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  • Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

    Got an option on a 2005 Trailblazer with 50,000 km (30,000 miles) on it.
    Decent price and in extremely good shape.
    Even if we get it I will be keeping the Jimmy for our son to use.
    Anybody tow with one of these and if so what do you tow with it and how does it perform ??

    Thanks in advance for any and all responses.
    Ken
    sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!


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    Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

    My dad has a 2005 trailblazer with the factory tow package. tows his 18 ft larson just fine. (about 4,000lbs loaded) His has the awd option so no problems at the ramp. only thing is the factory did not connect the tow wiring. I had to buy 2 relays to activate the reverse lock out and the trailer power. Seats 4 comfortably. good amount of storage. gets pretty good gas milage.
    Here watch this......

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    • #3
      Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

      does it have the v-8? i see many people tow with the trailblazer/enoys...
      1990 Wellcraft Eclipse 186XL
      4.3L Mercrusier / EZ-Loader Trailer
      Tow Vehicle: 1998 Chevy K1500 5.7L
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      • #4
        Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

        We've towed our Thundercraft and our Bass Tracker behind my moms 07 trailblazer with the straight 6. plenty of power. you have to give it alot of gas at the ramp, or maybe i am just too used to stick shift. This summer we towed the bass tracker to canada with it, and it was like there was no boat; until you looked back
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        • #5
          Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

          Originally posted by pmat1 View Post
          This summer we towed the bass tracker to canada with it
          You came to Canada and didn't come to see us !!!

          Thanks for the info so far everyone.
          I did forget to mention it is a 6 cylinder 4WD and has the tow package. The receiver looks like it has never been used.
          sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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          • #6
            Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

            Our 2004 Trailblazer with I6 tows great. First time put boat behind it, I didn't know it was there. Even my utility trailer just tags along without a hint it's back there. Yes, I constantly look behind me to see it's there and to also habitually keep watch on tires and cargo in the boat or utility trailer. Heck, I even pulled a few sapling tree stumps (up to 2-in. dia. or so).

            Now the Trailblazer itself has some issues, but that's being addressed in the Trailblazer forum elsewhere.

            Overall, though, very happy with the vehicle. It's a 2wd with complete towing package, including the electrical trailer connector (round, 7-pin) that required an adapter to connect to 4-pin straight connector.
            Last edited by wellsc1; September 25th, 2009, 07:02 AM. Reason: add more comments
            Carl
            Carolina Skiff 175 Sea Chaser, 90hp Yamaha 2-stroke
            River City Marine 14' AL flat-bottom, 40hp Force 2-stroke

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            • #7
              Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

              Originally posted by wellsc1 View Post
              Our 2004 Trailblazer with I6 tows great. First time put boat behind it, I didn't know it was there. Even my utility trailer just tags along without a hint it's back there. Yes, I constantly look behind me to see it's there and to also habitually keep watch on tires and cargo in the boat or utility trailer. Heck, I even pulled a few sapling tree stumps (up to 2-in. dia. or so).

              Now the Trailblazer itself has some issues, but that's being addressed in the Trailblazer forum elsewhere.

              Overall, though, very happy with the vehicle.
              Would like to hear the vehicles issues.
              sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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              • #8
                Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                You shouldn't have any problem towing with it. I have a friend with one and they have always been very happy with it.
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                1989 suncruiser 24 ft pontoon. 1979 johnson 70hp 3 cylinder

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                • #9
                  Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                  Originally posted by kenmyfam View Post
                  Would like to hear the vehicles issues.
                  Go to: http://www.trailvoy.com/ for issues. I don't want to hijack this thread, nor the entire forum talking about trucks.

                  Moderator, did I do good self-policing myself?
                  Carl
                  Carolina Skiff 175 Sea Chaser, 90hp Yamaha 2-stroke
                  River City Marine 14' AL flat-bottom, 40hp Force 2-stroke

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                  • #10
                    Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                    I have a Rainier which is a jazzed up Trailblazer. I bought mine specifically for towing my Chaparral which is a very heavy boat for its length. The vast majority of TB's have an I6 but I have a 5.3liter v8. That is because Rainier was the first of the platform to offer the 5.3 on their short wheelbase platform as an option while the others only offered the I6 up until a few years ago (the long wheelbase was the exception the the rule). There are several important things to consider on that vehicle for towing which is what lead me to the Rainier. Those would be the v8 over the I6, a locking g80 rear differential, 4wheel drive or in the case of the Rainier all wheel drive and the gear ratio being 3.42, 3.73 or 4.11. If you are going to drop the cash for a tow vehicle why not find one that has all the appropriate equipment for towing. The reason I went with the Buick over the others is all the options on the trailblazer (except the v8) are standard on the Buick. That means the odds of that trailblazer having the 3.73 or 4:11 and the G80 locker are slim. Most TB's I saw however do have 4wd. You can certainly tow with a 2wd, 3.42, no G80 locker, since lots of people do but my take is the Rainier tows extremely well in all situations I have come across. I can say I couldn't find a single Trailblazer or Envoy with all the things I wanted in a tow vehicle because at 36 years old I would have never thought of buying a Buick.
                    2003 Chaparral 183SS

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                    • #11
                      Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                      I have a 03' envoy xuv and its a I6 and i pull my caravelle with no prob. i have a stock hitch and have no problems

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                        I've had my TB for a year now, It is twice the truck as the old S-Blazer.
                        Sits firmly on the road, rides much better.

                        Friend of mine tows a 21'er with his, loves it.
                        Medford, WI


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                        • #13
                          Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                          Got ya all beat. '06 TB inline 6 towing a Concept 228. Boat weighs 3700 dry, trailer weighs another 1000. It doesn't like it much but it does pull it and stop it. As for dragging it up out of the water...4 wheel low does just fine.


                          I tried to contain myself...but I escaped!

                          Scott & Roxanne
                          1989 Carver Santego 30
                          Twin Merc 5.7L Alphas

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                          • #14
                            Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                            I have the same vehicle that you are looking at.
                            2005 Chevy Trailblazer 4WD
                            4.2L I6 3.42 Axle 5100lbs towing cap.

                            With a bit more boat to tow.
                            1991 Wellcraft 216xl Eclipse 7.4L/Bravo 1
                            Total weight, about 4900lb fully loaded.

                            The Trailblazer does an adequate job towing the load. The inline 6 is OK but I could certainly use more HP. It will frequently have to down shift on uphill sections of highway to maintain 65-70mph. Brakes are good and it tracks straight and true under hard braking.

                            A cross wind or a large vehicle passing can sometimes cause sway at higher speeds(>70mph). Could use a longer tounge on the trailer or a WD hitch.

                            Fuel economy is 17/18mpg without the trailer. Closer to 9/10 when towing. Pretty poor for a 6 cyl.

                            Overall, it gets the job done but a larger vehicle or TB with a V8, would be nice. With a smaller load (<4k) it does a good job and is plenty of vehicle.
                            1992 Cruisers 2870 Rogue "Better Days"
                            Twin Volvo-Penta 5.7l/Duo-Props

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                            • #15
                              Re: Anyone Tow with a Trailblazer ??

                              And it's the same color as well !!!
                              Thanks for all the info. Seems like it is more than enough for what I plan towing.
                              Time to go negotiate a deal I think !!!
                              sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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