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HELP! Dorky or Cool as a trailer?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rezalb, Nov 26, 2000.

  1. rezalb

    rezalb 1/2 ton status

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    I have a parts Suburban with the front clip off, we have all seen how people take a truck bed and axle and make a trailer, well,,,,,I was thinking, clean up the front and making the Suburban a trailer..four doors, cargo doors on the rear, roof storage?? CLear me up guys, Am I a redneck for even thinking this?

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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i think it would be cool but then again im a redneck. but it would be one of a kind. if you do it post the pics i would like to see it

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  3. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I would worry about tongue weight. With the 'Burb the distance from the hitch to the rear tires would put close to 40% of its weight on the tongue. (I'm guessing)
    Normal tongue weight should be about 10% of the total trailer weight for good towing characteristics and not overloading the tow vehicle.
    Just my 2 cents

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    I was thinking the same thing about tongue weight; probably too much unless your load was bulky but extremely lightweight. It would definitely be interesting though...

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    Or you could fabricate a different tounge that swivels and connects to the front tires, kinda like just towing a vehicle. Ever see a hayrack or combine header trailer?

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    You dont stay up at night thinking of this stuff do you? Just kidding! Certainly be very intresting to see cruising down the highway next to me... Might even make me pull off the road.
     
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    Another idea, if you did the 4 wheels on the ground thing, you could put an old 6 banger in the engine compartment and use it to run a generator or something like that...or just make a travle trailer out of it with beds and everything

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  8. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Now there's a good idea! Why not just leave the front end under it? Put a small deck where the engine used to be for bikes, propane tanks et al, and use it as a camper trailer![​IMG]. Do it that way and all you need is a tow bar.[​IMG]
    Hows that for <font color=red>REDNECK</font color=red>?[​IMG]


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    OH GUYS, you make me feel like a WIFE...(silly)...
    tRusty and Jarhead starts talkin tongue weight, Goose brings up combines and the stuff really hits the fans when a second axle comes up with a motor for a generator and people are sleepin in the darn thing...crap...lol...
    I just was thinkin about a trailer to go to the dump, store stuff in, bring wheelin and huntin.....my K5 is white and the Suburban is white, and all have big wheels and look cool. THAT IS IT....do we all have a little red neck in us or what :)

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    May be cut it and just use the back half of it(like a box trailer).

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    I'm voting for COOL! I've been wanting to do a matching pickup box to tow with the blazer. (My current trailer is an old I.H. pickup box.) When you have an idea like this, the only way to approach it is to keep improving and modifying until it becomes unworkable. :-)
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    I vote for dorky.....Just add a front end and you will have a Burb. Just my opinion.......
     
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    To reduce toungue weight you could cut out the back 2 doors and slide the front back and weld it back together. Basically make it a 2 door shorter cab suburban. Cut the front at the firewall and leave the windshield in, wipers and all stay. Seems like it would make a good snowmobile or 4 wheeler trailer. haul the rides toward the back and put gear in front. If its hot out just roll the windows down. Ok I'll quit now.

    Then move the grill and headlights onto the firewall, hook the park lights up as clearance lights.
     
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    dude u guys all have pretty funky imaganations go for it is what i say

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    Burb as a trailer?....That would kick ass!![​IMG][​IMG]

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    If you could make it work, I think it would be an awesome idea. You would have an insane amount of storage space. Might be kind of rough to tow though considering the size. I would definitely like to see pictures!

    Later

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    You could do it as long as you don;t use it for carrying too much weight. You could put seats in there along the sides inside and rig up some stands for the front so when you take it wheeling you could unhook it, set it up and all the guys could climb inside and hang out. Kinda like a camper or something.

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    Dudes, nobody cares about the weight of the suburban? Even taking out all of the interior, the engine, tranny, drive line, etc, it only adds up to removing about 1000 lbs off a 6000-7000 lb vehicle. Yeah, why the heck not, do it. :)

    Lets see.. if you clip it right at the windshield, you would loose quite a bit of weight. however, you'd put quite a bit of toungue weight there, probably more than it should be. 5th wheel perhaps? Or perhaps keep the front wheels on.. but it would make towing more tedious. If only you could slap on another set of axles in the middle...
     
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    STOOPID!!!! STOOOPID!!! Subs weigh 6500 lbs. Whack off a bit and you're still probably looking at 4,000 pounds for a 4'x 8' trailer!! You'd better not be towing it with a 700R4 tranny, otherwise the trailer (sub) itself will kill the 700. God that would look SO FRIGGING STOOPID!!!! Go buy a danged 4x8 trailer for $300 or so, and scrap that Sub!!

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