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Cross country trip

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by HD, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. HD

    HD 1/2 ton status

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    We are finally moving back to Kentucky. I have a tow bar for the Blazer and we should have a ’99 2500 Suburban. I was wonder if you guy had any suggestion on flat towing that heavy beast (the Blazer).
     
  2. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Check with tRustyK5. He dragged a K5 behind a K5 from Texas to British Columbia a couple of years back. The biggest problem is going to be stopping with all the extra weight that doesn't have braking power.
     
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    do you still have those 6 lug slotted wheels? I could do a Kentucky trip /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Remove both driveshafts, at the yokes and secure to chassis. Check differential fluid levels. Disconnect speedo cable, unless you want to record the miles on chassis. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    No need to disconnect speedo if driveshaft is disconnected!
     
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    lukebaby1 1/2 ton status

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    OOPS, Brain Miss! /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    You'll be illegal in most states towing it like that. The max you can tow without trailer brakes is 3000 lbs. The Blazer I flat towed was missing a bunch of parts including the motor, bumpers plus a lot of interior stuff was missing too. Even so mine weighed in at 3400 lbs.

    My 81 Jimmy had no trouble towing it, most of the time I'd forget it was behind me until I checked the mirror. It did surprise me a few times, one time in particular getting onto the I-35 in witchita...the road was wet and the towed Blazer did a nice job pushing the back end of my Jimmy around. That was just enough to illustrate to me that I did need to be a bit more careful. Tight corners can be interesting...backing up is impossible.

    I custom built my tow bar so it bolted up in between the frame rails rather than clamped to a factory bumper. Even so, I'd reccomend renting either a dolly with brakes or a full out car trailer. It'll be a much less stressful drive, and it'll be legal.

    I got nailed as soon as I crossed back into Canada and had to have the Blazer towed by a tow truck the last 12 miles of the trip. /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

    Rene
     
  8. HD

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    How's this:
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    do you still have those 6 lug slotted wheels? I could do a Kentucky trip /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    No I sold them last weekend.
     
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    I'd reccomend renting either a dolly with brakes or a full out car trailer. It'll be a much less stressful drive, and it'll be legal.
    Rene

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    Do you know where I can rent a trailer. U-hauls' trailers are not wide enouth for 12.50's and they say they can only hold 4000lbs. I think that my K5 with the Diesel is about 5000lbs.
     
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    Penske or Budget have trailers big enough. The one from Budget you want is the aluminum full bed trailer. You will have to put smaller tires on it of you want it to sit level. I didn't and come from CA to NC with the Jimmy sitting crooked the whole way but it was safe. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Where in Ky?....
     
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    A small place called Beverly, in Bell county. It's in the Daniel Boone National Forest, about an hour away from London, KY.
     

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