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Old 08-29-2021, 03:20 PM   #43
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I too tried towing our Equinox. Every time we stopped for fuel I let it run for 5 minutes or so but always when we stopped for the day, the battery would be dead. We were able to jump start it in most cases but always had to disconnect from the tow bar, drive the motorhome in position to jump start.
My question is, why not just disconnect the battery? Not to difficult to do and just reconnect when you need to use it. Any thoughts along this line? Thanks,
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I bought a 500 amp NOCO for $79.00. If my battery discharges completely now I just pop the hood, attach the NOCO and start it up !
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Old 08-29-2021, 07:00 PM   #44
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Not to hijack the thread, I have a 2021 Equinox and am towing 4 down, following all owners manual instructions, but the odometer is registering miles.
I towed a 2013 until recently, but the death wobble became so frequent I upgraded. If anyone has a clue as to how to stop the miles from registering, please let me know.
Interesting. I'll have to check my 2020 closer now. I usually reset Trip 2 right before a long trip so I'll have to check it after we stop.

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Old 08-31-2021, 05:29 PM   #45
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Purchased 2021 Equinox FWD July, tows great very simple procedure.
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:20 PM   #46
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Interesting. I'll have to check my 2020 closer now. I usually reset Trip 2 right before a long trip so I'll have to check it after we stop.
Towed over 200 miles today. Neither the odometer or Trip 2 gained any mileage.

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Also not registering mileage on odometer while being towed, charge line is connected properly so no battery issues. I can not be more satisfied. The installation was done by Russ at 1st Choice Mobile RV Repair out of Spring Hill Florida and I highly recommend his company.
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I've been towing my 2021 with no miles added to odometer over the last three weeks. Also, no issues with a dead battery. Just following the procedure in the owners manual.
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I have a base plate, a brake system and a light kit ordered for the Equinox. I know it will be hot weather for performing the installs. But I think I'll tackle it.
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I have a base plate, a brake system and a light kit ordered for the Equinox. I know it will be hot weather for performing the installs. But I think I'll tackle it.
eTrailer has some excellent installation videos for the DIY project. After watching those, I oversaw the shop do the job on mine -- a long, long day. ;-) As NXR has mentioned, don't forget a heavy gauge charge line as the Equinox still pulls 8 amps when being towed (?!).

We've put nearly 8,000 miles towing on our 2020 Equinox AWD Premier 2.0t without a hiccup.
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eTrailer has some excellent installation videos for the DIY project.
While I generally agree I'll add this caveat. Watch multiple Etrailer videos for the same vehicle and the same product if possible. Their installation practices are remarkably inconsistent from installer to installer, even on the same car, and they use some bad practices. Examples:
  • Just running wiring underneath the vehicle without protecting it in any way. That exposes the wires to moisture, road debris, and just plain old movement from the airflow. All wiring should be inside wiring loom, just like the manufacturers use. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • Running wires across and around metal with no chafing protection.

  • Tie wrapping wiring to brake lines.

  • Connecting the ground wire from the baseplate connector to the chassis all the way at the back of the vehicle instead of up front. That increases the voltage drop in the ground wire and that can negatively affect everything, including the lights and the charging line.

  • The baseplate installation instructions said to place the ends of the baseplate securely against certain points of the structure yet the installer did not do that. There was a clear gap visible in the video.

  • When installing the Demco Stay-IN-Play DUO one of the most important parts is tying into the car's vacuum booster safely so you do not affect the car's ability to stop. Yet on the video the installer essentially said "We did that part before we started the video so it's already done". So a DIY'er could not see what they did to make that cut-in.
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My 2021 does not record miles when towed. Base model, not sure that would make a difference... ST
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While I generally agree I'll add this caveat. Watch multiple Etrailer videos for the same vehicle and the same product if possible. Their installation practices are remarkably inconsistent from installer to installer, even on the same car, and they use some bad practices. ...
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As usual, NXR (Ray) adds excellent details that will only help insure a good installation!
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Update to my original post:
We bought a 2021 AWD Equinox and had the Blue Ox draw bar and Demco Stay and Play brake system installed. We have about 2000 miles on it so far with zero problems. Start it up, put it in AWD, neutral, engine off, turn the brake control on, and we're set. No fuse to pull, no battery disconnect.
Tows well, no problems with battery drain the way they wired it.
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