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Old 09-16-2009, 04:17 PM   #29
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I wonder if you can put a front receiver on an Acadia?

If so, I might be able to plow the driveway with it. There's a snowplow company (another great product from ON ) that used to make a receiver mounted plow...but they stopped that model, for some reason.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:22 PM   #30
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Interesting.

Added speed won't be possible, as the hill also happens to wrap around a 90 degree curve. I call it the "carrier landing" of trailer parking, and its a "walking speed" maneuver, at best. 500' backwards through the woods, 2 90* curves, the second one goes uphill sharply, with another 90* turn at the top, with the trailer placed parallel to a stone wall on the blind side of the turn.
(oh, yeah: the curved/hill part is terraced into the hill, held up by huge boulders...no guard rail or anything, so don't f*&$k up!)

One of these days, I'll get this maneuver on video, but since it takes both of us to do it, I need to arrange for a 3rd person to run the camera.
I hope that you have good insurance, both vehicle and life.

For your birthday, suggest you ask for a new leg to the driveway so that you can go in in forward, and drive straight out again.

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Old 09-17-2009, 06:28 AM   #31
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I think once you start talking plowing you need low range. I can't see an Acadia pushing much snow.

We use a an old farm tractor ourselves. We find it a lot more reliable to plow with and more compact as well, but you need to have a place to park it.

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Old 09-17-2009, 08:27 AM   #32
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well, you'd be surprised. I never use low range to plow. 4x4 is really only "necessary" on the hill. Where its flat, you don't even need that. My first home-plow truck was a non road worthy 1960 jeep pickup that had the front spider gears removed for some odd reason in its past. so, no 4x4--but it did have a transfer case that provided low range. Got it from my brother in law, who had used it to plow his shop parking lot...which was flat and paved. It was unstoppable in that environment. But when I first tried it at my house, it plowed the flat part without any problem, but when I tried to get back up the hill for another pass, it simply wouldn't go. As soon as the nose pitched up, the rear wheels (with chains, and a 2000lb curb stone in the bed for ballast) would just spin.
In contrast, a friend came over to bail me out of this mess with his little dodge dakota (v6, at the time), and it not only drove up the hill without even noticing...it actually pushed snow uphill, too. (4x engaged, but not low-range).

There's a snowplow forum that I've been on, where a small percentage of the participants use "non-traditional" vehicles for plowing their own driveways...some even use such rigs commercially. The vocal majority vehemently derides such practices, as either impossible, foolhardy, or outright "dangerous". Sound familiar?
Meanwhile...Snowbear and other light-duty plow manufacturers continue to stay in business, and these dudes continue to clear snow off their driveways.
Some even do it w/ 2-wheel drive vehicles...which can actually work, as long as its flat. I need more traction than that at my house, but only to get back up the hill to make multiple passes; I don't need to be able to push uphill. And actually, the hill portion is paved now, and I can clear it with a snowblower, if I have to.
Seems to me that if this gmc/buick platform has so much more low end torque than my truck, it should push snow even better. Biggest issue would be finding a mount for the plow.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:53 PM   #33
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Hey, next time tell me about the trip before you go! Looks like it was great fun.
Yes, let us know too Andy. We spent 5 days up in Algonquin last week. We counted no less than 5 Airstreams in Mew/and Lake of Two Rivers parks. The St. Laurence trip looks great.
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Great Pics. Thanks for sharing and becomeing a attraction yourself
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:58 AM   #35
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That Snowbear site is pretty neat, they have some pretty cool applications.
I see they make a plow for a Honda CRV so I would think they would do one for the Acadia etc.
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:11 AM   #36
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That Snowbear site is pretty neat, they have some pretty cool applications.
I see they make a plow for a Honda CRV so I would think they would do one for the Acadia etc.
Well, they don't have one listed...yet. They used to suggest for such vehicles, that you go w/ their front receiver mounted model, but they don't make that one anymore. And the receiver manufacturers don't make receivers for all vehicles. A lot of newer vehicles have pretty funky front bumper/skirting/what-have-you that make that impractical...or maybe there's nothing under there on some unibody chassis to attach anything to. Don't know if thats the case w/ this particular platform, not having seen one up close.
I should check Reese's site and see if they make a front receiver for it.
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I thought I would send an update of this years eclectic group of Airstreams on a trip to Nemacolin in Southern PA to New York City Boston and home.
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Opps Missed the R Class.
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Hmmm...R-class. We've been thinking that it would be nice to have AWD and more torque than the Oddy. Is fabricating the hitch any different than a ML?

Also curious if you have clients with new Durangos or Lincoln MKTs. (Yeah the Flex is the same platform but Jules hates how they look.)

Always neat to see your adventures.

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Hi Tom

The R Class hitch is a little more involved but not bad, you also have to wire it as it does not come with a wiring harness but it is a fabulous tow vehicle. 125" wheelbase with a short rear overhang. I drove about 200 miles from Western Mass to central New York. We drove across Hwy 20 which has a lot of steep hills and is a much more interesting drive than the turnpike. It played with the hills and was totally stable yet it rides very smooth. Not a lot to complain about.

I have not done an MKT's as yet but I think it should be the same as the Flex performance wise. We did set up a MKX with the 3.7 Litre motor with a 30'. It works very well, I wonder if the Echoboost is really necessary with the 3.7 engine.

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Hi ANdrew and others....I just found this thread and it is very interesting....

I don't have an Airstream yet-but am in the looking/planning stage....it is something I have become extremely interested in AFTER I purchased my current vehicle last November-a 2011 Buick Enclave w/o factory installed towing package...

I am curious as I was thinking I'd have to trade it on a new 4WD P/U ( still researching that idea) and then I see this site with what appears to be CARS or small crossovers set up to tow 30-34 foot 3 axle trailers....can that be possible?!?!?!?!

I don't want or need anything that big-I am thinking new 23-25 foot length and I am one person....Using my Enclave is SO tempting...is that realistic?

I am in NW corner of PA so coming up to your dealership for modification would be NO problem...just want to know if it is possible!!!

I do not know rear ratio or anything else yet because I just saw this site.


Thank You for your, and everyone else's time.

PS-No matter what kind of vehicle I'd need I WILL have a new trailer for my retirement gift to self!!!!! Even if I have to trade the Enclave and my 2009 Ultra Classic to do it! (I love riding the bike but all the phoning and texting drivers out there make to almost too scary anymore. )
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Andy when you recomend/set up these vehicles towing 2-3x their rated capacity and over gcwr do you accept liability and legal responsibility (accidents, accelerated vehicle wear, and overwieght fines), or advise the owners of implications of operating an illegal combination?
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