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Old 07-05-2019, 12:03 AM   #1
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Chevy Traverse - Yay or Nay?

Hi, newbie here! I am about to lease a 2019 Chevy Traverse FWD 3.6L Cylinder with a manufacturer installed tow package to tow a Forest River 1970 ESP or 1640 ESP. Is this a safe vehicle to tow this trailer? If not, can you make a recommendation for another that is affordable?

If you own a Traverse can you please tell me the pros and cons?

Thank you so much!
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:03 AM   #2
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IF the Traverse has the factory tow package, it should have no problem towing either of those popups.
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Don't have a Traverse but just bought a 2016 Acadia. The only difference between mine and yours is the tow rating was changed on them for the 2017 models. Mine can tow up to 5200 pounds and the newer ones were dropped to 4000 pounds. We just finished our 1st trip of the year and the acadia towed my 2318g with no problem. No problem going up and down hills. You should have no problem with yours.
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I HAD a traverse never again traded in for a Tundra
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:45 PM   #5
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My wife has a 2009 Traverse. Has over 150,000 miles on it. Very reliable. Only expense has been oil changes, tires. She luvs it. Not used for towing however.
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Consumer's Report(auto edition) gives it a 65 for overall score which is sort of low. However, they gave it a road-test score of 95! The Forester and Ascent are 90/85 and the Boxer is 90. Most SUV's are a lot lower.
It mentions the collision warning and emergency braking available only on higher trim models.

I've been looking for a new car myself.
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Isn't the Traverse front wheel drive?
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Isn't the Traverse front wheel drive?
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Yessir!
That alone would keep me from towing much with it. That's just me.
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You need to verify the actual payload on the door sticker of the vehicle you are looking at and compare that number to the hitch weight and contents you would be hauling, and the consider the possible change of upgrading your camping unit in the future (most do quickly) they say but your second camper first for a reason.
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Isn't the Traverse front wheel drive?
Some are, and some are all wheel drive. I think starting in 2017 they were redesigned and you can switch from 2 wheel to all wheel drive. My 2016 Acadia is all wheel drive all the time.
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Some are, and some are all wheel drive. I think starting in 2017 they were redesigned and you can switch from 2 wheel to all wheel drive. My 2016 Acadia is all wheel drive all the time.
^^^^^This
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Isn't the Traverse front wheel drive?
Two of our camping buddies towed with the Traverse. Both towing small 19' TT. One was all-wheel drive, the other front wheel drive. We laughed at the front wheel drive when trying to go up a small gravel incline in the campground. He would almost get to the top and then he'd be spinning his wheels. He was lucky to be able to control it enough to get back down the hill.
The Traverse with all-wheel drive had no problem going up the same incline. My point is that all-wheel drive would be my choice as a tow vehicle if you aren't going to tow with a truck.
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We are towing a wildwood 17XL @ 4000 #. We have no issues pulling up the highway @ 60mph. We live in Northeast NY and pulling the trailer through the Adirondacks has not been an issue.
2018 with the tow package. It's 2wd, AWD, and has a selection for towing.
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Some are, and some are all wheel drive. I think starting in 2017 they were redesigned and you can switch from 2 wheel to all wheel drive. My 2016 Acadia is all wheel drive all the time.
X2.

You should do OK with a popup. I wouldn't pull a hard side unless it was one axle. Pulled my Roo 19 with a 2011 and was NOT a happy camper. A Traverse is NOT a truck.

And you'll do better with AWD.
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I HAD a traverse never again traded in for a Tundra
I think that statement is a non sequitur.
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Hi, newbie here! I am about to lease a 2019 Chevy Traverse FWD 3.6L Cylinder with a manufacturer installed tow package to tow a Forest River 1970 ESP or 1640 ESP. Is this a safe vehicle to tow this trailer? If not, can you make a recommendation for another that is affordable?

If you own a Traverse can you please tell me the pros and cons?

Thank you so much!
We have the 2010 Chevy Traverse AWD with the factory installed towing package, it is capable of a 5200lb towing capacity has a total Combined max GCWR of 10500lbs. We have been pulling a 2010 TT Rockwood Roo 19 (dry weight of 3,170lbs ) for over 2 years now and have a WDH with sway bar and use a Prodigy P3 Tekonsha Brake controller. Fully loaded vehicle with three passengers we sit near the top end of my Combined GCWR at 10490lbs, trailer loaded is at 4400lbs of this, weighed this at the CAT scales, would recommend doing this to anyone, just for piece of mind. The Traverse handles well under all road conditions we have encountered. The only issue we found was in the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada last year. There was a few areas where we could not maintain the posted speed 90kph (55 mph) (the engine would have overheated) so we slowed to about 70kph (45 mph) in those areas. Other than that expect a significant decrease in fuel milage (we found premium fuel did increase the mileage of the Traverse enough to justify the price difference), but your pop-up will probably fair much better than our big box TT!

BTW other vehicles we considered (still are) was the Dodge Durango with the V8 Hemi SUV AWD and the Nissan Armada (8500lb towing capacity, heard it is real bad on fuel however!)

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We have the 2010 Chevy Traverse AWD with the factory installed towing package, it is capable of a 5200lb towing capacity has a total Combined max GCWR of 10500lbs. We have been pulling a 2010 TT Rockwood Roo 19 (dry weight of 3,170lbs ) for over 2 years now and have a WDH with sway bar and use a Prodigy P3 Tekonsha Brake controller. Fully loaded vehicle with three passengers we sit near the top end of my Combined GCWR at 10490lbs, trailer loaded is at 4400lbs of this, weighed this at the CAT scales, would recommend doing this to anyone, just for piece of mind. The Traverse handles well under all road conditions we have encountered. The only issue we found was in the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada last year. There was a few areas where we could not maintain the posted speed 90kph (55 mph) (the engine would have overheated) so we slowed to about 70kph (45 mph) in those areas. Other than that expect a significant decrease in fuel milage (we found premium fuel did increase the mileage of the Traverse enough to justify the price difference), but your pop-up will probably fair much better than our big box TT!

BTW other vehicles we considered (still are) was the Dodge Durango with the V8 Hemi SUV AWD and the Nissan Armada (8500lb towing capacity, heard it is real bad on fuel however!)

Hope this helps
A very well thought out, reasoned, informative answer to the OPs question!

Im sure they appreciate it!

BTW, even my diesel truck has to slow in the mountains to keep from overheating it. Gravity is a TOUGH Taskmaster!
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Hi, newbie here! I am about to lease a 2019 Chevy Traverse FWD 3.6L Cylinder with a manufacturer installed tow package to tow a Forest River 1970 ESP or 1640 ESP. Is this a safe vehicle to tow this trailer? If not, can you make a recommendation for another that is affordable?

If you own a Traverse can you please tell me the pros and cons?

Thank you so much!
Really really be sure to check the fine print about towing ANYTHING with a leased vehicle!!!!

Just sayiní
I know you said it has a factory tow package, but when it was on the assembly line......no one knew it would be a leased vehicle.
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i have a 2011 GMC Acadia. It is AWD, other than that has the same engine and transmission as you're Traverse. It tows just fine my 2011 Forest River HW 277 which I believe is rated at 3800 pounds loaded. Along with the trailer we had a total of five adults ranging from 150 lbs to 225 lbs and all their stuff.
The warning from me, assuming you know the weight of the trailer is within the towing capacity listing for your Traverse, is get the Prodigy 2 Brake Controller and the specific pigtail for your vehicle.
You have a tow package, but unless you install the brake controller, you will not have brake application to the trailer. I was just in the rockies without the controller and had severe brake overheating and brake fade. Had to pull over for an hour to let them cool. As soon as we got to where we were going I found a Camping World and bought the controller and pig tail. About $150.00 but well worth it.
Lastly, if you have the tow/haul button use it. It will hold shifts longer and maintain gears longer, keeping trans temperatures down.

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