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Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2008 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2008 Chevrolet Equinox we're doing a test fit of the Yakima HoldUp platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is Y02443. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back and lift up and pull out on our red pin on the side. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2008 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2008 Chevrolet Equinox we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pinch our two levers on either side together and pull those straight out.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2008 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2008 Chevrolet Equinox we're doing a test fit of the ROLA TX-102 hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now we already have our bikes secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be installing the Cipa duel view clip-on towing mirror, part number 11953. You can see me just fine in the factory mirror. Not a problem but if we wanted to change lanes and there's something next to our trailer, we won't be able to see it in the factory mirror. That's where the tow mirrors come into play. I'll step out to the side. You can't see me in the factory mirror anymore but now you can see me in the tow mirror. Our mirror's fully adjustable.



CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today in our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be doing an installation of a CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror, part number 7070. If you wanna execute a maneuver when you're towing a trailer, you have to watch out for the extra distance of your trailer. If you wanna change lanes, if I step over here you can't see me in the factory mirror anymore, but now you can see me in the towing mirror. We also have our individual adjustment to the side, up, down. We can rotate it however we need to get the field of vision that we want, and a field of vision that we need. Now, a nice thing about this mirror is we can still adjust our factory power mirror without a problem, because it doesn't mount over the glass, it just mounts around the glass and to the side of it. The glass here is on unaffected.



CIPA Clamp on Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today, in our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we'll be installing the CIPA universal fit towing mirror, part number CM 11980. Now, if you wanted to change a lane while you're hooked up to your trailer, such as our jet ski trailer here today, it would be difficult to see if there's anything beside the trailer when you wanted to execute your lane change. I'll step over here, to show that. You can't see me in the factory mirror anymore, but now you can see me in the tow mirror. This will prevent you from sideswiping something with your trailer when you're changing lanes. Now, our mirror is fully adjustable. We can go up, down, side to side, whichever direction we need to go in order to get the vision that we need and the vision that we want to see our trailer.



WeatherTech Front Floor Mats Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox we're going to be taking a look at the Weathertech front floor mats in cocoa, part number WT473461. Also available in black, part number WT443461; and in gray, part number WT463461; and in tan, part number WT453461. Here we've got the factory floor mats. As you can see, there's dirt and debris that's collected on top of them, but you can also see dirt and debris that's gotten off of them and begin to collect underneath. Let's remove these and install the Weathertech. We'll slide our Weathertech in. Here it's going to pop down onto those factory posts to help secure it in place and make sure it doesn't go anywhere. The biggest difference that we're going to see between that factory floor mat and this Weathertech is the coverage that comes up here underneath the pedals.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we'll be installing the K Source Universal Clip on Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. Now you can see me just fine in the factory mirror on the vehicle. This is great for normal driving applications. But, with our jet ski trailer behind us here, we may have issues if we wanted to change lanes and there's something to the side of the trailer. Now, if I step over here you can no longer see me in the factory mirror, but you can still me to the side of the jet ski trailer in the new tow mirror that we installed. This is the reason why you want to have tow mirrors when you're towing a trailer. Now, our mirror's fully adjustable. We can do side to side.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is NV22G. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of our rack. We're going to come here to the side and pull down on our lever. That's going to allow us to rotate our bike rack and tilt it away from our vehicle with our bikes fully attached.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox we're doing a test fit of the Yakim Ridge Back Hanging Style 4 Bike Rack. That part number is Y02458. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame, one as our anti-sway strap in the back. These are also known by Yakima as zip strips.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today, on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima HoldUp Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is Y02443. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to come here to the back and pull out on our red pin. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack, with our bikes fully loaded, away from our vehicle. Now, we'll check our hatch clearance here.



WeatherTech Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at the WeatherTech Cargo Liner in black, part number WT40442. Also available in tan, part number WT41442, and in gray, part number WT42442 and cocoa, part number WT43442. Here's what this WeatherTech cargo liner looks like what's its installed in the rear of the vehicle. As you can see, it give us really good coverage all the way around. It's got a nice lip that goes around, it contours the line of the trunk very well. As it hugs all the way around and it comes up and folds up into the back of the seat to help give extra protection up there. It goes all the way across, and then coming back down the other side puts that same lip that contours nicely all the way tucking into this little corner right here and then along the threshold. It's going to give us really good coverage.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Equinox we're going to be taking a look at and installing the CURT t-connector vehicle wiring harness with four-pole flat trailer connector, part number 567094. Here's what this wiring harness looks like once it's installed. As you can see, everything's pretty well hidden. You just got the wires that come down to the four-pole connector right here. Right here you've got easy access to it whenever you need it in order to use it. If you're not using it, you can just put it right back here and clip it to the safety chain connection point.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Equinox - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at, and installing, the Draw-Tite Class 3 Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76028. This is what this hitch is going to look like, once it's installed. As you can see, everything's pretty well hidden. Where the cross tube really isn't visible. You're primarily just going to see the receiver tube and the safety chain connection points, here. This does feature a reinforcement collar, here around the two-inch by two-inch opening.



Titan Chain Diamond Alloy Snow Tire Chains Review - 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be doing a test on the Titan Chain alloy snow tire chains, part number TC1555, on this tire size of 225/65/R17. These Titan chains are SAE class S chains, and they're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. The low profile design and the small links allow for a smooth ride. They feature a diamond pattern, which is going to provide more coverage over the tire. You're going to have increased traction, and stopping power on ice and snow. When using these chains, you have a maximum speed rating of 30 miles per hour.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Equinox - Draw-Tite

Today on 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver, class three, part number 76028. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. You can see it's going to tuck up nicely behind the fascia, only a little bit is going to protrude past. It's going to fit into this factory spot where a trailer hitch would go. It's got a black powder coated finish that's going to help with keep corrosion and rust off of it. It's got the ring-style safety chain loops that are fairly large, so it'll accommodate most of your safety chain hooks. It's going to have a 5/8" hitch pin hole, as well as this 1/2" hole in front of it.



Titan Ladder Pattern Snow Tire Chains Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan Chain snow tire chains, part number TC1142, and that's tire size 225/65-R17. These Titan chains are SAE Class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited rear well clearance. They're great for the occasional use. The rounded twist links are going to provide excellent traction and grip in the ice and snow, and the latter pattern is going to be effective during start and stops. The lever makes installation quick and easy.



WeatherTech Rear Floor Liner Review - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today, on our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we'll be taking a look at the WeatherTech 2nd Row Floor Mats in black, part number WT442712. This is also available in grey, part number WT462712, and in tan, part number WT452712. Now, here we have our WeatherTech floor mat installed. You'll see all the features that we have on this floor mat, like our channels and textured bottom, that are going to prevent your feet from slipping, but also divert dirt, debris, and liquid away from the carpet. The floor mat continues over the center section, giving maximum protection throughout your 2nd row. All along the side, we have a raised, contoured edge, which is going to help prevent dirt, debris, and liquid from getting off of our liner and onto our carpet. The WeatherTech floor mat fits underneath the tracks of the 1st row seats. The floor mat is quick and easy to clean.





Chevrolet Equinox Questions

  • I found an online copy of the owners manual for the 2014 Chevy Equinox from Chevy and have the towing information for you. The models with the 2.4 liter motor have a gross trailer weight capacity of 1,000 pounds if the trailer does not have brakes or 1,500 pounds if the trailer does have brakes. The gross combined weight rating, which is the most the vehicle and trailer can weigh when loaded with cargo, fuel, passengers, and any accessories is 5,787 pounds for front wheel drive...
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  • In my research, I found that the towing capacity for models with the 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is 1500 lbs, while models equipped with the 3.0L 6 cylinder engine have a 3500 lb towing capacity. I've confirmed this information with the owner's manual.
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  • The Swagman Chinook # S64683 and G10 # S64682 are similar but there are some key differences. The G10 uses 2 rails with 2 wheel cradles each so it theoretically is compatible with more bike styles. Other than that they operate the same way. The XTC # S64670 does not tilt down so it would not really be comparable to either of the above bike racks. Also, there is no guarantee that you would be able to open the rear hatch on the vehicle with the bikes loaded on either of the...
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  • Your 2013 Chevrolet Equinox uses a type 921 backup light bulb. The Hopkins product you reviewed, part # HM20101VA, is a replacement for the type 3156 bulb. My contact at Hopkins advises that they do not offer an audible alarm replacement bulb for the 921 type. I also checked with two other suppliers of aftermarket lighting products, Putco and Optronics, and neither of these suppliers offers a 921 replacement bulb with alarm. However, we do offer the Custer Surface Mount...
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  • Generally speaking you will want to have 3 inches from the top of your tire to the fender of your trailer to accommodate for suspension travel. Having a little more wouldn't hurt, but I wouldn't recommend any less than 3 inches. I attached a review video for this fender for you to check out as well.
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  • The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 3160-1B, is designed to fit your 2011 Chevy Equinox so that you can flat tow it behind your motorhome. Another option would be to use a tow dolly, # RM-2000-1. This tow dolly comes with electric brakes, safety cables, adjustable axle and ramps, and adjustable wheel nets. I have included a link to the installation details below. If you decide to use base plates, there are a couple more items you will need before you can safely tow the Equinox....
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  • If you are installing a 7-way and brake controller you will want to use a circuit breaker in-line when connecting the Black wire from the 7-way to the battery and in-line from the brake controller to the battery. The Black wire will draw 12 volt power. For the Black wire that connects from the rear of the 7-way to the battery it is recommended to use a 40 amp circuit breaker, part # PK54540. The Black wire running from the brake controller to the battery should also have...
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  • What we can do is provide you with the bolt size that is used to install the part # 36408 that you referenced and you can find a tap at a local hardware store to clean the threads out if you think they are too corroded. The bolt size is M12 CL8.8. I attached an install video and couple help links for cleaning weldnuts for you to check out as well.
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  • Both the bike racks you mentioned are very similar, almost identical. The Pro Series rack is a bit heavier than the MaxxTow rack, and feels more substantial, like it's better put together. The Q-Slot can be used in Class I and II 1-1/4 inch receivers or 2 inch receiver. The MaxxTow rack works in Class II 1-1/4 inch receivers and 2 inch receivers. Both racks are pretty highly rated by our customers. Both racks are what I would consider entry level racks that are best for occasional...
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  • The best way to determine bearing size is to disassemble the old hubs and find the bearing number stamped on the old bearings. Remember which was the outer most bearing. With the old bearing numbers you can find out hub, spindle, race and seal. So hold onto those numbers. There are several pieces of line and hose in this kit, more than pictured. The longest piece of steel line is 15 feet. The longest rubber hose is 18-7/8 inches. Titan does not offer stainless discs or calipers....
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  • The Draw-Tite # 5500 Brake Controller can certainly be installed on your vehicle, but the procedure for finding the stoplight signal on your 2012 Equinox is a bit different than on other vehicles. As you are sitting in the drivers seat, the BCM (Body Control Module) is located under the dash above where your left knee would be. The module (think of it as a junction box) will have 7 different wire connectors that plug into it. Look for the black connector (all the connectors...
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  • You can use the TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Harness, # TM780072, when flat towing your 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. After doing some research on your vehicle, I have found that some models cannot be flat towed, especially those with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). These models must be towed using a tow dolly. Before you attempt to flat tow your Equinox, I recommend checking your owners manual for any flat towing restrictions or procedures. If you determine...
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  • The Hollywood Racks Commuter you mentioned, part # HR2500 is a high quality rack. This being said, because the Commuter does not have anti-sway cradles it is not a rack I would recommend for long distance travel at highway speeds. An anti-sway cradle has an additional strap that would attach around the seat post frame tube, and would prevent the bikes from swaying back and forth during travel. The swaying could cause the bikes to bang into each other or into the rear of the vehicle. If...
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  • The replacement u-bolt hardware kit that you referenced, part # SR05493, is a correct kit for the Explorer box (whether it is a Karrite or SportRack branded unit). The hardware kit's u-bolts will fit around crossbars that are as wide as 3-3/4-inches. By the way, your Sears Karrite rooftop cargo box was produced for Sears by Thule/SportRack, which are sister companies. For reference, please take a look at the linked photo which shows key dimensions of the u-bolts included in...
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  • I contacted our representative at Swagman about the XTC4 Hitch Bike Rack, part # S64665 and the Quad 4 Bike Rack, part # S64692. Both of these bike racks will work for your downhill bikes with 2.7 and 3 inch wide tires. The XTC4 and the Quad 4 are similar in design and either would work great for carrying the downhill bikes. Each rack includes a cable lock and hitch pin lock. One advantage I think the XTC4 has is the wheel hoops do not have a tray which may be nice if you will...
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  • The red wire for the ICX transmitter in the Even Brake # RM-9400 connects to the cold side of the brake switch. This is the wire that only has power when the brake pedal is pressed. However, on a 2013 Chevy Equinox it is a little more complicated. There isn't a brake switch wire that you can attach the transmitter to on this vehicle so you have to get the signal from the BCM (body control module) which is located under the dash above where your left knee would be. The module...
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  • The Thule QuickGrip mounts, # TH05738, when fully open, have an opening that is 3-1/4 inches wide. Provided the factory OEM bars are no wider than 3-1/4 inches, any cargo box that uses the Quick Grip mounts will fit the factory crossbars on a 2011 Chevy Equinox. I checked with Thule and the Force Large box, # TH624, that you have referenced, will fit a 2011 Chevy Equinox with factory crossbars. It uses the Quick Grip mounts.
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  • Flat towing a vehicle behind a motorhome requires 5 basic components: a tow bar, safety cables, and a lighting solution, base plates and supplementary braking system for the toad. You may care to glance at the linked article that covers each of these in detail. We also always suggest checking your owner's manual for any guidance related to flat towing the vehicle. I recommend staying with one brand of base plate and tow bar since doing so avoids the added cost and complexity...
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  • Although your existing 4-pole can't be used for flat towing the vehicle, you can indeed still add a plug and play wiring harness for flat towing. The trailer wiring harness would connect inline between the vehicle's wiring harness and the taillight assembly. The flat towing harness would daisy chain into that connection. Instead of the TrailerMate harness, I'd recommend using the Hopkins version, part # HM56108. Over the years, we've found that the Hopkins harness works better...
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  • The Hopkins Backup Sensor System, item # HM60100VA, is designed to detect items directly behind the vehicle and straight out. I spoke with my contact at Hopkins and he explained that the backup sensor would detect items at the ground for a distance of 5-1/2 feet, or so. Also the unit will not pickup items very near to the vehicle once the item is past where the sensor can detect the item. Say a box is laying on the ground 15 feet behind your vehicle. At a point where you...
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