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Towing with a K5?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greenblazer-AZ, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. Greenblazer-AZ

    Greenblazer-AZ 1/2 ton status

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    Yes I'm new and some of you may be annoyed by this question, BUUUT has anyone of you towed a travel Trailer with a K5? I plan to have a 4" lift and 3/4 ton driveline with 35" tires. I was hoping to be able to pull a 20 to 24 foot travel trailer. Is this doable?

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  2. chvyhs

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    I used to tow a car hauler with other K5's or my Chevelle on it. It got hairy at times. The K5 just didn't have the wheelbase to be stable. How much does this trailer weigh? I was pulling up to 7000lbs. Now I have a 3/4t Sub with electric trailer brakes, night and day differance.

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  3. Greenblazer-AZ

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    I don't know how much it will weigh, I havn't bought it yet but I plan on hooking up electric trailer brakes on the K5. I can't afford the motorcoach to pull the K5 so I want to pull as big a travel trailer as practical. If you pulled 7000lbs then I think it's possible. I talked to someone that said his 24ft trailer weighed 5000lbs empty. Add cargo and it sounds about right. Any body else have any experience with this?

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    IMHO... I think with the right hitch and maybe some minor suspension upgrades you should be able to pull it off. Anything is possible if you have the ingenuity and/or money to make it work.

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    Chevit 1/2 ton status

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    I pull a 23' travel trailer which weighs around 4500 lbs. When I purchased my trailer the salesman suggested not going over 20-23 feet in length because of the short wheelbase of the blazer anything longer tends to get squeraly. I do not have a lift and that could make a difference, I would check with a local RV dealer and see what they have to say.

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    I pulled a 25ft duck blind with mine!
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    When I said I pulled the 7000lb loads I should have specified that those were the hairy rides. The trailer would man handle my K5. I had a 4" lift with 35's. Maybe if you add the trailer brakes, load leveling hitch, and sway control it would make things better. <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/photo/27421333/27422983xHFqfdSagc>Here's a pic of mine.</a>
    Good luck

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    Never had a problem (Click the link below to see what I tow every once in a while)


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    hey Burt, that's a pretty funny pic!!! [​IMG] LOL

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    I tow a bunch with mine. I've got a car hauler and have towed full size pick ups. As long as it's not windy it's okay. I've got a 4" lift and soon to be 36's. You need trailer brakes and don't take your sway bar off.
    get a stiffer riding lift also.

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    LOL @ Burt's pic!


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    I can just imagine... was probably like Moses parting the red sea!!! [​IMG] LOL

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    Thanks everybody! It sounds like what I have in mind will work.

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    I tow every summer with my 81 Jimmy. We have an older 21 foot camper trailer that weighs about 5300 lbs with all our junk in it. I use a weight distributing hitch, electric brakes and my Jimmy is lifted 5" with 35" General Grabber MT's. I've towed that trailer from Canada to LA and back, all through the BC coastal mountains and never had a problem with it.

    I would not attempt to tow that trailer without the weight distributing hitch or the electric brakes though...

    Rene

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    Do you still have the stock axles? What are your gears? Auto or manual?

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    Thanks Rene! that's just what I was hoping to hear. And in reply to the question about my axle sizes I hope no one gets offended if I upgrade my 1/2 T axles with the 3/4 T axles from my pick up that I'm parting out. I already have the parts so they wont cost me anything. I plan to crawl on the rocks and blast through the mud and if it breaks I'll have to ride my bicycle to work and save up for the one ton stuff. Has any body seen a dualie K5 towing a 40ft 5th wheel? Hahahahah.

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    i have a 87 k5 with 33's,2.5" suspension lift,stock motor and tranny and 3.42 gears and i was just wondering would this truck have any problem pulling a 1980 30' forester travel trailer??camper does have weight distribution bars.....also would i have to put rear overloads on????
     
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    hey -- I've got a stock 87 w/ 32" tires. I tow a 20' boat that ends up being 26' and almost 6000# with the trailer. Most of the time things are good, but when the trailer starts driving the rig and swaying its a wild ride ... try flooring it rather than braking if you can. A friend of mine borrow the truck and jack-knifed a 26' covered car trailer ... (he hit the brakes). Trailer brakes are a MUST. there are definitely short wheelbase issues and I think the lift will only make it worse.

    I suggest blowing a grand or two on an early 80's 1/2 ton 2WD truck ... long wheelbase = happy towing
     
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    3/4 ton axles. D44 front, 14 bolt FF rear. 4 speed standard tranny and 3.73 gears. The tires I usually have on the truck for towing measure out to 33 1/2" tall.

    HTH...

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