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Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD


How can setup my truck with supplemental braking? It has a 6 speed manual transmission and manual transfer case. It has a hydro boost for braking.


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Supplemental braking is just one of the 5 key components needed to flat tow a vehicle. You will also need base plates, a compatible tow bar, safety cables, and lighting. Also, the tow vehicle has to weigh more than the 2005 Silverado and have the gross trailer weight capacity higher than the gross vehicle weight of the Silverado.

For base plates you can use Demco # DM9517148. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Dominator, # DM9511008, which is rated for 7,500 pounds and also comes with safety cables. I have linked a video review of both tow bar for you.

For lighting you have some options. For something quick, easy, and inexpensive I recommend a magnetic kit, # RM-2120.Or for something more permanent you can use the 4-diode kit # RM-154.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking on the vehicle being flat towed. One of the preferred systems for our installers and what I recommend is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO proportional system, # SM99251. It will apply the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

Be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual for specific information on flat towing the vehicle. I have also included some helpful links to our series of help articles on flat towing for you.

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