I had a hitch installed onto my 2008 GMC Acadia last summer and have hauled my 2005 Viking Popup with it. It handled fine. I do not have the full Tow package installed which would include the tranny cooler, larger radiator, tow button, or full sized spare, etc. The shop that installed my hitch says it can pull 5,000 lbs. My Owners manual says without the tow package it can haul 2,000 lbs. So unless I would have all that other stuff installed would it be safe or would my Acadia be able to pull at least 3,500 lbs. without the other stuff. The book says with the toy package it will pull 4,500 lbs. It's so scarey to think I may be pulling something that would be dangerous or hard on my vehichle.

Asked by Apr 24, 2018 at 02:00 PM about the 2008 GMC Acadia SLE-1 FWD

Question type: General

I had a hitch installed onto my 2008 GMC Acadia last summer and have
hauled my 2005 Viking Popup with it.  It handled fine. I do not have the full
Tow package installed which would include the tranny cooler, larger radiator,
tow button, or full sized spare, etc. The shop that installed my hitch says it
can pull 5,000 lbs.  My Owners manual says without the tow package it can
haul 2,000 lbs.  So unless I would have all that other stuff installed would it
be safe or would my Acadia be able to pull at least 3,500 lbs. without the
other stuff.  The book says with the toy package it will pull 4,500 lbs.  It's so
scary to think I may be pulling something that would be dangerous or hard
on my vehicle.

3 Answers

197,345

Anything above the 2K will be hurting it without doing the mods, if you do go ahead with the mods get a big tranny cooler and make sure you bypass the radiator cooler and install a trans temp gauge, heat is a real killer on a tranny, and never use the overdrive gear, if you want to get really into it beefing up the suspension and heavy duty tires, electronic brakes on the trailer.

Always stick with what the owner's manual says.

257,995

The hitch is only a hitch. Do you have trailer brakes?

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