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How big a trailer can I pull?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Todd78/87, Jun 26, 2000.

  1. Todd78/87

    Todd78/87 1/2 ton status

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    I just put a deposit down on an 8'x20' enclosed trailer to pull to Alaska,, I've got a 350 .30 over, 350 tranny with heavy duty tranny cooler. 4" lift running 33x12.5's. 3.08 gears.
    This thing isn't going to pull my front wheels off the ground, is it?

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  2. White Knight

    White Knight 1/2 ton status

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    Not enough info?...tongue weight of trailer and total weight? and is it a tandem (I hope) get a tranny temp gauge and try pulling it on a short trip and watch the temp!

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    I don't know the tongue weight or the total weight,, I don't THINK it will weigh that much,, I'm single, so take an average (established, not an 18 yr old using milk crates and carboard boxes) single house full of crap, wash/dry, fridge, etc... and quite a few tools, welder, small air compressor etc..... yes tandem,
    Where do you tie a tranny temp gauge into?

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  4. Can Can

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    I pull a 21' travel trailer that weighs about 3200 lbs fully loaded. Add about another 350 lbs of gear in the truck. I have a wee 305 with a 700r4 and only the biggest hills and passes around here slow me down. On Storm Mtn. pass near Banff(700m height gain in just under 6 kms-2310 ft over 3.5miles) I drop to 2nd and stay at a constant 60 km/h the whole way up.

    With your bigger motor and 350 tranny, you should have no problems.............

    Make sure you install some antisway/weight distribution bars on your tow setup(I use Reese). The Blazer's short wheelbase isn't really long enough to tow safely without them. They'll help to keep more pressure on your front end, as well as controlling sway.
     
  5. Brian 89KBlazer

    Brian 89KBlazer 1/2 ton status

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    Todd

    I am looking at buying a new travel trailer that is 31'-10" long and it only weighs 4500lbs and that's fully equiped with beds, oak cabinets, dishwasher, bath and the works!! Since the Blazer in stock form is rated to pull a 6000lb trailer with 3.73 gears, the 350 V-8 and the stock 235/75/15 tire, I'd say you'll have no problem with your trailer.

    Good luck

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    Thanks Guys,,, That's what I wanted to hear. [​IMG]

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    Be sure to use a drop ball mount so the trailer sits close to level. A trailer brake control is a good idea if you don't already have one. And a spare tire or two for the trailer, since you don't want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere! Good luck, buddy.

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