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I have a 2011 Equinox and its a 6cyl and it has a power stering cooler can i use 3160-1A. we bought it so we can tow it behind the MH. thanks for your prompt reply

asked by: Rick B


Expert Reply:

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. For a tow bar, you will need one that is compatible with XL style base plates. I recommend the RoadMaster Falcon 2, # RM-520. This is an RV mounted tow bar which offers more stability than a car mounted tow bar. I have included a link to a video review below.

I also recommend safety cables and a light kit as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend the Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables, # RM-643. For a temporary lighting solution, use the Magnetic Towing Light Kit, # C-ATL20A. These lights have a magnet that will stick to a flat metal surface and plug into a 4-flat on the tow vehicle. For a more permanent solution, I recommend the Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness, # 38955. I have included an installation video and demonstration video of this kit below.

You might also be interested in a supplemental brake kit for the Equinox. The easiest to use and install is the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System, # RM-9400. This unit installs quickly so you are ready to go in minutes. It engages the towed vehicle brakes proportionally to how much the towing vehicle is braking, reducing wear of both the towing vehicle and towed vehicle brakes.

Finally, you will need to check with the manufacturer and/or your vehicle owners manual for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your vehicle because some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect, or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed.

expert reply by: Michael H


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