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Old 10-16-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Towing with Trailblazer SS

I’m a newbie to the camping world and looking to purchase a TT. I haven't camped since i was a kid and want to start again. I’ve spent many many hours reading numerous posts on the forum but want to run my numbers by the more experienced.

Most TT I’ve looked at are in the UVW of 4000-5500lbs with hitch weight included. I am aware that I will need to get tongue weight at 13-15% or so while loading the TT.
I looked at the Rockwood 2901SS today and really liked it. Pamphlet states 5100lbs but yellow sticker on door of TT states 5500 from add ons.

With just my wife and I only utilizing the TT, Not sure if we will have much gear but plan on 500-750lbs.

I am getting an Equalizer 4-Way WD with Sway Control, a Transmission Cooler, and Brake Controller prior to purchase. I know the motor and Tranny will do well. Guess my concern is the Short Wheel Base.

Here are my questions:
1. Do my numbers make sense or am I still looking on the heavy side for towing the 2901SS?
2. Max Trailer Weight recommended?
3. Max Tongue Weight recommended?

TV Specs:
2007 Trailblazer SS 6.0L LS2 V8, 2WD, 4.10 Rear End, Khumo STX KL-12 265/50R20 111V with Load Range XL and the max cold pressure of 50PSI listed on the sidewall. Rear Axles are semi floating and the suspension is with 5-Link Coiled springs. Also has Air Bag Leveling System.

Curb Weight Front- 2306 (GAWR Max Front- 2950)
Curb Weight Rear- 2022 (GAWR Max Rear- 3400)
Total Curb Weight- 4328
CCC- 1673
GVWR- 6001

Hitch Specs:
Max Trailer Weight- 6800 w/WD
Max Tongue Weight- 816 w/WD
GCVW- 11,500 w/WD

I appreciate and welcome any feedback you can provide. I can say for a fact that I am impressed with all the help the more experienced are providing to other forum users within the site.

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:44 AM   #2
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That is a lot of trailer for your Trailblazer. The GVWR for the 2901ss is 7372, over the tow rating for the Trailblazer. But you can keep things light, and stay under that figure.

You also might be approaching the weights limit on your hitch, particularly the weight distributing tongue weight.

More concerning is that the 2901ss is a really long trailer......over 33'. In all of your excellent research on the stats for your TV, you failed to include the wheelbase of the Trailblazer.......I think the 3 seater model is a little longer, but still might be kinda short for that long of a trailer.

Hope others will chime in here.


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Old 10-17-2010, 08:16 AM   #3
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I agree with what mtnguy had to say.
I would like to add that you might be pushing your GCWR as well. If you add your predicted cargo weight (750 lbs) to the tt's dry weight (5,500 lbs) you'll be at 6,250 lbs ready to camp. Your GCWR is 11,500 lbs leaving you with 5,250 lbs. Load your 4,328 lb vehicle with 2 people, cargo, full tank of gas, hitch and hitch weight and you might be under your GCWR but it will be close.

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Old 10-17-2010, 01:48 PM   #4
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Ditto what the others said. I think too much trailer for the TV. Especially in length to wheelbase.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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Plus given the fact that the TrailBlazer SS is built and tuned to be a sports car, not a tow vehicle, I think you are just asking for trouble. You can go to the TrailBlazer forums and read some horror stories of the trannies on the SS's puking. I'm thinking that towing with it would just lead it to that road a bit quicker. I love my TrailBlazer, but I have an F-250 for towing. The right tool for the job!
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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BAD IDEA! remember your rear suspension is 100% air bag (no springs) I think that would be asking too much of them...and the SS wheelbase is the key factor that would kill you in sway. The trans. IS the weak link in the SS... I too, had an SS and traded it on a Tahoe...then to my present Silverado HD even before the trailer all the negitives on towing with short wheel bases....scared me in to the trade and couldn't be sway with 34' of trailer. I do miss the 13.6 second LS2 powerhouse though!!!!
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:16 AM   #7
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YEs that is crazy I don't think I'd want to pull a 29 + foot TT with a Trail Blazer..... I think my Rockwood 2702SS well be all I want to pull with my 09 F150 Screw

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Old 02-26-2012, 08:08 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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Peronsally, I wouldn't tow anything with the SS TB, you'll burn that tranny up real fast. My neighbor had an SS TB and was told he could tow up to 6000 lbs with it, however after towing a small boat he burned up his tranny and had to get a new one and he was only towing a small center console fishing boat that was no where near the 6k LBS.

You'd be asking to much of your TB SS in pulling something like that size, that thing is geared and designed to run not tow
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:06 PM   #10
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You have plenty of power to tow that trailer, but not nearly enough physical vehicle. Wheelbase too short, track width too narrow, suspension, axle and tires not nearly up to the task either.
If you like the trailblazer, get a separate tow rig or a MUCH smaller trailer.

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