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post #1 of 95 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Straight up - what's my towing capacity?

Hey all - I have an 07 Acadia SLT FWD. It doesn't have (as far as I know) any factory towing options. However, I have a jet-ski on a trailer, plus I occasionally get a UHaul trailer. So I bought an aftermarket hitch and installed it myself. Itself, the hitch is rated at something very hight like 4500lbs - althought I know it's the vehile that really matters. This hitch bolted perfectly into the factory female threaded holes in the frame. Jet-ski trailers and uhauls have been no problem.

But I want to buy a camper/travel trailer. So without that "towing package", but while I still have the hitch noted above - any ideas on what weight range trailer/camper I should consider? My wife wants the security of a hard-sided camper, so soft-sided (and light weight) pop-ups are out.
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post #2 of 95 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 06:03 AM
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Re: Straight up - what's my towing capacity?

The Acadia without the towing package is rated at 2000 lbs.

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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

As per the manual and as stated by GAR, it's 2000lbs. But, you have the same engine, same frame and all. Just not the module to control the trans which can be accomplished manually with the +/- button on the shifter. You will probably also be missing the higher capacity cooling, but if you watch the temp and don't go overboard on the trailer, i personally don't see a problem.

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post #4 of 95 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 05:41 PM
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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

I agree with JLF as long as you dont push the drive train too hard and watch your water temperature you should be okay with 4500 lbs. The only differences are the tow/haul mode and the bigger radiator. The transmission problem can be solved by manually selecting your gears so that only leaves the radiator. You might find a company that rents a trailer like you want to buy or at least in the same weight range and give it a test go before you buy, that way you wont end up buying something that you cant tow.

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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

I agree that technically it shouldn't be a big problem. Legally; however, I wouldn't do it. If you are in an accident the other side will start with "so you were towing a 4500 pound trailer with a vehicle rated to pull 2000 pounds!". Not much defense on that point, so make sure you have lots of insurance.

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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

Since the main difference between the two vehicles is the radiator I would have to assume that if you change the radiator then your tow rating legally would become 4500lbs. The radiator would cost, what maybe 300 dollars??

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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

They are higher than that. I looked on Rockauto.com and they had no listing. The only place I could find a listing was GM Parts Direct, and you have to keep in mind they have very low item prices and outrageous shipping prices, plus it takes a while to get anything. It was $402 there for the part & $88 ground shipping - and I'm only 2 states away! List is $644.20.

The GM package price of $425 retail is a real deal, you also get a hitch.

BTW, HD radiator is PN 15226650.


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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

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The GM package price of $425 retail is a real deal, you also get a hitch.
This is true. To anyone ordering new. Get the tow package!! After reading everything about the towing on this forum, even though I've never towed, and don't currently plan on towing, I wish I had purchased the towing package. It's just a great value and can't hurt resale either.

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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

Actually the towing package can hurt resale. If you have the tow package and acutually tow anything with the Acadia the driveline of the car would be more stressed than if you did not tow. Most of the time when you trade in or sale a vehicle with a towing package a smart buyer will ask if you have towed anything with the vehicle. A smart buyer would be leery about buying a vehicle used for towing very often versus one that was not used for towing.

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Re: Straight up - what's my towning capacity?

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Actually the towing package can hurt resale. If you have the tow package and actually tow anything with the Acadia the driveline of the car would be more stressed than if you did not tow. Most of the time when you trade in or sale a vehicle with a towing package a smart buyer will ask if you have towed anything with the vehicle. A smart buyer would be leery about buying a vehicle used for towing very often versus one that was not used for towing.
That's assuming you have a smart buyer. I'm not sure they are making them anymore . If you tell them you bought it for the HD cooling equipment, this would usually suffice. I'd be more prone to buy one with the package than without based on my knowledge of how GM builds vehicles.

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