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Old 10-25-2020, 10:42 AM   #1
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Road - Buick Enclave - 4 down?

Prepping for a couple years of full-timing and imagine there's someone in this vast community that's had a Buick Enclave as a toad. It's a FWD not an AWD.

Any issues with them being 4 down? Is it best to dolly? Or should we sell & get something else?

Thanks in advance!
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Prepping for a couple years of full-timing and imagine there's someone in this vast community that's had a Buick Enclave as a toad. It's a FWD not an AWD.

Any issues with them being 4 down? Is it best to dolly? Or should we sell & get something else?

Thanks in advance!
I am currently towing a 2017 4 down and pulled a 2010 4 down before. It is my understanding that the 2017 was the last year that you could do that because of a transmission change. I would go look at a new one's owner's manual to see if that is still true.

The only issue is that you have to pretty much pull off the front fascia to install the base plate. Then on mine three fuses have to be dealt with by two Blue Ox bypass switches. Main battery under hood and ECM and Onstar on back of the center console.
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Old 10-25-2020, 11:53 AM   #3
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I pulled a 2016 . Tried the battery disconnect Solenoid and found it easier to just pull the 50 amp fuse and disconnect the 2 wires by the battery which is behind the pass seat.
I still had trouble with a dead battery occasionally when stopping for the night. On mine it’s suppose to be run for several min per day to lube the transmission.
I bought a pair of 20’ jumper cables to allow me to jump the Buick when it happens to go dead.
I have a Blue Ox base plate and it wasn’t bad to install. I believe the fascia did need to come off and some cutting was required.
Not the easiest car to toe but very do able

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Old 10-25-2020, 03:10 PM   #4
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We tow its younger sibling, a 2018 Buick Envision, using a Roadmaster. We bought the Envision explicitly to be able to tow 4-down because we were planning to buy our first rv later in the year. In two years and about 18K miles we have not had any issues. The guy who installed the Roadmaster included a toggle switch under the dash to disconnect the required fuses rather than making me pull them with each hook-up. On occasion the Envision takes a few minutes to "wake up" after disconnecting, but by the time I complete disconnecting the tow bar system it's awake and ready to go. Have friends who also tow a late model Enclave with no issues, though I don't know precisely what year it is.
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