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What do you think of an S10 tow veh?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 8_YOUR_H2, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. 8_YOUR_H2

    8_YOUR_H2 1/2 ton status

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    I am looking for a tow vehcile. I want to go as cheap as possable. The only cheap trucks are eaither so tired they wont even move with my fat but in them or S-10 pickups. I did some research and found the S10 with 4.3 V6 has a towing capacity of 6000 pounds. This is good enough to tow my blazer, what do you folks think?
    Thanks
    Brent
     
  2. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color="blue">I towed my Blazer with a 1/2 ton pickup once and it was scary. I wouldn't even think of doing it with an S10
     
  3. BowtieBlazer

    BowtieBlazer 1/2 ton status

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    yeah I think an s-truck would be quite scary. IMO you need something fullsize and longbed to tow. Yes its costly but I definately don't think an s-truck is up to the task without major brake and drivetrain upgrades...
     
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    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    I wouldn't try it ether.. /forums/images/icons/ooo.gif
     
  5. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    you've got to be kidding...
     
  6. Sandman

    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    I towed my Blazer to Moab with a '98 Dodge fullsize clubcab and I didnt think much of that. I sold it and bought a 1 ton xtra cab dually. That tows just fine. I was coming over this pass on the freeway just south of Salt Lake on the inside lane when a car in front of me jammed the brakes. I was in the gravel on the outside before I had it back under control. The truck just was not heavy enough.
     
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    mercercadet 1/2 ton status

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    I have to agree that it wouldn't really be a viable idea, I loaded down an 86 1/2 ton that had a 4.3L v6 with the drivetrain out of my k20 to go into a jeep and performance sucked royally....i wouldn't think of a trailer and an actual truck. I would think the cheapest you could go with is a half ton with a 350 and good low gears. then again i don't tow as much or as far as some here do. /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
  8. BowtieBlazer

    BowtieBlazer 1/2 ton status

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    if you go against the grain and go that route be sure to swap in a standard tranny...ABSOLUTE WORST CASE use engine braking and brakes to stop.

    Hey I sound like I've done that with my muncie 465 before /forums/images/icons/ooo.gif
     
  9. Lance

    Lance 1/2 ton status

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    I know hauling a payload is different from towing but, when I brought home my 1-ton axles in the bed of my s-10 work truck, with the 4.3 V-6, the truck was definitely at its capacity. The front end was raised up about 4-5" (just a guess) and driving the 1-1/2 hours home was an experience to say the least. I wouldn't recommend an s-10 for anything more than a daily driver and light load hauler.
     
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    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    No way. An S-10 is narrower than a Jeep Wrangler. Not the best platform for towing large, heavy loads. And the only way an S-10 will even get 6,000 lbs. up to speed is on a flat road, at sea level. /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif
     
  11. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    My daily driver is a 87 S-10 4WD (2.8 V6), purely from a weight capacity point of view - NO WAY!!!!!

    An S-10 might be able to move 6000lbs on a flat surface but there is no way it could stop that kind of load not to mention that the tongue weight would probably put the bumper in the grass! I put a complete 454 in the bed once and mine was almost on the bump stops.

    I understand the money part but it's just not the right vehicle.
     
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    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    No way!! No way!!!

    Dangerous!!!

    Ken H.
     
  13. 8_YOUR_H2

    8_YOUR_H2 1/2 ton status

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    I get the feeling its not a good idea? /forums/images/icons/confused.gif



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  14. Seventy4Blazer

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    i had very scary time with a burban pulling my blazer. flat toeing but still towing.
    i will never flat tow unless i have no other choice.
    nor will i use a half ton to pull my blazer. i am looking for a C or K 30 crew cab dually right now.
    an a goose neck
    grant
     
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    Yeah... too short of a wheelbase... not enough weight. Ratings are too low. Not enough power. Brakes are too weak.

    Just really not a good idea.

    Ken H.
     
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    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    What do you mean? Everybody thinks its a great idea! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     

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