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Old 07-25-2019, 06:13 PM   #1
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New Blue Ox base plate installation

Just finishing up the installation of the base plate for towing my Silverado. How many of you get nervous towing the first hook up. I see all the hardware is heavy duty and rated for 10k but the hookup pins are so small. I hope I dont lose my truck lol. For an 07 Chevrolet silverado do I need to pull the accessory fuse so to not run down the battery?
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Base Plates are robust

I have towed two vehicles with base plates. One was installed by an RV dealer, and the other I installed myself.

Properly installed, the attachments to the toad frame are so strong that I have no qualms about their strength and ability. As a belt and suspenders backup, my baseplate also has a stranded cables that each wrap around a separate frame member to act as a restraining device should the baseplate detach from the vehicle frame. It's probably overkill if the installation is done correctly but good to have nonetheless.


That said, the tow bar and RV receiver are probably weaker links in the system than the base plate. I would not worry about the hookup pins at all. Similar pins are used on farm equipment pulling TONS of machinery through soft fields without any failures. Hook the toad up properly and double check, then drive safely and get to your campsite for untroubled sleep.


As to your fuse issue--I regret I can't help. But I'm sure someone here will give you an answer.
Good luck, and maybe I'll see you down the road.
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:11 PM   #3
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You can make a fuse switch with a lighted switch and a couple spade connectors need to grind spades to fit in the fuse holder I made one for a 2012 terrain and a 2000 chevy Silverado 1500. that way you can just switch off fuse with out pulling it.
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my first pull of the toad was behind my other vehicle...my wife drive and i sat in the passenger seat of the towed through the neighborhood


i double checked all the cables, bolts, etc before i put the front fascia back on.
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I'll make a test run this weekend
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:35 AM   #6
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07 Silverado toad

Have everything installed to make my 07 Silverado my road. The owners manual said nothing on disconnecting the battery or about putting ignition in accessory. I'm pretty sure the truck did not have a steering wheel lock but I'm just wanting to be sure. Anyone else out there towing an 07 model and or know for sure about steering wheel?
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I asked a similar question and a member said that once you switch the key to Position 1 and un-lock the steering wheel, you can then turn the key OFF and the wheel will continue to free-wheel.

No personal knowledge of whether this is true for all vehicles. Can anybody else chime in?
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I asked a similar question and a member said that once you switch the key to Position 1 and un-lock the steering wheel, you can then turn the key OFF and the wheel will continue to free-wheel.

No personal knowledge of whether this is true for all vehicles. Can anybody else chime in?
Every vehicle that I have seen that has a steering lock has a OFF position and THEN a separate LOCK position where you can remove the KEY.
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We have towed or '11 Sierra over 80,000 miles and will probably do it again. BUT we had the GMC sub-frame break at the base-plate. This caused one arm of the tow bar to disconnect. It caused minor damage and Jean drove the truck 1,200 miles home. The body shop re-enforced the sub-frame. The Blue Ox stuff held just the GMC stuff that failed.
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Every vehicle that I have seen that has a steering lock has a OFF position and THEN a separate LOCK position where you can remove the KEY.
Not sure I understand what you said. If we consider that a key is inserted into the OFF position, then Position 1 activates dashboard lights, seats, and steering wheel, then Position 2 is the Start mode.

What I think the other guy said was that we can turn the key to Pos 1, which unlocks the wheel, then without starting the car, turn the key OFF and the steering wheel with continue to be free (not locked).

Is this what you said?
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What you need to do is turn the engine off, then turn the key to accessory mode. Now your steering wheel is in the unlock position.
At this point you flip the battery disconnect switch and it kills all power to the vehicle and your steering wheel is free to turn.
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Not sure I understand what you said. If we consider that a key is inserted into the OFF position, then Position 1 activates dashboard lights, seats, and steering wheel, then Position 2 is the Start mode.

What I think the other guy said was that we can turn the key to Pos 1, which unlocks the wheel, then without starting the car, turn the key OFF and the steering wheel with continue to be free (not locked).

Is this what you said?
its like this on my 06 Jeep
1 position key out column locked
2 position clockwise column UNLOCKED Ignition Off
3 position clockwise column unlocked IGn ON
AND From #1 Turn Counter clockwise To accessory But Column Locked

Every Car will shut off Ignition buy turning key one position CCW but the steering should NOT lock.
This is done so you you kill a stuck throttle, cruise malfunction,.. what ever the reason.


Some Imports may have a accessory position between the column lock and ignition on.

Its a shame they don't make the ignition switches like they do on my 77 Ford pickup. Key switch on Metal dash,....No steering column involvement whatsoever.
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