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Old 05-31-2021, 10:12 PM   #1
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I intende to tow my 2012 Equanox AWD. What problems can I expect ?? I have Roadmaster baseplates. Installed.
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I donít know if there is a special prep sequence before starting out for the day on AWD, but your users manual should tell you.

Add a charge wire from RV to Equinox. I used #10 with a 20 amp circuit breaker on both ends. You will still need to run engine for about 5 minutes, twice a day to lube the transmission.
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Tode, towed, toad..... no matter what you call it, double check what is in the Equinox manual under 'towing behind a RV ' (or something similar).

Always remember to release the emergency brake. Check to make sure that your turning signals and brake lights are working correctly and install some type of supplemental braking system.

I have used the M & G and Air Force One supplemental braking system which I had installed on the vehicle. I had the M & G on a 2007 Honda CR-V and the Air Force One on a 2013 CR-V and on the current 2017 MKX.

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There is a service bulliten from GM that modifies the owners manual for model years 2010 to 2017. (17-NA-348) suggest that you download it and follow the procedures. There is a lot of information and videos on that will tell you everything that you want to know about the different available setups.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:54 AM   #5
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There is a service bulletin from GM that modifies the owners manual for model years 2010 to 2017. (17-NA-348) suggest that you download it and follow the procedures.
I attached it but it only affects the 4-cylinder engine flat tow procedure, not the 6-cylinder engine flat tow procedure.

A good battery charge line and ground line is mandatory, "good" meaning 12 gauge wire or 14 gauge at the smallest. The Equinox pulls almost 8 amps from the car's battery when configured for towing and that will kill the car's battery in just a few hours without an appropriate-sized battery charging circuit from the motorhome.

Your Winnebago 31G has a GVWR of 14,500 pounds. An Equinox weighs roughly two tons so it needs a supplemental braking system installed as well. Otherwise you have an additional 4,000 pounds of Equinox pushing your (maximum weight) 14,500 pound motorhome every time you stop.

Per DOT requirements, the braking system on any vehicle is only designed to stop the vehicle itself, never anything being towed. Without a supplemental braking system on the Equinox your braking distances will be longer but you may not notice until you hit someone you otherwise would not have hit.

Also, your motorhome will have accelerated wear on its brakes and rotors. You'll pay for the lack of a toad supplemental braking system one way or another.

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I have a 2016 Equinox AWD and find it to be one of the easiest vehicles to tow. Simply start the Equinox and allow it to run in neutral while connecting to the coach. When connected, release the parking brake, double check in neutral, turn key to OFF, DO NOT REMOVE THE KEY, the steering will stay unlocked til the key is removed. By towing with the key in the off position there is no electrical drain on the battery. If you need 12v the power port in the rear cargo compartment is always on. I have replaced my battery with a 850 CCA unit that has more than enough power to run my RVi2 brake system all day. When stopping for lunch, I start the Equinox and let it run while we are in the coach.
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Thanks to all for the response
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We tow a manual 2007 Subaru Outback XT. I had a dummy (no xponder) key cut and use that in the ignition - that way my toad cannot be started should any would be thieves come by and notice a key in the ignition. It also allows me to keep the key OFF but in place so that my steers are always "turnable."
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