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Hey guys, just picked up a 2011 traverse LT 2wd. I also have a 2500hd to pull the boat if needed but the traverse will get way better fuel economy and be more comfortable in those longer drives to the lake. So I have never used a 2wd fwd vehicle to launch a boat before. I am thinking that at 80 percent of the accesses I go to I will be ok. I'm concerned about a access that has a step grade or a drop off to it in the water that I can't see. I assume if it's a gravel access not to even try it. I'm just looking for some advice and words of wisdom from some other guys that have done the same. My boat is a 18ft boat 3000lbs loaded up. I don't wanna be that guy at the access! Thanks for your help
 

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It all depend what kind of surface the ramp is made of. Sometimes concrete ribbed surface give the best traction. Gravel unless it is hard packed and small slope will be okay but freshly added gravel is a no no. Learned the hard way with the Uplander. Got stuck to the point that the front wheels were half stuck in that crap. Needed my son Ford F150 to get me out and my trailer/ boat combo was less than 1200 lbs. The slope angle plays a big part of can I do it or not. Never pulled the boat with the Traverse but done it a lot with the van.
 

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I was also thinking of getting a set of really aggressive all terrains for the front of it, like the Cooper at3s or nitto grapplers or something.
 

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Personnally I dont think it will make much difference. Lots of weight will be at the back to pull up the ramp and very light weight on the front wheels. Since your trailer combo is over 3000 lbs the risk is very evident on a soft gravel surface. All depend on what surface you will encounter. If you plan to go on a soft ground just take the pick up truck. My boat is very light because I only use a l5 foot Zodiac as my boat because the water is very rough where I cruise and I feel unsafe on a regular boat. Good luck.
 

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.. I'm just looking for some advice and words of wisdom ...
I backed my 2wd Traverse down a wet grooved boat ramp to load some dive gear & tanks (NO BOAT!!). I'd guess maybe a 12-15 % slope on the ramp and the front wheels spun badly with both traction control on and off. A 3000lb boat is just a Youtube video waiting to happen.
 

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I have seen this video. The boat brought the truck in the water!!
 

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Do you think if you had good aggressive all terrains and didn't just slam on the gas and actually easied onto it you would be ok?

.. I'm just looking for some advice and words of wisdom ...
I backed my 2wd Traverse down a wet grooved boat ramp to load some dive gear & tanks (NO BOAT!!). I'd guess maybe a 12-15 % slope on the ramp and the front wheels spun badly with both traction control on and off. A 3000lb boat is just a Youtube video waiting to happen.
 

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I have been in severals places where it was not a big problem to pull the boat out of the water but on some occasion I was terrified because I was loosing traction on the sligtest gravel patches. Not enough weight on the front wheels and my tires were new all season. With over 3000 lbs to pull on a wet ramp it is a chance to try it but be prepare for the worst. AWD is the way to go. We have a fishing tournament here every summer and over 150 vehicles with big bass boats. Most if not all are driving pick up truck and one has a Acadia AWD sponsored by a fishing company. Even with agressive tires it can be a challenge I think.
 

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I don't think you will get better gas mileage on the Traverse pulling a boat at all. I have both a truck and a boat. Not saying the traverse will not be able to tow a boat, better gas mileage would be a no. I don't know the grade for our ramps, but our traverse handles my sea ray 18' no problem. Our ramps are paved and concrete in the water.

Our Traverse is a FWD.
 

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Do you think if you had good aggressive all terrains and didn't just slam on the gas and actually easied onto it you would be ok?
In my experience and exactly as @Capucine described,,,the several hundred pounds of trailer tongue(trunk load) weight is ACTUALLY lifting the front weight off the tires. It dramatically loosens traction also because the vehicle's center of gravity is so far back now.



If you wanted to test it, you could always load up a couple of hundred pounds of weight {gear, blocks, rubbermaid water tub, etc} into the rear of the Traverse and test it on the wet boat ramp. Even some industrial parks have warehouse ramps you could test on a sunday when closed. Make sure it's wet because that's the biggest traction problem on boat ramps. Just my experience when the tires spin,,,but it's only one wheel spinning as traction breaks loose not both wheels spinning. So it's like only using 1 wheel out of 4 to pull up the ramp. I miss the good old days of rear end 'posi-trak' . Many of today's cars 'traction control' is nothing more than the ABS firing to control a wheel(s) and slow it down.
 

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I don't think you will get better gas mileage on the Traverse pulling a boat at all.

Our Traverse is a FWD.
I get 10 mpg with my 3/4 truck. I think that 80 percent of the lakes I go to will be just fine. I will try it out next weekend when I pick my boat up at a paved step lake by my house, I will have the wife bring the truck and a chain just in case!
 

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I don’t have any experience launching a boat but with all those variables everyone is presenting, I would say no lol. Also too, I have a 2011 LT myself which didn’t have the tow package, does yours have it? I did the tow package conversion to mine.
 
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