Do Fuses Need to be Pulled on 2012 Chevy Silverado when Flat Towing

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I am having my 2012 Silverado set up to be flat towed behind my rv . Do I need to pull any fuse or just disconnect the battery.

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I took a look at the online version of the owner's manual for your 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 and it states that if it is a four-wheel-drive model it can be flat towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. The manual does not state that any fuses need to be pulled or that the battery needs to be disconnected. I do just recommend verifying this information in your copy of the manual in case you have a slightly different model.

In order to flat tow your truck you will need a base plate kit, a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution, and a supplemental braking system. I will make my recommendations if you do not yet have some or all of these components.

For a base plate kit I really like the Roadmaster Direct-Connect # 3154-3 because it features removable drawbars that make them virtually invisible when you're not towing the truck. Then for a compatible tow bar that will work great I recommend the Roadmaster BlackHawk # RM-422 that features a 10,000 pound weight capacity, a non-binding design that allows for easy release (even on unlevel ground), and extra-long telescoping arms for better maneuverability on the road. For safety cables you can use # RM-649.

Then for a lighting solution I recommend the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Kit # HM56101 because it allows for a plug-and-play installation and you can add the Hopkins Adapter # HM47065 to connect from the 4-Way on the Silverado to the 7-Way on your RV.

Finally for a supplemental braking system I highly recommend the SMI Air Force One # SM99243 if your RV has air brakes or the Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251 if it has hydraulic brakes. I really like this system because it is a maintenance-free setup after the initial installation and requires only a couple of connections each time you're ready to flat tow.

You might also need a high-low adapter in order to keep your tow bar in the "Safety Zone" (3 inches above or below level). I have attached a great article that explains how to choose the best one for your setup and a link that will take you to our available selection. I have also included instructions and videos on the products mentioned that you can check out.

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