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Old 09-13-2016, 08:16 AM   #1
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Questions re. towing a '16 Escalade (Tahoe & Yukon too)

I just picked up a 2016 Escalade for my wife yesterday, and will be setting it up for towing behind the MH. According to the manual, the battery needs to be disconnected. I have a couple questions.

-when disconnecting battery, do you lose all your radio programming, bluetooth connections, etc.?

-What lighting solutions are available? I'm not sure I want to tap into the stock wiring harness.

I have a 2015 Ram 2500 Cummins that is set up to be towed (not, in any way and ideal toad, terrible really). The installers used a kit with diodes and tapped into the wiring. Now the truck thinks my tail lights are out all the time, because the resistance in the wiring changed. Something to do with the can-bus system. I'd rather avoid that on the wife's Escalade which is a daily driver. The truck gets driven a couple times per month so I'll deal with it for now.

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"when disconnecting battery, do you lose all your radio programming, bluetooth connections, etc.?" You will lose the radio settings because the radios memory is powered by the vehicles battery.

"What lighting solutions are available?" You will have to tap into the vehicles wiring in order to power such things as brake lights, turn signals, etc if using the towed vehicles lights. You can add external lights to the vehicle using temporary lighting that clamps or adheres with magnets. Also look at the braking system you will need to modify. Most states require independent braking for a towed vehicle the is applied when you stop the motorhome. There is a lot of info on this forum for what you are doing. Do some searching and you will find many threads covering your issues. For my setup I used products offered by etrailer.com. They're not the only source though.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I have been searching. Not much info out there unfortunately. I was holding out hope that the radio/BT functions do not use memory that requires voltage.

I have a RVIBrake 2 and a Blue Ox BX7420 Avail tow bar.

I just found out Roadmaster makes a pretty cool remote battery disconnect so I don't have to open the hood and break out a wrench.
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FWIW, I was working on my MIL's '15 Escalade awhile back. Had the battery disconnected for about 2 hours while I installed a GPS. It did not lose any presets I could tell.

Those LED tail lights may cause problems as c92vette said. I would look into a bulb and socket kit (If you have room in the taillight housing) or separate lights all together. Saw some one that made a light to install in the hitch of his toad using an LED tailgate strip that looked pretty cool.

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Check with Hopkins Dinghy Towing Solutions for Dinghy Towing Harness, #56114 may work, no cutting or splicing into the harness.
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Or you could use these. No worry about current feedback or having to run wires to a connecter. Just charge them up, turn them on, attach to rear of vehicle and go.



When you change toads you simply move the lights, no installation time or cost.

TM3N Pair of Individual WirelessTow Lights
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We tow a 15 seirra and do not loose the radio and bluetooth settings. We did not want to tie into the truch wiring harness so we went with the blue ox lights and added them to my taillight housing.
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We tow a 15 seirra and do not loose the radio and bluetooth settings. We did not want to tie into the truch wiring harness so we went with the blue ox lights and added them to my taillight housing.
Thanks for the feedback.

One more thing I don't understand. Both my Ram 2500 and Escalade have keyless ignitions. My Ram doesn't have a steering lock, but the Escalade does.

How do you keep the steering from locking with the keyless ignition? Is it a procedural thing? Like putting car in D and then disconnecting battery?
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I have the exact same scenario and questions. Also, by disconnecting the ground from the battery you loose power to the sig adapter for the brake system. So, I assume we will have to run an auxiliary plug to power the RVIBrake. Thanks for any responses.
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I have the exact same scenario and questions. Also, by disconnecting the ground from the battery you loose power to the sig adapter for the brake system. So, I assume we will have to run an auxiliary plug to power the RVIBrake. Thanks for any responses.
I bought a towed vehicle battery charger, plus ran a separate 12v cigarette lighter in through the firewall coming direct from the battery to supply the RVIBrake with 12v. The breakaway wire also needs to be run to the brake system. For lighting I bought a tow-mate light bar and an in-the-ditch hitch adapter. That way I'm not cutting into my wire harness on the Escalade. Slide the light bar in and I'm good to go!

The installer (who I won't go back to) used diodes on my Ram, now the truck thinks the rear tail lights and brake lights are out due to the change in resistance in the harness. Not a big deal, but the warnings come on every time I start the truck. I don't want that on the Caddy.
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