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Chevy Equinox Questions and a Manual change

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I have a 2014 Allegro L.A. gasser. I am looking at the Chevy Equinox to tow four wheels down to replace my 2003 Ford. To add to the discussion on previous pages of the Equinox:   

1. The Mechanic that would install the baseplate and wire the motorhome 7 pin connection to the toad told me that he thinks the Premier trim would be best. I think he said that other trims may avoid voltage/battery charge problems.  I will check back with that I understood him correctly.  

Has anyone else experienced similar issues.

2. In rigging up the toad has anyone used the battery charge function that is available from the 7 pin connection of the motorhome to charge to battery on the toad directly with a trickle charge? Or, as some have mentioned in other threads used an external unit to maintain the battery at full change given the Acc must be turned on while flat towing with the possible accessories turned off.

3. I intend to use my Blue Ox patriot as the auxiliary braking system on the Equinox. On my previous toad it was hooked up through the 12 volt Cigarette Lighter to operate. The person that would be wiring the Equinox could install an auxiliary 12 volt to under the dash to operate the Patriot braking system. How do other people using the Equinox hook up the auxiliary brake.

4. My last question refers to the engine on the Equinox. Consumer Reports suggests that one might consider the 2.0L for a bit more pep. I am not a fast driver. Upgrading to the 2.0L would be an expense. So, I was wondering how other Equinox owners felt about the drivability of the 1.5L.and their general satisfaction with the Equinox as a toad.

Any responses would be appreciated.

Here are sections from the 2019 and 2018 Equinox manuals that indicate significant changes on models that can flat towed. I cannot attest  to the accuracy to any changes.

 2019 Manual

The Front-wheel-drive (1.5 L gas, 2.0Lgas, and 1.6L diesel engine) and all-wheel-drive (2.0L gas and 1.6L diesel engine) vehicles may be dinghy towed from the front. These vehicles can also be towed by placing them on a platform trailer with all four wheels off of the ground. All other engine/transmission combinations must be towed by platform trailer.

2018 Manual

Front-wheel-drive (1.5 L Gas FWD/1.6 L Diesel) and all-wheel-drive (1.6 L Diesel only) vehicles may be dinghy towed from the front. These vehicles can also be towed by placing them on a platform trailer with all four wheels off of the ground. All other engine/ transmission combinations must be towed by platform trailer.

 

Thanks,

Ken

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