How to Tow an Equinox

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Towing a Chevrolet Equinox, whether behind a motor home for recreation or out of necessity, can be accomplished if the right accessories are used. An excellent vehicle for recreation, the Chevrolet Equinox provides seating for five in a compact but well-equipped body which makes the vehicle popular among RV owners. Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are capable of being dinghy towed, which is towing the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, or towed via a dolly.

Things You'll Need

  • Tow Bar
  • Dolly

Dinghy Towing

  • Connect the tow bar to the rear of the motor home and to the front of the Chevrolet Equinox, following the tow bar manufacturer's instructions.

  • Insert the key into the Chevrolet Equinox and turn to the accessory position.

  • Shift the transmission into neutral.

  • Switch all accessories in the Equinox off.

  • Remove the discrete logic ignition switch fuse from the instrument panel fuse box.

  • Tow the Chevrolet Equinox to the desired location.

  • Engage the parking brake.

  • Shift the transmission into park.

  • Turn the key to off.

  • Reinstall the discrete logic ignition switch fuse.

  • Start the Chevrolet Equinox and let idle for five minutes.

Dolly Towing

  • Connect the dolly to the towing vehicle.

  • Position the front wheels of the Equinox on the dolly.

  • Shift the transmission into park and set the parking brake.

  • Follow the dolly manufacturer's instructions for securing the Equinox to the dolly.

  • Release the parking brake once the Equinox is secure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lubricate the transmission by running the Equinox for five minutes at the beginning of each day and at each fuel stop when dinghy towing.
  • Not removing the discrete logic ignition switch fuse will cause the battery to drain.
  • The power steering cooler may need to be removed on a newer Chevrolet Equinox before the vehicle can be dinghy towed.

References

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