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How to Dinghy or Flat Tow Your 2015 Chevrolet

It’s RV season! I’m getting calls from car-buyers who want to know if they can tow their new car behind a recreational vehicle. Specifically they want to Dinghy Tow, i.e. tow with all four wheels on the ground.

I’m no expert on the subject, but I looked in all the 2015 owner’s manuals and found that the following guide is accurate. If you’re willing to drive a stick, you’ve got your pick. But if you prefer an automatic transmission, you’re a bit more limited.

If you want to Dinghy Tow your Chevrolet, it looks like the Chevrolet Equinox is most suited to towing in this manner. However, the Sonic is a bit of a rockstar when it comes to Dinghy towing and Malibu can be dinghy towed as well.

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Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Colorado 4WD

4,140

None

No

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Cruze   

3,093

65mph/None

Yes

No

Remove fuse 22, 23, 24 and 25 from instrument panel fuse block.

Equinox

3,777

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Equinox AWD

3,922

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Malibu

3,393

None

N/A

Yes

Shift transmission to Neutral. Put ignition in ACC/Accessory position. Remove fuse 8, 22 and 24.

Silverado 1500 4WD

4,749

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected. 

Silverado 2500 HD 4WD

6,044

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Silverado 3500 HD 4WD

6,281

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Sonic (except RS)

2,690

65mph/ None

Yes

Yes*

Run vehicle at the beginning of each day and at each RV fuel stop for about 5 minutes. Remove the DLIS fuse.

Spark

2,269

None

Yes

No

 

Suburban 1500 4WD

5,896

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Tahoe 4WD

5,683

None

N/A

Yes

Only vehicles with a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral position and a 4WD Low setting can be towed. Negative battery cable must be disconnected.

Traverse FWD/AWD

4,713

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Remove 15-amp ECM fuse, the 15-amp OnStar fuse and 50-amp BATT1 fuse. Run vehicle at the beginning of each day an at each RV fuel stop for about 5 minutes.

*”2015 Guide to Dinghy Towing” MotorHome April 2015

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner’s manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer’s responsibility to confirm that  the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.

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