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CamperGuy55

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Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« on: June 09, 2018, 08:20:08 AM »
I have a 2018 chevy equinox Lt with the larger 2.0 turbo 252 hp 260lbs torque with the 9 speed transmission and the factory installed tow package.Specs say it can tow up to 3,500 lbs and hitch weight 350 lbs.It has a 2 inch reciever.What can i tow with this?

Oldgator73

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 08:24:08 AM »
A small TT with a GVWR of about 2000#.
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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2018, 08:34:40 AM »
Small boat or a tent trailer. Your biggest issue is going to be the tongue weight of the trailer. Look on drivers side door pillar for the yellow tag which will tell you cargo capacity. Once you load the vehicle with you and wife gear etc you will find that your only left with a couple hundred pounds which wil be the trailer tongue wieght. It wont be much i can assure you we had an equinox and has to pull a 1800lb boat a couple times and it was a real stuggle. Look for popups/tent trailers
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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2018, 08:34:58 AM »
I have a 2018 chevy equinox Lt with the larger 2.0 turbo 252 hp 260lbs torque with the 9 speed transmission and the factory installed tow package.Specs say it can tow up to 3,500 lbs and hitch weight 350 lbs.It has a 2 inch reciever.What can i tow with this?

A utility trailer?
A tear drop, maybe a minimalist pop up.

You need to stay well below the stated max.
Your payload with passengers, and gear is what is going to force you into something around 2,000 pounds.....loaded.



CamperGuy55

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2018, 09:00:43 AM »
The sticker says not to exceed 1,083 lbs with passengers and payload.The GVWR is 4,630 lbs

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2018, 10:36:28 AM »
The sticker says not to exceed 1,083 lbs with passengers and payload.The GVWR is 4,630 lbs

thats not bad so add up you and all passengers and gear in the car and whats left is available carry capacity - a trailer LOADED at 3500lbs will hae a hitch weight of 350- 400 lbs so look for anything with a loaded weight of less than that - probably a really really nice tent trailer would work great 
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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2018, 10:37:58 AM »
The GVWR mentioned by Oldgator was that of the TRAILER, not the tow vehicle. We use the trailer GVWR in our calculations to represent the worst case trailer load and give us a small margin of safety.
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CamperGuy55

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2018, 01:31:49 PM »
Where is the fuel included in the equation?

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2018, 02:15:48 PM »
All the ratings assume that the tow vehicle already has a full fuel tank.  No need to add anything for fuel.
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CamperGuy55

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018, 07:22:17 PM »
Thank you everyone for your advice,

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Re: Towing with a Chevy Equinox
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 08:21:43 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!

That 3500# max tow rating is an advertising dept stat.  It assumes a LIGHTLY optioned Equinox, two 150# passengers and a full gas tank. PERIOD.  This number must be reduced pound for pound by everything else that goes in the SUV.  That includes optional equipment installed on the car.

The better number is the 1083# Payload you provided (THANK YOU)  This is exactly what it says.  No passengers are included, but it does account for all factory installed options.  As Steve said, add up the weight of all expected passengers and SUV cargo, then add 10% - 12% of the desired camper GVWR.  This is what the SUV is carrying and can not exceed 1083#.

As others have said, look at teardrops, R Pods and smaller pop ups.  Keep the weights as described, then go enjoy the great outdoors!
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