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Old 07-12-2012, 08:31 AM   #1
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Acadia 4 Down?

I'm looking at an Acadia to tow four down. Anyone have opinion/experience?
Thks for the help!
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Sure do. We tow our 2010 Acadia behind our 2012 Discovery 36J with no problems. Love the Acadia!

The tow bar is by Blue Ox, and the braking system by Air Force One. I've added one modification to the Acadia so I just have to flip a switch to disconnect the fuse, rather than manually remove it as described in the owner's manual.

Run the Acadia's engine for 5 minutes before towing, and "at every fuel stop" during the day, says GMC. We normally drive no more than 300 miles in one day, so we just let it idle at the end of the day for 5 minutes. Works great!
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We tow our 2008 Acadia with four down - haven't had any issues. Haven't put the disconnect switch in yet but plan to in the future. Only issue we had was when they showed us how to hook up at the dealer, they had the tow bar upside down and it had some sway. At a campground in Branson the camp host pointed the issue out to DH and he corrected it and we have had no problems since.
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Look for other threads on iRV2 about towing the Buick Enclave. Same vehicle. Fairly popular toad for those desiring a larger vehicle. Our first toad was an '08 Enclave.

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We also tow 2008 Acadia, with Blue Ox tow bar and Airforce One , don't have a battery disconnect. Been towing it for 2 years and no problems.
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Thanks for the responses. Does the "fuse pull/switch" disconnect disable the radio and nav? Just wondering if the nav is an option I'm better off without.
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Thanks for the responses. Does the "fuse pull/switch" disconnect disable the radio and nav? Just wondering if the nav is an option I'm better off without.
I've honestly not tried it to see. Since I'm towing the Acadia, it's a bit difficult to use the Acadia's nav/radio from inside the Discovery.

My guess is that the radio/nav system in the Acadia will be disabled while towing. Flip the switch, and it's back. It's a simple procedure open the hood, flip the switch back to "drive" and you're through. Once that's done, you do have to reset the clock in the Acadia.

Here's a link to the ready-made fuse switch:

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DW would NEVER buy the car without the nav system - it's programmed with all the shopping malls preset!

Hope that helps!
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I bought one of the first Acadias in my area (north central Flroida)and have the first Acadia ever towed 4-down - still has the prototype Blue Ox base plates on it. Was also the guinea pig who proved that the towing instructions in the manual were wrong - pulling the fuse they specified did nothing useful and my battery went dead every time. Anyway, that was 50k miles ago and we are still towing it and still loving it.
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