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  • Trailblazer 4.1L tow capacity
  • Can i 84 s10 pull a horse trailer

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    01-07-2013, 05:38 PM
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We bought a old "84" dually just for our stock trailer and hay. It's old (cheap tags) reliable (no computers) and will pull anything. And have a spare back up vehicle is nice. Well technically we have 3 back up vehicles lol, but you know what I'm sayin. I'd look at a cheap 3/4 or 1 ton as a dedicated hauler. If that's just not an option, you could put a ladder rack on a pick up and haul the toys on that.
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    01-07-2013, 07:07 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
you need a proper tow vehicle, sorry but a mini van aint it. You want the tow vehicle Id sell/ trade your car. SOunds like he has what meets his needs, why should he give that up ?
The main reason is that I drive a lot more than DH, so gas mileage is pretty important. He averages 4k miles per year, whereas I'm more around 10k miles per year. I'd consider replacing my car if I could get something rated 25+ mpg (though I know in reality it would get a little less than that). In the end, if it comes down to keeping the minivan and me not getting a trailer vs. trading in the minivan for something that doesn't suit him, we'd be keeping the minivan.

In a perfect world, I'd have a Nissan Leaf and a big truck in my garage, along with whatever DH wanted

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You should be able to tow pretty much any two-horse slant, regardless of what it's made of.
Awesome. Thanks!

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We bought a old "84" dually just for our stock trailer and hay. It's old (cheap tags) reliable (no computers) and will pull anything.
I'm kind of leery of getting an older vehicle. My first car was a '89 Chevy S-10 (in 2003) and despite the fact that I got to know my mechanic VERY well and basically made a car payment's worth of repairs each month, it still died about 6 months after I got it. It's not something I'd care to repeat...
     
    01-07-2013, 07:17 PM
  #13
Weanling
A 1/2 ton will work fine as long as there is enough motor under the hood. I personally would be a bit leary of a trailblazer, seems to have a shorter wheel base.

If he wants something with enclosure I woud either look at a regular/extended cab/long bed truck and put a cap on it, then you can easily get 10' in with just a bit sticking out. Or look at an SUV lik the excursion/Suburbans
     
    01-07-2013, 08:01 PM
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Would a Chevy Colorado work? It's mileage is rated at 18/25 mpg and towing capacity at 6000 lb; I could replace my car with it without feeling too bad about the decreased mileage.
     
    01-07-2013, 08:22 PM
  #15
Weanling
I would really try for a full size truck frame to be honest whether you go SUV/Truck.

The smaller trucks are ok for something like a landscape trailer with a lawnmower, I think Toyota has some midsized trucks that you could get away with
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    01-07-2013, 08:31 PM
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Green Broke
Hmm, I'm really pretty clueless as to what specs to look for to make sure it's sufficient. When I looked up 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, etc I learned that it's an outdated term that used to refer to the payload capacity, but that current model 1/2 tons trucks have payload capacities well above 1/2 ton. I couldn't find any info on what makes a truck "1/2 ton" now.

It seems like anything bigger than a Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma get gas mileage too low to be my everyday car and won't work for my husband, so I'm thinking the truck option is probably out of the question.
     
    01-07-2013, 09:38 PM
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Green Broke
1/2 ect refers to the truck bed capacity not towing. Nothing less than an f150 Chevy 1500 or Toyota tundra. Those are the full size. I believe the trailblazer ext is built on the 1500 frame. It's not the same as the regular trailblazer, which has a terrible rollover rating due to the height, wheel base ratio. A Colorado replaced the s10. So that is too small.

Ps if I only drive 5k miles a year I would own an f250. At that low of mileage mpg shouldn't matter.
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    01-07-2013, 09:52 PM
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Would a Chevy Colorado work? It's mileage is rated at 18/25 mpg and towing capacity at 6000 lb; I could replace my car with it without feeling too bad about the decreased mileage.
I used a Colorado with the towing package to haul a 12' v nose trailer from south bend to Indy. Apx 200 miles. All it had in it was household goods. I hated that drive! 50mph
And two tanks of fuel! My dually with a 454 and a 3:73 rear gear gets 15/18 empty and 10/12 pulling a stock trailer and 4 horses. I understand if your not handy and don't want something older but skimping on the the tow vehicle will end up costing more in the long run. My truck is rated to gvwr at 10000lbs my trailer has breaks, and I'll never wear it out hauling horses. Pull the same load with a "light truck" and you'll see your lower cost of ownership go threw the roof!
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    01-07-2013, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by tim62988    
a 1/2 ton will work fine as long as there is enough motor under the hood. I personally would be a bit leary of a trailblazer, seems to have a shorter wheel base.
I have a Trailblazer EXTENDED, which is what I recommended to the OP. It is very close to being as long as my dad's 12-passenger E350 van. Sitting my brother's Expedition next to my Trailblazer, my Trailblazer is slightly longer.

Also, the Trailblazer has a 4.1L inline six putting out 275hp.
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    01-08-2013, 01:52 AM
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Going tire-kicking is a great idea! If you see something that looks like a possibility go home and get online and check to see what the manufacturer specs are. Don't believe everything a salesperson tells you.
Also keep in mind that unless you are going to stay local or stick to I-5 or east on I-84 a ways, there are hills and mountains to the west and east. No fun in an underpowered vehicle heading up over a pass.
     

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