Flat Towing Setup for 2018 Chevy Equinox 1.5L FWD

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I realize prices may vary but about how much does it cost to have all of the work done using a top quality blue ox system with brake controller Rv 2019 tiffin open road 2018 Equinox front wheel drive 1.5 litre

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I checked the owner's manual for the 2018 Chevy Equinox FWD 1.5L and this car can be flat towed. Like other towable cars there is a preparation process to be followed before each trip and this is covered on page 359 of the online manual.

For the labor cost alone for installing a complete flat towing setup you can figure $2000 as a "ballpark" starting point. This is labor only and is in addition to the parts' cost.

The labor fee will vary depending on whether you select a non-labor-intensive braking system like the portable Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2016 as opposed to a labor-intensive braking system like the Stay-in-Play # SM99251 (for motorhomes with hydraulic brakes) or the Air Force One # SM99243 (for motorhomes with air brakes). These SMI system have a one-time setup that takes more install time, but only that one time, while the portable Patriot II will require you to re-install it each time you tow the Equinox. Often those that lease a vehicle will choose a portable option.

The other flat towing component that has significant labor time is the base plate kit. These often require removal of bumper trim parts or other components; some of these may need modification before they can be re-installed.

The other main parts to a flat towing setup - the tow bar, safety cables, wiring/lighting kit and high/low hitch adapter - tend to require less install time. Figure the braking system and base plates will tend to take up a big part of the total labor cost for the job. You can avoid some expenses, like the cost of special tow bar adapters, by using a tow bar and base plate from the same maker, say the Blue Ox base plate # BX1730 and their Alpha 2 tow bar # BX7380, which includes safety cables.

You can use a cost-effective magnetic light kit like # TL21RK which is a simple install along with a high/low adapter like # BX88129 to complete your setup.

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