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Old 10-20-2017, 12:52 PM   #43
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Was told today by dealer in Liberal, Ks need to unhook battery so battery does not go dead while towing. GM is working on the problem.
And how is the Auxiliary Brake unit going to be powered with the battery disconnected? Or do you believe you can tow a toad without a Auxiliary Brake unit?

Until I solve the battery discharge issue, I will stop every couple of hours and recharge the battery by running the car.
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Add a charge line from the motorhome. Either buy a ToadCharge unit or the one from RVi brake, wire them up, and you can stop worrying about the battery going dead.
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:03 PM   #45
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Add a charge line from the motorhome. Either buy a ToadCharge unit or the one from RVi brake, wire them up, and you can stop worrying about the battery going dead.
That should be the case but the Hopkins BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Maintainer that we installed has not kept the battery from drawing down.

Trying the RVI Battery maintainer next.
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I ordered the RVi charger today. According to the specs, it puts out a charge current of 15 amps. That should handle about everything I would think. Also, we are going to make sure ALL accessories (lights, radio, etc.) are OFF prior to leaving Tuesday. If the battery goes dead on our 7 hour drive to Nashville, we will know there are bigger problems. Disconnecting the battery is not a solution in my opinion.
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We thought the first tow did not add any miles to the odometer. The last four trips did add miles to the odometer. Followed the same steps.

Tried adding a ground wire to see if the Hopkins BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Maintainer worked any better. It didn't. But I do believe the ground wire will be necessary with the RVI Battery Maintainer too. We are using magnetic lights so we were not supplying a ground through the lights.

It is amazing to us that the 2012 and 2014 Equinox never ran the battery down from the Apollo Brake unit. If nothing else comes as a solution, the sledgehammer approach will to disconnect the car from the battery and connect the Apollo directly to the battery.
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We thought the first tow did not add any miles to the odometer. The last four trips did add miles to the odometer. Followed the same steps.

Tried adding a ground wire to see if the Hopkins BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Maintainer worked any better. It didn't. But I do believe the ground wire will be necessary with the RVI Battery Maintainer too. We are using magnetic lights so we were not supplying a ground through the lights.

It is amazing to us that the 2012 and 2014 Equinox never ran the battery down from the Apollo Brake unit. If nothing else comes as a solution, the sledgehammer approach will to disconnect the car from the battery and connect the Apollo directly to the battery.


After you push and hold the start button to put it into accessory and shift into neutral, do you then push the start button to turn off accessories?
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After you push and hold the start button to put it into accessory and shift into neutral, do you then push the start button to turn off accessories?
Yes. Now we have been stepping on the brake after pushing the Start Button to turn things off, shifting into Neutral and then hit the Start Button again.

I have read that maybe instead of stepping on the brake, just hold the Start button until you can shift into Neutral.
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After you push and hold the start button to put it into accessory and shift into neutral, do you then push the start button to turn off accessories?


Yes, push the start/stop button. That will turn off the odometer and the dashboard lights.

You will see a notification on the dashboard saying "Shift To Park", and there will be a chime sounding. The chiming will eventually stop.

If you have a charge line from the MH to the tow vehicle (we have the RVI charger), you will not have any battery issues.
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OK, we did our 7 hour trip yesterday. Followed the steps to the letter. I made sure all accessories were OFF. I did notice that the lights turned themselves back ON again so I turned them back OFF. The “SHIFT TO PARK” message and chimes were on as advertised. I got an annoying 3 quick blasts of the horn when I shut the door. We pulled 5 hours, stopped for fuel and started the car for 5 minutes as recommended by GM to lube the transmission. No battery issues at all. Since I never shifted to park, when I pressed the Start/Stop button to turn the Equinox OFF, it went right back into the tow mode! Perfect!!!
So far very satisfied with towing and the Invisibrake worked perfectly. I didn’t have time before I left to install the RVi Tow charger, so all this took place with a charging wire connected through a 30 amp fuse to the positive side of the battery.
I don’t know how much it helped, but reading the instructions for the diodes for the tail lights and the Invisibrake seem to indicate that grounding is VERY important, so I grounded at the back of the Equinox near the tail lights, again at the drivers kick plate molding, and the base plate up front.

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We have tried all the procedures previously listed for getting our 2018 Equinox ready to tow. So far nothing turns off the accessories and more importantly turns off the odometer.

I guess lacking a better procedure, we will resort to a battery disconnect switch. The auxiliary brake unit would be directly connected to the batter as well as the RVI Towed Battery Charger.

I don't have a good feeling that GM will come up with a solution like our 2014 Equinox had where one fuse disconnected almost everything.
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We have tried all the procedures previously listed for getting our 2018 Equinox ready to tow. So far nothing turns off the accessories and more importantly turns off the odometer.

I guess lacking a better procedure, we will resort to a battery disconnect switch. The auxiliary brake unit would be directly connected to the batter as well as the RVI Towed Battery Charger.

I don't have a good feeling that GM will come up with a solution like our 2014 Equinox had where one fuse disconnected almost everything.


Once you shift into neutral, when you press the start/stop button, it doesn’t shut off your dashboard lights?

That’s what happens on our 2018;Equinox. There is a prompt on their dash saying “shift to Park”, and a chime is sounding, but our dashboard lights are off. Including the odometer.
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The dash lights go off and the Display Panel says to put the transmission into park, and the chime is pinging. But the accessories stay on and the odometer has clicked up miles for the distance we have towed.
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The dash lights go off and the Display Panel says to put the transmission into park, and the chime is pinging. But the accessories stay on and the odometer has clicked up miles for the distance we have towed.


The dash lights go out but your odometer logged miles? Are you certain of that?

When we first started, we thought the odometer had clocked miles, but eventually realized that we had forgotten to reset the trip odometer.

I would reset the trip odometer to zero and try again, If your vehicle is truly clocking miles while the dashboard lights are off, you are experiencing something completely different than our Equinox.
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The trip odometers are one at zero and the other for the last trip. The trip odometers would turn off with the main odometer.

Our main odometer shows just short of 1000 miles and that is the distance from where we bought the Equinox in Hutchinson Kansas Indicating it has not been off even though the dash lights were off.

This is an LT, is yours an LT too?
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