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How to Tell if you Have the Factory Towing Package 2018 Chevrolet Equinox


How do I know if my 2018 Equinox has factory tow package option?


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I do have a few items you can look for that will give you an idea as to whether or not your 2018 Chevrolet Equinox came equipped with the factory tow package (K5L) or not but the only sure fire way to tell would be to obtain your VIN and contact the dealer as they would be able to confirm if your vehicle came equipped with the factory tow package.

From my research, the factory towing package on your 2018 Chevrolet Equinox came with a transmission and engine oil cooler. Therefore, if you are looking for a trailer hitch receiver and trailer wiring harness I recommend using both the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76419 and the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118750.

The above trailer hitch receiver has the highest rating towing and tongue weight capacity of any other trailer hitch receiver we have listed as a fit for your vehicle. I have attached a photo to show you what the hitch will look like while installed on the vehicle in addition to an installation video on that very same vehicle.

In regards to the trailer wiring harness, the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness is a direct plug and play option. All you will need to do is "t" into the factory taillight connectors for installation. In addition to a simple installation, Tekonsha tends to have the best reviews on their wiring harnesses. This is also the only harness we have for your vehicle at this time. You can see all of the above features listed in the attached video.

To complete your towing setup you will also need a ball mount. In order to choose the correct ball mount you will want to measure from the ground to the top of the trailer hitch receiver tube opening and subtract this figure from the distance from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler (while level). Once complete, the etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit part # 989900 should work for you but if it does not I have also attached a list of our ball mount selection.

A few other items you may want to consider is the Tow Ready J-Pin Stabilization Pin and Barrel Lockset part # 63201 and the Draw-Tite QSP Trailer Hitch Silencer and Cover for 2" Hitch Receivers part # 63080. The J-Pin will lock your ball mount to the trailer hitch in addition to providing you with anti rattle capabilities. The Draw-Tite QSP will seal the trailer hitch receiver while not in use to prevent dirt and debris from entering the hitch opening.

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Aaron T.

Can wire kit# 118759 Connect to hitch, Draw-Tite 76419 Vehicle: Chevrolet Equinox 2018 premier

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Reply from Chris R.

Yes, you will be able to bolt on a bracket like # 18144 to the underside of the Draw-Tite # 76419 crosstube so the Tekonsha 4-Way # 118759 connector can be mounted. It looks like there's also enough space between the crosstube and Equinox bumper to utilize a no-drill bracket like # C57202 .

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