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Old 04-09-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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Made the decision to go FT when we get back home to Mich in May. Going to tow DW's Equinox 4 down. Looks like a Blue Ox baseplate (BX 1689) for $370 ish. Plan to install myself. But curious what others have paid to have done.

I'm a bit confused on the tow bars after looking online today due to huge price fluctuations. What do recommend?

This coach I just bought has a Roadmaster Brake controller, but don't know anything about it yet, or if it will work. Aside from that, what's the best braking system for the Equinox?
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Made the decision to go FT when we get back home to Mich in May. Going to tow DW's Equinox 4 down. Looks like a Blue Ox baseplate (BX 1689) for $370 ish. Plan to install myself. But curious what others have paid to have done.
If you feel confident enough, the Blue Ox baseplate comes with all the instructions.. Make absolutely sure that your Equinox in flat 4 towable. Many are not. The Sport was the only towable model for several years. Currently, Chevrolet does not support towing an Equinox 4 down. I went to see the 2014 models and it was not supported.

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You might choose to go with a Blue Ox Aventa II.

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Consider an Air integrated, fully proportional auxiliary brake unit like the SMI Air-Force-One.
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Made the decision to go FT when we get back home to Mich in May. Going to tow DW's Equinox 4 down. Looks like a Blue Ox baseplate (BX 1689) for $370 ish. Plan to install myself. But curious what others have paid to have done.

I'm a bit confused on the tow bars after looking online today due to huge price fluctuations. What do recommend?

This coach I just bought has a Roadmaster Brake controller, but don't know anything about it yet, or if it will work. Aside from that, what's the best braking system for the Equinox?
What model/year/engine is the Equinox?

Mine is a 2012 LTZ 3.0L AWD. It has an additional Power-Steering cooler which gave me problems as I had to modify the cooler to fit it back.

I think this is specific to the 3.0L but suggest you check.

I have a Aventa II towbar which I bought as a factory rebuilt with 1yr warranty. Saved about $200 over the current Aventa LX.
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It's a 4 cyl 2011 front drive LT.
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Base plate installs on two of my toads have averaged 4 hours labor by the same shop.
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...Currently, Chevrolet does not support towing an Equinox 4 down. I went to see the 2014 models and it was not supported...
You may want to check again. I just pulled up the Owners Manual from the Chevy website for the 2014 Equinox, and there are instructions on pages 10-69 and 10-70 for recreational towing. Of course, there may be mid-year changes that are not yet reflected in the online manual, so if you're really interested in an Equinox call a Chevy Zone Office for clarification. Don't ask a salesman.
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You can go to www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php
Looks like you're good to go but check it out and be sure. Good luck and hope everything works out.
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You can go to www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php
Looks like you're good to go but check it out and be sure. Good luck and hope everything works out.
Trust and Verify...

I used the above link when I bought my 2012 Impala. Remco said it was 4-down towable. I even found an online document from GM stating it was towable.

The user manual said otherwise.

I contacted Chevy customer service and asked them direct. They said it was NOT towable 4-down.

Within a few days, both the GM document and the Remco site had been 'corrected'.
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Trust and Verify...

I used the above link when I bought my 2012 Impala. Remco said it was 4-down towable. I even found an online document from GM stating it was towable.

The user manual said otherwise.

I contacted Chevy customer service and asked them direct. They said it was NOT towable 4-down.

Within a few days, both the GM document and the Remco site had been 'corrected'.
That's why is menteioned "check it out and be sure".
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It's a 4 cyl 2011 front drive LT.
Same as our previous toad. Totally flat towable . Complete instructions in the owner manual and 1 fuse to pull. Now towing a 2013 Equinox due to an accident with the 2011.
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We tow a 2012 GMC Terrain which is essentially an Equinox (I believe) 4 down with owners manuals blessing. Just shut off fuse switch (which I added)> It is AWD.
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We tow a 2012 Equinox as per instructions in the owners manual. We have towed for approx 9000 miles with no problems. When we purchased the Equinox I told the dealer that we did not want the car if it could not be towed behind our motorhome. I installed the tow bar myself after getting a price of $300.00. I bought my tow bar and base late from etrailer.com. They have a utube video on their website giving detailed instruction on installation. I used Roadmaster tow bar and base plate. It took me approx 4 hours to install which included a couple trips to the hardware store. It was much easier than I expected.
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