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Can 2017 Chevy Express Van be Flat Towed Behind Motorhome


I am wanting to flat tow my 2017 Chevy express 2500 van and want to know whether or not I need to remove the rear driveshaft?


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I did some checking and it looks like the recommended procedure for flat towing your 2017 Chevy Express 2500 van is by installing a lube pump in the transmission. A driveshaft disconnect would not be needed. While we don't carry a lube pump we do carry everything else you'll need to flat tow your van. You'll first need to start with a base plate kit like the Blue Ox part # BX1719 which is confirmed as a fit for your van.

For a tow bar the Blue Ox part # BX7420 is a really great choice that's easy to use and has the needed capacity for your van. It also comes with safety cables.

For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR, that applies 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.

Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow bar will be level when you are flat towing. I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry.

I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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