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Old 09-23-2015, 05:51 AM   #1
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Suggestions for towing a traverse

Any suggestions on a good tow bar for my front wheel drive 2009 Traverse to hitch behind my 40 foot diesel pusher? What about brakes on the car ? What is the best reasonably priced system, towing and braking?

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Old 09-23-2015, 08:41 AM   #2
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You also need a baseplate for the car. Be prepared to spend around $2k for parts and up to $1k in labor (if you don't do it yourself). Rough estimates are as follows:

Baseplate - $400
Tow bar - $600 to $800
Wiring - $200
Brake system - $800 - $1200

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:40 AM   #3
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Strongly suggest you look at the RVI2 for a braking system. Simple, effective, reliable, and portable. And great customer service should you ever need it.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:56 AM   #4
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See the thread "Need to pull fuses with a charge line?" for a great discussion about towing a Traverse/Acadia/Enclave. If you do decide to pull the Batt1 fuse, take your old FMX fuse into an auto parts store or the dealership and ask for a high profile fuse. It's about 1/4 inch taller and makes it much easier to grab with your fingers. Don't know what the other two fuses in the battery compartment are like----I don't pull them. I have a charge line from coach to car: the only reason I pull the Batt1 fuse is to keep from accumulating mileage while towing. On my 15 Acadia the highbeam headlights also (sometimes) came on when I pulled the Batt1 fuse so I elected to pull the high beam headlight fuses. Never could figure why they came on sometimes and not other times. Good luck.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:24 PM   #5
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Second question first: Do you have air brakes on the coach? If yes I recommend the M&G brake system as it connects to the air brakes on the coach and everything is under hood of the Traverse. I had that installed plus a Blue Ox base plate and tow bar on my 2010 Enclave. I also had the Blue Ox fuse by pass switches put on so I did not have to pull any fuses. The Enclave was ready to tow for $3800 tax included.

AS Joelyn 5 said, see the threads on "Need to pull fuses with a charge line". In the links I have put below you will find documents that tell you which fuses to pull on a 2009 Traverse. I am pretty sure you do the same as I do on my 2010 Enclave...ECM and Batt 1. Both under the hood. Pay careful attention to the pulling (or bypass switching) order or your car's electronics will get very mad at you.

GM Lambda series vehicles are Traverse, Enclave, Acadia and Outlook. Sameo-Sameo.


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Old 09-23-2015, 12:28 PM   #6
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We remove the 50 amp under the hood and the two 15 amps in the battery compartment. We use an RVI brake with a 2x4 to act as the back of the floor pan. Check again on the suitability of flat towing, as our model year only allows flat towing with all wheel drive.

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