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Old 07-22-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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We are looking at a 2012 chevy 1500 4x4 to tow behind our motorhome. Does anyone know if this vehicle is towable ? Thank you.
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:26 PM   #2
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Does it have a knob type selector on the front dash, left side even with the steering wheel. If it does see if it has a "N" that you can select. Check the manual and see if it provides a section on Recreational Towing, it will list the procedure to shift it into neutral.

I've been looking for a new Suburban or GMC Yukon to tow.

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That's what we tow. Just double check when you buy one that it has the "N" on the 4x4 selector. On Chevrolet's, the selector is on the left side of the dash. It's a round knob about the size of a silver dollar. I don't recall the exact letters on it, but I believe it's 2w, 4wh, 4wl and to the far right is a very faint silhouette of an "N". When the truck is running and placed in neutral, you turn the selector clockwise until it stops and hold it for about 12 seconds. The "N" will light up, showing that the transfer case is neutral. You'll also see two notifications in the center of the dash stating that the Stabilitrac is off and I believe ABS is off (not sure).

I put the truck in either reverse or drive to make sure it's actually disconnected. I place it back in neutral, shut the truck off and then place it in Park, remove the key....that's it. Nothing to disconnect, like the newer models, because of electronic steering.
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We are looking at a 2012 chevy 1500 4x4 to tow behind our motorhome. Does anyone know if this vehicle is towable ? Thank you.
According to the 2012 FMCA Dinghy Towing Guide, the 1500 4x4 is towable 4 down. If you have access to the owner's manual for the vehicle you should confirm. Good luck.
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Our 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4, which is essentially the same as the Chevy, does have the knob selector with neutral. We have towed it four down for about 23,000 miles without a problem. On the 2012's there are no fuses to pull or cables to disconnect. Just follow the routine in the owner's manual and you are good to go. The truck is not light but our motorhome tows it without complaint.
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We tow a 2011 GMC Crew Cab 4x4 and it tows great. These 1/2 ton GM PU's are basically identical from around 2008 to 2014.

I use a 10,000 lb Blue Ox tow bar and base plate. Easy to hook and roll as long as you have enough hitch and MH.
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Old 07-23-2015, 01:11 PM   #7
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have 010 1500 4x4 automaic and it is towable but I don`t tow it.
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Besides the above, the new 2015s require the unit be placed in park, key in ignition in ACC and neg battery cable disconnected. Makes me wish for an older truck.
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We are looking at a 2012 chevy 1500 4x4 to tow behind our motorhome. Does anyone know if this vehicle is towable ? Thank you.
We did buy the truck and they showed us how to put it in N so we can set it to be towed, but now that we are home, we can't remember how to do it. It's about 50 miles to our dealer and we will be up there again next week, but I thought I would ask on here so we don't have to let them know how forgetful we are. Thanks !
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We did buy the truck and they showed us how to put it in N so we can set it to be towed, but now that we are home, we can't remember how to do it. It's about 50 miles to our dealer and we will be up there again next week, but I thought I would ask on here so we don't have to let them know how forgetful we are. Thanks !
It goes like this:
1. With the engine running and on a level surface, set the e brake and put the trans in neutral.
2. Turn the 4wd knob all the way to the right (CW) and hold it there for 10 seconds. This knob is spring loaded so you have to hold it to the neutral position to get N. You can't see the red N until you follow this procedure.
3. Let the knob go and return to the 2wd position. The red N should stay illuminated. If not, repeat 1 & 2.
4. Put the trans in drive and reverse for a second or two in each position. The PU must not move in either direction. When it does not move you know you are in towable N.
5. Return the trans to park, turn off the motor and remove the key. You are now ready to tow when you release the e brake. Remeber, it is now permanently in neutral until you reverse the above process and return the 4 wd knob to 2 wd and the red neutral light goes off. That means the PU will roll away w/no e brake!!

Pretty simple. I usually hook my tow bar up before I start the neutral process. If your PU is on much of a slope, the transfer case will have a hard time getting into neutral due to the gear load.

If you want, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a written version.
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When we took the truck back for running boards to be installed, they checked the problem we've been having preparing it for towing. The guy that checked it had to read the instructions as he did it, and he finally got it to do it, but I think he was just as surprised as the rest of s were. We have followed the steps in the manual very carefu0'slly, followed the instructions shared with us on this forum, and it still isn't working for us. I don't know what else to do other than take it back and look for another one. It's very frustrating, let me tell you ! We are not dummies, we have been camping since the 70's when our kids were little. They have all married and left home now, but we still like to get away. We've been retired since 1996 and have wintered in the Rio Grande Valley since then. We've pulled pull types, 5th wheels and had motorhomes. We missed one year going to the Valley and that year we delivered campers all over the United States. Loved doing that, but also love going to the Valley to see our friends we have made since going there. I don't need to post our life story here, just wanted to clarify that we are not dummies. Thank you to all of you who have tried to help us, really do appreciate it ! Campers are the finest people on earth !!
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When we took the truck back for running boards to be installed, they checked the problem we've been having preparing it for towing. The guy that checked it had to read the instructions as he did it, and he finally got it to do it, but I think he was just as surprised as the rest of s were. We have followed the steps in the manual very carefu0'slly, followed the instructions shared with us on this forum, and it still isn't working for us. I don't know what else to do other than take it back and look for another one. It's very frustrating, let me tell you ! We are not dummies, we have been camping since the 70's when our kids were little. They have all married and left home now, but we still like to get away. We've been retired since 1996 and have wintered in the Rio Grande Valley since then. We've pulled pull types, 5th wheels and had motorhomes. We missed one year going to the Valley and that year we delivered campers all over the United States. Loved doing that, but also love going to the Valley to see our friends we have made since going there. I don't need to post our life story here, just wanted to clarify that we are not dummies. Thank you to all of you who have tried to help us, really do appreciate it ! Campers are the finest people on earth !!
Kawliga,
Well, I for one, surely feel your pain. I've been in the same kind of situation too. When something is supposed to work, IT'S SUPPOSED TO WORK, PERIOD!!!!

I PMd you before we went on a little camping trip near Flagstaff AZ with what I found on line, concerning your Owners Manual and, it's precise instructions on prepping your truck for towing. As I stated in a PM, we have nearly the identical truck yours only it's a GMC. But, the operations manual is the exact same and, all instructions for prepping for towing, ARE THE EXACT SAME. So, as stated, we just did a short, 4 day trip and, our truck goes into and out of "N" with ease. Yours SHOULD TOO!

But, for some odd reason, something's amiss here. You can have ten thousand GMC and Chevy owners all tell you their versions of how it's done. But, NONE OF THAT IS WORTH ANYHING if you're following procedures and, IT DOESN'T WORK.

So, just for grins and, this doesn't really take any time, try and do this:


1. While driving the truck, anywhere, in your driveway, in a parking lot, it doesn't matter, stop the truck, DO NOT SET THE PARKING BRAKE, hold on the brake pedal and, shift the transmission to neutral. Then, while holding on the brakes, turn that little transfer case shift knob to 4L or, what may be on your knob, a "4" with a down arrow. That's 4 wheel drive, low range, just in case you weren't sure.

It should, in a matter of about 3-5 seconds, light up the ultra tiny light under the "4L" on that knob, indicating that it successfully shifted it to that requested position. If it works correctly, you are now in four wheel drive, low range. If it didn't you DEFINITELY have a problem. You don't need to use the parking brake for that operation.

2. Next, again while keeping the engine running, place foot on the brake, transmission in neutral and, now, turn that little transfer case knob to "4H". (or, yours may be like ours and have the "4 with an arrow pointing UP) indicating four wheel drive, HIGH RANGE. Again, if it works, it will illuminate that little tiny light, just under the 4H position on that knob, indicating that you successfully shifted it into four wheel drive, high range. If it doesn't, well, you know the rest of the story.

3. Next, again, put your foot on the brake, engine running, trans in neutral, turn that transfer shift knob to "2" (or a 2 with and UP arrow) which, is back to normal two wheel drive.

If all these little tests work, your transfer case is shifting just fine. And the safety mechanisms, i.e. foot on brake, trans in neutral etc. are working too.

But, this is only to put this truck in and out of four wheel and two wheel drive, not for towing.

The only thing I did not mention in your little tests is to use the parking brake. It's not needed for changing from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive like it is when you want NEUTRAL in the TRANSFER CASE. Now, if NONE of these tests work and, you CANNOT get it into four wheel drive, you definitely are having an issue somewhere either in the electronic shifting of the transfer case motor or, your safety mechanisms are not allowing for the shifting to take place.

These little tests will take you about 1 minute to perform all of them, together. If you do them, please let us know of the results. Don't get too discouraged here, you're not alone in this issue. I've had many, many 4WD vehicles, both manually shifted and, electronically shifted. By far, the electronically shifted ones give more trouble than the mechanically (manually) shifted ones.
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