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We have a 2016 Traverse LT 1 without the V 92 towing package and a 2000 lb towing capacity. Dealer insists it can be upgraded to tow 5200 lbs (as promised before the sale) without effecting the factory warranty. This subject gets even more complicated in 2017 when all models except the LS are rated at 5200 lbs. My question is, how can the 2016 rated at 2000 lbs, non-V 92 tow package magically become able to tow 5200 lbs with only an added hitch? Not any real clear answers found from the dealership or GM, only more questions???? .....Help.....
 

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The short answer is that with the addition of only a hitch it can't. The most significant addition in the factory package is the inclusion of extra cooling capacity by way of different radiator with a larger internal transmission cooler. The dealer is simply telling you what he thinks is what you want to hear. Maybe his shop will warranty a related later failure when you tow heavier than 2000 pound loads, but unless you get that in writing, I wouldn't count on it.

You can always add an external transmission cooler to help the issue, but if you're really going to do much towing you may want all the items from the factory package which include a mode switch to change the transmission and alternator programming and an alternate fuse panel for the wiring as well as some minor suspension changes.
 

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I wouldn't tow anything thong heavier than 2k. We have the tow package on our 09 and I pull a 3500-4000 lb camper. Our traverse tows it just fine.

I agree with getting some kind of written signed statement saying you'll be good with the hitch install and towing 5200.

Your traverse should be able to tow 5200 but the trans will more than likely break, or the motor overheats.

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Mark:

PM me your email address and I'll send you all kinds of info and pics on adding the tow package. You can probably do it cheaper and better than the dealer will. The only thing really related to the 5200 lb capacity is the cooling. Everything else is just electrical stuff.

So far as I'm aware, unless you have "V92" on the RPO sticker in your glove box, GM will not warrant it for over 2000 lbs. So it your choice what you want to do.
 

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Can't speak for the '17, but in my '12 Chev added additional frame bracing for the towing package as well. The bracing can be seen by dropping the spare, and is not seen on models without towing. This bracing might be included with an OEM hitch, aftermarket??
 

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Can't speak for the '17, but in my '12 Chev added additional frame bracing for the towing package as well. The bracing can be seen by dropping the spare, and is not seen on models without towing. This bracing might be included with an OEM hitch, aftermarket??
Not that I'm skeptical, but you're the first person in 5 years to ever say that. I'd like to see a pic of this bracing. Given that all wiring, and now even fuse & relay box, are identical, I find it hard to believe that they would have different bracing.
 

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Not that I'm skeptical, but you're the first person in 5 years to ever say that. I'd like to see a pic of this bracing. Given that all wiring, and now even fuse & relay box, are identical, I find it hard to believe that they would have different bracing.
It's not a different frame. I suspect that they found the frame to be deficient and added these bolt on stiffeners to the towing package. This issue may very well have been taken care of in the refresh that came after I bought mine. I didn't know about them until it was pointed out in a post here on Traverse forum (along with pictures) probably back in '13 sometime.
 

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It's not a different frame. I suspect that they found the frame to be deficient and added these bolt on stiffeners to the towing package. This issue may very well have been taken care of in the refresh that came after I bought mine. I didn't know about them until it was pointed out in a post here on Traverse forum (along with pictures) probably back in '13 sometime.
Hmm. I searched the Towing section for "frame," stiffener," "brace," "bracing," etc. and nothing came up. Guess I'll be looking under my 2017 when it dries out around here.

I never noticed any stiffeners on my 2011, but I wasn't really looking, either.
 

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my 2010 with the V92 package...
where would the bracing be?







 

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Just to mention I just bought a new 2017 base LS model that came with the full 5200 lbs trailer package. The wiring connector for the brake controller was included and I bought a Tekonsha Primus brake controller that the dealer installed free of charge before I took possession of my new vehicle. We have a 20 ft Rockwood Mini Lite trailer weighting 3500 lbs to tow.
The 5200 lbs trailer package is avaliable on any models of the line.
 

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I am looking at a 2017 with the tow equip.. How is yours doing with your 20 ft camper. Mine is 19' and 3500 lbs. Not sure about towing with a Traverse. Want to read opinions 1st.
 

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Hi guys. I just purchased a 2015 Traverse without the tow package. What's everyones thoughts if I add a hitch, transmission cooler and oil cooler. Do you think it will handle a 6x12 utility trailer and my 2015 Ranger 6x6. Together I'm guessing around 32 20180930_120840_1564491504814.jpg 00 pounds. This would be the heaviest I'd be towing. Top speed would be 55 mph. to take it to my Polaris dealer 45 min. away.
 

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If your towing capacity is 2000 pounds, adding only the hitch will give you the 2,000 pounds. The factory tow package add cooling for the engine, transmission, wiring, etc, etc.

My grand Cherokee came with the factory tow pkg that raise the capability from 2500 to 6200 pounds. There is a big difference in the rear suspension also.
 

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Hi guys. I just purchased a 2015 Traverse without the tow package. What's everyones thoughts if I add a hitch, transmission cooler and oil cooler. Do you think it will handle a 6x12 utility trailer and my 2015 Ranger 6x6. Together I'm guessing around 32 View attachment 7495 00 pounds. This would be the heaviest I'd be towing. Top speed would be 55 mph. to take it to my Polaris dealer 45 min. away.
You'll probably do OK. I pulled a Rockwood Roo 19 hybrid, about 4100 lbs loaded and wasn't happy. BUT I was pulling an 8 x 8 ft sail through the air. Your setup doesn't look like it would be doing that.

If you PM your email address, I can send you a bunch of info on adding the factory towing equipment.

Note that GM won't warrant it to 5200 lbs, but so what?
 
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