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Pulling with a 4.7L Dakota?

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by BlitzK5, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. BlitzK5

    BlitzK5 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone pulled a trailer with a blazer on it with this type of vehicle and engine?
     
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    A Dakota can't handle the weight. Much too narrow and too light. Heck, even a 1/2 ton is stressed trying to pull a K5
     
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    ok sounds good
     
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    Just for example, I pull a the jeep in my sig, which weighs about the same as most K5's with a 1/2 ton extended cab, with the wieight distributing hitch, I don't have any problems with it at all.
     
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    How close to a Jeep Cherokee is a Dakota? there is a guy on towrig.com that pulls his YJ on a trailer with a Hemi GC and says it does fine.
     
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    The dakota is more than likely a little longer, but the motor the original poster is asking about is smaller. I would rather have the 5.7 Hemi for towing, rather than the 4.7L
     
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    Sponge's YJ on 33's is a LOT lighter than the posters big block K5 on 38's.

    Pulling a fullsize behind a midsize truck is asking for trouble IMHO. I would tow my Toyota behind one no problem, but i would definately not load up my K5 behind one.
     
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    I agree, I would pull it for short distances going slow with the dakota, but to pull it for a few hours to go wheeling, I would get at least a 1/2 ton, extended cab would be great.
     
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    We pulled a K5 on a 16' car trailer down the mountains back to camp once with a Dakota... all I can say is 5 mph max speed if you want to live thru the trip.
     
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    lol, Maybe I will just tow the Dakota behind the Blazer:)
     
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    What about just flat towing the thing instead of using the trailer method. The dakota is rated to pull 6200 lbs so it should work. Has anyone done this.
     
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    Its not what it is rated to tow...its how heavy it is. Flat towing only really works if the truck being towed is significantly less heavy.


    Still not somethign i would try.
     
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