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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-11-2018, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question What trailer are you towing?

I've just finished reviewing every thread in the Towing & Hauling section, but did not find much information regarding which trailers are being towed successfully.
I know what my vehicle's specifications are, so that is not my question.
I'm thinking about getting a small enclosed cargo trailer. Trying to figure out what size would work for me.
I am wondering, "What trailer are you towing?" (with your Equinox, SRX, or Terrain)

Would you provide some information about your rig?
1. Photo please
1a. or, type and size of trailer, single axle or tandem axle
2. Empty weight of the trailer
3. GVWR of the trailer
4. Did you add a brake controller? what brand? comment about ease of installation.
5. Comments about how your rig handles while towing, especially about pulling uphill/downhil and emergency stopping.

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I had an 18'x8.5' wide Enclosed trailer with 6'6" interior height that I needed to take to my dad. Per the specs, empty it was 2800, so it was within the 3.6L/AWD towing specs, but once they were next to eachother, I would not have tried it for more than moving it on my property. It was just too large.

I have been looking at 4x8 and 6x10/12 landscape trailers myself. Probably would not go over a 6x12 enclosed, but even then, you'll be really limited on how much you can put in it, since they usually weight almost half of the towing weight.
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As far as brake controllers, there is not a plug and play option like there are with larger vehicles. I would add one though if I were going to tow anything over 2000 pounds. I'd also opt for the aftermarket 2" receiver that has a 4500 pound max.
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I had an 18'x8.5' wide Enclosed trailer with 6'6" interior height that I needed to take to my dad. Per the specs, empty it was 2800, so it was within the 3.6L/AWD towing specs, but once they were next to eachother, I would not have tried it for more than moving it on my property. It was just too large.

I have been looking at 4x8 and 6x10/12 landscape trailers myself. Probably would not go over a 6x12 enclosed, but even then, you'll be really limited on how much you can put in it, since they usually weight almost half of the towing weight.
I would not attempt towing that trailer either.
I'm thinking about a 6' wide x 8' or 10' long. It's got to be tall enough that I can stand up in.

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For width, just make sure you can see around it with your mirrors. I ended up towing that trailer with a UHaul 2500 Dodge Pickup, but it did not have trailer mirrors. I could not really see around the trailer, which made maneuvering it difficult. Since there are model specific aftermarket options for mirror extensions, that would be my concern.
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I had a 5x9 cargo trailer, stand-up height.
tried pulling with a pontiac montana.

around town - no issue. even empty, on highway the v6 had no where near enough power. constantly shifting and really had to sink the gas pedal.

terrain likely is good for a popup camper trailer, or utility trailer, no problem. wind resistance on a cargo trailer, or an rv would make it an un-enjoyable experience.
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It's been almost a year. Still nobody reporting real towing experience with Equinox, SRX, or Terrain.

Anybody?

Alan
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I have the '13 Nox with the 2.4 in it. I have a 5x8 wire mesh trailer that I got from Lowes. It has the 1 7/8" receiver on it. I've used it to haul yard waste and my 4 wheeler.

It has the shorter tailgate that doesn't rise up above the backside of my vehicle so the drag isn't as noticeable. The Nox does a great job pulling the trailer around.
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What trailer are you towing

I have some experience towing with my 2014 V6 Equinox. It does not have the factory towing package, but I installed a 2' hitch and brake controller. I tow a 16 foot RV trailer that is 6'6" wide, about 8' high and 2450 lbs empty. I use this trailer for camping all summer including trips to the mountains. Last year we took a 3 month trip from Alberta Canada to Baja Mexico and back with no real issues. My Equinox is a front wheel drive and we could have used all wheel drive a few times when off road.
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Equinox towing RV trailer

Here is a picture with my trailer.
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