View Full Version : What kind of Truck?

06-02-2003, 03:28 PM
I'm planning on getting a 7x14 enclosed trailer. I was wondering what kind of vehicle I need to pull this trailer? Do you think my Trailblazer would pull it once it's loaded down? Or do I need a V8 Pickup? Let me know what you think.

06-02-2003, 03:34 PM
Full size with a V-8 or diesel.

You dont want to tear up the trailblazer :D

Remember, the enclosed is a lot heavier than an open trailer. So right away you add more weight. Also add a good brake controller. This might help you more than the V-8....;)

06-02-2003, 03:46 PM
I have a 7 X 18 enclosed trailer and pull it with a 5.3L Chevy truck. It's a lot of weight so, just be sure whatever you get, there is plenty of torque available.

06-02-2003, 04:02 PM
Thanks guys for your replies!!!

Looks like I'll be looking into a Silverado 2500. Guess I'll go with the V8. I just wasn't sure exactly how much a 7x14 trailer weighs. Thanks for the help. Any other additional info greatly appreciated.

06-02-2003, 04:20 PM
I think my 7 X 18 weighs around 2600 lbs unloaded. From what I understand, and I'm by far an expert, but trailers with a Torflex suspension ride and tow smoother than others? What equiptment do you plan to haul in your trailer?

06-02-2003, 06:18 PM
Nothing less than a 3/4 ton, preferably with diesel power.

06-02-2003, 07:18 PM

Thanks for your reply. I plan on pulling a 7x14 enclosed trailer. Lets say the trailer weighs around 2,600 lbs. In the trailer will be (2) 52" ZTR, Push Mower, Trimmers, Blowers. With all the equipment the weight begins to add up in the trailer.


I guess a V8 would probably be better.
Diesel would be nice too!!

06-02-2003, 07:36 PM
Just remember, theres a lot of good used trucks, especially diesels out there. My friend just traded his 95 PSD for a new one. I tried to sell it for him so he wouldn't get slammed on the trade. Had a couple guys look at it but the color scheme wasn't what they wanted. He wanted 12k for it and it only had around 75,000 miles on it. So there some deals out there if you look hard enough.

Good luck.

06-03-2003, 10:52 AM
ztrguy, you might want to look into Chevy Silverado 2500HD instead of 2500 light duty. There is a very small difference in price. I priced out between two trucks and I find a difference of $300. So just go with the 2500HD, it has more powerful engine, heavier suspension, more capacity to do work and towing. You won't be disappointed. :D

06-03-2003, 12:17 PM

Thanks for the reply. I'm looking into the 2500HD too. What do you think about the 3500 Dooley? I hear everyone around here talking about how much longer a Diesel will last. I've never owned one so I couldn't argue. Anyone owned a Diesel and think they can out last a gasser? Thanks again for all the replies.

06-03-2003, 02:03 PM
ztrguy, you also could get a Duramax Diesel on 2500HD too. For all Chevy 2500HD and 3500 models, the standard engine is Vortec 6.0L gas. Very good engine, plenty of power. I have the 6.0L gas and am impressed with it. The 8.1L gas engine is optional, and Duramax Diesel is also optional. The diesel would be nice, but it cost more money and put more weight on front end limiting the carrying capacity of snowplow.

As for the dooley, the disadvantage of them is that they are wider, you got to be careful when driving around street. Also parking will be a challenge. Also it does not do good in snow either. The dooley gives you more stablility when towing heavy 5th wheeler but I don't think you really need them. However, I heard that 2004 Chevy 3500 will comes in either SRW or DRW. But seriously, I think 2500HD will better suit your business need.