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Old 01-01-2005, 02:17 PM   #15
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Ken and Sandy,
We are back, towed the Colorado over 1800 miles during the Holidays. It tows great! Happy New Year!
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Old 01-04-2005, 06:19 PM   #16
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Milo,
Thanks for the up date.....
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Old 01-25-2005, 06:21 PM   #17
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I wanted to kick this thread to the top again and ask another related question. I also know there are a couple others on iRV2 interested in this vehicle.

I'm shopping now for a base plate/tow bar for my '05 Canyon. Blue Ox states some minor drilling is required along with an adaptor. The Roadmaster brackets seem to be less intrusive and even easier to install.

Would Milo or anyone else that has already has a Colorado/Canyon configured shed some light on this please? Photos would be great!!

Also, I've seen a lot of good comments here on Blue Ox, does anyone have comments about Roadmaster??
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Old 02-16-2005, 02:02 PM   #18
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We are using the Demco Excali-bar and Demco baseplate on our 2004 4x4 Colorado. It took me all of 45 minutes to install the baseplate. Completely bolt on and is almost hidden! The truck tows like a dream behind our motorhome.
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Old 02-16-2005, 04:12 PM   #19
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SBCFyre, that is great to know since that is the same tow bar we use for the Jeep and plan to use it on the Colorado.....With the correct baseplate.
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:13 AM   #20
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Blue Ox is the only way to go. Been using there equipment for years. There customer service is GREAT.
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:28 PM   #21
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Two more questions please:

Anyone using a vacuum assit braking system on your Colorado/Canyon? I haven't purchased the brake system (SMI stay n play) yet cau I can't find a vacuum line to tap in to..

Also, in my Canyon's owners manual it has the following step setting up for towing.
"On automatic transmission vehicles, use an adequate clamping device to ensure that the front wheels are locked into the straight position."
What is this and how do you do it?

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Old 02-18-2005, 10:48 AM   #22
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In my Colorado manual it tells me to pull 2 fuses and unlock the steering so that the wheels turn when towing. This is the method that I have used so far and it works great. The only hassle is pulling and reinstalling the fuses. Once I do that the check engine light will stay lit for about 3 days.
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SBCFyre ::

This has been an issue on RV.net and it appears that GM has make some mistakes in the users manual; or I can at least confirm that the my Canyon book has. And I have not read or heard anything about pulling fuses before!!

Please check this forum.
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...d/15063490.cfm
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Old 02-23-2005, 08:27 AM   #24
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This information was copied directly from the Colorado owners manual. Hope this helps anyone out there!

Dinghy Towing
Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles
Notice: If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels
on the ground, the drivetrain components could
be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by
your warranty. Do not tow your vehicle with all
four wheels on the ground.
Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not be towed with all
four wheels on the ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication
while being towed.

Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles
Use the following steps to tow your vehicle with all
four wheels on the ground:
1. Drive the vehicle to be towed into position behind
the tow vehicle.
2. Firmly set the parking brake. See Parking Brake
on page 2-31 for more information.
3. Put an automatic transmission in PARK (P) or a
manual transmission in FIRST (1).
4. Securely attach the vehicle being towed to the
tow vehicle.
{CAUTION:
Shifting a four-wheel-drive vehicle's transfer
case into NEUTRAL can cause your vehicle to
roll even if the transmission is in Park (P) for
an automatic transmission, or if your vehicle is
in gear, for a manual transmission. You or
others could be injured. Make sure the parking
brake is firmly set before you shift the transfer
case to NEUTRAL.
4-46
5. Shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL. See
Four-Wheel Drive on page 2-28 for more
information.
6. Release the parking brake only after the vehicle
being towed is firmly attached to the towing
vehicle.
Notice: If you exceed 55 mph (90 km/h) while
towing your vehicle, it could be damaged. Never
exceed 55 mph (90 km/h) while towing your vehicle.
7. Turn the ignition to LOCK. To prevent your battery
from draining while towing, remove the RDO BATT
and CLSTR fuses from the instrument panel fuse
block. Be sure to replace the fuse when you reach
your destination. See Fuses and Circuit Breakers
on page 5-105 for more information.
After towing see "Shifting out of NEUTRAL" under
Four-Wheel Drive on page 2-28.
Dolly Towing
Two-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Two-wheel drive vehicles should not be towed with
the rear wheels on the ground. Two-wheel drive
transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication
while being towed.
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SBCFyre: You got my attention with this one. Now I'm wet from going out in the rain to get the user's manual from my Canyon..

There is clearly a difference from my 2005 GMC Canyon user's manual and what you are reading. I have no reference to a MPH limitation and nothing about pulling fuses. Anyway, with the ignition in "Lock" why would there be any concern to pull fuses?

I just checked the 2004 and 2005 Motorhoming Towing Guide and neither listed any MPH limitations for the Colorado/Canyon.

I'm not trying to change you mind but if I were in your shoes I might do a little more research and contact GM directly.

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Milo006 Sounds like your trip with your new Colorado went great. One thing is I was wondering about in one of your post you said you had the hole Blue Ox towing system. I have the same thing but I tow a Ford F-250 and use a Aventa II tow bar rated at 10,000lb. My towing buddy just bought a 05 Colorado and his weights 4690lbs. Your Aladdin I think is only rated at 5000lbs.
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IrishBear,
You indicated that your towing buddy's Colorado weights 4690 lbs, is this his estimate or did he have it weighed?
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I doubt if his Colorado can weigh in at 4690 lbs. Mine is about 4500 and I've added a cap over the bed and a bed roller - and that meant an additional 300 lbs or so. I think the new Hummer G3 (based on the Colorado) will weigh in at 4700 - 4800 lbs.

With respect to above comments, GM did screw up the towing instructions so early manuals may be different. We have found that we cannot put the Transfer Case into neutral with the transmission in Park - the light just keeps flashing and doesn't go solid. So, we put the Transmission in N and then the transfer case goes into N but the light keeps flashing. We turn off the engine and then put the transmission in park and when we turn the ignition on again - the red light is solid in N. Works well. Our manual also has the 55 MPH comment. Seems strange since the Vue has a 65 MPH comment. Probably a case of left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.
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