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Old 06-12-2021, 07:36 AM   #1
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Does anyone tow an acadia behind their mh?
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Old 06-12-2021, 07:59 AM   #2
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I have been towing a 2019 Acadia for two years now without any problems. Mine is the 3.6L V6, don't know if the V4 is towable four down. It is easy to tow, just put it in neutral (using the override level under the shift boot) and you are ready to go. No fuses to pull and you leave the key (push button) in the off position. I like the car
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I have been towing a 2019 Acadia for two years now without any problems. Mine is the 3.6L V6, don't know if the V4 is towable four down. It is easy to tow, just put it in neutral (using the override level under the shift boot) and you are ready to go. No fuses to pull and you leave the key (push button) in the off position. I like the car

According to 2019 DinghyGuide, Acadia is a bit more complicated. Or is the DinghyGuide wrong?
"Run engine at the beginning of each day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove shift lever boot. Use small tool to press and hold manual release button. Put vehicle in N. Be sure transmission fluid is at proper level before towing. See owner’s manual."

I did not want that hassle when I travel and chose 2019 Buick Enclave. Just put it on neutral and pull 2 fuses. No running of the engine needed until we get there.
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According to 2019 DinghyGuide, Acadia is a bit more complicated. Or is the DinghyGuide wrong?
"Run engine at the beginning of each day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove shift lever boot. Use small tool to press and hold manual release button. Put vehicle in N. Be sure transmission fluid is at proper level before towing. See owner’s manual."

I did not want that hassle when I travel and chose 2019 Buick Enclave. Just put it on neutral and pull 2 fuses. No running of the engine needed until we get there.
I read this same thing about our 2018 Acadia so went to a dolly. I am now thinking of switching to four down as the dolly is a bit of a hassel at some camp grounds. It is fine while traveling and wonder if having to run the motor in the car for a few minutes every morning is going to be a bigger issue?
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I read this same thing about our 2018 Acadia so went to a dolly. I am now thinking of switching to four down as the dolly is a bit of a hassel at some camp grounds. It is fine while traveling and wonder if having to run the motor in the car for a few minutes every morning is going to be a bigger issue?
Not only does the DinghyGuide tell to run the engine for 5 min every morning and at every fuel stop, there are other considerations:

-Depending on your supplemental braking system, you probably need to drain vacuum in toad brakes and cycle (re-calibrate) that as well (any time the toad engine is run).
-Makes me wonder why these vehicles need to be run in the first place, for lubrication? If so, what is lubricating the system while you are towing to the next fuel stop.
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There is no tranny lubrication unless the engine is running, so while under tow the internal components gradually dry out as the lubricating film slips away and the tranny heats up a bit. Running the engine when opportunity permits re-lubricates everything, so it's good for xxx more miles. Is it necessary? Depends on a variety of conditions and not easily explained or measured outside of an engineering lab, so there is just a blanket recommendation.


We towed a 2007 Acadia for about 50k miles and never worried. Since we only needed fuel every 2nd or 3rd travel day, most days involved no engine exercise. Usually we ran the car a minute or two in the morning after an overnight, but not religiously so.


However, if I was towing for 8+ hours straight on a 100 degree day, I would probably run the engine when we made a lunch stop or other break. But I would do that for any auto-transmission car I towed, cause they all have the same lubrication concerns, to one degree or another.
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