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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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how will the acadia do towing a yamaha boat that ways 3200 pounds?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 10:02 PM
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Re: towing a boat

It should do just fine. I pull my Skeeter SL176 Fish and Ski behind the Acadia all the time. It is around the same weight.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 06:23 AM
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Should not be any problem at all as you are below the GVWR for any model of the Acadia. I have used my AWD to tow up to 5000 and it performed well on highways. Your gas mileage will take a dive though - pulling 4000 lbs 800 miles dropped me to about 14 mph.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-20-2008, 10:18 AM
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Hey there,
I just towed a 2200 lb boat from ATL to Key West Florida with out any issues at all. That is over 956 milles in one day. Engine temp stayed level, tranmision did fine. The only thing I did was manualy shift to keep her in 6th while towing at 67 MPH.
O yea, this is an SLE model and I but the aftermarket hitch on myself.
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Hey good to hear...so did you mean you manually shifted to keep it in 5th? I just put an after market hitch and harness on mine too and hopefully it will do just as good pulling our 2500 lb boat.

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Re: towing a boat

So your Acadia can keep the desired torque on 6th gear while pulling a 2200 lbs boat ?
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-21-2008, 10:58 AM
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Re: towing a boat

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how will the acadia do towing a yamaha boat that ways 3200 pounds?
I am curious which Yamaha boat you will be towing. I currently have a fairly light Maxum 1800SR and was thinking about getting a much heavier Yamaha AR210. The only thing holding me back is my concern that I will be geting really close to the max towing capacity of the Acadia. If you, or any other readers have towed one of these let me know what the outcome was.

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Re: towing a boat

Has anyone towed after getting the new transmission calibration? It doesn't look like normal driving is causing much difference with gas mileage. I wonder if towing causes it to be worse. We towed our boat to the marina the other day (no transmission updates) and the gas mileage went down about 2 gallons per mile. We only get about 13-14 city driving and it went down to 11...YIKES (we have almost 5,000 miles on it).

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 03:47 PM
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To answer your questions about shifting, I was able to keep the Acadia at 67 mph in 6th gear at about 1900 RPM's. I took pictures with my Camera phone to prove it.... . If I went above 67mph or up a hile I would **** into 5th or 4th depending on the slope. I was really hoping for better gas milleage, but towing somthing that large at those speeds what else could you expect. I would imagin if you towed at 60 mph you would be able to get about 13 to 14 mpg out of the Acadia. I hope this helps, and as far as the transmission converter I say heck no. unless you are planning on halling the boat every day. JUst my oppinion.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-22-2008, 06:04 PM
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Just got back from the lake for the weekend. I hauled my Skeeter fish and ski that weighs around 2200 lbs. The trip is around 400 miles round trip. I managed to get 16 mpg at 65mph. I was impressed. I had to keep the transmission locked in 5th gear if I got above 65 but it would stay in 6th as long as the road was level if I stayed at 65.

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