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Towing with a Trailblazer 11 Apr 2017 02:39 #1

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Anybody do it?
I'm looking at a 2005 Trailblazer, rear wheel drive, 6 cylinder 4.2 liter engine, auto transmission, tow capacity 6300 pounds.
My boat and engine on the trailer with a full load of fuel and all my equipment weighs 3000 pounds.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 11 Apr 2017 03:42 #2

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You're good, towed my 1800 with an 02 trailblazer no problem. A steep slippery ramp may be a challenge without 4 wheel drive but your boat doesn't weigh much.
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Towing with a Trailblazer 11 Apr 2017 05:04 #3

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Thanks.
Like the looks of the vehicle but it looks small compared to my '97 Chevy conversion van, 5.7 liter gas hog: 14 City, 18 Highway. I usually bet about 13, mostly residential driving seldom gets into overdrive, highway driving is seldom more than 10 miles.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 11 Apr 2017 14:49 #4

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The TB is a proper body on frame vehicle, you will have zero issues towing. I used to tow an 1850 with a 1995 Blazer.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 12 Apr 2017 13:34 #5

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FWIW...I tow an E18 with a 2014 F150 crew cab V8 2 wheel drive. Obviously no problems 99% of the time. But, once last summer on a particularly steep ramp, the rear wheels were sitting on some green algae like stuff that was super slick and I had a hell of a time getting traction to pull my little boat out. Eventually did turn the traction control off and just hammered it and it got enough bite to move up to the less slick portion. Most of the time I have no issues.

What I'm saying is, were I to buy another tow vehicle I would probably look for a 4 wheel drive - not a necessity but would be nice and since you are buying another vehicle anyway why not buy the same thing with 4WD?

Also I towed my 1996 2050 with a Ford Flex FWD and never had any issues, sometimes a bit of wheel slip if the ramp was wet when I got there but always got the job done.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 13 Apr 2017 19:02 #6

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We had to use our GMC Acadia with a V6 to tow our 99 1850 Capri after a truck issue. I was surprised that it had zero issues, even stayed in overdrive on the highway with minimal transmission temp rise. I don't think you will see an issue.

I can't comment to the launch, the boat was removed for us by a friend.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 13 Apr 2017 19:22 #7

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You should be fine. I use a 2013 Xterra Pro4x with 4wd (5k tow limit) and I pull my Trophy 2002 up the ramp like a champ in 2wd. Biggest thing for you would be having good tires in the rear in case of like others said, the green slime on some ramps. Best of luck with your new purchase!

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Towing with a Trailblazer 13 Apr 2017 21:27 #8

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Using 2nd gear helps a lot on slick ramps. At least if your transmission locks out first when doing so.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 13 Apr 2017 22:18 #9

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Are you sure? I thought when it was in "2" it used first and second?

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Towing with a Trailblazer 14 Apr 2017 09:44 #10

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It may vary by make, my Ford locks out first.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 14 Apr 2017 21:41 #11

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You are within the ratings, so you will be fine. I have towed more with less.

As for 2WD...plenty of towing got done for plenty of years with good old RWD before 4WD made it to the mainstream.

Traction can be a potential issue on slimy ramps at low tides. You can deal with it the same way that you might deal with snow or ice (sand, floor mats, other traction enhancers). Also, if slipping, if you have a fat guy with you who can stand on the trailer tongue it can make a huge difference (sure, I accept the safety flaming). That doesn't work with FWD, of course.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 17 Apr 2017 13:56 #12

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Just to be clear, in my post above I acknowledged that I presently use a 2WD for towing with no issues 99% of the time.

But were I to be in OP's position...
1. Buying a vehicle with for the purpose of boat towing, launching and retrieval
2. In this case a used vehicle
3. In this case OP has decided on a vehicle type that is commonly available with 4WD

It's my opinion that under those circumstances I would shop around and find a 4WD all other things being equal. Naturally a 2WD version would suffice most of the time.


Not sure if the poster above was joking but NEVER under any circumstances would I suggest a person stand on a trailer tongue. Maybe in the truck bed, SUV cargo area, or on the bow of the boat but not on the trailer. Please don't do that.

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Towing with a Trailblazer 17 Apr 2017 17:23 #13

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The tow capacity should be plenty. How about your mirrors? Are they set apart wider than the beam of your boat? I have known of people getting cited by law enforcement for inadequate mirrors. Plus it makes it so much easier to see what you are doing when in reverse. My two cents...


Greg

P.S. I wondered why there are so many injuries on that basketball team (Portland Trailblazers) They are moonlighting towing people's boats that they are NOT rated to tow. Ha Ha. :P

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follow up 04 May 2017 14:24 #14

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Trail Blazer sold before I got back to dealer.
Ended up with 2007 Cadillac SRX, capable of towing 4250#. Not the little truck/SUV I was looking for, but the price was right, MPG is good, and it can tow my boat.

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