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Old 08-03-2007, 12:19 AM   #1
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Need towing capacity advice......

We are thinking of buying a Flagstaff 829RKS or a Rockwood 8315ss. Same trailer, just different dealers in our area. We have a 1999 Ford Expedition w/4.6L V8 or a 1994 Chevy K1500 Blazer w/5.7L V8. The sticker wight on these two trailers is about 6100lbs. Need to know wich one would pull this. Best that I can find is the Expedition max. is 8300lbs. Can't find anything on the Blazer. Spoke with Chevrolet. They are useless. They don't have records on anything that old. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:47 AM   #2
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The info I can find on the Blazer is surprising in that the 5.7 is only rated at 200 Horses and with a 4-5 K capacity. The info I can find on the Expedition is around 8K capacity. I recommend a serious tow hitch setup with sway control and weight distribution. I think you'll find the 4.6 a little under powered. The best bet is to let the dealer know you are serious and want to "test tow" the model.
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:19 AM   #3
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Cool lawdog516

Hi, I'm also looking at buying a 2008 Rockwood 8315ss. I have a 2006 Chevy Avalanche 1500 (4X4/Z1 package, and a 5.3 V8). Can anyone tell me if my Avalanche will tow that trailer safely ??. When I spoke with the dealer, he insisted on a sway bar,equilizer hitch setup with a brake controller ??? told ya Im new to this. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks
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That would be correct
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:21 PM   #5
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Remeber do not exceed the gross vehicle weight of your tow vehicle (sticker on inside of drivers door.

Search for the ford tow guide. I do not know about Chevy.

Also, consider if you can pull it where you are going to pull it? If you are in the hills I agree Army CWO that a 4.6 will be way under powered and perhaps would be better suited to a different tow vehicle.

I myself for a short time pulled a Flagstaff 8528CKSS Ultra Lite 5th Wheel with a Ford F-150, 5.4, with a 3:73 rear end. Right at the max it could handle down here is swamp country. Towed in Arkansas once and was going 30 mph up a 4% grade. Went to a F-250 diesel and now I have the power to pull that baby up a grade and I get believe or not better miles per gallon towing on the diesel vs. the gas.

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Hi, I'm also looking at buying a 2008 Rockwood 8315ss. I have a 2006 Chevy Avalanche 1500 (4X4/Z1 package, and a 5.3 V8). Can anyone tell me if my Avalanche will tow that trailer safely ??. When I spoke with the dealer, he insisted on a sway bar,equilizer hitch setup with a brake controller ??? told ya Im new to this. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks
I'm pulling a Rockwood 31ss with my 2007 Chevy Avalanche and it does a fine job. The 2006 Avalanche pulls about 700lbs less so you would be on the fine edge. On flat terrain and rolling hills you'll be OK. Up very large hills or mountains...forget it. Equilazer hitch and brake controller is a necessity. It would be DANGEROUS to tow without. Good luck.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:36 AM   #7
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This is the specs for the trailer you need to be concerned with:
Unit Dry Weight 5,847 lbs. (2652 kg)
GVWR 7,850 lbs. (3561 kg)

This is the Avalanche:
The 2WD 1500 offered rear self-leveling and a Z66 onroad suspension package, while 4x4 models could get a Z71 offroad suspension. Front side airbags and antilocking all-disc brakes were standard. GM's OnStar emergency/communications system was an option. An Avalanche 1500 could be equipped with "North Face" trim, created in cooperation with the outdoor clothing/equipment maker. Towing capacity is 8,300 pounds on the 1500 model, and 12,000 with the 2500.

You'll notice that if you load the trailer to the gvwr that you don't have much wiggle room.

I have a 1/2 ton Ford P/U and I use a prodigy contrioller and an Equalizer 4 point with sway control. The equalizer is extremely easy to use, and I have had no issues pulling, but my vehicle is rated at 10,000.

You could do it, but expect about 7 MPG and a struggle up hills. I highly recommend a tranny cooler if you don't already have one.
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