There’s so much more to the Chevy Equinox than meets the eye. It’s not just a stylish compact SUV - it can also be a powerful towing machine (depending on the configuration you choose).
Most Equinox models can tow up to 1,500 pounds, which is right in line with the rest of its class. So let’s see what you can pull around with your Equinox!
Can an Equinox Tow an Enclosed Trailer?
Need to move equipment, furniture, or other big stuff in an enclosed trailer? Your Equinox has your back. A typical 6x12 enclosed trailer is roughly 1,200 pounds, so you can load up about 300lbs of cargo. However, be sure to load most of the weight in the front of the trailer to avoid sway!
Can an Equinox Tow a Camper?
Yes and no. While your Equinox isn’t equipped to haul a Jayco, it has enough muscle to tow a lightweight camper under 1,500 pounds. Pop-up campers and teardrop campers fall in this category.
Can an Equinox Tow Jet Skis?
It sure can! With the average jet ski weighing 850 pounds, your Equinox has enough muscle to haul one jet ski to the nearest lake (or the farthest lake, even).
Need to Tow More Weight With an Equinox?
If you love driving an Equinox but need a higher towing capacity, we've got good news for you: the Premier 2.0L Equinox model can haul up to 3,500 pounds. So if you have more than 300 pounds of cargo to haul with your enclosed trailer, a heavier camper, or more than one jet ski, upgrading to an Equinox Premier 2.0L trim level is a must!
What All Equinox Owners Need to Know About Towing Safely
These handy tips will help you master the art of towing with your Equinox:
- Brake gently, especially when going downhill. With extra weight added to the equation, your brakes are more likely to overheat. That’s why it’s smart to be gentle with your brakes when something’s hitched up to your Equinox.
- Install safety chains as a backup in case the hitch somehow disconnects from your Equinox. Here’s how to do it correctly.
- Always keep your speed under 55 mph. Anything faster than that increases your risk of losing control of your SUV and trailer.
- When backing up with a trailer, don’t let it bend towards your Equinox by less than 90 degrees. Doing so will result in jackknifing, a situation that’s hard to get out of.
Got any questions about towing with an Equinox? Contact us!