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2022 GMC Canyon 4WD flat tow

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We just purchased this truck, having traded in a 2010 Chevy Colorado that we flat towed similarly...
The most concerning item we have are the directions for setting up for flat towing. If you look at page 298 of the owners manual, the last instruction in number 9 is to  “keep the ignition key in the towed vehicle in ACC/ACCESSORY to prevent the steering column from locking” which makes sense. ...Makes me wonder if this will really happen since you have already disconnected the battery?…
Within the directions to dinghy tow, on page 298, number 4 refers you to page 194 where, when you get to page 196/197 it guides you through the transfer case directions - shifting into neutral - number 8 says to "turn the engine off and the ignition to ACC/ACCESSORY”. Number 9 says to “place the transmission shift lever in Park. See Recreational Vehicle Towing on page 296”. But number 10 says “turn the ignition off”.
 
I have tried calling several service depts & tried to contact someone at GMC too - no-one seems to KNOW which is correct... 
OUR QUESTION is - which is correct at the end of the directions to tow the pickup behind our motor home. Turn the ignition off on page 197 or keep the ignition key in and turn it on ACC/ACCESSORY on page 298?
 
Thank you! 

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Yes, your 2022 Canyon has a Steering Wheel lock. What they are referring to in turning the ignition of is putting it in the Accessory position. Chevrolet and GMC have gone back and forth on the Steering Wheel lock.

If it were mine, as soon as the warranty runs out I would pull the wheel and remove the locking pin (there is no law saying that you have to have a Steering Wheel lock). Then you would be just like you Colorado.

Enjoy you new truck.

Herman  

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I  have a 2021 Canyon that i flat tow with no problem. I also had  a Chevy Colorado 2011  before also. I purchased cut off switch from Roadmasrer for the battery and ran a hot 12 volt  plug for my Patriot brake from battery to stay hot and i leave the key in acc. No problem towing at all.

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We had a 2021 Colorado, no issues and over 10000 miles towing. We also had the Roadmaster battery Cut-off switch and used the Air Force One brake system. Your ignition will be off, but key in accessory mode. Also, when you go get to your destination, we found it much easier to shift back out of neutral if engine was off. Not near as hard of engagement back into 2 wheel drive. Switching back to a 5er so just sold to Colorado for same as we paid for it 18 months ago! 

Just watch you first few corners in your mirror to see pickup tires turning directions and back tires rolling. Saw someone trying to leave the park with E-brake still on, got him stopped before he did any real damage.

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I tow a Canyon and I think you're getting hung up on Acc position and off, correct?  When you turn the key to the Acc position, it will turn the engine off. 

I suggest making copy a copy of the instructions, laminate and keep in the passenger seat pocket.

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