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Old 08-28-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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Trailblazer and towing sv291

Hi there...new to the forum and just had a question. What do you think of a Trailblazer towing a sv291. Okay let me give you my specs. It a 2003 V8 3.73 rear with the extended wheel base(129 vs 109) which is actually longer than the Tahoe. It has a 7000 tow capacity(which is reduced when adding gear and people) If I max out the Tailblazer it reduces my tow capacity to 6100. So I was thinking that the SV291 would not be a bad match. I think out the door the TT is around 4900(with all options) then I figure add about 700 pounds of stuff and I should be around 5600 pounds. Just wanting to know anyones thoughts. The Trailblazer that I have seems to be a descent tow vehicle. Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-28-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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Many people recommend that you do not exceed 80% of your towing capacity. I would go even lower than that. If you are towing long distances or in the mountains, I think you would be disappointed. If you are towing only an hour or two you might be OK. Personally, I think this is pushing the limits.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #3
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If you'll be staying within 200 miles or so of home, then as long as "home" is relatively flat, you should be fine. I am underpowered in my opinion with my hemi Ram, but it does the job. Mileage sucks, but it gets me there. Your 3.73 gear is good, do you have the towing package? Transmission cooler? My Ram has almost 380 HP., and it needs more, or at least a gear change. Randy
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:40 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's got the tow package. It seems like everything out there(that we like) is right around our limit. I think that I am going about it the right way and I know for a fact that my numbers check out with this combo. I am within all of my limits....Now as a wise man once said....Limits are safe, not always fun but safe. I just feel confident that whatever I go with it will be wrong

It just kills me though with sales people...they seem to have no clue when it comes to towing. I had a guy tell me..."Just keep the dry weight 1000 pounds below your tow capacity and you will be fine". That would be 6000 pounds for me! The sv291 is 4900 with all the options and I am questioning it. They should make these guys take a class or something.

Thanks guys for the feedback.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:54 AM   #5
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Hey dave twins. I'm new here too. I pick up my new SV 291 today. My tow is an '02 F150 Supercrew King. Trailer package good for 7500. I'll let you know how it tows later.
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Thanks Realer appreciate it.
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Do not overlook these items: 1) Gross Combined Vehicle Weight 2) The relationship of your TV wheelbase to the length of the trailer. These are just as important (if not more important) than your towing capacity. I think where you may have the biggest issue is TV wheelbase vs trailer length. You may be prone to wagging and that is dangerous. Do yourself a favor and get the best anti-sway system you can afford. Good luck. You will make the right choices. Trust yourself but educate yourself first.
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For the first 110" of wheelbase, this allows you 20' of trailer.
For each additional 4" of wheelbase, this gets you 1' more of trailer.

Here is a chart:

Wheelbase Length Wheelbase Length
110" 20' 150" 30'
114" 21' 154" 31'
118" 22' 158" 32'
122" 23' 162" 33'
126" 24' 166" 34'
130" 25' 170" 35'
134" 26' 174" 36'
138" 27' 178" 37'
142" 28' 182" 38'
146" 29' 186" 39'
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These guidlines suggest that you shouldn't be towing over 25 feet of trailer.
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I pull a 29'Rockwood with no problems. No matter what vehicle you have if you drive like a madman , let your guard down for a second, don't drive defensively, expect anyone and everyone to cut you off no tow vehicle is safe. Just go easy on the gas, expect the unexpected, drive very carefully slow down when you encounter heavy crosswinds even if it means below the speed LIMIT you should arrive safely. Remember it is the Limit not the minimum.
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