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Old 10-12-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Want to tow a 03 trailblazer

Hi I am new to the whole rv thing and towing I have an 03 trailblazer and was wondering what would be the best way to tow it Iíve been looking at car trailers, tow Dollyís, and tow bars. Ok first thing first lol what size trailer and how many lbs should it be rated the manual says itís 12500 lbs I believe, the tow bar worries me because Iím not sure what I would all need to make it towable between tha bar, braking system and installation of other things I would need just donít get the whole thing with the tow bars , and finally the tow dolly do I need to disable anything or what do I need to get my vehicle ready to tow and the size of dolly I should get . Thank you guys just need some help lost at what to do and what would be the least costly to do and I forgot to mention I have a 01 class c jayco designer that it will be hooked up too
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Is it 4WD? What does your owners manual say about towing?
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Welcome to iRV2 .

The best thing is to run all your info through this site to get a list of what's required to flat tow ( if possible ) your Trailblazer .
Some 4 wd vehicle can be flat towed without major modification . Some all wheel drive units can't be flat towed or dollied , and require being trailered.

Store : Remco

Once you know if flat towing is possible you can start looking into cost.
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Is your trailblazer a 4X4?
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I believe that if it is flat towable, that would be the way to go. First thing I would do is check the weight of the Trailblazer, and the weight rating of the motorhome.
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OK, this is what I decided to do and why. I flat tow my 2003 trailblazer 4X4. I considered hauling it on a trailer but then I would basically have three vehicles wherever I went. That is a lot to deal with, which would probably mean storing the trailer in the extra parking area most of the time which didn't appeal to me. Also it means loading the trailblazer and hooking it down on the trailer, then unhooking and unloading. It also adds the weight of the trailer into the mix. I didn't even consider the tow dolly route since I had a friend do that a few years ago and quickly decided he didn't like that method. One thing to consider is, what is the tow rating of your motorhome. My trailblazer weighs 4900 lbs. A trailer would probably add another 2000 lbs or so to that weight. When you flat tow you don't add any weight to your motorhome suspension but when you tow a trailer that weighs somewhere around 7000 lbs you will be adding around 700 lbs to your motorhome's suspension. Here is what I use to tow my trailblazer. I use a Blue Ox 1709 baseplate mounted to my trailblazer. For the tow bar, I use a Ready Brute Elite tow bar. This setup works great for me and is very easy to hook up and unhook. The Ready Brute Elite has a surge brake built into it that engages the towed vehicle's brakes by hooking up one cable when you hook up to your motorhome. Your trailblazer will have to have the transfer case shifted to neutral and the transmission shifted to park. The ignition will be in the off position. No miles will register on the trailblazer when being towed this way. I also added a light kit from Blue Ox that is installed into the taillights for brake, turn and running lights. The total cost was somewhere around $1700 for all the parts. I installed everything myself and it isn't too big of a job. I just helped a buddy do his 2008 envoy in the last couple days with the same setup. If you have any questions you can PM me and I will help any way I can.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry I can't advise you on that. Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Thank you everyone I think Iím going with the ready brute elite sounds like the easiest thing
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There are a couple more things to investigate, either of which could make it unsafe to tow your Trailblazer behind your coach:

1) What is the rating for the trailer hitch?
2) What are the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) values for your coach?

You can find the trailer hitch rating on a label on the hitch, in the owners manual, and/or on the vehicle label, usually near the driver's seat. Here's a link to an owner's manual I found online; page 75 of that manual (which is page 84 of the PDF document) says the hitch is rated for 3,500 pounds. You need to confirm the value for yourself.

You can find the GVWR and GCWR on the vehicle label.

Let us know what you find for these three values.
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