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Old 11-13-2016, 05:56 PM   #1
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What size Hybrid can I tow?

I have a 2007 Chevy trailblazer and the manual says the max trailer weight is 4,800 pounds and GCWR 10,000 pounds. My axle ratio is 3.42. I am looking at a couple Hybrids. One is a 16' Grey Wolf 2009 Hybrid, the GVW is 3,914 pounds. Is this something that a smaller SUV can tow. Is there something that I am not looking at as far as tow weight? Would I need anti sway bars? I am scared to buy something that I can not tow long distances and that may not be safe. Can I go up to 20 feet? The other one is a 2004 Rockwood Roo camper 19 feet, I think it weighs around 4,500 pounds. Am I pushing it with both of these? Any help would be much appreciated.
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I started out with a GMC Envoy towing a 19' toyhauler (~4500# loaded). I added a transmission cooler for towing. You will need an equalizing hitch with either trailer you are looking at. I was at the limit with my Envoy towing my 19' trailer and sway was noticeable (but not alarming) when trucks would pass me. I would not tow anything longer than 19' with a Trailblazer. Expect 9 mpg on flat ground, less in hill country.
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Old 11-13-2016, 06:15 PM   #3
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I had a 19 foot hybrid that I towed with my 2007 trailblazer. Mine has the 5.3 and a 6800 tow capacity. I used a Blue ox hitch and never had any problems. My trailer weighed about 3800 empty and I always carried about 1800lbs in the trailer. Trailer towed very well through the Rocky Mountains.
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What's your TB's payload capacity?

It on the driver's door yellow sticker.
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Here's another thread on the same topic. Towing with trailblazer?
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Old 11-13-2016, 09:51 PM   #6
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I started out with a GMC Envoy towing a 19' toyhauler (~4500# loaded). I added a transmission cooler for towing. You will need an equalizing hitch with either trailer you are looking at. I was at the limit with my Envoy towing my 19' trailer and sway was noticeable (but not alarming) when trucks would pass me. I would not tow anything longer than 19' with a Trailblazer. Expect 9 mpg on flat ground, less in hill country.
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Is that a V8
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Is that the GVWR? If so, 5750.
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Old 11-13-2016, 10:07 PM   #9
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Is that the GVWR? If so, 5750.
Who are you asking?

The Roo is will be too heavy if it weigh 4500lbs empty.

The Grey Wolf is better suited for yourTB.

But I have read of dozens of TB/Envoy owners who ended up disliking towing a full height TT.
They all went and got a better tow vehicle.

The short wheelbase and 6 cylinder engine were weak points.
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The short wheelbase and 6 cylinder engine were weak points.

I agree with the above comment.


Back when I drove a 2006 4.3L 6cyl. TB, I pulled my Pop Up with it, weighing approx. 2500 lbs. GVW loaded. My TB towed it pretty good, but I wouldn't have pulled anything bigger than a Pop Up with it. The front drag of anything higher would be a strain on the engine and tranny for sure. Just my 2 cents.
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