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Old 03-19-2016, 04:00 PM   #1
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Question for those towing an Equinox

I am about to start towing a 2011 Equinox. The manual says that it IS towable.

The manual says to run the Equinox engine for 5 minutes at the beginning and for 5 minutes at the end of each day and to run it at fuel stops.

The manual further states to:
1) Hook up to the RV
2) Turn the key to On/Run
3) Sift the transmission to Neutral
4) Turn the key to Accessory
5) Turn off all of the accessories
6) Pull fuse 32.

In the steps above, the manual implies that the engine is not running when performing steps 1, 2, 3.

IS THAT CORRECT?

The manual says at the end of the tow, to:
1) Set the brake
2) Shift to Park
3) Turn the key to Off
4) Reinstall Fuse 32
5) Start the engine and let it idle for 3 minutes before driving the car.

Is the above what you do?

Thanks in advance. I just want to make sure that I've got this right.

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Old 03-19-2016, 10:47 PM   #2
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That's it...

We've had good success towing our Equinox. I do notice that I'll get a slight "burnt" smell when driving after a long tow but it seems to clear up promptly. I think the only issue is that the fuse is a little tough to get to and I keep threatening to put in a switch so we don't have to open the box. Couple of tips to make the job easier: Get a small needle nose pliers to remove/replace fuse. Get a box of extra fuses for when you drop the fuse and can't retrieve it. Replace the fuse and start the car nightly even if you won't be dropping and driving it then. Finally, having a soft carpet sample to kneel on keeps you clean and comfy during the process.
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I installed the switch to eliminate the fuse. Other than that I follow the steps outlined. I too get the 'burnt' smell, and I believe it is the gunk that kicks up under the toad during its time behind the MH. Have towed our 2015 Equinox about 4509-5000 miles so far.


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One way to keep from pulling # 32 fuse.
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I have a slight smell in all my towed cars after towing I think it may be coming from the air discharge from my breaking system , the Roadmaster 9300
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We definitely start and run thru the gears before hooking up and at every stop which is generally 4-5 hours although every stop is probably overkill. Gives me a chance to stretch my legs.
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I've got a 2012 Equinox, have towed it probably 12000 miles, no problems. Save yourself some cash, and make your own switch for fuze 32. You can get the parts at Radio Shack for about 6 bucks.
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I've got a 2012 Equinox, have towed it probably 12000 miles, no problems. Save yourself some cash, and make your own switch for fuze 32. You can get the parts at Radio Shack for about 6 bucks.
I have added a relay so that the 32 fuse is opened when the umbilical from the RV is plugged in.

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Old 03-21-2016, 08:47 AM   #9
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We definitely start and run thru the gears before hooking up and at every stop which is generally 4-5 hours although every stop is probably overkill.
George,

The manual says that the procedure is:

"2) Turn the key to On/Run
3) Sift the transmission to Neutral
4) Turn the key to Accessory
5) Turn off all of the accessories
6) Pull fuse 32."

The manual does NOT say to start the engine which you apparently you do.

Is that correct? If so, your process is probably better.

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