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Old 03-13-2016, 08:19 AM   #1
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Smile Towing a GMC Terrain with2006 Gulfstream Tourmaster T40

Hello and thanks for the new member message. I have a question about what is the best way to tow a new FWD GMC Terrain. We are thinking of a flat tow. Has anyone any advice about this? We are really really new RVers and know we will make mistakes as we go along, just want to possibly benefit from other experiences and wisdom....
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You didn't mention what year your GMC Terrain is, but the 2016 model can be dinghy towed. (pg 259) https://www.gmc.com/content/dam/GMC/...ers-manual.pdf

I didn't look up earlier models, just follow the instructions for towing. At under 4,000 lbs, it should be towable by any RV with a Class III hitch.

Be sure to get auxiliary braking for your 'toad,' you want to be safe!
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We tow a 2012 Equinox with no problems, it is one of the easiest tow vehicles we have towed in over 30 years. We use Road master tow bar and Ready brake. Equinox is the Chevrolet version of the Terrain.
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We tow a 2014 Equinox and think I makes a great toad. Ours is the V6 with hyd PS. Friends have a 2013 with the 4 cyl which has electric PS. They have problems with severe side to side shaking. Jeep has the same problems with the Cherokee which also has electric PS. Jeep has decided that the problem is the lack of resistance when the PS is off so have developed a work around that will keep it powered while being towed. Understand that those that have the problem are a relatively small number but if you Terrain is the 4 cyl and has electric PS, I'd think twice before investing the funds to tow 4 down.

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We tow a 2014 Equinox and think I makes a great toad. Ours is the V6 with hyd PS. Friends have a 2013 with the 4 cyl which has electric PS. They have problems with severe side to side shaking. Jeep has the same problems with the Cherokee which also has electric PS. Jeep has decided that the problem is the lack of resistance when the PS is off so have developed a work around that will keep it powered while being towed. Understand that those that have the problem are a relatively small number but if you Terrain is the 4 cyl and has electric PS, I'd think twice before investing the funds to tow 4 down.

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I've read that the Cherokee has this problem and I've seen the remedy seems to be a wiring harness to power the PS even when ignition is off. They seem to have problems getting this harness or whatever done, it was due in February, I understand, and still no word of it's availability.

If the problem is due to lack of resistance that allows oscillation, I wonder why a steering damper wouldn't help? Anyone hear of trying a damper?
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