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Old 10-03-2016, 11:41 AM   #11
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It looks like you've got some pretty serious tongue weight going on there what with the propane, battery, and bicycles. The Traverse doesn't squat too much? Do you use an equalizer hitch?
Tongue weight with bikes and 2*3/4 full tanks is 680 lbs or 14.85% of the loaded 4580 lbs. Gross Trailer Weight. Right on the money IMO. These are real CAT scale results. Note that 10-15 is considered a safe range, you can go over that if you stay within the carrying capacity of your hitch and your TV GAWR. I still have 400 lbs. CCC left in the TT, so I can always move gear to the rear, or load more in the rear, to counteract. Most of the storage in the 19H is biased to the front though.

Does the Traverse squat? Not much. The photo shows it fully loaded just before leaving for a 2 week excursion. About as heavy as we ever haul. Yes I use a WDH (simple Husky Round Bar 600-800lb bars). With the bars disengaged, I squat about 1.5-2". It took a bit of adjusting and a couple of trips to the CATs to get the WDH dialled in where I want it (the dealership was useless at setting up) but it now tows level and distributes the weight well. No problem moving the drive wheels back to proper clearance.

Note that I really like the current generation of Traverse as a tow vehicle. With over 3/4 ton of payload capacity, it is a pretty good hauler. I was sad to see the new GMC Acadia dropping down by 1200 lbs in tow rating. This will apparently be the platform for next year's Traverse.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:47 AM   #12
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One quick note regarding Dewey's calculation. The weight would have to be all over the tongue for the calculation to be accurate. If you look at where these racks attach over the A-Frame behind the tanks, you are about 1/3 of the way back between the hitch and the axle. So about 2/3 of the weight goes to the hitch, 1/3 to the axle. There are additional torque factors to take into account as the bikes cantilever out (the CG is not over the point load), but the point is that the weight is not 100% on the hitch.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:09 AM   #13
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Glad to hear the Traverse does so well. I pulled mine behind a Hyundai Santa Fe for a while and I never liked it. The Santa Fe squatted down and a WDH was not allowed. I used to put the battery and propane into a second vehicle to lessen the hitch weight and I still felt like the whole back of the Santa Fe was going to fall off even though I was within its limits.
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