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Towing my blazer

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Kodiak, Feb 23, 2001.

  1. Kodiak

    Kodiak 1/2 ton status

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    I have to get my blazer from Arkansas to Colorado. I will be driving my wifes Jeep Grand Cherokee. I'm not sure I can even pull it with the jeep. I would like to have it on a trailer but I think the weight will be much more than the jeep. Has anyone pulled a blazer with the bar thats attached to the bumper? Is this a reasonable means of towing 900 miles?
    Any other suggestions?

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  2. Dragworm

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    I pulled a K5 witht he bumper bar but it was only about 50 miles and I used a 3/4 ton truck. Depending on the engine in your jeep it might work if it's flat but you'd be rolling the dice IMHO. Also you're going to take forever to stop having all that weight behind you.

    So, which one of you is the brains of the operation?
    To tell you the truth it's not exactly a "brains" type operation.
     
  3. Stoopalini

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    I personally wouldn't use a tow bar on a full size Blazer for 900 miles.

    I would opt for the car dolly and remove the rear driveshaft for the trip. Just plug the transfer case hole with a rag or something so the fluid doesn't all leak out.

    Your Grand Cherokee should pull your Blazer ok; as long as it's in good shape. It has a V8, right?

    Good luck,

    Thomas

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  4. Chaz88K5

    Chaz88K5 1/2 ton status

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    dont do it...i towed a 72 blazer with my 88 and i had a hard time....with it on the trailer i almost lost it comin down the hills out of L.A. I wouldent do it unless you have a trailer with brakes and at least a 3/4 ton truck or you will have problems...been there done that and never again will i do it. I towed it from Pheonix AZ to Stockton Ca...almost to sacramento...it is some scarry [censored] with a short wheel base vehical.


    Chaz

    "Hondas look good under a k5's tires"<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Chaz88K5 on 02/23/01 03:24 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
  5. Kodiak

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    How about any of the car carrier companies like vanlines, etc? Any one ever have their blazer transported by these companies?

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  6. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Keep in mind that most of your trip will be uphill! [​IMG] Plus you start gaining altitude (and thus losing engine power) long before you reach the mountains. Sounds like it would be a long trip....

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  7. Butch

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    I pull my blazer with a 3/4 ton truck with a Vortec 454 and here in Denver it is slow to get going on the hills. My friend has a 1/2 Dodge that he pulls his Scout on trailer with and it is every pound that 1/2 ton with a 360 wants. I would suggest against it. Maybe you could rent a U-haul one way, go to a loading dock and drive the Cherokee inside and pull the Blazer on a trailer. It will be much safer especially when that eastern CO wind stars catching you broad side. It is not too fun.

    I thought I was wrong once,
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  8. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    If you can't find a loading dock, have a flat bed wrecker come by and help. On one of my moves my K5 didn't have an engine in it. Had a wrecker come and load it on the flat bed, then back up to the moving van. We pushed the K5 inside and tied it down. [​IMG]

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  9. Smitty

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    Watched a Toyota 4-runner pulling a large boat up a steep bridge once. I came up on him just as he was coming to top of the bridge and watched that boat push the truck down the other side. I went from 70 to 10 in a heart beat just so that guy could use both lanes--and he did. There's no way you could get me to tow that Blazer with a Jeep. I would worry about the stopping more than the pulling.

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  10. Dragworm

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    I called one of the car transport companies about having a blazer taken from Indianapolis to Dallas and it was about $600 bucks. The guys with the u-haul idea probably have the best advice, you can also put the uhaul in a ditch to put the load deck to the ground and drive the yeep in.

    So, which one of you is the brains of the operation?
    To tell you the truth it's not exactly a "brains" type operation.
     
  11. freeforever

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    IT"S gonna work...i hauled my 76 blazer from Reno nevada to Missoula Montana using a bumper tow...it works if you pad the bumper or otherwise it will scrach the hell out of it.

    "My EX wife told me one day...it's eather you loose the blazer or it's our marrage!!"
     
  12. Donna

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    I pulled my 73 p-up from Ga to Pa last year with a 25 foot Penske and 5000 pound towbar and didn't even know it was back there. Then I moved it from where I had it stored to my house with a Burben and towbar and IT WAS NOT FUN. If I hit 40 mph I was lucky. The thing was all over the place and I will not even mention tring to stop the thing in a hurry.

    PS: I need to remember to check who is looged in me or my wife. Ohwell LOL.
    [​IMG]<font color=purple>Wayne's Muddy Wife</font color=purple>[​IMG]
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  13. Topher

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    I got this off of Andy's CUCV site (it has some tips on trailering a Blazer and what not to do):

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Highway/3969/cucvtrailering.htm>http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Highway/3969/cucvtrailering.htm</A>

    BTW when I picked up a 78 with no motor I rented a tow bar and towed it from Dallas to north Fort Worth using an 89 Pymouth Voyager minivan. BAD idea! The 78 was lifted so high that the tow bar's angle between the two vehicles was almost at the break-off point sitting level (good thing I didn't encounter many sharp inclines). Plus I had the minivan floored for most of the way and couldn't get above ~40 mph.

    Chris
     

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