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Parts Needed to Tow 2003 Chevy Tahoe Behind Motorhome

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Does my 2017 RV with the Ford V10 engine have the power to tow a 2003 Chevy Tahoe Z71 4x4. The Tahoe weighs 6800lbs. If so what do I need? Thank you.

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In order to verify that your RV can safely pull your Chevy Tahoe, I recommend contacting the RV manufacturer directly for its specific capacities. If you provide them with the RV's VIN, they should be able to give you its exact limits.

If you find that you can pull your Tahoe, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, lighting solution, and a supplemental braking system. You will also want to check the owner's manual for your Chevy Tahoe for any specific guidelines or restrictions when it comes to flat towing.

Starting with the Base Plates, I recommend the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit # 199-6. These brackets are confirmed to fit your Tahoe and are designed specifically for heavier vehicles like this one. The hidden brackets and removable front arms allow for a clean look when you aren't towing.

Then for a compatible tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster BlackHawk 2 All Terrain # RM-422. This is an excellent tow bar with a non-binding design that allows for easy release at any time, even on unlevel ground, and extra-long telescoping arms for beter maneuverability and easier towing. It features a weight capacity of 10,000 pounds.

For the requires safety cables, you can use the Roadmaster # RM-653.

For a lighting solution, I really like the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267. This kit will let you wire your Tahoe to accept the RV's tail, brake, and turn signal lights for flat towing. It includes a 6-Way connector that you will install at the front of the vehicle, and enough coiled wiring to go from there to the 7-Way on the RV.

I recommend the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR for the required supplemental braking system. This is a great, proportional system that will physically press down on the brake pedal in your Tahoe at the same time and with the same intensity that you apply to it in your RV.

Finally, you will also likely need a high-low adapter in order to keep the tow bar level. I have attached an article that explains how to choose the best one for your setup, along with a link that will take you to our available selection. I have also included installation notes and videos on the products mentioned, and a couple additional articles on flat towing that you might find helpful.

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