New member here.
I've been pouring over the forum and there seems to be a large difference of opinion in towing experiences with the Acadia. Some have pulled at max towing and basically said "no problem," whereas others are of the opinion "absolutely not." Hence my quest for more feedback/knowledge.
My wife and I would like to purchase a 2017 Jayco Jay Feather 7 23RD. The particular model on the lot comes in at 4,350 lbs dry weight. It is 7' wide and ~28' long. TV would be a 2014 GMC Acadia FWD w/ factory tow package.
I am not terribly concerned about loaded weight, because we travel relatively light, and I would also never drive with fluids in the tanks. However, I am somewhat concerned about the length of the trailer, along with towing close to max GCVW.
GCVW is 10,250 lbs for the 2014 Acadia FWD (not sure why the AWD's is 10,450 lbs, seems counterintuitive, but so be it). Weights would be the following:
Total weight before cargo: 9,586 lbs
- Acadia: 4,656 lbs curb weight
- Jayco 23RD (dry): 4,350 lbs
- Weight-distributing hitch: ~80 lbs (?)
- Two Passengers: ~400 lbs
- Big Dog: 100 lbs
This would leave me with ~664 lbs for cargo and maybe SOME fluids. I believe this to be a very manageable cargo restriction, and one that we assuredly would come in well under.
With just the wife, dog, and I, most of the cargo would be loaded in the Acadia itself. So with curb weight, passengers, and say 200 lbs of cargo, that's 5,356 lbs in the Acadia. Ballpark for the Jayco would be the dry weight plus 150 lbs after propane, some cargo, etc. for 4,500 lbs. That gives me a TT to TV distribution of ~84%.
However, this setup basically has me either just below or at max towing and GCVW for the Acadia. Also, I would be somewhat concerned about the 28' length and if sway would be an issue, or, would the 7' wide frame help to mitigate the length?
Main towing would be done in Michigan and the Midwest, which is all relatively flat, but wouldn't rule out potential trips to Florida where mountains would need to be tackled.
A couple caveats: I am not terribly concerned about wear on the vehicle because I've only owned it two years and plan on keeping it for at least 10. Resale value isn't really a consideration here. Of course I would anticipate extra trans flushes/fluids, brakes, tires, etc. and if the tranny blows, so be it, I'll grab a Jasper reman and throw it in.
So essentially, I know the Acadia will tow this load - but will it tow it safely?
Any and all feedback is appreciated.