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2017 Acadia As A Toad

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In looking at the owner's manual for the 2017 Acadia (newly downsized from the 2016)) the manual states that it can be towed and all that has to be done is do 'depress' the little button on the shift level under the boot.  No longer have to disconnect batteries OR fuses?  Well, at least according to the manual.

We are looking at buying a new 2017 Acadia - Not the 2017 Acadia limited which is on the old body style.

 

Has anybody else bought one and had it set up for towing - and if so what did you use?

I already have the Roadmaster tow bar but like the looks of the 'tabs' on the blue ox much better.

 

Have been towing a 2000 Blazer using Roadmaster towbar with blue ox base plate and a Roadmaster evenbrake for supplemental braking.

Would plan on using a battery charge line kit as many a time have a dead battery in Blazer is of 'limited' fun.

 

Open to any works of wisdom and what other people are using.

 

Thanks,

 

Lee Baldwin

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Lee,

Welcome to the Forum.

Have you checked with the tow bar manufacturers to see if they make base plates for the 2017 Acadia? I would check with Roadmaster first. Since you already have their bar it would be an easy hook up. Roadmaster, Blue Ox and Remco, to mention a few, make adapters that will mate one tow bar to another type of base plates. 

Good luck, let us know how it works out.

Herman

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I have a 2017 Acadia set up to dinghy tow.  I was surprised it was so easy to tow.  No fuses to pull.  We had to install a grommet in the shift boot to allow easy access to insert a rod to press the shifter release.  Once you do that while the car is shut off and shift to neutral, it is ready to tow.  If you do not install a grommet, you would have to pop off the shifter boot each time. 

Our Acadia was the first out of Roadmaster for the 2017 model year and they confirmed this is proper for flat towing.

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Following as we just purchased a 2017 Acadia All Terrain for dinghy tow.  We need to invest in an entire system as this will be a first for us.  We are looking for a system that will be easy for me [wife, traveling solo] to hook up/ unhook.  What do others use?  Blue Ox? Demco? or Roadmaster?  What brake and lighting system do you use?  Anyone have experience with the RVi portable braking system?  All suggestions and ideas welcomed.  Or email me direct....jfarrell51  @ yahoo

Thanks in advance.

 

Julie

 

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We have a 2017 Acadia front wheel drive.  Roadmaster installed the system for us and we are happy with it.  The tow bar stays on the motorhome when disconnected from the car.  We are adding brake control before this summer and we are looking at the Air Force One controller that is installed permanently in the car and controlled by the air from the coach.  Roadmaster also has their own electric permanently installed system.

The car was wired so the vehicle lights operate while plugged into the coach and the car battery is also slowly changed.

Install the grommet in the shift boot.  It will make prepping the car to tow much easier and not potentially scratch up the console if you have to remove the boot each time.

Bill

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We've been towing our 2012 Acadia for four summers now, close to 50,000 miles with no problems.  No dead battery, well once I left the key in the wrong position when we stopped overnight and I had to get something from the toad  My fault.  Hooked it to the charger and we were on our way in an hour.  We don't use a battery charge line.  See other details below. 

From descriptions above, the newer ones are easier to tow than ours.  We have to pull fuses and start and run the engine for a period of time each morning and occasionally when stopping during the day for an extended period of time.  We have our toad wired directly to the coach so the taillights and signals are just a matter of inserting a plug.  It's a total Roadmaster system, base plate, tow bar, supplemental braking system runs off the coach air brakes.

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I am interested in the new 2017 Acadia as a tow car.  Would appreciate an update from the two 2017 Acadia owners above on their experience with towing the Acadia.  Is it really as easy as the manual says.  

Thanks in advance.

 

Ross Kuykendall

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1999 Monaco Signature, Cummins M11

 

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We are going to be replacing our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler and considering the 2017 Acadia.  I will be following this post.  Can someone share a picture of the grommet on the shift boot please?

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Just got my 2017 Acadia and in the process of getting it ready to flat tow. I'll share a few of the issues I had so far. Must be the 3.6 engine, cigarette lighter power outlet in front is only part time, so need to run a outlet direct to battery if you use a supplemental braking system( I have the RVi2) for it. Not hard to do I used the hood release hole in firewall to run cigarette lighter cable and breakaway cord and installed a rubber grommet around all three, tight fit but got it done. I was going to install bulbs in the rear taillights for brake and turn signal but found out their is no room to drill hole in reflector to do so. Then decided to wire the toad lights to the RV, sounds easy in the Etrailer video but found out also need to hook a relay to my brake switch under the dash. I did not feel like ripping my dash apart. So I went with some magnetic stick on lights in the back, not my first choice but seems the safe way to do it. I popped the boot off the shifter and just decided to leave it loose in the back part. you don't need a screwdriver to release the shifter you can reach in with your finger and hold the white plastic piece up to free it. If you do use a supplemental braking system you need to get the kit to keep the unit from sliding back too far. The Acadia uses a gentle slope for the front seat so when the braking system is used it slides up. Other the needing a 4 inch drop receiver hitch adapter I think that all I have done so far.

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  "found out also need to hook a relay to my brake switch under the dash."  If you are hooking the car lights to the RV why would you need to do this? The RV lights will activate the brake lights. You shouldn't need any input from the car. I would use diodes to prevent back feeding but that is pretty straightforward.

I would have had the dealer set it up as part of the deal. I did it on my 2014 CRV. It came to me ready to hook up and go.

Bill

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