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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Recreational Vehicle Towing

Recreational vehicle towing means towing the vehicle behind another vehicle, such as a motor home. 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:

Dinghy Towing RS Model with Automatic Transmission


Notice:

If the vehicle is towed with all four wheels on the ground, the drivetrain components could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not tow the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground.

The vehicle was not designed to be towed with all four wheels on the ground. If the vehicle must be towed, a dolly should be used. See “Dolly Towing” that follows for more information.

Dinghy Towing All except RS Model with Automatic Transmission

When dinghy towing a vehicle with an automatic transmission, the vehicle should be run at the beginning of each day and at each RV fuel stop for about five minutes. This will ensure proper lubrication of transmission components.

To dinghy tow the vehicle from the front with all four wheels on the ground:

To dinghy tow the vehicle from the front with all four wheels on the ground:

Remember to reinstall the DLIS 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.



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 from the Front

The vehicle can be towed from the front using a dolly. To tow the vehicle

The vehicle can be towed from the front using a dolly. To tow the vehicle using a dolly, follow these steps:

Dolly Towing from the Rear


Notice:

Towing the vehicle from the rear with the front wheels on the ground could cause transmission damage. Do not tow the vehicle from the rear with the front wheels on the ground.

Towing Accessories
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Towing the Vehicle
Notice: Incorrectly towing a disabled vehicle may cause damage. The damage would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not lash or hook to the chassis components including the front and ...

Other materials:

Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
The vehicle has a passenger sensing system. See Passenger Sensing System  for important safety information. The instrument panel has a passenger airbag status indicator. United States Canada When the vehicle is started, the passenger airbag status indicator will light ON and OFF, or ...

Strut and Shock Absorber Inspection (Shock Absorber)
Note: The shock absorber assembly DOES NOT have to be removed from the vehicle to perform the following inspection procedure. Note: A light film of oil on the top portion of the lower shock absorber tube is normal. DO NOT replace the shock absorber for this condition. Condition ...

Valve Lifter Replacement
Special Tools EN-845 Suction Device For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools. Removal Procedure Remove the camshaft. Refer to Camshaft Replacement. Note: Mark the assignments. Remove the valve lifter (1) use the EN-845 suction device ...

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