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Old 06-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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Towing a 1972 k5 blazer

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Anyone out there towing an older 4x4? We are going to go on fairly long trips with it. We have only towed a car trailer with a golf cart, never a vehicle four wheels down. Any ideas?
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Transfer case in neutral, auto tranny in park (or stick shift in a lower gear). Key in ACC if needed to unlock the steering wheel (did a '72 have a locking steering wheel?).
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Transfer case in neutral, auto tranny in park (or stick shift in a lower gear). Key in ACC if needed to unlock the steering wheel (did a '72 have a locking steering wheel?).
Thanks for replying! Yes the steering wheel locks. Driveshaft disconnect? My husband read somewhere we may need one. Also you you have any ideas about adding some braking to it? We have a gasser right now. Thanks again.
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If it has a transfer case that has a neutral position, that should be all the driveshaft disconnect you need. If the transfer case does not have a neutral, then you need to add a disconnect. I'm not familiar with the '72 K5, so can't help you there.

Remco Towing lists a '73 and says the 4WD needs a disconnect. That implies it has no neutral on the transfer case shifter. Don't know if that applies to a 72 or not.
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Thank you! This information will really help in getting us in the right direction! I'll post on here what we end up using and how it's working for anyone else that happens to tow a k5!
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Can you answer for us the most basic question, i.e., does the '72 K5 have a neutral position in the 4WD transfer case?
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Can you answer for us the most basic question, i.e., does the '72 K5 have a neutral position in the 4WD transfer case?
Yes it does.
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A number of years ago I towed a 72 K5 CST Blazer quite a bit. I placed the transfer case in neutral, probably transmission in Park, but can't remember for sure. No problems it towed quite well. Do you have an owners manual to consult?
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A number of years ago I towed a 72 K5 CST Blazer quite a bit. I placed the transfer case in neutral, probably transmission in Park, but can't remember for sure. No problems it towed quite well. Do you have an owners manual to consult?
We might have an owners manual. I'm sure I could order one. We love this thing and want to make sure we don't kill it by towing it.
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