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Old 07-21-2012, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am interested in purchasing a Colorado to tow behind my motorhome. I have no experience with this truck but have heard that it can be towed without modification. I want an extended cab, but am very flexible on everything else - as long as it is towable.

Any comments/advice on what year/engine/transmission/etc would be good for this purpose will be greatly appreciated.


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Old 07-21-2012, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of modifications would you expect to be necessary?

Should not require anything, but there are different precautions to take if towing a 4x4.
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how do you plan to tow? flat tow (all 4 wheels on road) using a tow bar? tho i see RV's on the highways doing this all the time, its not something i like much (i'd much rather use a trailer). i dont know if i'd want to do so with a 4wd. but a 2wd shouldnt be a problem. one thing i would try to do with a 2wd is disconnect the drive shaft from the rear diff. i'm not sure how easy this is, but would prevent any posible damage/wear on the tranny.
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Reading my owner´s manual I found that on 4WD colorados there is a procedure to put the transfer case in "Neutral" which is optimal for towing the truck.
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I have read that the 2wd is actually tow-flat ready without issues...I believe the only truck in it's class that is set up that way too.
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Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles
Use the following steps to tow your vehicle with all
four wheels on the ground:
1. Drive the vehicle to be towed into position behind
the tow vehicle.
2. Firmly set the parking brake. See Parking Brake
on page 2-31 for more information.
3. Put an automatic transmission in PARK (P) or a
manual transmission in FIRST (1).
4. Securely attach the vehicle being towed to the
tow vehicle.
{CAUTION:
Shifting a four-wheel-drive vehicle’s transfer
case into NEUTRAL can cause your vehicle to
roll even if the transmission is in Park (P) for
an automatic transmission, or if your vehicle is
in gear, for a manual transmission. You or
others could be injured. Make sure the parking
brake is firmly set before you shift the transfer
case to NEUTRAL.
4-5. Shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL. See
Four-Wheel Drive on page 2-28 for more
information.
6. Release the parking brake only after the vehicle
being towed is firmly attached to the towing
vehicle.
Notice: If you exceed 55 mph (90 km/h) while
towing your vehicle, it could be damaged. Never
exceed 55 mph (90 km/h) while towing your vehicle.
7. Turn the ignition to LOCK. To prevent your battery
from draining while towing, remove the RDO BATT
and CLSTR fuses from the instrument panel fuse
block. Be sure to replace the fuse when you reach
your destination. See Fuses and Circuit Breakers
on page 5-105 for more information.
After towing see “Shifting out of NEUTRAL” under
Four-Wheel Drive on page 2-28.
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Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles
Notice: If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels
on the ground, the drivetrain components could
be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by
your warranty. Do not tow your vehicle with all
four wheels on the ground.
Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not be towed with all
four wheels on the ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication
while being towed
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My bad orange you got me second guessing now and I am definitely not going to argue with the owners manual quote :)

(In my defense there IS a lot of people out there flat towing their manual 2wds though, just saw a couple on RV sites...LOL)

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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that is out of my 04 owners manual.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Still the same as I got on my 2012 manual.
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