I am not aware of any motorhome on the Ford F53 chassis that cannot tow at least 4,000 pounds. I'm guessing you have the FR3 30DS? And that "new" really means "new" and not "new to you"? If it does mean "new" you can use the link below. Otherwise you need to look at the weight sticker in your motorhome for the GVWR and GCWR numbers.
Look at the second and third line on the SPECIFICATIONS
table for your exact model and do a bit of math: GCWR
in pounds minus GVWR
The answer is the minimum
amount of weight your motorhome chassis can safely tow IF
the hitch has the correct rating. Many motorhomes have a 6,000 pound "GCWR minus GVWR" rating but only had a 5,000 pound hitch installed at the factory. (In reality, that number is also pretty close to the maximum amount you can tow for a gas motorhome due to how they're usually loaded.)
For us it's 4,000 pounds and we tow a 2020 Equinox with ease (about 3,700 pounds towing weight). We have a 5,000 pound hitch as you almost certainly do.
A properly equipped Equinox is very easy to connect and disconnect. I'm slow because I triple-check everything and it's maybe ten minutes from start to finish including the light tests.
"Properly Equipped" is often a matter of debate but will include:
- A properly sized tow bar. I use a Roadmaster Nighthawk non-binding 8,000 pound capacity tow bar.
- A baseplate, the thing the tow bar attaches to on the car. I use the Demco while a lot of people prefer the Roadmaster or Blue Ox baseplates.
- A supplemental braking system. Your motorhome brakes are designed to safely stop just the motorhome, not "motorhome + thing being towed". I use a Demco Stay-IN-Play DUO permanent system. Others prefer a portable system, one that needs set in front of the driver's seat and hooked up before each trip and removed before you can drive the car. It's not difficult but needs done each time.
- Some type of system to provide brake lights, turn signals, and tail lights on the Equinox. Some people use a magnetic light bar, some people use a kit to install separate light bulbs into the existing tail light lens and others wire directly into the existing car lights. Because I have LED tail lights I had to use the latter. The last two are the most convenient because there are no separate wires needing run and hooked up. The wiring for the lights is part of the cable between the motorhome and the car.
- A drop hitch. This is a kind of Z-shaped adapter that slides into the FR3's hitch receiver with the car's tow bar connecting to the other end. The tow bar to the car must, must be within 2" or 3" of perfectly level (depending on the tow bar model). The drop hitch provides that "drop" to get your tow bar to level.
- Some type of battery charging line from the motorhome. This is mandatory for the Equinox due to how it gets configured for flat towing. The wiring for battery charging is part of the cable between the motorhome and the car.
FYI, the procedure in the 2010-2017 Equinox Owner's Manual for towing has been superseded by the attached PDF. It changes which fuse must be pulled for safe towing.