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Old 02-23-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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Towing with a 2014 Traverse

Hi everyone, I'm new to this site and this is my first post. We're in the process of buying a new 2014 Roo 233S and plan to tow it with a 2013 Chevy Traverse with towing package and I'll be using an equalizer sway control hitch. Rated towing capacity on the Traverse is 5200, and the dry weight of the Roo is 4600. I know the weight is close to stated capacity, and I understand all the weight adders (water, clothes, food, etc.). I'm just wondering if anyone out there is towing a 233S with a Traverse or GMC Acadia...and what your experience is. Thanks!

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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I towed my 4300 lb Scaled dry weight TT ( not 'published' numbers), with my 4.6 V8 ford F150 and sold that truck ASAP. Personally, I think you will be dissappointed and be eating Tranny's up...

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Old 02-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #3
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I agree with above. I tow with a 99 Silverado with 4.8 and tow package. I can feel it and i don't think a traverse will tow well. It's too close on limit and you will probably run out of payload (carrying ) capacity long before tow capacity. Strongly recommend a different tow vehicle or trailer.

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Old 02-23-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
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I've towed a landscape trailer with about 3,000lbs of bricks with my wife's Acadia, it was strugling pulling up small inclines. Being unibody construction and the small V6 I think you would be very unhappy pulling any farther than a couple miles. I really don't understand how they rated it for 5,000lbs.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
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i don't know of anyone towing that large/heavy of a hybrid, with the Traverse.
my sister has a Traverse, so i'm very familiar with the car.

now, the 5200lbs. towing capacity is rated with ONLY a 150lb. driver in it. anymore(passengers and cargo) in the Traverse, lowers that 5200 number.

i also think the the actual tongue weight of a loaded 233S, will exceed the hitch capacity of the Traverse.
may also exceed the Traverse's payload max, once you add the passengers, cargo and the weight of the Equalizer WDH.

your 4600 number sounds like the UVW yellow sticker weight of the 233S. that's the actual weight when it left the factory, including options.
so, add 40lbs. for the battery and 40lbs. for the propane, now it weighs 4680lbs. before water and cargo. subtract the 100lbs. for the Equalizer and this leave you only 420lbs. for water and cargo in the trailer, IF you only have a 150lb. driver in the Traverse.

bottom line, with a family of four, for example, you'll easily be at or over the Traverse's specs, even if you load conservatively.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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I am towing with a 2011 Traverse which has the same towing capacity as yours. Our TT is a 2014 Palomino Solaire 147x which has a dry weight of 3100. The GCWR is roughly 10500 for the Traverse. I have not yet been to a scale but I estimate the trailer loaded with propane, battery, a little water, bikes, etc. is about 3700# and the TV at 5300-5500# with my stuff, DW,DD and DS.
This puts us at about 9000#. We do fine pulling this but I can' t imagine going any heavier.
I really like the trailer you are looking at but would only consider it with a TV that is much bigger as others have suggested.
If you do decide to go this route however, I would be very interested to see how it goes for you!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:17 PM   #7
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We were looking at the Traverse for towing the 183 which is lighter than the 233s and decided that was a terrible idea and wouldn't work. Quick answer, it's not going to be a good choice. I'm towing a 233s with a 1500 Suburban and can't wait to upgrade my tow vehicle. The 233s GVWR is over 5000lbs.
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I wouldn't try it. We were looking at the Explorer as a new vehicule and wanted the 233S (originally thought the 183)-+. We got the trailer but bought an F150 instead. Even with the F150 with almost 12k towing capacity I know the Roo is back there. I personally would not want to tow it with anything smaller. Expecially a smaller wheel base.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:04 AM   #9
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I tow a 183 with a 04 Envoy. It works good. But that is as big of a trailer I would haul. If I had a 233 I would get a 1/2 ton truck with the larger motor. My buddy has the smaller motor in his GMC and is not happy! Traverse and Envoy are comparable. Remember though, that the Envoy has a truck frame not unibody.

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:14 AM   #10
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Have you signed on the line for the Roo? If not I would possibly take a look at a lighter weight trailer possibly a Pop up might be better suited for the Traverse. another option is an A-Frame.

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