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Old 02-26-2014, 09:37 AM   #21
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Great responses...hopefully Husky Family is reading these comments!
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:13 AM   #22
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I tried towing our 233s with our 05 trailblazer.. It was rated for 5500lbs... The trailer threw the truck around like a leaf.. It was very very dangerous.. I believe a trailblazer has a longer wheelbase than the traverse too.. It was unstable, any type of wind would create major sway...
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:11 AM   #23
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I thought I was pushing it with a ROO 23RS and my X5 35D, a traverse would be not fun at the very least.

I think in order to tow anything a lot of people bend the rules a bit but you cant bend or break them all at one time, so the question of will it tow is easy but should I tow is the better question or maybe will it stop?

My first thought is always can my wife and kids drive this setup on their own with no issues, that makes all the choices for me.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:38 PM   #24
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I thought I was pushing it with a ROO 23RS and my X5 35D, a traverse would be not fun at the very least.

I think in order to tow anything a lot of people bend the rules a bit but you cant bend or break them all at one time, so the question of will it tow is easy but should I tow is the better question or maybe will it stop?

My first thought is always can my wife and kids drive this setup on their own with no issues, that makes all the choices for me.
A trailer should stop itself with it's own brakes. I know that's not your main point, but we often act like the TV has to be able to stop the trailer when that's not actually the case.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:26 PM   #25
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Agreed but your assuming the trailer brakes work, work well and the controller is adjusted.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:40 PM   #26
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Agreed but your assuming the trailer brakes work, work well and the controller is adjusted.
I don't assume that. I do maintenance and check them. If my brakes are working properly and fail at exactly the instant I NEED them, I guess it's my time to go. Not sure having 2x the truck I need would help me in that situation. If we are to assume our trailer brakes aren't working, what is your contingency plan for the brakes failing on the TV?
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Hmmm, this is going down the wrong path.

I did not mean YOU assume I meant average Joe may or may not even know the brake controller needs to be set or even if they have a brake controller and may not even know how to check the trailer brakes.

If you are towing with a mega borderline TV the brakes can overheat and fade even if the trailer brakes are working, I boiled the fluid on my Denali pulling my popup so it can happen if your not careful even to 2x the tow vehicle.

When I was pulling with my SRX the breaker for the controller would open up randomly under braking so it was up to the car to stop, it was not awesome but I did stop and was able to get it fixed up.

So if you really want to split hairs I have no problem splitting them right back all day long.
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Hmmm, this is going down the wrong path.

I did not mean YOU assume I meant average Joe may or may not even know the brake controller needs to be set or even if they have a brake controller and may not even know how to check the trailer brakes.


Someone towing a large trailer that doesn't even know the basics of a brake controller is going to be unsafe no matter what he or she is towing with, IMO. Not trying to split hairs either, but a public forum is a bad place to be voicing opinions if you aren't open to some debate.
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I will also add- no one ever throws out the "brakes argument" to guys with 3/4 and 1 tons. I find it odd that we argue against towing an 8K trailer with a 6K vehicle because the brakes might fail, but no one blinks an eye about someone towing a 15K trailer with a 9K vehicle.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:46 PM   #30
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Dustman, you made a few excellent points. If someone is borderline or slightly over towing, I would never fault them if they are safe and they keep everything well maintained.

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