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Old 11-01-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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Switch to replace fuse #32 on 2013 equinox

I am installing the switch kit to replace fuse #32 on the equinox. Any suggestions on a "factory look like" for this switch installation. Is there enough room behind the fuse panel cover to install the switch on the cover? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Well since I didn't get any suggestions from you wonderful people I decided to go it alone. I found an ideal place just to the left on the glove box near the bottom. the panel there is very thick and running the wire over to the fuse panel is very accessible. Now the challenge is to run wires (three required) from the engine compartment into the cabin. All suggestions are welcome.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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Well since I didn't get any suggestions from you wonderful people I decided to go it alone. I found an ideal place just to the left on the glove box near the bottom. the panel there is very thick and running the wire over to the fuse panel is very accessible. Now the challenge is to run wires (three required) from the engine compartment into the cabin. All suggestions are welcome.
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There is a rubber grommet to the left of the steering column where the hood release cable runs through the firewall. I poked a hole in the grommet with an awl for the wires for my breakaway switch.
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I'm not familiar with the Equinox, I assume from your message that the fuse you're adding the switch for is located in the engine compartment and not in the driver/passenger area? And three wires to control a switch to turn on and off a fuse? My fuse switch had just 2 wires. Let us know how it goes!
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If you go here Another Equinox question
you will find several suggestions. Doing a search for Equinox on this forum will supply a multitude of information on prepping an Equinox for towing.
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I'm not familiar with the Equinox, I assume from your message that the fuse you're adding the switch for is located in the engine compartment and not in the driver/passenger area? And three wires to control a switch to turn on and off a fuse? My fuse switch had just 2 wires. Let us know how it goes!
The fuse that needs to be pulled on the Equinox is in the passenger compartment. I think the wires he needs to run are for lights and/or a breakaway switch.
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Thanks Paz for clarifying that for Easyrider. The three wires that are needed from the engine compartment to the cabin are: two for a dedicated 12v source directly from the battery for the Rvi brake and one for the break-away wire. I have a charge circuit from the MH to the Equinox to keep the Equinox batteries charged. I am using a 6-pin plug, four for the lights and two for the charge circuit. I bought the charge system on line and it works like a charm
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Thanks Paz for clarifying that for Easyrider. The three wires that are needed from the engine compartment to the cabin are: two for a dedicated 12v source directly from the battery for the Rvi brake and one for the break-away wire. I have a charge circuit from the MH to the Equinox to keep the Equinox batteries charged. I am using a 6-pin plug, four for the lights and two for the charge circuit. I bought the charge system on line and it works like a charm
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Our Equinox battery has never gone dead in a year of towing. IMO, a charge line is not necessary.

Because the only 12V plug in the vehicle that stays hot when the key is off is all the way in the back, I installed a new 12V socket that stays hot all the time right by the fuse panel. In the fuse panel, there are several unused sockets. I used a test light to find one that was hot all the time and to find out which was the hot side. I used a spade connector to pick up only the hot side and ran a wire with a 12V, 15A inline fuse to the new 12V socket. The inline fuse is out of view behind the panel. The new socket is grounded to a metal support behind the kick panel. Because the new socket stays hot all the time, it is also more useful when we're not towing for things like charging the phone, etc.

BTW, I installed a switch on our old Saturn because the fuse that had to be pulled was under the hood. It was also a huge 30A thing that was very tight in the socket. The one on the Equinox is so easy to reach since it's in the passenger compartment and so easy to pull since it's one of the mini fuses, I didn't bother with a switch. I just wrapped a small wire tie around the body of the fuse to make it easy to get a hold of it.

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