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Chevrolet Trailblaxer 2.8 diesel

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27 Nov 2017 @ 15:44:35 pm
Elleebee
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hi all. does anyone have any experience towing with a trailblazer?

thanks
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27 Nov 2017 @ 16:11:17 pm
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Lindsay, my experience is restricted to towing a heavy trailer from Pretoria to Margate and back in a friends vehicle.   It was a great ride. 

I just don't know why GM fitted 18" road wheels and a full 16" spare.  For all practical purposes they might as well have added a Marie Biscuit wheel.    The dealer could not explain that to me, neither could they clarify on which axle and side I should fit the spare when required.   I also asked if the road wheel fits in the wheel well - of course that was also a difficult question. 

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27 Nov 2017 @ 16:13:57 pm
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Lindsay, my experience is restricted to towing a heavy trailer from Pretoria to Margate and back in a friends vehicle.   It was a great ride. 

I just don't know why GM fitted 18" road wheels and a full 16" spare.  For all practical purposes they might as well have added a Marie Biscuit wheel.    The dealer could not explain that to me, neither could they clarify on which axle and side I should fit the spare when required.   I also asked if the road wheel fits in the wheel well - of course that was also a difficult question. 

Regards

holy moly. no one has mentioned that to me - the vehicle i have bought has the wheel fitted under the rear end. ill have to check what it is.
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28 Nov 2017 @ 07:43:21 am
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Have not towed with it myself but have camping friend and they are very happy with the vehicle.

If it is a Automatic gearbox you will have the same torque as the 3.2 Ranger I use.  I did a road test with it and that gearbox works same as that of the ranger so my perception is that it is a great towing vehicle.

With regards to the  size of the spare wheel. i do not think you will have to worry about it.  The rim and tyre of 16" size is much cheaper than that of an 18" wheel.  If you look at the outer diameter of the 18" lower profile, compared to that of the 16" higher profile it should be very close to one another. Thus I suspect that the different wheel as a spare is just a cost saver as you rearly use a spare.

Just for interrest sake I removed the 18" wheels with a lower profile tyre from my Ranger and replaced it with 17" wheels with a bit higher profile.  The result was with the original wheels the speedo indicated about 7-8km/h faster comparred to GPS speed. With the 17" wheels the difference in speed is now 1-2km/h.  This shows that with the 17" wheels the outer diameter is a bit larger than that of the original 18" wheels.

So to be honest if you compare the two wheels provided at reputed tyre dealer you will find that:

  1. The outer size of the wheels should be close to the same if not precise.
  2. The price difference between the two tyres is very substancial including an alloy rim for the 18" will make that even bigger. Due to the fact that I stand to be corrected but you do not get a cheaper steel rim in a 18" size.
  3. This is my reason to say that the smaller rim with higher profile tyre is a more cost effective way to still have as spare wheel which most likely you will never use.

I for instance do use my vehicle for 4 x 4 trips. Did get a puncture once but fixed it with a plug allong side the road en inflated the tyre along side the road never using the spare wheel.

It is a mind set you have to make. And if taking the potencial use of the spare in concideration I would think an easy one if you find out what the price of a 18" alloy rim and tyre is.

My 2c. Trailblazer is a great vehicle

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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28 Nov 2017 @ 08:19:02 am
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I have a friend that has a Toyota 3l D4D double cab and the Trailblazer, and he tows an Exclusive, his vehicle of choise is the Trailblazer, it has the power, and is more comfortable than the D4D

"Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
-James Baldwin-
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28 Nov 2017 @ 10:56:16 am
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I enjoy my Trailblazer (TB) while towing - I previously towed with a VW Microbus and a Mitsu Pajero - the TB is tops!! Comfort and space in cab is amazing!! You will not make a mistake if you use it for towing laughing laughing - I tow a Jurgens Palma (sometimes the lighter 'boswa') with 4 x passengers and their luggage etc - tows like a dream!! (In fact, I am preparing for a 5 500km + towing trip in Dec17/Jan18!!coolcool

With regards to the sparewheel (18" vs. 16") I have to agree that it is is a major 'flaw' on this vehicle, there is a slight difference in the two tyres
(18" first; Height 775.2mm vs 749.4mm;
Circumf  - 2 435.36mm vs 2 354.31mm)
...heaven only knows why the same people who designed & engineered the super vehicle made such a blunder with the sparewheel size??yellyell  Saving on tire costs - BS!! Now you cannot rotate your tires between all five positions!!!! embarassedembarassed
Some TB's can actually fit the 18" spare in the space provided, dependant on which type of towbar is fitted to the vehicle. Some towbars are manufactured to leave enough space for a 18" wheel? Unfortunately my TB's towbar does not allow for enough space to fit the 18"!!

The biggest issue is that, with the sparewheel fitted (either front or rear), you cannot engage 4x4 as the difflock will result in 'diff wind-up' which could cause damage to the diff (service agents advice) !!
Imagine getting a flat while off road (very easy - sidewall cut; sharp tree stump cutting tyre....) and you fit the 16" spare but cannot use 4x4 to get back on tar......!!??

I actually purchased another rim and fitted a 18" spare tyre which I will be carting along on my roofrack as an extra spare.smile

Ultimately, the vehicle is comparable to a towing buffalo and the sparewheel issue should not cloud your judgement!!!!!! (Other vehicles have the wrong badge to live with.... winkwink)

Looking forward to the long trip behind the steering of my TB!!!

Regards.

 

 

 

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28 Nov 2017 @ 11:45:12 am
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Egbert, thanks for clarifying the wheel size issue.  

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28 Nov 2017 @ 17:36:30 pm
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I have an Isuzu with 18" tyres and did a recently trip to Botswana and Namibia. You will be lucky to find an 18" tyre outside of RSA. In the Northern Cape only Tiger Wheel in Upington stocks them - so I bought an extra spare tyre just in case. I suppose as more cars and bakkies come out with 18" tyres as standard, they will become more widely available in the future. Its interesting to note that the 18" tyre is common and widely available in the USA.

Slower and lower is better than higher and faster!
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29 Nov 2017 @ 05:49:05 am
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Hi Egbert. Thank you for the detail info on the spare and tyre sizes.  I knew that the vehicle would be a great tow vehicle but realy was not prepared for the spare to be such a blunder design wise.

Just the fact that the manufacturer mention the isue with engaging 4x4 if the spare is fitted makes it a bit bigger issue than just a tyre size.

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29 Nov 2017 @ 10:50:02 am
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it is also a mission of note to get the spare out from under the vehicle. do you think the design it to be as difficult as possibel
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