bing tracking image
Q & A Icon

Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2020 Chevy Spark

Question:

Need help in ing with links on what all is needed to safely tow Thanks

1

Helpful Expert Reply:

I'll start off by saying that from what I was able to determine from the owner's manual, the automatic transmission version of the 2020 Chevy Spark cannot be dinghy towed and would need to be towed on a dolly like the Demco Kar Kaddy # DM9713045.

If you've got a manual transmission, there are a number of parts you'll need to flat tow a vehicle: base plates, a compatible tow bar, safety cables, tow bar wiring, supplemental braking and most likely a high/low adapter. I've also linked some helpful articles on flat towing to this answer that you might want to refer to if you're new to flat towing your vehicle.

To start, for base plates I recommend using the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms part # BX1725 which have removable base plate tabs for a discreet look when not in use. For a compatible tow bar with those base plates, I recommend The Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar part # BX7420. This tow bar has a non-binding design to make hooking up and unhooking the Spark from the motor home much easier. The Blue Ox Avail also comes with safety cables so you don't need to worry about purchasing those separately, which is a nice feature.

The best tow bar wiring option available for the 2020 Chevy Spark is the Demco Tail Light Wiring Bulb and Socket kit part # DM9523047-54. The Demco kit comes with plugs and sockets that mount in the tail light housing to illuminate when the motor home lights/signals are activated. It also comes with a 6-way plug for the front of the Spark and an adapter cord to plug the Spark into the motor home's 7-way for a clean install.

The 2020 Chevy Spark with manual transmission does require the battery to be disconnected while being flat towed so the vehicle's electrical accessories and features do not drain the battery. To help combat this I do recommend that you add the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch for Towed Vehicle w/ Supplemental Braking System part # RM-766 to make it easier to disconnect the battery each time you are ready to flat tow the Spark. Otherwise, you would have to disconnect it every time while the Roadmaster battery disconnect gives you a switch to flip.

Almost all states require a supplemental braking system to apply the Spark's brakes when the motor home's brakes are depressed. I recommend The Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR which will sit in the floor board of the Spark and depress the brake pedal when it receives signal from the motor home. It is a very simple install, it just requires an active 12V outlet which you can add with part # RM-9332 since the Spark's battery needs to be disconnected to flat tow according to the owner's manual. You will need to install a charge line kit -part # RM-156-25 in order to charge the vehicle battery during transit; this will allow it to provide power to the Patriot system without draining the battery (which will be disconnected during travel).

Finally, the last thing you may need is a high low adapter to help you tow the vehicle level with the motor home. I have attached a helpful article that explains how to measure for the rise or drop you may need with the adapter, as well as a number of video reviews on the parts I've mentioned above.

helpful expert reply by:
1

Products Referenced in This Question








Product Page this Question was Asked From


Q & A Icon

Similar Expert Q&A Pages

See More Q&A Expert Answers >>