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  2. I have a 2005 Silverado 2500hd with the 6.6L diesel that has a GVWR of 9,800 lbs and a GCWR of 22,000 lbs. The actual weight of the truck with one passenger and a full tank of fuel is 6,740 lbs. The owner manual says the maximum trailer weight should be 12,000 lbs. My 5th wheel has a dry weight of 11,600 lbs and a hitch weight of 2,200 lbs and a GVWR of 14,625 lbs. Is this too much trailer for my truck? I am planning a lengthy trip this summer to the western part of the US and don't want to endanger anyone with a poorly configured rig. Thanks in advance for everyone's help.
  3. Has anyone flat-towed a Chrysler Crossfire? I have a 2005 Crossfire with a 6-speed manual transmission. I have read conflicting information on this. Thanks.
  4. I am setting up my 2018 Chevy Equinox LT with the 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine and push button ignition to flat tow. The owner's manual has you perform the following to prepare to tow: Turn the vehicle on. In vehicles equipped with AWD engage the AWD system and confirm that it is on. Position the vehicle to be towed and secure it to the towing vehicle. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral). Turn the ignition to ACC/ ACCESSORY. Turn all accessories off. My Equinox is a front wheel drive (FWD) with a push button ignition. When I complete the above procedure, the warning chime continues to alarm and a message to place transmission into Park is displayed on the dash. I will be stopping at the dealership later in the week to discuss the issue with them but wondered if anyone else has run into this. I'm wondering if the manual is in error and a fuse needs to be pulled. Update: I stopped at the Chevy dealer today. They did not have an answer but also thought that a fuse may need to be pulled. They are going to follow up with GM and let me know.
  5. I have a 2011 Cadillac SRX 3.0 L naturally aspirated. Any additional comments on these instructions toad towing??? Thanks much.I have a small screwdriver that I use just to make it easier to push the button. But yes, it's just a button - slightly recessed. I just keep the screwdriver in the door pocket. Any small pointy object will work.So, the steps exactly:1) Get everything hooked up, then start engine (if not running) and with foot firmly on brake, shift to neutral, pull shift boot up from the back by hooking fingers and pulling up. (There's not enough slack to pull it up when in park, and it won't shift out of drive without the motor running).2) Shift back to park, shut off engine.3) While pressing button (upper right corner under shift boot, pull shifter back to neutral.4) Double-check that you got neutral NOT DRIVE. You won't have a dash light to tell you, so visually double-check. You can tell as if it is in Drive it will move over to the manual shift notch, if in neutral it will not.5) Check again.GO!!!!To reverse the process, just shift it back into drive BEFORE you unhook everything. This resets everything.One other thing: If you use a seat-based brake system (Brake buddy, Patriot), be VERY aware not to trigger the automatic seat movement where it moves the seat based on opening the door or pressing the key fob. That really screws things up. You can either turn off the feature through the menu system of don't press the buttons on the key fob. One really handy thing: You can use the pedal positioning feature to adjust the brake system.OK, I lied - one other little note. To protect the battery, Cadillac shuts off all the 12V plugs 10 minutes after the ignition is shut off - EXCEPT the one back in the cargo bay. So I just ran a 12V extension cord from the back to the front, under the edges of the seats. Problem solved.
  6. In March 2017, the “All-New 2017 Jeep Compass” began appearing at dealerships. For those who are searching for a vehicle to flat tow behind a motorhome, an important distinction must be made between the “All-New 2017 Jeep Compass” and the “2017 Jeep Compass.” The “2017 Jeep Compass” (when equipped with manual transmission) can be towed four wheels down. It is included in “The 2017 Towing Lineup” (January 2017, page 46), Family Motor Coaching magazine’s annual list of vehicles that can be flat towed behind a motorhome without significant modifications. The 2017 Jeep Compass owners manual spells out the procedure for flat towing behind a motorhome. Production of that vehicle ceased in December 2016, according to a spokesman for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. The “All-New 2017 Jeep Compass” is an entirely new vehicle from the ground up. The new vehicle’s owners manual specifies that the vehicle is NOT flat towable. Always consult the most up-to-date version of a vehicle’s owners manual to determine whether the vehicle can be flat towed.
  7. Hi, I'm new to the RV scene having just bought a 2003. Winnebago adventurer 35 u. I have been studying my options for towing and pretty much understand the pros and cons of the three methods. I am leaning towards a tow dolly but am confused by the instructions from different manufacturers. Why does one manufacturer say to lock the steering but the next say unlock the steering? Could someone clear this up for me?
  8. Hello, I am trying to make a decision on towing either flat-tow or trailer. Ideally, I would prefer a trailer, so that I can use it to tow my classic car as well. I am not sure about the process of calculating the towing capacity of the RV - 2002 Holiday Rambler Endeavor - and figuring out if my Car is too heavy to be towed in addition to the trailer weight. The car weighs 5,000 lbs. I would really appreciate some feedback and advice on this decision... Thank you! Richard
  9. Is it all model years with electronic steering having the towing wobble or just the 2014. Am being told Jeep and for had same issues with their electric steering and fixed it. Understand it is a negative pressure load on the steering causing it, is this true?
  10. While towing my 2014 Equinox a couple months ago through an interstate construction zone about 50-55 mph the steering on the tow went unstable and started violently swinging from hard left to hard right. Stopping was the only way to get out of this. After stopping and checking for damage, none apparent, it towed fine the rest of the way. The tow bar was level and tires at correct pressure. I had the alignment checked at a Chevy dealer and 3 of the wheels were out, don't know if this bad alignment was before the incident or damage from the instability. I have towed this car over 15,000 miles. It has towed fine the rest of the year. Wondering if anyone has heard of this before and what caused it?
  11. The 2017 Lincoln Continental is NOT approved for four-wheels-down towing, a Lincoln spokesman said today (February 17). That is a reversal from the information published in the 2017 Lincoln owners manual (first printing) and in the Ford/Lincoln 2017 RV & Trailer Towing Guide. Family Motor Coaching magazine relied on those sources, as well as email confirmation from a Lincoln media relations representative, when preparing "The 2017 Towing Lineup" that appears in the January 2017 issue. Our online towing guide will be corrected, and we will publish a correction in the magazine's April issue, which we're working on now. It's unclear why Lincoln originally deemed the 2017 Continental towable four wheels down, and then reversed course. Family Motor Coaching has requested an explanation.
  12. When we had Blue Ox fabricate a baseplate for prior toad, they included a nice window sign "car in tow.". We always made sure to put that sign in the rear window of our toad (which was not a tinted window). FYI - our sign is held in place by wedging it top & bottom on inside of rear window moldings. But new toad (Jeep GC) first trip towing back from install Air Force One system on MH & toad, DW following in our second vehicle found the tinted windows on the Jeep make it impossible for a vehicle behind you to 'see' or 'be able to read' the"car in tow" sign until they are less than 1 car length behind the toad. We would like it visible at a greater distance for safety. ( Otherwise, just looks to another driver following rig on hwy that a Jeep is tail gating the MH ?) So, questions we have: 1 ). Do you use a "car in tow" sign in you'd toads? Is it required by law? 2 ). Open to ideas how to make "car in tow" sign more visible when toad window is tinted? Thanks again for your help!
  13. Hello, my husband and I bought our first Class A this summer, and have almost completed our first 10k miles. Its a 2005 Winnebago Journey. We think we want to learn to tow a vehicle. We have a 2003 Chevy Silverado 4x4 truck, and have read that it can be flat towed. From what I've read, we would need a tow bar and a plate on the truck. We have questions about how to connect the brake lights, if we should or have to have auxiliary brakes, and what we do to the truck to tow it. What else should we know to start to tow a vehicle? Thank you!
  14. A search of the Subaru website for the word "towing" on Oct 5, 2016 http://www.subaru.com/customer-support.html Found the following Q&A: Q "What recommendations does Subaru have about towing my vehicle behind a motor home?" A "Please follow the recommendations outlined in the Owner's Manual if there is a need to tow a Subaru vehicle. The best way to transport your vehicle is a flatbed tow truck with ALL wheels off the ground. Always follow the precautions and recommendations outlined in the Owner's Manual if flat towing with all wheels on the ground is unavoidable in an emergency situation." We have been flat towing our 2003 Subaru Forester (5 speed manual trans) with four wheels on the ground since 2004 behind three different Class A RVs (one gas, two diesel) for many thousand miles with no problems or incidents. Falcon Roadmaster # 5250 towbar.
  15. We're doing comparisons of all the RV insurance plans available and wonder which is the best. Do any of you have recommendations? Who do you use?
  16. Last October (2015) my wife and I "graduated" from an 32 foot travel trailer to a "like new condition" 2007 Damon Astoria (model 3774), 39 foot overall length, motorhome that only had 4,800 miles of use!! We enjoyed the travel trailer the last seven years but simply had outgrown it as kids got married and grandchildren arrived. We hope to greatly enjoy the motorhome for LSU football and other family weekend outings until we reach retirement age of 65 some eight years from now. Since the motorhome purchase we've sought input on the type of tow vehicle to purchase and towing systems from family, friends, our new FMCA community, Motorhomes magazine, etc. The result of our "research" was to purchase a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Edition that had only 10,000 miles of use. With a curb weight of ~4,100 pounds, the Wrangler is well within the 5,000 pound tow rating of the motorhome. During our "research" we learned that Blue Ox and Roadmaster seem to be the most popular brands of towing equipment. We were surprised that about 1/3 of motorhome owners we met did not have supplemental brake systems for their towed vehicles. To have "one stop shop" service for tow system purchase and installation, the Camping World RV Center in west Houston near our home is the most convenient. To keep the purchase, installation and most important on-going use process as simple as possible, Camping World recommend the following tow system for my motorhome: 1) Sterling All Terrain Aluminum tow bar (8,000 pound tow rating), EZ5 mounting bracket for the Wrangler, Invisible Brake supplemental brake system for the Wrangler and the "installation" kit. The tow bar and mounting bracket look quite similar to the Blue Ox system so I have no concerns about the Roadmaster tow bar/mounting bracket. My biggest "unknown" is the Invisible Brake supplement brake system. Conceptually, I think of the Invisible Brake system functioning somewhat similar to the electronic brake control system I had in my Silverado for the travel trailer i.e. press on the motorhome brake, the Invisible Brake controller "senses" the electronic signal to the motorhome brake lights and then applies braking to the towed vehicle. I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback and advice about the Roadmaster tow bar, mounting plate and especially the Invisibile Brake supplemental brake system. Thanks for helping this "motorhome newbie" climb the learning curve and for being patient while reading this short thesis ! Mike in Katy, TX
  17. We will soon receive our D/P with 10k towing capacity and plan to tow a small car 3,200 pounds. The tow system is Blue Ox. Do you recommend adding a supplemental braking system. Thinking of Airforce One if necessary or its equivalent. Should I try the D/P on a 2,000 trip without one first?
  18. The FMCA towing guide does not list the the 2016 Ford Expedition yet the owners manual gives instructions for towing the models with AWD. Anyone with first hand knowledge or experience?
  19. Have a Newmar Ventana 2015, 400HP. Just picked up a Jeep Wrangler Sport 2006, What is the best and safest tow bar. Will I need to add brakes to car? Where should I go for info and updates. Thanks David
  20. While towing (new to me) 2015 Chevy Equinox the towed brakes locked up at 60mpg. VERY SCARRY!!! Have since learned why. Has this happened to you?
  21. Does anyone know if a 2005 Chevy Colorado can be towed four down (automatic transmission and two wheel drive)?
  22. Can anyone tell me what has to be done in order to tow my 2005 Sierra Denali? I believe a transmission pump is necessary. What is the best kind to purchase and how hard are they to install? Thank you, Brad
  23. We have a 2015 Cherokee Latitude with the V6 and Active Drive II 4x4 transmission, Blue Ox tow bar and base plate and the Roadmaster Even Brake system. Problem, after towing the car from Chicago to Texas, it would not recognize the keyless entry fobs. None of the remote functions would work from the fobs. Took it to the nearest dealer, it took them a week to get the right parts. They replaced some modules, a network module and a brake module, I think. All under warranty. Just finished towing it across Texas and it is doing it again! Same problem. Question, since the vehicle computers are never really “off”, could the application of the brakes with the Even Brake system while towing cause the computes to “wake up” and then get really confused because the wheels are turning and the engine is off? Will be taking it to the nearest dealer in the morning, again!
  24. We recently purchased a Smart 4 Two to pull behind our Chinook Glacier motor home and was wondering if anyone has first-hand knowledge or information about the Pod-ium Smart trailer manufactured by Pod-ium in Quebec (pod-ium.com). It looks exactly like what I'm looking for, but I wanted some additional information, observations and comments from 'real-world' users before I commit to buying something like this 'sight unseen'.
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