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Old 05-08-2019, 05:17 PM   #1
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I have a 2013 Four Winds Hurricane equipped with a Blue Ox towing system. I am towing a 2017 Chevy Equinox Premiere. We are following the towing instructions from the Equinox Owner Manual and the RV Blue Ox installer also confirmed we are doing it correctly but have been experiencing a problem. When we stop for gas or any other reason, the windshield wipers on the Equinox are up and the radio is on which has drained the battery. We need to jump start the Equinox in order to continue on our trip. After jump starting the car, we make sure all items (radio, fan, lights, etc.) are off. After our first trip, we took the rig and car back to the installer and were told the fuse in the electrical connection between car and rig was too small. They replaced the 10 amp with a 25 amp and told us we were good to go. We have just returned from a 2nd trip and the same thing is happening. The fuse in the electrical connector is good. Any ideas of what is going on and why things are turning on and draining the battery? Thanks, Bill.
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Increasing the size of a fuse has absolutely nothing to do with accessories magically turning themselves to the on position. Your car requires that you pull fuse #32. Are you doing that or if not, did the installer add a toggle switch to disable the fuse?

What if any kind of auxiliary brakes do you have in the Chevy? Are they electrical or mechanical. How did the installer wire if electrical?

These are things that we need to know to help with the problem
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Thanks LJowdy. Yes we are removing Fuse 32. The RV dealer installed a towing/braking system in our rig which we also turn on before taking off. We are not aware of any braking system being added to the Equinox. We will inquire regarding that.
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Thanks LJowdy. Yes we are removing Fuse 32. The RV dealer installed a towing/braking system in our rig which we also turn on before taking off. We are not aware of any braking system being added to the Equinox. We will inquire regarding that.
I have the same problem with my 2015 equinox. It draws 4 and 1/2 amp with everything turned off through the body control module. Finally took a set of jumper cables and put plugins on the end and ran that back for power so I have number 6 or number 8 wire powering it now the battery doesn't go dead.
I think the electric power steering is doing something while traveling and drawing more juice never checked it but that's where I suspect goes. On Mine they changed from fuse 32 to fuse 16 not sure what year ranges that is.
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I believe GM changed from fuse 32 to fuse 16 on your 2017 also!
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