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Old 10-05-2012, 09:18 AM
John S John S is offline
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Towing travel trailer with a 2006 Trailblazer 2WD 4.2L I6, 3.73

I'm new to the forum and to towing, so please bear with me. My goal in this first post is to see if I'm even in the ball park to pull either a 13 or 16 foot fiberglass travel trailer (like a Scamp or Casita). I propose a 3-6 month road trip from South Carolina through the SE's Appalachian Mountains then out west through various parts of Colorado and up to Seattle, then back. Because of my budget, my car's capacity will determine what trailer I buy. I'm ok with buying aftermarket stuff, if recommended, to enhance capacity and/or saftey.

I'm very interested in you all's "conservative" estimate of an allowance for saftey or capacity reserve, such as "don't pull more than X percent of the rating" to be safe, etc. I don't like pushing anything close to max tolerances.

I'd be alone with a couple bikes, a kayak, and lot's of camping/ hiking gear but nothing rediculous. The 13 and 16 scamp is 1,200/100 lbs and 1,800/165 lbs dry weight/ tongue weight. I'm currently figuring out what the trailer weighs exactly with water and loaded.

I got a VIN printout from Chevy and here are some facts. Are there other things that I should look for that would help? 2006 Chev Trailblazer 2WD with 90,000 miles, well maintained, good condition, 4.2L vortex 4200 SFI I6, 3.73 gear axle ratio, (C4D) GVW rating 5550 lbs, (G80) locking differential rear, (K18) electric air injection system, (JF8) brake vac power/ 4 wheel disc, and I have a trailer hitch on the car. My car weights 2,520 this VIN printout says.

What facts can I provide with will help? I have no idea what most of the VIN printout things mean. Am I crazy thinking this I6 will pull either of these trailers? Thanks very much for guidance.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:03 PM
NJTB04 NJTB04 is offline
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I tow a 2500lb. boat, probably 3200lbs. with the trailer, and have no trouble whatsoever. The furthest I've gone with it is Lk. Erie (NY side) and that was ~400 miles one way.
Granted, it's not as far as you plan on going, but your'e towing half the weight.
To be on the safe side, I might look into a trans cooler and temp gauge. The Rockies are real big and real steep.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:40 AM
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Sorry, I posted this to the wrong forum.

I'm moving this thread. Thanks
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:47 PM
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I have the same specs on my TB and same year. I tow a 17 foot Jayco camper that weights in at about 3500 plus 4 of us. Not a lot of power to climb a mountain but it does good on the highway. The Scamp trailer should pull fine.

Good luck
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:40 PM
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I have a '08 Trailblazer with the 4.2L and factory trailer package. I tow a 18ft Pioneer with no difficulty. The trailer is a tandem axle and I have an equalizer hitch. The dry weight is 33,000lbs, so loaded and with wife, I sit about 9,500lbs as per weigh scale. I recommend that you monitor the transmission temperature during hot days or long climbs.
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