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Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2003 Chevy Suburban 1500 4WD


Looking to see what I need to tow a 2003 Suburban 1500 4wd behind my 2008 Fleetwood Bounder Motorhome. Will consider tow dollys or all wheels down, seem to complicated. Need the basic components required, money is of concern, if you can guide me into what is needed and what is optional that would be awesome. Thank you


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I did some checking and if your 2003 Chevy Suburban 1500 4WD has stabilitrack it can be flat towed only with a tow bar setup. If you do not have stabilitrack you can flat tow it or dolly tow it with a dolly like the # RM-2050-1. I found this in an online owners manual for your vehicle.

Otherwise you'd need a base plate kit like the # BX1682 which is custom fit for your vehicle for flat towing.

In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. One of the most popular compatible tow bars is the Blue Ox Avail # BX7420 which comes with safety cables. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.

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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