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Old 07-17-2014, 07:07 AM   #11
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I agree with what the others have said, probably a lot for the Acadia.
If you do decide to hook it up and give it a test, please check back in and provide some feedback from your experience.

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Old 07-31-2014, 10:57 AM   #12
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The Traverse works for me.

Hello all. For what it's worth here is my experience. I have a 2014 Traverse LTZ with the factory tow package. My wife and I have a Solaire 197x and it pushes the limits (on paper) for the Traverse ... but our Traverse pulls fine for what we need. I started my career in 1991 as an electrical engineer with Holiday Rambler and have driven some type of camper (trailer, fifth wheel, Class C, Class A) since then so I've learned how to pack for the load I'm pulling. I will agree that the Traverse is not as heavy duty as other vehicles I've hauled with, but we go out 4-5 times in the summer so I can't justify the expense of having a huge SUV or truck sitting around.

That being said I'm taking trips that are pretty flat and I am not an aggressive hauler. I respect the road, the traffic, the vehicle and ... most importantly ... the load. The bigger issue I have is wind drag. So, if you're looking for something that's going to fly up hills and do 75 mph on the highway, then the Traverse (or any other Lambda) is not for you. But if you're smart on how you haul and respect the road may do a good job for you.

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Old 07-31-2014, 03:13 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by weyant53 View Post
Thanks for the info. The weight rag on trailer says 3856 dry weight with 1000lbs capacity. I double checked and our 2012 acadia does have 5200 towing capacity. We live in central illinois which is fairly flat and we would only use it once or twice per year when I have to tow the boat with my truck. I think my best option will be to hook it up and just run around locally for a bit to see how it does with the weight dist hitch. Any other thoughts are welcome in the meantime.

IMO...if only using 2X/yr, close to home and flat terrain, you'll be fine...keep your speed towing at 60mph...let us know how it does when you do a test pull

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Old 10-31-2015, 09:39 PM   #14
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This is an old thread I stumbled upon but I tow a 21SS with an Acadia. For the most part I have a very good experience towing. Would I like more power? Yes. In very hilly areas on divided highways you will have to stick to the right lane and slow down. Otherwise I can maintain 100 kph (60mph) without problems. You are though towing at the limits of your vehicle. I load my Roo very lightly and empty tanks before leaving campgrounds.

I do sometimes load up the roo or Acadia with firewood but only if I am on a trip to a campground nearby. On out of province trips I do not carry firewood.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:41 AM   #15
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We used to tow what would be OK on paper, near the limits of the tow vehicle. For infrequent, near home trips, flat driving, it really was OK. But every so often, we would go to a campsite in an area that had a lot more hills, and I HATED it. Now, our TV is spec'd well above our needs, and I couldn't be happier.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:04 AM   #16
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Doesn't look the OP's been back since he posted this over a year ago.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:54 AM   #17
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That's OK, rockfordroo. People with similar rigs are posting with real experience that is directly applicable to the OP. This will help many people who may need it.
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:33 PM   #18
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I pulled my Roo19 with my Traverse one season here in the midwest. I was NOT a happy camper. It would run in 4th gear at 3000 rpm at 60 mph on the flat and level. Any slight increase in the incline would drop it into 3rd. It would not let me force it into 5th manually. Didn't feel comfortable in 4th at 3000 rpm. I certainly wasn't going to take it anywhere with real hills.

Bought a Silverado and I'm a LOT happier.
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Old 11-14-2015, 02:48 PM   #19
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yea watch #'s, we checked ours out with a Dakota 4x4 and it lost power and rpms went trough the roof on hills temp went up. went to full size 1500 ram, we are towing a roo 183.

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