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Dinghy towing is a term for pulling a car with a towbar, having all four tires on the ground. Some call is 4 wheels down, or flat towing. Most often is behind a motorhome. To accomplish this feat, there are 2 very important things to have: 1. A car that is capable of this type of activity (most cars are not) and 2. Some sort of adapter to attach the dinghy to the towing vehicle's towbar.

The 2021 Trailblazer is dinghy towable as the AWD (all wheel drive) model only. According to the owner's manual, only the AWD models can be dinghy towed. The FWD can be dolly towed, rear tires on the ground only.

Since this vehicle is brand-spanking new to the world, there is no adapter for attaching the Trailblazer to a towbar...until now. I was able to have my car accepted into the Blue Ox "Fit Program". Blue Ox is an industry leading company in towing equipment. For them to develop an adapter for the market, they must have a vehicle for fit design and testing. My Trailblazer was that vehicle. In the near future, Blue Ox should have their baseplate (adapter) available to all that would want it.
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The Trailblazer was towed 650 miles back home from the Blue Ox plant. No issues what so ever. Just follow the Owner's manual's instructions.
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And yes, sometimes, since the vehicle is being towed, often times it is then referred to as a toad.
 

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Let the good times roll!....Looks like a nice motor home. When the TB is not hooked up is there any brackets sticking out? I assume there is some sort of permanent brackets attached and then some sort of pin attachment from there,
 

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Let the good times roll!....Looks like a nice motor home. When the TB is not hooked up is there any brackets sticking out? I assume there is some sort of permanent brackets attached and then some sort of pin attachment from there,
There are 6 connection points poking through that lower vent.
there are 2 towbar attachment posts that are the furthest outward
next inward are the 2 safety cable eyes
the next in from the left is the breakaway switch for the auxiliary braking system
then just right of center is the lighting umbilical connection for operating the Trailblazer lights from the motorhome
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The furthest outward round posts are where 2 very heavy duty "tabs" are inserted for the actual connection of the towbar. They stick out about 6 or 7 inches, so having them removable is a nice feature from this company. These would be the silver colored objects in the set of photos showing it connected, but they are not very visible.
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If there is one thing I could recommend to Blue Ox, is to develop some way to have the safety eyes removeable too, that would be awesome. This is how the facia looks when everything that is removeable is removed and ready for around the town driving.
 

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very nice. Doubt I will need this feature but with this and rob others coming out over the years (?) if I ever need it it is out there.
 

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It has been brought to our attention, by an iRV2.com forum member (Sarz272000), that the procedure for getting the transmission into neutral is not correct. The author states that he has worked with a Chevy service technician to confirm this issue and the resolution. As written, step 3 is incorrect:
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The gear shifter cannot be moved while in accessory mode. Brake pedal or not, it cannot be moved. Step 3 needs to be written something like this:
3. Put the vehicle into SERVICE mode by pressing the engine start/stop button and holding for 3 to 5 seconds until the green light is illuminated.
4. Press the brake pedal and shift the transmission to N (neutral).


No telling if and when the manual will be updated.
 
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