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Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we have got out the Yakima full tilt, and we are test fitting it just to see the kind of room and spacing that we have with the rack in relation to the vehicle. Now, the full tilt is a four bike, hanging style rack, designed to fold and tilt. Also for use with two inch hitches, or the inch and a quarter, so we have some adaptability there. Part number on it is Y02462. These have some of my favorite cradles. I think this is really a big difference here. These are called the zip strips.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox we're test fitting this Swagman XC2. Now the XC2 is a two bike platform style rack. This has been designed for use with inch and a quarter, or with two inch hitches. The part number on it is S64650. Now I really like the XC2, and so do a lot of our customers. You'll see that on the website.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today, on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we're doing test fit on the Stromberg Carlson 23x60 cargo carrier. This cargo carrier is designed for use with two inch hitches, and it offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is CC-100. A couple things I really like about the carrier here, one's going to be the size of that expanded steel on the floor. If you're putting muddy, chunky things on there, it's going to give us plenty of room for dirt and debris and things like that fall down and out. I also like the shorter rail that we've got around the outside. This is two and three-quarters of an inch high, so there's plenty of rail there for front-to-back and side-to-side stability.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we're test fitting the Max Tow Aluminium Cargo Carrier. Now this cargo carrier is mainly aluminium construction, really nice and light weight. It's designed for sure in 2 inch hitches and it has a capacity of 500 pounds. The part number on it is MT70422. THIs carrier's 41, or I'm sorry 21 by 48. You can see it's got the aluminum slatted floor here, this floor's going to allow for plenty of that larger dirt and debris and things like that to fall down in through while giving us plenty of load support for our gear that we do have loaded up. The raised rail around the outside is going to be about 2 inches high.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we're test fitting the Let's Go Aero GearCage. This is a 32 by 48 cargo carrier. It's been designed for use in 2-inch hitches, and it's going to offer us a 300 pound capacity. Part number on it is HCR222. As you can see, this is a nice, big cargo carrier. It's going to offer the solid floor, rather than a perforated floor.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we've got the Kuat Sherpa out, and we're test fitting it. The Sherpa's a platform folding and tilting tube bike rack. This has been designed so we can use it with 1 1/4 or with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is S103. One of the really nice features about the Sherpa, no frame contact while holding our bike on the rack. The all aluminium construction helps it stay really nice and light weight.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today in our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we've got out the Curt 20 by 60 folding cargo carrier. As you can see we're doing a test on it. Now this cargo carrier has been designed for use in 2 inch hitches and it offers a 500 pound capacity. Part number on it is C-1-8-1-5-1. Thing I really like about the carrier, see this nice high raised rail that goes all the way around the outside It's going to be about 5 and 1/2 inches tall. That gives us good support for our gear, side-to-side and front-to-back. And you also see it makes some really nice connection points here for our straps. Also we're going to have reflectors on the side and on the rear to help increase our visibility.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we've got out the Curt 20 by 60 Cargo Carrier here. We're going to do a testing on it. Now, the cargo carrier has been designed for use with two inch hitches, and it offers a capacity of 500 pounds. Part number on it is C18150. Something I really like about the carrier is this nice raised rail all the way around the outside, there. This is going to be about five and a half inches high. It's going to give us really good support for our load, once it's on there.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we are doing a test fit on the Curt Premium 4 Bike Rack. This is a hanging style rack, it has been designed for use on 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is C18064. I think the really unique feature of this bike rack are going to be our dual cradle arms that come back and actually taper in. This is going to help us out a lot with kids bikes, or alternative frames, and things like that. As you can see, nice and narrow here, and then widening out as we get further forward.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today in our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Cargo Carrier, part number HR1485. Go ahead and get you some measurements. Our ground clearance at our lowest point is going to be about 12 inches. Overall, we're going to add about 25 inches to the length of our vehicle. Now the closest point of contact is going to be about 7 and a quarter inches. Let's go ahead and measure our break-over point, the point in which your tailgate is going to pass over your cargo carrier and possibly come in contact with any items.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at the Curt 20x16 Cargo Carrier for a 2-inch hitch. This is a folding-style cargo carrier, it's part number is C18151. Let's go ahead and get you some measurements. Our ground clearance is going to be right about 14 inches. Overall it's going to add to your car, it's going to be about 32 and a 1/4. Now our closest point with it folded down, right about 11 and 1/4 inches. Now let's get some measurements on our break over point, which is the area when your tailgate comes up, that it's going to make contact with whatever you have in your carrier.





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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • For a 2012 Chevy Equinox, both the Draw-Tite Class III, # 75681, and the Class II, # 90145, have a shipping weight of about 35 pounds. The Class III has a gross trailer weight capacity of 3,500 pounds and a tongue weight capacity of 350 pounds. The Class II has the same gross trailer weight capacity but a tongue weight capacity of 300 pounds. Both hitches will install and look similar as you can see in the instructions and video links I have provided for each. Even though...
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  • To tow your 2012 Chevy Equinox your first priority would be to have a trailer hitch mounted to your RV that is capable of towing your vehicle. My research shows that the Equinox weighs approximately 4000 lbs, not including fluids and cargo, and that it is flat towable as is. You should also refer to your owners manual to confirm the flat towing procedures for you 2012 Chevy Equinox. The Reese Multi-Fit Motorhome Trailer Hitch, # 82200, may be a good choice if the total weight...
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  • Roadmaster base plates # RM-523184-5 only work with motor home mounted tow bars and will not work with the Stowmaster. These base plates have a different type of connection at the ends of the removable arms that is not compatible with the Stowmaster. What will be required is either different base plates such as # RM-523184-4, which is compatible with the Stowmaster, or a different tow bar such as the Falcon 2, # RM-520. The base plates cost less so I would choose them if cost...
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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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  • On the Roadmaster base plates # 3160-3B for the 2010 Chevy Equinox, there is a tab next to each draw bar receiver opening. There are 2 holes in this tab. This is called the cable tab. The cables that go from the toad to the RV use the cable tab. The short cables that come with some base plates are meant to loop around the vehicle frame and the base plates anywhere that is convenient.
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  • We do have wiring kits, that will work with your 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, that do not require the vehicle have a tow package. However, the item you selected, Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118264, will only fit the 2010-2012 Equinox models that are equipped with the factory tow package. If your 2012 Chevrolet Equinox will not be equipped with a factory tow package, you could use either the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118494, or the Curt Custom Fit...
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  • To determine if you can flat tow your 2015 Chevy Equinox the first thing you need to check is your owners manual under the section on towing. Any flat towing restrictions will be listed there. If you determine that your vehicle can be flat towed the first thing you will need is a base plate kit. For that you will want the Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # 3160-1B. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental...
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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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  • The 2 base plates you have referenced for a 2012 Chevy Equinox are different styles. Base plate # 3160-1B is an XL style base plate. XL style base plates are available for cars, SUVs, and trucks. They feature removable drawbar arms. The frame brackets, when the arms are removed, are nearly invisible. The arms are held in place with a pin and clip. XL style base plates work with all Roadmaster tow bars and they are compatible with quick disconnects. Base plate 3160-3A is...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • There are a couple of trailer hitches that have been confirmed to fit your 2011 Chevy Equinox, but the Draw-Tite hitch, # 75681, has not been one of those confirmed. instead, take a look at Curt trailer hitch # C12291. This is a Class II, 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch that Curt has confirmed as a fit for the 2011 Chevy Equinox. I have included a link to the installation details below. We can also use the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13591. This is a Class III, 2 inch trailer hitch. I have...
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