[QUOTE- (IN PART)=RogerDat;453216]I also did a search of the PDF version of your 2003 manual and did not find the boiler plate text you have quoted in several posts. Same as I did not find it in my manual. Unless you can find and provide a way for me to confirm I remain skeptical. clip
It also says on page 4-53 a lot of other factors go into it. Including any special equipment. I think the dealer might consider a WD hitch special equipment.
Others have a right to form their own equally valid conclusion.
Not finding the boiler plate you claim is there, not being provided with examples by yourself. I think my suggestion that there is not the industry wide "boiler plate" you claim is a well reasoned and not beyond the pale of reason
Several points about reposting of the Owners Manual for 2003 Blazer.....
To even suggest that a company as big as General Motors would let someone as far down the liability food chain as a dealers service manager over-ride printed corporate specifications is not in the realm of possibility, not at least since the 60's.
While the specific statement that might satisfy some may not be in ALL Owners Manuals, it is in some and is certainly in other corporate publications such as the original warrantee etc. To suggest that it doesn't exist is a non-starter.
And Yes, GM suggests asking your dealer about towing, but no matter who you ask, it may be subject to further verification, especially if they contradict what is in the Owners Manual. I, for one, would want any "out of specification" deviations to be presented in writing, not just as an Okey-Dokey.
And YES, a lot of other factors are included in the towing ability limits, but in my own simple way I see those underlined words as suggesting that it may LOWER the towing limit. The MAXIMUM weight
is clearly posted on the chart.
And the issue of using a WD hitch is already discussed in the same section, with the recommendation that it be used with trailers over 3500 lbs. But it doesn't suggest that it increases the total allowable trailer weight
even 1 oz.
"Others have a right to form their own equally valid conclusion."
In regards to maximum trailer weights, I think that "equally valid" implies a lot of qualifications that few, if any, on this site have the skill sets to make.
And about reading fortune cookies and posted information:
Just as it is suggested that the words "In Bed" can always be added to any Chinese fortune cookie message, the words "In MY Opinion" should always be added to any posts found on the internet.
And as Carol mentioned, this discussion has now gone full circle.....