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Old 05-31-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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Towing with a Trailblazer?

I have a 2008 I6 Trailblazer rated at 5,200lbs and wanting to see if anyone else pulls with a Trailblazer and if so, what and what are your thoughts regarding it?
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:02 AM   #2
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We pulled a rockwood popup and the a RW 2306 TT for years with it. Only issue we ever had was in the mountains of tn. Just had to take it a bit slower but overall was great. I did add air lift rear air bags to level things off a bit and take out any bounce.

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It is going to depend on what you are towing, or plan to tow. I got a TB specifically to tow my 26' TT in case my truck was out of commission (never happened). I did tow it a couple of times, and would tow if necessary, but my bigger truck did much better and I wouldn't tow a TT more than 20' or so with anything else but a truck. Let us know what you are towing or plan on towing.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:21 PM   #6
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I had a 2002 I6 Trailblazer towing a Coleman Sunridge popup (12 ' box) that weighed 2800-3000 lbs loaded. It worked well with 3 kids and cargo. I weighed it a couple of times and was ok for axle and GVW weights. But very close to max.
The I6 is not a powerfull engine for that size of vehicle. In the mountains (Rockies) it was a cautious trip with the small engine and weak brakes (from overheating). The short wheelbase is noticeable on passing transports and with wind sheers that sometimes caused sway. I found I could tow for about 2 hours with the small gas tank and needed to look for a gas station, especially in northern Ontario and the prairies where it may be many kilometres between towns.

In 2006 I traded it for an '05 Suburban. Big improvement since the kids were teens and we had a lot of cargo. I got better gas mileage than the Trailblazer with the Suburban on similar trips with the same trailer.

I find that even with the '09 Suburban now, its a bear with head or cross wind loading on the front or sides of the TT, so I'd stick to a popup with a Trailblazer.
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:28 AM   #7
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I tow a 2012 Rockwood Mini Lite 2306 with my 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. I have been very happy with the Trailblazer's performance, but I drive mostly in flat terrain. I have been loaded to the max several times and it still pulled really good. I'm looking at a larger TT so now I'm in the process of getting a 2500 series Chevy Silverado.
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I had a o6 Trailblazer and towed a 21 Lt Wildwood. I estimate loaded weight at 4000. On the flat was really good. I live in PA and not much flat. On the uphills it was slow,down hill I didn't feel safe. Finally traded in for a Jeep v8. What a difference. Wouldn't go back.
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Had an '07 Trailblazer rated at 5200#. Towed a 2012 Rpod 182G.... I'd guess 3700lbs loaded. Squatted it pretty good. Pulled it just ok (for my liking). I didn't feel real safe going long distances but mostly because of the suck & push from the big rigs and sway. The short wheel base is a hinderance, in my opinion. We upgraded to a Nissan Armada (then upgraded the TT to a Rockwood 2306... Then upgraded the TV to a Toyota Tundra... Next... Lol).
I think if you go with a good WDB, you'll be fine for a light weight TT.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:24 AM   #10
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I pulled a popup for about 3 years, then I started having $$$ problems headed toward NE , engine light problems, $ 1,600 later and another $350 water pump, I cancelled the initial trip. The Trailblazer was in excellent shape with 60K , but it would not handle my 23 ft. Travel trailer. A good v8 with trailer pkg works well!
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