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Old 02-26-2012, 01:15 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Hybrid21SS View Post
We just picked up a Trailblazer SS. Although we don't plan on towing the 21SS hybrid with it, I think in a pinch if the Avalanche was down, I could? The 21SS is 4480 dry. The AWD Trailblazer with 4.10 shows 6700 max towing.
i have a 23SS and i think you'd be able to tow the 21SS but only if it has the factory tow package. with the tow package, a WDH, 4.10 rear end and the v-8, you'll be fine. i probably not take it for long trips though.

the tires would also be a concern.

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Old 02-26-2012, 02:24 PM   #12
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I'd say to either look for something without the heavier slides or go smaller. As others have stated it's not necessarily the power you're lacking with that V8, but the wheelbase and suspension for a safer, smoother tow experience. Could you do it? Sure, but long trips might take it's toll.

For comparison your SS blows my truck away for power by 115 hp/120 lb-ft and you have 4.10 gears vs my 3.36, but yours has a 13" shorter wheel base and the max tow capacity and GCVWR are only 800 lb and 367 lb (respectively) more than mine. After all the input from this site and all the research I've done I'd never go heavier than 4000 lb dry TT with my truck.

IMHO I'd say to maybe check out the Roo 23RS or the Surveyor SV235, SP260 or SP280. They are all several feet shorter and 100's of pounds lighter, but still have the large master bed and separate bunks like the 2901SS. Slightly smaller than your original choice would be the SV291 or 25RS, but IMHO they'd still be pushing the limits on your TV.

Good luck with your decision. A lot of us have been in the same boat.

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Old 02-26-2012, 02:48 PM   #13
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Yes it has the factory tow package. It has the 4L65E transmission which is a beefed up version of the 4L60E in my Avalanche so I think it would be fine. In the TBSS forums many seem to modify for more power and perhaps those are the people having trans problems I hear about. Yes it is airbag rear suspension and so is every 80,000 lbs big rig on the road. I should check the tires for max load though..

Like I said in my first post I don't plan on using it as a TV unless I had to in a pinch. I recently hit a large deer with my Avalanche and realized you never know and I don't want to miss out on camping this season if the Avalanche was down. Most of the places we go are within 2 hrs drive or less. GM says 6800 lbs.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:13 PM   #14
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You will probably have enough horsies, maybe not enough buggy like edman said. With that said, it depends where you go. If not too far, not too hilly and not too fast, it might work. Consider a propride or hensley cause I think the wind may move you around alot. Just make sure you don't exceed any of the weight ratings to keep it legal in case you get pulled over. I guess the take home point is, its not ideal, but anything can be made to work within reason.
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Just so y'all know, this thread is a year and a half old.
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There was a husband and wife that showed up at the dragstrip one weekend pulling his vette with her TB SS. They drove a couple hundred miles, raced both the vette and the TB, loaded the vette and headed home. I was really impressed by the tow vehicle, she posted some fast times with it.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:51 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by EdJunior View Post
Just so y'all know, this thread is a year and a half old.
Im sorry, I didnt own a trailblazer SS a year and a half ago. I bought it 3 days ago..So if I asked about it then, that would have been silly..
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I appreciate all the input even though this post is quite old. I always read the forum for all the great posts. Thanks again.

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