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RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby texas tc [OP] » Nov 11 2011, 9:14pm

I recently changed from a Jeep Wrangler to a 2011 Silverado extended cab 4x4 to tow behind my motor coach. If anyone wants to do this, Blue Ox makes really clean base plates and Roadmaster makes a good air brake actuated auxiliary braking system. Below is a picture of the base plate mounted on my truck and the air fitting to the right of the base plate ties in to the air brakes on my coach. There is a portable air cylinder mounted on a plate in front of the drivers seat that actuates the brakes proportional to the brakes on the coach. Really nice little setup.

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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby Z71Silvy » Nov 11 2011, 9:18pm

Very nice - do you just put the transfer case in neutral to allow the truck to freewheel then? I remember when I bought a Canyon in 2008 they were very proud of the fact that the transfer case was designed to still lube the output shaft when in neutral so that it could be flat towed.
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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby texas tc [OP] » Nov 11 2011, 9:39pm

Yes, the transfer case goes in neutral, automatic transmission in park, hook up the 10000# tow bar, lights, safety chains, and brakes and I am ready to tow. It is quite a bit heavier than my Wranglers were but much more comfortable to drive when I arrive at my destination. The dealership had quite a time trying to get the proceedure right to get the transfer case into neutral. No one seemed to know the steps to take and the owners manual is a bit vague. Finally, one of the sales folks, who had recently attended a training session, brought me a copy of the page from GM's training manual that did a great job of explaining the process, both in and out of neutral. I have now done it several times and it is really pretty simple. Also, I mounted a seperate light bulb and socket in the taillight housing so I did not have to wire into the Silverado electronic system. The lights run directly off the RV system.

I wish the truck was about a 1000# lighter when I tow it but I really like the Silverado as my daily driver over the Wrangler.
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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby LGSONE » Nov 14 2011, 6:56pm

Do you have a copy of the training manual info you can share with us.

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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby texas tc [OP] » Nov 14 2011, 9:39pm

Here ya go!

Document ID: 2356548


Page 19 of24




Shifting into Neutral
To shift the transfer case to N (Neutral) do the following:
1.Make sure the vehicle is parked so that it will not roll.
2.Set the parking brake and press and hold the regular brake pedal. See Parking Brakefor
more information.
3.Start the vehicle or turn the ignition to ON/RUN.
4.Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).
5.Shift the transfer case to Two-Wheel Drive High.
6.Turn the transfer case dial clockwise to N (Neutral) until it stops and hold it there until the
Neutral light starts blinking. This will take at least 10 seconds. Then slowly release the dial
to the four low position. The N (Neutral) light will come on when the transfer case shift to N
(Neutral) is complete.
7.If the engine is running, verify that the transfer case is in N (Neutral) by shifting the
transmission to R (Reverse) for one second, then shift the transmission to D (Drive) for one
second.
8.Turn the ignition to ACC/ ACCESSORY, which will turn the engine off.
9.Place the transmission shift lever in P (Park).
10.Release the parking brake prior to moving the vehicle.
11.Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.



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Shifting Out of Neutral
To shift the transfer case out of N (Neutral) do the following:
1.Set the parking brake and apply the regular brake pedal.
2.Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with the engine off, and shift the transmission to N (Neutral).
3.Turn the transfer case dial to Two-Wheel Drive High.
After the transfer case has shifted out of N (Neutral), the N (Neutral) light will go out.
4. Release the parking brake prior to moving the vehicle.
Notice: Shifting the transmission into gear before the requested mode indicator light has
stopped flashing could damage the transfer case. To help avoid damaging the vehicle, always
wait for the mode indicator lights to stop flashing before shifting the transmission into gear.
5. Start the engine and shift the transmission to the desired position.
Excessively shifting the transfer case into or out of the different modes may cause the transfer
case to enter the shift protection mode. This will protect the transfer case from possible damage
and will only allow the transfer case to respond to one shift per 10 seconds. The transfer case
may stay in this mode for up to three minutes.


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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby deathphoenix99 » Nov 14 2011, 9:44pm

I actually just saw a truck very similiar to yours being towed this weekend behind an RV. This was just outside of Houston on I-10 heading east on Sunday between 3-5.
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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby texas tc [OP] » Nov 14 2011, 9:49pm

Wasn't me but I hope they were having a great time!
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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby texas tc [OP] » Dec 10 2011, 10:21pm

I finally got a chance to tow the Silverado for a real trip over the past couple of weeks. Towed it over 2200 miles and it was GREAT! The only time I knew it was there is when I looked at the rear camera monitor. The Winnebago was pulling it along at 80 miles per hour (actual speed limit in West Texas) and it pulled as well as the Jeep Wrangler it replaced. It was surely more comfortable when we were camping than the Jeep. I can actually get all the grand kids in the Silverado along with the wife and I could never do that with the Wrangler. I am very happy I changed to the Chevy and would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to have a great "toad" for their coach.
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Re: RV Towing (behind the coach)

Postby BuxCamper » Dec 10 2011, 11:24pm

When you flat tow is the odometer counting it?
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Postby gmctruckguy » Dec 11 2011, 12:19am

Odometer only tracks when you have the ignition on and are driving it. They are electrically fed now not cable driven.
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