Chevrolet Cobalt Owners Manual: Recreational Vehicle Towing

Recreational vehicle towing means towing the vehicle behind another vehicle – such as behind a motorhome.

The two most common types of recreational vehicle towing are known as dinghy towing and dolly towing.

Dinghy towing is towing the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground. Dolly towing is towing the vehicle with two wheels on the ground and two wheels up on a device known as a dolly.

Here are some important things to consider before recreational vehicle towing: - What is the towing capacity of the towing vehicle?

Be sure to read the tow vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.

- What is the distance that will be travelled? Some vehicles have restrictions on how far and how long they can tow.

- Is the proper towing equipment going to be used?

See your dealer/retailer or trailering professional for additional advice and equipment recommendations.

- Is the vehicle ready to be towed? Just as preparing the vehicle for a long trip, make sure the vehicle is prepared to be towed. See Before Leaving on a Long Trip.

Dinghy Towing

Dinghy Towing From the Front

The vehicle may be dinghy towed from the front with all


The vehicle may be dinghy towed from the front with all four wheels on the ground following these steps: 1. Set the parking brake.

2. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ACCESSORY to unlock the steering wheel.

3. Shift an automatic transmission to N (Neutral) or a manual transmission to Neutral.

4. Release the parking brake.

To prevent the battery from draining while the vehicle is being towed, remove the following fuse from the floor console fuse block: 8 (Ignition Switch, PASS-Key® III+).

See Floor Console Fuse Block for more information.

Remember to reinstall the fuse once the destination has been reached.

Notice: If 105 km/h (65 mph) is exceeded while towing the vehicle, it could be damaged. Never exceed 105 km/h (65 mph) while towing the vehicle.

Dinghy Towing From the Rear

Notice: Towing the vehicle from the rear could


Notice: Towing the vehicle from the rear could damage it. Also, repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Never have the vehicle towed from the rear.

Dolly Towing

The vehicle cannot be dolly towed, but can be dinghy


The vehicle cannot be dolly towed, but can be dinghy towed. See “Dinghy Towing” earlier in this section.

Notice: Dolly towing your vehicle may cause damage because of reduced ground clearance.

Always tow your vehicle using the dinghy towing procedure listed in this section or put your vehicle on a flatbed truck.

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