Well gang, didn't need to use the roof top carrier as the Traverse had enough room to carry all our stuff.
We pulled a jet ski and with 4 adults and a full load, we put the traverse to the test through the mountains.
Pulling the ski on open prairie was nice and easy. When we got to the mountains it was a little bit different.
The 9 speed transmission means a ton of shifts when going up hill and I felt the traverse struggled a bit more than my previous ride (2006 Acura MDX). We frequently hit 4K rpm to get up some of the hills so it felt like the traverse was struggling. Perhaps it was just the fact we were loaded and pulling an extra 1200lbs.
Now coming down the inclines the Traverse shined. Slip it into L and change as needed to help with the speed control. This meant much less use of the brakes and therefore, no brake issues.
In hindsight, I probably should have used L for the uphill struggle as well. But I found I would forget and find myself forgetting it in #7, for example, and end up in higher Rpms on the flat stuff. I will practice that next time thru the mountains.
Thanks for all your input guys.
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