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Old 03-06-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Towing with a colorado

Has anyone ever towed with a Colorado pickup, Hummer H2 or GMC Canyon. They all have about the same motor tranmission and frame. The factory data says 600 pounds tounge and 4000 pounds gross towing weight. Anyone tow anything with one of these?

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What do you want to know about towing with any of the above?
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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Just to help educate you as there is plenty of misunderstanding out there w/ regards to towing and capacity...

4000# gross towing capacity is the old * as in *properly equipped blah blah blah. The blah blah blah is important and means... Total weight of cargo + passengers + accessories + actual item being towed must not exceed 4000#... all while assuming tow vehicle has proper running gear: correct weight class hitch, trans cooler (if needed, etc.).

So, lets assume you have proper class III hitch for towing. You also have:

450# - 3 total occupants (driver + 2 pass) and on average each is 150#
500# - 'Accessories' (3rd row seats, sunroof, Nav, 2nd row A/C, DVD players, etc.)
150# - luggage/bags/stuff for occupants in the vehicle.
1100# - total cargo

Total above, 1100#, gets deducted from total gross towing capacity to find out MAX trailer weight left available. In this case it would be 2900# (4000#-1100#). With an aerodynamic load, a boat for instance, you can "cheat" a little more...

That said, the bigger issue usually isn't get up and go but rather stopping. Brakes/rotors/pads on many domestic vehicles, sans those designed for towing like F250/350s, are undersized and pretty well maxed out w/ just occupants, accessories, and interior cargo. Add in a trailer getting close to total max will overheat your brakes the first time you tow and rotors will glaze and/or warp quickly.

Also, FWIW, recommended tongue weight is usually just 10% of trailer weight for proper load distribution b/w tow vehicle and trailer... so 290# in this case (but could go up to 400# 'properly equipped'.

To play it safe, assume towing is like electrical circuits in a home... aim to not exceed 75% max capacity of weakest component (which should be the breaker not wiring).

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I think you are mistaken.

The Colorado and Canyon are 4 cylinder compact trucks. They can barely tow 2 jet ski's and struggle to accelerate towing 1000 lbs.

The larger Silverado and Sierra share parts with the Hummer H2. They have the same engine and frame along with the Tahoe and Suburban and Escalade and Yukon.
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All three in the 2005 were equiped with a 5 cylinder inline engine with fairly good tourque and HP, that compares to most V-6 engine in the 3.4 to 3.6 range. Looking at pulling a Alumna trailer with my 03 boxster totaled out weigh with minimal gas on board is 3700 +- 50 pounds. I have not purchased the trailer yet. But it would save me runnig tires to an event or getting some one else hauling them there. I don't know anyone in the area that has one who has pulled more than a utility trailer with a tractor or two four wheelers. The Alumna has a full braking system and will take an anti sway kit.

As far as the H2 I regularly camp(RV) with a person who tows a Hummer H2, same engine same transsmission larger wheels and tires I get better gas miliage on the Colorado and rub it in as the chance arises. I'm not saying they did not install other engines but there are similarly equiped ones out there. Most engine and parts searches on ebay show a cross over as well.
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I have never had anything that small as a tow vehicle but it should work. Here is a couple of sites to help. First one is info on calculations.

Determining Vehicle Towing Capacity & Trailer Weight | Hitch Info

This is an actual chart with weights for trucks.

Truck and SUV Towing Capacity Charts

As stated the torque and hp are not the issue as far as safety it is the handling and braking. With out hills just about anything will tow your car and tires and gas and...... But stopping it and go around corners now that is the issue.

F250 and F350 have two very different tow ranges but use same engine and transmission. It is the amount of white knuckles that makes one buy bigger.
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Funny that you are asking this. I am boat shopping for a maybe a Bayline Bowrider and am looking at the weights of various models and trailers. I have a 2009 Chevy Colorado with the
3.7L I5 cyl engine. I will look at the manual tonight and get you specifics if you want as I need them too.
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Funny that you are asking this. I am boat shopping for a maybe a Bayline Bowrider and am looking at the weights of various models and trailers. I have a 2009 Chevy Colorado with the
3.7L I5 cyl engine. I will look at the manual tonight and get you specifics if you want as I need them too.
My vehicle manual is pathetic. it gives a touge weight only. all the information I was able to get was from trailer sales places and they have a vested intrest to sell.
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I have a Hummer H3 with the 3.5 I5 Engine and it tows fine. Its not designed to tow huge items but we have towed a 65 Mustang on a trailer before with no problems. I have the Maunal Tranny on my H3 too as well as the upgraded suspension package so I am not sure if that makes a difference.

The aluminum trailer and boxster should be fine though. We traveled a few hundred miles that way when moving a few years ago with the boxster on the aluminum U Haul trailer and it was just fine.
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I think you are mistaken.

The Colorado and Canyon are 4 cylinder compact trucks. They can barely tow 2 jet ski's and struggle to accelerate towing 1000 lbs.

The larger Silverado and Sierra share parts with the Hummer H2. They have the same engine and frame along with the Tahoe and Suburban and Escalade and Yukon.
OOPS, You were right Wrong model should have been asking for H3
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Yep, Google still works:
Top Pickup Trucks for Towing - 2005 Pickup Trucks - Cars.com

It looks like the Colorado is rated to 4K so you are pushing the envelope. An experienced tow driver on flat ground with the trailer properly loaded should be ok. A green driver with a tail heavy load might put it on the roof. I used to tow a 4000 lb boat behind a Toyota 4Runner and it worked well even over mountain passes but you had to stay vigilant. I never wanted to let the tail wag the dog so it was not a relaxed highway cruise.
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you can go to Uhaul.com and pretrend you are going to rent one of there aluminum trailers. If will go through a set of questions to see if you qualify to tow there trailer with your tow vehicle. If they say NO, then I would listen to what they say. I have a Dodge Dakota with a V-8 and it qualifies to pull the trailer with the weight of a Boxster, 2 people and luggage. I have a tow package with tranny cooler and Class V tow package. It is not a full size pickup and it just qualified for this weight. The Dakota with the V-8 and Tow package is rated at just over 5,000 lbs. I would think a Colorado would be borderline especially on hills.
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Yo jsceash. For the 2009 Chevy Colorado with the 3.7L Inline 5cyl its 5,500 lbs. Although I think
you asked about a 05 ?
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Well I did it and bought the trailer. I'm comfortably within the gross weight. Stopped at a truck stop and wieghed the whole rig. I ran fifty miles as a test on varrious roads. It has enough pull to go up hills in fourth and maintain speed well on the highway in fifth. I really believe the rear engine car
helps and I did not feal any porpusing. I'm still going to get a sway arm for added stability. I will use it more with the RV than the truck.
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Well I did it and bought the trailer. I'm comfortably within the gross weight. Stopped at a truck stop and wieghed the whole rig. I ran fifty miles as a test on varrious roads. It has enough pull to go up hills in fourth and maintain speed well on the highway in fifth. I really believe the rear engine car
helps and I did not feal any porpusing. I'm still going to get a sway arm for added stability. I will use it more with the RV than the truck.
Nice, now lets see some pics of the rig all hitched up.
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Many factors to consider, I used to pull this with a Mountaineer:

National Liquidators - 1997 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer, 25 ft. - National Liquidators


The thing is it was only twice a year going in and coming out, it was never fun and even though the Mercury was rated to pull more it had all it could do to pull it up a hill. A bow rider is pretty light, I'd recommend towing it empty of gas and then fuel it close to the launch. Get a trailer spare tire and mount it on the trailer. Make sure you always have the O/D button off if equipped or you will stress the tranny. If you take your time you should be just fine, you may want to add some blind spot mirrors to the side mirrors, those little stick on units aren't bad, enjoy the boating!

PS A dual axle trailer will pull and turn easier but may be overkill for a bow rider.
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If you get the trailer with brakes you should be fine although close to the limit. I would not suggest this to anyone but when my rover was down I towed a 70' chevelle on a dual axle bobcat tilt trailer with 81 VW pickup. The VW had a had a supercharged corrodo motor so torque was not the problem. This was very stupid and in my younger years but it sure was funny when the little truck lit it's front tires up at every intersection. It looked like a crappy tractor pull.
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Ok here it is

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Looks great!
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Nice. Really dig the custom trailer. Nice way to haul it. How is the truck? I know we have similar/same towing capacities, but my rig is MUCH heavier than yours with the same engine. Its a DOG for me but I wouldnt give it up for anything. Congrats on the sweet setup.

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