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Old 01-16-2015, 12:23 PM   #1
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flat tow setup?

We are newbies! Have a 2015 Redhawk 31xl and need advice on setting up our 2014 GMC Acadia for flat towing. What are the best tow bars and does anybody have advice on braking systems? I will be traveling with our 4 children ages 15,14,12 & 9 from Maryland to Colorado, Wyoming, & Montana for 6-8 weeks during the summer and the majority of the time my husband will be at home working.
I would like to be able to hook and unhook the toad the easiest way possible.

We live in Maryland so if anybody has a recommendation on a place to get all of this done, that would be great! Any cost "guesstimates?"

Any additional recommendations or advice is greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:35 PM   #2
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Give this link a try. I have been researching pretty much the same thing. There is a free down load under the 2014 tow list. You need to fill out some info like your buying but it doesn't ask for any payment info since it is free. After you submit your info another page will pop up, don't close it till you have gone down near the bottom and downloaded the info and saved it. Hope you find what you need, I did.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/wh...ind-an-rv.html
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:33 PM   #3
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When we had the MHs I used a Blue Ox Adventa and a Brake Buddy, 10 min tops to get things hooked up once you get the sequence down. Most RV dealers will install the base plate as may some utility trailer sales places. Don't remember what I paid and I installed the base plate myself.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:55 PM   #4
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What does the Acadia weigh? Your limit for towing is 5000 lbs.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:01 PM   #5
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:06 PM   #6
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2014 GMC Acadia curb weight is 4,850 lbs
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:48 PM   #7
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Acadia FWD is 4656 and the AWD is 4850. This type info is all listed in the link I posted above.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:41 PM   #8
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We tow a Honda CR-V behind our Seneca. We use a Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain towbar and the Roadmaster Even Brake braking system. The CR-V is my daily driver, so I purchased a baseplate with removable brackets. It takes me about 10 minutes to get everything hooked up.

I liked the Even Brake for two reasons - I didn't have to cut into the Honda's wiring (and risk warranty issues if something goes wrong with the car), and the braking is proportional, meaning it senses how hard the RV is braking and applies a similar level of braking in the car. Some other systems have a single pressure setting.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:26 PM   #9
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We use to flat tow a vehicle that had removable hitch stuff. The tow system was all Blue Ox. Hitch was the aluminum one... loved it, the brake system was proportional, and work very well.

We now tow a Dodge Caravan using a Acme tow dolly. Works well.

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The all terrain tow bars are much easier to connect and worth the little extra cost. I agree with anav8OR, the Roadmaster Falcon is a good choice. I use the RVI Brake 2, but if I were towing a 4,800# Acadia I might look for something different.
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