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Old 07-31-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hello, My family is relatively new to camping but have enjoyed it so far. We currently own an older Pop Up but we are looking to upgrade to either a small travel trailer or hybrid. We just bought an 06 Trailblazer. Am I being realistic in thinking we could tow a 19ft. travel trailer relatively close to home (we live outside of Hershey, PA) with the trailblazer? Also, I would like to hear some opinions on hybrid vs. small trailer - we have 2 children DS11, DD6 and our furry child a 65lb border collie/lab.


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Welcome to irv2. I've moved your thread here to get some advice from our members who know.


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Old 07-31-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Open the drivers door and look at the sticker on the door to find out what your towing capacity is. Then look at the GVWR of the TT and see if it is under what your TV can handle. Remember that your TV tow rating is based on a 150lb driver and no other passengers. Be sure you have a good WDH and sway bar and trailer brake. Check your receiver to insure it can handle the trailer.

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Originally Posted by awarnes View Post
Open the drivers door and look at the sticker on the door to find out what your towing capacity is. Then look at the GVWR of the TT and see if it is under what your TV can handle. Remember that your TV tow rating is based on a 150lb driver and no other passengers. Be sure you have a good WDH and sway bar and trailer brake. Check your receiver to insure it can handle the trailer.

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Some definitions:

GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
TT = Travel Trailer
TV = Tow Vehicle
WDH = Weight Distributing Hitch

Awarnes is right. Your vehicle will have the information you seek on a sticker inside the driver side door jamb. Your vehicle will have a combined capacity rating that your vehicle, the trailer, the people and all the stuff combined must not exceed.
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After you determine what you can "safely" tow (not what a dealer tells you) you then should pay careful attention to the space limitations of those trailers. With a small family, a hybrid might end up being your best bet. You will get some of the advantages of the set-up hardside along with the space of a pop-up.

When my wife and I made the transition from pop-up to hardside we needed a 27 foot trailer to match the space of our pop-up. We miss the pop-up life style but would not part with our bathroom, hot shower and holding tanks. Pay attention to sleeping space, sitting comfort and bathroom useability (which of course will be much better than most pu's)

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Go to http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2006.pdf and locate your vehicle to see what the GCWR is for your vehicle. you will need to know whether it has a towing package, engine size and what the rear gear ratio is. then take your vehicle to a scale to get it weighed. make sure the fuel tank is empty, you have your camping gear packed and all occupants and get it weighed. Subtract the weight of your vehicle from the GCWR and that will be the heaviest trailer (GVWR) you can tow. then using the GVWR of your vehicle, insure that the hitch weight will be within your GVWR (for hitch weight use 10% of the trailer GVWR). that will get you thru the weights piece.

then there you need to consider the length of the trailer vs. length of your vehicle. you'll need advice from someone else here as I have no experience towing anything larger that a pop-up from a "bumper" hitch. but there are length considerations to allow for safe towing.
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Were on or 2nd hybrid...we just feel you get more bang for the $$$ with a hybrid...

The Trailblazer at most are going to have a towing rating between 4800 and 6800. Our 25' hybrid with slide is 4300lbs dry and about 5100 loaded. We pull with a V-8 Toyota 4-Runner rated at 7200lbs...

If a hybrid is a option I would get one with a slide...Our 05' hybrid only had a couch slide, our 2013 has a kitchen & couch slide.

The 4-Runner is a mid sized SUV and has towed our 2005 and 2013 hybrid since 2005 and about 410 nights of camping. So you can say we are professional RVers...

The 4-Runner besides our tow vehicle is a great daily driver...The ride and engine are just so smooth....I hate ton have to sell it...Looking at maybe a pickup next....Chevy or Tundra ??

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