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    01-08-2013, 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by Phly    
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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It's not that I want to skimp on the tow vehicle, so much as that I don't want to drive a giant gas guzzler as my everyday vehicle, a truck (of any size) won't fit my husband's needs, and having a 3rd vehicle just to tow 5 or 6 times a year doesn't make sense (and to afford a third vehicle I WOULD have to skimp on it)

1/2 ect refers to the truck bed capacity not towing.
Right... payload capacity. But since "half ton" trucks now have a much higher payload capacity than 1000 lbs (the Ford F-150 has a payload capacity of anywhere from 3/4 up to 1-1/2 tons depending on the specific model) and has nothing to do with towing, I'm not sure how to (a) identify a "half-ton" truck or (b) why that even matters.

So far, it seems like only the Trailblazer EXT is a candidate. Can someone explain what specs make this vehicle suitable for towing, but are not sufficient on a small truck (like the Colorado or Tacoma)? They're both rated similarly in tow capacity. The wheelbase is about the same if you get an extended cab (which is also about the same as a regular cab F-150). The trucks do have a little lower horsepower (240 vs 290).

As I said, I'm not trying to skimp- I'll buy something that is safe or nothing at all- but I want to understand why only a full size truck will do if that's the case.
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    01-08-2013, 02:14 PM
Green Broke
Max towing for the colorado is 6000 and gwvr is 5000

Max towing for trailblazer ext is 7200 and gwvr is 6200.

Big enough difference for me to stay away from the small one.

F150 max towing is 7700 gwvr is 7350.

See the difference. Not to mention hp and torque are a huge difference.

The colorado has a very crappy engine as well. My bf was a chevy guy and wanted a colorado until he looked into the engine. We now have an F150.

Edit: Vehicle weight makes a difference. You don't want that trailer tossing the truck around.
    01-08-2013, 05:16 PM
Which year/trim is rated at 7200 lb for the Trailblazer? The two that are at a nearby dealer are both 2005 4x4's, one is an LS and the other is an LT. Both are rated at 6500 lb towing capacity. Would that be enough, or do I need to look for a different year/trim with higher rating?
    01-08-2013, 05:20 PM
Green Broke
There were so many different trims but I think it was an 04. Doesn't seem they make them anymore? You will have to look up each trim to know what to look for. You want hp and torque along with vehicle weight.
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    01-08-2013, 08:10 PM
The two at the dealership have 275 HP @ 6000 rpm, 275 ft-lbs. Torque @ 3600 rpm, 4954 lbs curb weight, and 6400 lbs gross weight. Worth looking at? Or should I search for a different year/trim?
    01-08-2013, 08:27 PM
Green Broke
I would say that is worth looking at. The sticker on the inside of the door or somewhere should give you the max towing capacity for that vehicle.

It actually has more horsepower than our truck with a little less torque so pretty even there. Too bad they couldn't have a trailer for you to tow with on a practice drive so you could feel how it tows.
    01-08-2013, 08:53 PM
Phew I was afraid the only potential solution was going to get ruled out before even getting a chance to look at it!
    01-08-2013, 08:58 PM
Mine is an '05 2wd LS.
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    01-08-2013, 09:00 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Mine is an '05 2wd LS.
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Ok it said 7000 max towing but that it might need special engine and other things in order to get to 7000 max towing.
    01-09-2013, 01:27 AM
Tow setup

I have a Nissan Titan 1/2 ton truck with Big Tow Package with a tow capacity of 9500 lbs. It handles like a nice SUV. I tow a 2 horse straight load Featherlite bumper pull, all aluminum, that is the warmblood size (for sale by the way). You don't even know the trailer is behind you. Nissan makes racks that attach to the truck bed to haul stuff above the truck bed for kayaks, bikes, and such. They are pretty cool. Gas mileage isn't great but it's a truck.

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