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Dinghy Towing a 2011 Chevy Equinox Behind a Motorhome

Question:

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, # 3160-1A, 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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Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness


Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness

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38955

Retail: $34.90

Price:  $32.60

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Splices into Vehicle Wiring
Diode Kit

Product Specs:

Universal
Tail Light Mount


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Magnetic Towing Light Kit, 20 ft. Long Cord


Magnetic Towing Light Kit, 20 ft. Long Cord

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10 reviews

C-ATL20A

Price:  $41.95

Product Summary:

Bypasses Vehicle Wiring
Removable Tail Light Kit

Product Specs:

Universal
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RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes


RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes

RM-2000-1

Retail: $3,775.84

Price:  $3,395.00

Product Summary:

Tow Dolly
4380 lbs

Product Specs:

2 Inch Ball Coupler


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RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs


RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs

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19 reviews

RM-520

Retail: $732.05

Price:  $590.00

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Hitch Mount Style
Telescoping
Standard
Steel
6000 lbs

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Roadmaster EZ
Roadmaster MX
Roadmaster XL
Roadmaster Standard
Stores on RV


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RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs


RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs

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55 reviews

RM-643

Retail: $60.63

Price:  $45.95

Product Summary:

Tow Bars
Accessories
64 Inch Long
6000 lbs

Product Specs:

Coiled Cable
Safety Cables
Cables


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Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System


Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System

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RM-9400

Retail: $1,555.60

Price:  $1,249.00

Product Summary:

Brake Systems
Proportional System

Product Specs:

Not Power Assist Brake Compatible
Portable System
Recurring Set-Up


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