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Old 01-08-2019, 10:29 PM   #1
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2013 Chevy Traverse toad issues?

I am setting up my 2013 chevy traverse to tow behind our Beaver Contessa. I woul like to know if otherss have towed the traverse and if there are any gotchas that you have come across.

Thanks for any comments and input.

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I don't have a Chevy Traverse however I do tow a 2015 GMC Terrain. Everything is the same except for the body configuration. I have the 6 cylinder version and based on several threads on this board, the 4 cylinder model is prone to the front tires creating a shimmy when you accelerate. Apparently this is due to its electric power steering.

As I said, I have the 6 cylinder engine and we've been towing it since 2015 without incident.
I personally took apart the front end to install the Demco base plate and also did the wiring. My car required 1 fuse to be pulled which was located on the right side of the center console. Rather than pull a fuse, I installed an on/off switch just below the steering wheel and now all I have to do is to flip the switch which in essence is the same as pulling the fuse. I also ran the wires from the front of the car to the back and tied into the brake/tail lights using diodes.
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Hi Larry! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I don't know about that vehicle but noticed you are kinda new on IRV2 and wanted to say hello! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I don't have a Chevy Traverse however I do tow a 2015 GMC Terrain. Everything is the same except for the body configuration. I have the 6 cylinder version and based on several threads on this board, the 4 cylinder model is prone to the front tires creating a shimmy when you accelerate. Apparently this is due to its electric power steering.

As I said, I have the 6 cylinder engine and we've been towing it since 2015 without incident.
I personally took apart the front end to install the Demco base plate and also did the wiring. My car required 1 fuse to be pulled which was located on the right side of the center console. Rather than pull a fuse, I installed an on/off switch just below the steering wheel and now all I have to do is to flip the switch which in essence is the same as pulling the fuse. I also ran the wires from the front of the car to the back and tied into the brake/tail lights using diodes.
Thank you for your response, that makes me, and my lovely bride, feel better about this project.

I have had a shop install a Blue Ox Baseplate, Diode kit, and an Air Force One Braking system. My concern really gets down to any issues with the transmission while towing. I also have the 6 cylinder car.

Thanks

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Hi Larry! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I don't know about that vehicle but noticed you are kinda new on IRV2 and wanted to say hello! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Thank you for the welcome. Just getting used to the IRV2 system now.

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My concern really gets down to any issues with the transmission while towing.
Here's the link to cars/trucks that can be towed, just scroll down once the site has been opened and find model year 2013. It will tell you to pull Fuse #32 and to run the engine for 5 minutes before towing and at each gas stop.
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Here's the link to cars/trucks that can be towed, just scroll down once the site has been opened and find model year 2013. It will tell you to pull Fuse #32 and to run the engine for 5 minutes before towing and at each gas stop.
Once again, thank you for the info. I think my concerns have been alleviated.

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