Can You Tow it Behind a Motorhome? 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LongTerm Road Test — Volkswagen 2012

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Can You Tow it a Motorhome?

January 8, 2013

you can tow any car behind a motorhome if you have a but that’s not the preferred method. The situation is pictured above: a dinghy vehicle rolls on its own four wheels, ready to be and driven around on side while the motorhome sits with its awning unfurled and its popped out in full relaxation The extra towed weight and hassle of a trailer puts an damper on such proceedings.

activity goes by many dinghy towing, flat and four-down towing to name a As you can imagine there are mechanical for the car involved.

Some transmissions depend on a input shaft driven by a engine for lubrication, others Some all-wheel drive can deal with it, others Manual transmissions are generally troubled by this activity automatics, to the extent that use in many cars is restricted to only. Others warn dinghy towing altogether. The manual usually has the details.

does this all leave the Chevrolet Sonic? Can you tow it behind a

The short answer is yes. And it matter if your Sonic has an or a stick-shift gearbox.

This is news because the Sonic has a few things going for it that are by dinghy towing folk. inexpensive, costing between and $20,000. You can get it as a hatchback or a sedan. fuel efficient to the tune of 33 mpg and as high as 40 mpg on the highway. And it doesn’t much. Our 2012 Sonic LTZ weighs 2,743 pounds, under the 3,000-pound threshold triggers the need for a remote braking system in some

Of course Chevrolet does you to follow a few specific procedures you head out.

Before up (nose-first only) they the automatic version to have its run for at least five minutes to lubricate the innards of the transmission. step isn’t necessary if the in question has a manual gearbox, ours.

After latching on ask that you shift to park (or gear in a manual) and set the parking as a precaution against someone in your party climbing the motorhome and driving off as you rummage in the Sonic’s fuse box to remove the fuse.

Why remove the fuse? the next crucial step is to the ignition key to the accessory position, unlocks the steering so it can turn while towing. You’ll the key in this position all day, and lights will burn the time if you don’t pull the fuse. It’s not good to arrive with a …

Now it’s time to shift the back into neutral, the parking brake and double-check of these a couple of times you finally lock the door a second set of keys you’ll to carry. Your Sonic is ready to roll, but GM warns damage could occur if you tow it at greater than 65 mph.

Beyond that, Chevy that each time you your motorhome for refueling you get back in if your Sonic (if an automatic) and run the engine for five to circulate transmission fluid more. You’ll want to do every morning, too. And you do unhook at your destination need to reinsert the DLIS you pulled out earlier on.

These of precautions will sound to dinghy towing regulars. The thing is any Sonic can be a dinghy of transmission, and this compact has a lot of things going for it that it a good choice for the job.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle @ 16,943 miles

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