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Old 12-11-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Trailer to be towed with an Acadia


First time posting here. We recently purchased a GMC Acadia with a tow package rated up to 5,200LBS. Just wondering what size trailers RV'ers have purchased for towing with this type of vehicle. Thanks, Richard

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Old 12-11-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Richard. I can't answer your question, but I'm sure some suggestions will be posted shortly. How many people do you want/need to sleep in it?

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Old 12-11-2014, 04:07 PM   #3
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Greetings. You will want to consider the SLX line of trailers (single axle), some of the Hybrids, and the Jay Feather lines. You won't want to max out your tow vehicle at 5200lbs either. There are a couple nice bunk house models in these lines that will sleep 4-6 people and keep total trailer weight at or below 3500lbs.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:56 PM   #4
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We just bought a 2015 GMC Acadia Denali and plan on towing our 2014 Jayco X17Z with it. We were previously towing it w/ our 2011 Mazda CX-9 that only had a capacity to tow 3,500 lbs. so I'm hoping the Acadia has an easier time.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:02 PM   #5
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IMOP, I would choose a trailer that is half of your tow rating. 2600lbs would be the max I would go. This number would include all your stuff in the trailer, water, food, clothes, dishes, etc...
I think they over rate the tow ratings. Sure it may tow 5200lbs but you won't feel comfortable doing it. Also pay attention to the weight capacity/payload for the vehicle you also don't want to exceed that as well.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:41 PM   #6
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I tow a Swift 184BH with my Xterra and it is rated to 5000 lbs. As suggested make sure that you have enough head room for gear and stuff with the trailer you pick. The last thing you want to do is get a trailer that is 5000, which would not give you much room for cargo.

Somebody once told me to have at a minimum of 1000 lbs available, so in your case that would be a max of 4200 lbs.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:22 AM   #7
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The rated towing weight isn't the whole story. Look at the yellow sticker on the driver's door jamb. It will tell you the Front/Rear GAWR, then visit a CAT Scale and get the actual axle weights (full of fuel and your camping load of people). Subtract the rear axle weight from the Rear GAWR. This is the amount of cargo you can add to the rear axle. A WDH will weigh 50-80#. What remains is how much cargo (camping stuff) you can add in the back of the Acadia and what the max tongue weight can be. The tongue should be about 15% of the trailer weight. So, if MTW is Max Tongue Weight.
MTW/0.15 will be an estimate of the max your trailer can weigh. The max trailer weight will be the weight of the trailer from its yellow sticker PLUS the gear, water, etc that you load into the trailer.

I expect you will max the rear axle before the trailer reaches your 5200# point.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:58 AM   #8
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As already mentioned with the posts, that towing amount has to include all the weight the vehicle will be pulling. In simpler terms, your towing weight of 5200 pounds has to take into consideration the passengers that will be in the vehicle, any and all additional camping gear (clothes, toys, bikes, etc) that you also take along....it all adds up quick. If the trailer your going to pull is rated at 3200 pounds, that gives you 2000 pounds remaining for passengers, and additional gear you may take along. Sounds like the featherlights are a good choice for your vehicle.

I have a Ford Ranger 4x4 that has a 7000 pound GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating). After subtracting the weight of the truck itself, I have a "towing weight" of around 4800 pounds. This remaining weight has to include passengers, gear, and the trailer itself. And don't forget the tongue weight as well.

Here's a good link to read up on to understand all this towing "stuff":

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Richard, welcome to the group, I have a 2010 Saturn Outlook, same as your Acadia and we tow a Jay Feather 228 without issue. I did install an extra oil and tranny cooler to keep everything cool. The 228 has been discontinued but came in around 4200 lbs. Your trailer will be a reflection of your needs, I have 2 young children, 2 dogs and my wife and myself, wife wanted bunks for the kids, so that what pushed us toward our 228. Use the guide posted in the previous reply to get an idea, then hit up a dealership and Jayco.com to do some research. Just make sure you are comfortable with your trailer, you will want to use it and love it, not regret your purchase due to weight restrictions. Good luck and keep us informed.
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I had the same question with my liberty. In the owners manual it had 2 ratings, one was weight and the 2nd was frontal area of trailer which reflects drag. I bought the 184bh which we are very happy with and came close to weight. Good luck. Any camper will be a blast but make sure your safe doing it.

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