) with equal MPG.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:14 PM   #22
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Are you speaking of the Eco boost engine? There is a lot of talk of that engine here on the forum. That I believe only comes in the Explorer sport. As that is close to $45K if I remember correctly. Right around the price of a V8 Tahoe I think.

I was looking at the standard Explorer engine (V6 - non turbocharged). The tow package is rated up to 5,000 lbs.

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While I love my '13 Ex Limited.. it's a great road trip vehicle, I'm not sure I'd be happy towing with it (probably because I have my '01 F-250 Diesel to tow with). Mine's a NA V6 with tow package and 4wd. I got the Tow package strictly for the additional cooling it has, but don't plan to ever really tow anything more than my 17.5ft boat.

This thread talked about using a 5th gen Explorer as a TV. Anyone towing with a 2013 Explorer or similar TV?

the 5000lbs rating is with a weight distribution hitch... anyone familiar with what that does to a Unibody framed vehicle?
The Ecoboot Sport has the same tow ratings, so I'd guess the limit is not the engine but the body or brakes on the Ex, since the same Ecoboost in an F-150 gets 2x the tow capacity.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:22 PM   #23
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Yeah Beerjay. A new small diesel would be awesome. Just none on horizon at the moment that I can see. As you mentioned, the Trailblazer does not get good mileage at all and I think that contributed to its demise. Why not just get a larger vehicle with a V8 (Tahoe, etc) with equal MPG.
Actually you get a lot with a Yukon/Tahoe besides a proven V8. The tow packages add a lot of safety and stability and the wheelbase stops wind sheer and transport sway while towing, was well as better brakes. I have no white knuckles with the Suburban.

I'm sure with 5 of us and gear I was over the rear axle rating of the Trailblazer and that's the key indicator in 1500 type vehicles. You will hit that long before you are over tow rating or the GCWR.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:26 PM   #24
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I'm looking for a '53 Merc convertible that they pulled the Long Long trailer with in the movie. I wonder what that trailer weighed.


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What about a grand Cherokee with the hemi?
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:34 PM   #26
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Sounds familiar to my situation. Had a 2002 Trailblazer I6 for 4 years pulling a Coleman Mesa (3000 lbs). Pulled ok but the Trailblazer is underpowered for towing and doesn't have a big gas tank. Worked ok for lots of short trips though.
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I had a 2000 Coleman Mesa for 2003-2009 camping seasons, also loaded to around 3000 lbs! I used a '97 Chrysler Town & Country 3.8L (which got totaled) for 5 seasons, then a '00 Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3L for 2 seasons. Sticking to fairly flat land, I was pleased with both. Near the limits, but used a LD WDH kit, and the same Prodigy brake controller I have now.
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I had a 2000 Coleman Mesa for 2003-2009 camping seasons, also loaded to around 3000 lbs! I used a '97 Chrysler Town & Country 3.8L (which got totaled) for 5 seasons, then a '00 Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3L for 2 seasons. Sticking to fairly flat land, I was pleased with both. Near the limits, but used a LD WDH kit, and the same Prodigy brake controller I have now.
The guy I bought the Sunridge/Mesa from had a Grand Caravan. He said he stayed on flat roads close to home and had some scary moments but had a load of kids and gear too, sway bar but no WDH.

I actually had a 1998 Grand Voyager 3.3L at the time as well, but I think it was rated at 2000lbs tow capacity.

I opted for the new Trailblazer at the time and it was a good vehicle overall. Friction sway bar but no WDH. I'm still using the simple Reese brake controller I had with the popup.
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The Armada's as great but big. I think they compete with the Suburban which is on the large size to me. I would prefer a Tahoe size vehicle I think. Pathfinder and Toureg are definitely considerations. The choices can make you crazy. lol.
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Actually the armada has a lot shorter wheel base than the burb and is probably closer to the Tahoe. Although, it is technically in between the two. The armada has a 123" wheel base whereas the suburban has a 130" wheel base and the Tahoe has 116" wheelbase. I have had a Durango and an armada, honestly, they both drove just fine as daily drivers (this was in south Jersey and Philadelphia). The armada actually handled better than the Durango but to be fair it was a 2000 durango and a 2004 armada.
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I see asquared. I will have to look at the armada a bit closer then.

Thanks.

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Are you speaking of the Eco boost engine? There is a lot of talk of that engine here on the forum. That I believe only comes in the Explorer sport. As that is close to $45K if I remember correctly. Right around the price of a V8 Tahoe I think.

I was looking at the standard Explorer engine (V6 - non turbocharged). The tow package is rated up to 5,000 lbs.

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No on the turbo. 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6
Still puts out 290 HP (255 on the torque)
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