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Grit dog

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Posted: 05/18/21 09:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't even bat an eye at towing a, sub 3000lb (by the time you fill it up ready to camp) popup camper with a traverse.
Trailer hitch and possibly a trans cooler needed.
Would be good to talk with someone who actually knows what goes into the towing package, but engines are generally designed to use all their horsepower, so great chance the radiator is the same.
Drivetrain wise, they're only offered with one engine trans/gearing combo and no mention of different ratios options in the finals.

Trailer brakes, if a little popup like that actually comes with brakes, I'd use them. You can get a bluetooth brake controller easy enough. If it doesn't then I wouldn't be worried.

Bottom line, no reason a 310hp midsize SUV will have any issues with a mid size popup camper, regardless of what the rvnet weight authorities are saying. That's what popups are made for...


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ChiefAndSweetie wrote:

Just purchased a 2013 Flagstaff 205 pop-up and would like to tow with my Chevy Traverse that didn’t come with tow pkg. I want to make sure I can tow the pop-up before I get a hitch added. Owners manual says towing capacity is 2000 and camper dry weight is 1900. I’m sure it’s not that simple and was hoping some experienced campers could advise?

Tina

If you are sticking with that vehicle,you need to add a transmission cooler and a transmission temp. gauge. In the 70s when I was a mechanic . I made plenty of money off people who thought if the engine was running cool the transmission was cool also.

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"If you are sticking with that vehicle,you need to add a transmission cooler and a transmission temp. gauge. In the 70s when I was a mechanic . I made plenty of money off people who thought if the engine was running cool the transmission was cool also."

You know this based on cars you used to work on almost 50 years ago?
I agree that trans temp is one of the critical concerns when towing, but the trailering package could simply be a hitch and maybe a brake controller wiring.
OP didn't even mention what year or trim/level of vehicle. Any of the variants are at least like 260hp and 6 or 9 speed, so capable from that standpoint.
But the OP needs to provide more info, or more succinctly, go do the research. Find a Chevy traverse website or talk to a dealer.

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Posted: 05/18/21 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like a lot never towed a pop up before. Its lighter , but still responds to physics. The max gross weight is closer to 3000. I wouldn't do it. Add roughly 350 for the extras towibg dry. And then your stuff, it will get up there quickly. And its more about stopping then towing it. Yes, tou xan tow it, but is your tv designed to stop it?


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Posted: 05/18/21 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last I knew, the Traverse was rated to tow 5000 lbs when properly equipped. Check with a service manager to verify this, and ask him what equipment was in the tow package. (As an alternative, if there is a Chevy Traverse owners' forum I bet they can tell you.) If you add the equipment that is critical, you can confidently tow the higher limit.

For example, my 2008 Toyota Highlander (very similar vehicle with 3.5L V6, 270 HP) was rated 2000 lbs without tow pkg and 5000 lbs with tow pkg. The main items in the tow package that enabled that rating boost were the extra transmission cooling capacity and a higher-output alternator (the latter is to keep up with the trailer's lights and charge line). I towed either a TT or a cargo trailer, up to 3500 lbs, at 60-62 mph for 140,000 miles with my Highlander and it still ran great when I sold it. The situation with your Traverse might be very similar.

I would recommend that the popup have brakes. If it doesn't, look behind the wheels for square backer plates with mounting holes; if you have those a brake kit can be added. Otherwise a new axle with brakes can be purchased for perhaps a grand.

Keep in mind that many members of this particular forum tend to think that you need at least a 3/4 ton diesel truck to tow anything. Your popup should tow pretty easily with its low frontal area. Get a class III receiver and whatever else the techies recommend, and go have some fun!


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My traverse was ok to tow 5000#, and handled a pop-up well. The towing package included hitch, transmission cooler and tow/haul mode, not sure what else. I guess you can add the hitch and maybe the cooler?? If towing in flat areas, you may be ok.

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we had a traverse a few years ago. i didn't come with a tow package but with an add on hitch it hauled my 2500lb boat like it wasn't even back there.

When i looked into upgrading everything it became a cost issue to tow our TT. trans cooler is different, fuse box is different due to lack of brake controler wiring, no tow haul mode ect. its a $400 option to get the tow package but its a couple thousand after the fact to upgrade. Its cheaper to get one with the tow package. Theres alot of info if you google "traverse tow package". Ours was a lease so it wasn't worth it to me. with a tow package they can haul 5000lbs. without its significantly less.

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Posted: 05/20/21 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for all the great info!

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I had a Traverse (2010) without the tow package. The package added the heavy duty radiator, transmission cooler, wiring harness for the brake controller and trailer wiring, tow/haul switch to change the shift points, and the hitch. I towed my 2000 pound popup with no trouble. Yours will weigh a little more. If you visit the Traverse forums, there are folks who have added most of the equipment to get those features. You might have to buy the wiring harness to add a brake controller though, there's no easy way to get a brake signal without splicing into the wiring. There's no brake light switch on the brake pedal, trust me. It uses a brake pedal position sensor and the body control module provides the brake signal for the brake light and trailer harness.

I had brakes on my popup since I had previously towed it with a Honda CR-V, but never got around to installing the brake controller on the Traverse. I just used a T connector from eTrailer that installed behind the taillights to get the trailer lights.

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Posted: 05/22/21 09:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Legally, if your trailer has brakes, no matter how light the trailer is, you must have a working brake controller, and you must have a working battery on the trailer connected to the emergency break-away device.

Cops not likely to check for a brake controller, but they will test the battery for voltage in some cases.
If you have an accident then you will incur liability for not having the legal set-up.

Either take the brakes off or install controller, or at least have a battery for the break-away device.

If you plan to tow a lot of miles then the "proportional" controllers are way, way nicer than the "timed" ones and well worth the extra money. It is so much nicer, but the cheap-o one will do the job, it is just more jerky and annoying.

GOOD CONTROLLER, PROPORTIONAL

CHEAPO-O CONTROLLER, it will work

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