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Towing capabilities of Chevrolet Traverse

I am planning on purchasing a Chevrolet Traverse AWD in the upcoming future and intend on towing a travel trailer for extended trips. Since I know very little about the subject, I am wondering if a Surveyor SP275 trailer, which lists its unloaded vehicle weight at 3,985 lbs and Dry Hitch Weight as 418 lbs., is too heavy for the Traverse tom pull? I understand that the Traverse can haul up to 5,200 lbs and I would like to know what I need to consider in my calculations of weight being pulled to ensure safe traveling? Should the calculation include the weight of the driver/passenger also?

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Re: Towing capabilities of Chevy Traverse

Take a look at this thread:

http://www.traverseforum.com/index.php?topic=1327.0

I tow heavier than what you describe in your post. No problem.

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Should the calculation include the weight of the driver/passenger also?
The weight calculation should include the tow vehicle, everything in the tow vehicle and the trailer
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Re: Towing capabilities of Chevy Traverse

Just make sure that the Traverse you purchase has the factory tow package on it. That is the only way to obtain the 5200# tow rating.

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Just make sure that the Traverse you purchase has the factory tow package on it. That is the only way to obtain the 5200# tow rating.
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You will also need the following equipment if you don't already have it:

1. Weight distribution bars, 10,000lbs rating, just to make sure you have enough leverage.

2. A good quality electric brake controller like the Prodigy P2, very easy to install, there is a "how-to" for this

3. Tow mirrors. So far, the best set I've seen available for the Traverse are the Reese Tow Power Mirrors with 'fish eye'. You can get them at Wal-Mart for about $25 each.


I just looked at the specs of your trailer. That is a nice unit. I can't believe the unloaded weight vs the GVWR, over 3,000lbs of cargo capacity!! You will have to be careful not to over load. My trailer is 4,250lbs as it left the factory with full propane cylinders and battery. My GVWR is 5500lbs, but I will not load it up that much. I never travel with water in the holding tanks.

Again, nice unit, I think you will be ok, just remember the Traverse is not on par with any diesel pickup truck, but it does a great job towing my unit. For your reference, my unit is a 2010 Jayco 213 EXP.

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Take a look at this thread:

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I tow heavier than what you describe in your post. No problem.
Thanks for the link, Quantum. Nice to hear of one person's direct experience. We tow a 25 foot Airstream (4850 lbs dry) and are looking to trade our '01 Yukon for a Traverse. (I have a broker searching for one in the USA right now...don't like the local prices for used models, but that's another story).

Andy Thomson (Can-Am) will do the hitch work for me. He has a number of customers successfully towing with a lamda vehicle and recommends this platform. It sounds like your towing performance isn't all that different than my 2001 Yukon with the 5.3L push-rod engine. I'm a little tired of the Yukon's 12/16MPG....and looking forward to the Traverse even if it is a base LS model.

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Just make sure that the Traverse you purchase has the factory tow package on it. That is the only way to obtain the 5200# tow rating.
If you're buying new, Chevy's tow package is a great bargain...definitely get the tow package....but it's not essential. My problem is that I'm having trouble finding a used base model with a tow package and may have to settle for one without and add what I need aftermarket.

The tow package includes heavy duty oil cooler and tranny cooler, tow-haul mode switch, wiring harness and separate fuse panel for the trailer brakes and a class IV hitch.

With the exception of the heavy duty oil cooler and tow-haul mode switch, all of these things can be added aftermarket without too much trouble, though it is more expensive. The oil cooler is important for towing in hot climates like Texas, by not essential up here in Canada. And the tow-haul mode switch is nice to have but not essential. I have one on my '01 Yukon and it makes little different whether I use TH or just leave the truck in 3rd gear where it wants to be most of the time anyway.

Anyway, there are always options...



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If you're buying new, Chevy's tow package is a great bargain...definitely get the tow package....but it's not essential.
Actually it is essential. Even if you think you could tow more without the factory tow package, aftermarket trailering packages are only approved for 2000 lbs. So if you add it after the fact and tow more than 2000 lbs, if something goes wrong, it definitely wouldn't be covered under warranty. The factory package includes adjustments to the transmission (i.e. it shifts at different RPMs) that will protect your vehicle from premature wear and tear.
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Gary, I would REALLY recommend that you find one with a tow package. Even if that means you have to shop in the higher trim levels. The money you will spend up front to get one with a tow package, compared to what you will have to pay, to get it done aftermarket, it may be a wash.

Even here in Canada (where I live too), I would not tow without a transmission cooler. Our 28*C and up days, are usually the days that we are heading out to the campground because its hot out! You will want to guarantee the life of you transmission, especially towing at close to the maximum tow rating.

The Traverse is a passanger vehicle first, and a tow vehicle second. It can handle towing just fine, as long as it has ALL the required essential equipment.

Even if you can't find one with a tow package, be sure to install an aftermarket transmission cooler, one way or another. It is a transmission life saver.

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