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Old 07-25-2015, 06:08 PM   #1
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For those that tow a silverado

Looking to tow my 2015 Silverado. The manual says to disconnect the negative battery cable. I have been looking for an easy disconnect switch to install but the shape of the battery has blocked two tries. Any help with what you use for a disconnect is appreciated
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Looking to tow my 2015 Silverado. The manual says to disconnect the negative battery cable. I have been looking for an easy disconnect switch to install but the shape of the battery has blocked two tries. Any help with what you use for a disconnect is appreciated
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The towing of the new GMC and Chevy trucks has been discussed just a few times on here. And, as you've stated, they must have the negative battery cable disconnected when towing. To me, there's a very simple solution to this issue. The picture below is of a battery switch. The Red Key you see is removable. You simply turn that key to the disconnect position and, remove the key. It's a great theft deterrent too. Those type switches can be purchased at many auto parts stores. They usually run around $10-$15 dollars or so.

You can install this type switch, in an inconspicuous place and all you see on the inside of the cab is, a black pole, without the red key in. Good luck.
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Thank you I have one of these switches--- just have to figure out where to put it
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Thank you I have one of these switches--- just have to figure out where to put it
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You're welcome. I mounted mine, right on the firewall, just above the foot/parking brake. You couldn't see it unless you got down on your knees on the ground and specifically looked for it. I knew right where it was and, could reach it with minimal difficulty. But none the less, it was fairly concealed.

A buddy put his, right inside the center console, UNDER a cup holder that was removable. How ingenious is that? All he does is lift the lip of the cup holder and lift it out and, that reveals the Red key. Now, yeah, it took some time to get that system setup but, once it's done, it's done forever. In todays vehicles, they're pretty nice looking inside, so, sticking one of those Red keys in there, needs a little finesse and thought process in order for it to be not only accessible but, not degrading in looks.
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What are you using for auxiliary braking in the truck. I though most of the systems require DC power and if the battery is disconnected - what then?
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I use a brake buddy. I have a "battery jumper box" that has a 12 volt port. I plug the brake buddy into that. I have seen people wire a 12 volt cigarette lighter type attachment directly to the battery also
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I'm a little confused. You have to disconnect the negative side of the battery but the BB has to be plugged into 12V. I always thought the negative lead went from the battery to a ground lug on the engine. There is something I'm missing here.
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I had to disconnect the battery in our '07 Jeep and at the time used a Brake Buddy. I rewired one of the dashboard 12v receptacles so it was powered by the motorhome when the electrical harness was plugged between the MH and the Jeep. A simple blade switch attached to the negative battery post made disconnecting the battery a 2 second job.
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