Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-20-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
buck454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NorthEast Texas
Posts: 671
2015 Chevy Colorado 4x4 for tow

TELL ME IT AIN'T SO.....
as much as I love my 2007 CC I was thinking of getting one of the 2015 models. Appears that the new ones can not be towed four down as my 2007. No neutral for transfer case, just a small dial low left of steering wheel for 2W, 4WL, 4WH. So disappointing. Salesperson I had did not seem to knowledgeable, but was not even sure if larger trucks would tow 4D.
__________________

__________________
competitive shooter RVer
2006 Gulfstream Friendship G7 8411 400HP Cum.
RM Sterling/'07 Chevy Colorado CrewCab 4x4
buck454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-20-2015, 09:56 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 34
Okay...IT AIN'T SO...or at least according to the Owners Manual for the 2015 Colorado. They are available for download so check out page 10-76. It does state that only the 4WD models with the two speed transfer case can be flat towed.


The bad news is that it is a bit more complicated than the earlier models in that the negative battery cable must be disconnected and the key left in the ignition in the ACC/Accessory position. This means that all presets requiring battery power will be lost.
__________________

__________________
hikersc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 07:17 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
dvmweb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 982
One of these helps keep the memory, though I don't know if turning the ignition to accessory will affect it.

http://www.amazon.com/CTA-Tools-3002...+memory+keeper


2013 FleetWood Expedition 38B
__________________
dvmweb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 10:19 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 54
Yep the neutral light is hard to see. It's to the right of the 4-L.
Battery has to be removed to keep some of the systems from engaging.
I love the truck. Just ordered my BlueOx baseplate today.
__________________
2008 Fleetwood Excursion 40X
2015 GMC Canyon Crew Cab LB Toad
Johninar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2015, 09:19 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 659
I tow a 2015 Colorado Z71 4X4 4 down. The base plates were installed by Blue Ox in Pender NE. Mine is the red Colorado shown in the base plate installation instructions on the Blue Ox website.
The instructions in the owners manual for putting the transfer case in neutral says to leave the key in the acc position and disconnect the battery. I have found, on my truck, that instead of leaving the key in the acc position turn it OFF and leave the key in the ignition the steering wheel remains unlocked. I have towed 1200 miles this way with the battery connected.
Hope this helps
__________________
redcolorado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
majfrizz's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Somewhere Warm
Posts: 804
and i am the one tha followed GMs instructions and do the negative disconnect with a switch of course. but ti works great so far.
__________________
Retired Army--Bob--2014 Tour 42QD
2015 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab 4WD
2001 Honda Goldwing
majfrizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 09:21 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 936
Ah, a second colorado towing thread. LOL.

I just got mine...can't wait. Black extended cab 4x4 with inline 4 cyl. 4100lbs.
I almost stopped by the scales today just out of curiosity.

The new trucks are just fantastic.

Chevy 4X4's for towing! Not Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Ram....chevy baby...they're the only ones!
__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 09:09 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 18
We too want to flat tow our 2015 colorado 4cylinder, 4wd, auto. Re:battery disconnect, 1st, they say to disconnect at the battery, unusual connection there, not the normal post and clamp. Also, after doing that,no power to our brake buddy, run 12volt line from MH I guess. As previously mentioned, computer memory erased, but the memory saving gadget mentioned should fix. More fuss than my previous toad, oh well. Also, any idea of blue ox baseplate cost ?

Carl
__________________
Cloud 9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 04:19 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
majfrizz's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Somewhere Warm
Posts: 804
Cloud 9


I installed the battery disconnect switch and a ran the power bacck from the MH since my brakes needs power. and all works well. After having the battery disconnected for about 12 hours i did not lose any radio presets, time on clock. the only item that started over was the MPG rating.


Bob
__________________
Retired Army--Bob--2014 Tour 42QD
2015 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab 4WD
2001 Honda Goldwing
majfrizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2015, 07:19 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 18
Thanks Bob for the reply, glad to hear all works well. We really like our truck, and being able to flat tow is icing on the cake!

Carl
__________________
Cloud 9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2015, 02:53 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Central California
Posts: 103
Per GM, the issue with disconnecting the negative battery has to do with potential damage to the electric power steering if power remains on when being towed behind something.
I bought a heavy-duty nicely packaged marine disconnect switch, but eventually just used a simple knife switch to disconnect the battery as room under the hood around the negative battery terminal/cable was limited. The knife switch connects to the battery terminal like the cable, and then has a male post to connect the cable to on the other side of the switch.
I use one of the stand-alone portable charging units (ES5000) to power my electric braking device - no worries about power then. (and Canyon battery is always up when I need it after a tow)
I am having trouble getting transfer case out of neutral now and then - GM included a supplement to manual to address some changes in procedure, but missed a step (waiting for all systems power-up to complete before turning knob to 2WD) and also has some contradictions between flat tow procedure and transfer case switching procedure.
__________________
Durango382 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2015, 10:28 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
CJBROWN's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orange County CA
Posts: 936
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud 9 View Post
..any idea of blue ox baseplate cost ?

Carl
$328 on Amazon. Don't order one though 'till I get mine.
__________________
Chris & Sherry Brown - 2014 Anza Borrego Weekend Trip Report
2005 Itasca Sunrise 31W - W20 and 8.1
2015 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Toad
CJBROWN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 02:13 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Central California
Posts: 103
GM called me to tell me that they have found the issue of not being able to take a toad xfer case out of neutral after the towing procedure, in many different 2015 models all the way up the Escalade. They don't know the cause, and say if you have the issue (which will be accompanied by a message telling you that the transfer case needs service on the D.I.C.), take it to a dealer who will clear the code! I told them that doesn't work when you're traveling cross country and aren't near a dealer - plus who wants to do this at inopportune times. It can happen any time you disconnect the battery and have the toad xfer case in neutral - but it might never happen! I will take my chances as so far I can be fine 9 out of 10 times, and that tenth time I can reconnect the battery and do the whole process again to the putting it back into neutral, and dump the code and get it to go into 2WD. Eventually they'll write a program to correct it, as it's an electronic issue with the logic in the computer - then I'll get reflashed!
__________________
Durango382 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 08:37 AM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 18
Re:dumping the code, you are able to clear the code yourself? Otherwise you are stuck.

Carl
__________________

__________________
Cloud 9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
chevy, colorado, tow



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chevy Colorado Toad Lighting hikersc Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 16 04-26-2015 06:33 AM
Thor Motor Coach at 2015 Tampa RV Show DriVer RV Industry Press 0 01-07-2015 08:45 PM
Chevy Colorado toad wiring question jimnkaran Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 1 12-14-2014 09:48 AM
Towing Chevy Colorado bpotter Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10 07-25-2014 10:25 PM
2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon towable jrwitt Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 3 03-01-2014 08:32 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.