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Old 04-12-2018, 12:36 AM   #1
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Towing a S-10 4x4

When my brother owned our 2003 sunseeker 3100ss, he towed a Saturn behind it with a 5000 lb towbar. I still have the towbar. When my parents had their RV, they towed the 1991 S-10 extended cab 4x4. I still have that S-10 as well. I know, the RV and the S-10 are antiques! My parents or my brother aren't around to ask anymore. Does any one have any experience towing a S-10 4x4 and what process I have to go through? I sorta remember my Dad talking about putting the transfer case in neutral but I don't know about fuses or key on or anything else. He also said the the mileage would not advance when he did what he did. It would be nice to use the S-10 for muddy hunting trips. I looked in the owners manual but nothing there. I guess I shoulda listened to Dad! I DO remember him forgetting to take off the E-brake ONE time until some good samaritan flagged him down, but it was too late! He had ground the rear drivers tire to shreds and started grinding on the aluminum rim as well! At least the brakes worked! An easy but costly mistake. Poor Dad, I miss him. Scott
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Old 04-12-2018, 06:16 AM   #2
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I think you best bet, assuming nobody here is able to help, is to check YouTube and see if anyone has done a video on it. Lots of TOAD videos on there. Also, if you don't have the owner's manual, which probably tells how to tow it, check online for that as well.

You don't say if it is a manual or auto trans, but in many cases you put the trans in Park or 1st gear and the transfer case in neutral. That is how Jeep Wranglers work anyway.

Good luck.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:30 AM   #3
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Google "Motorhome Magazine Toad Guide" and it should come up with a guide that is extensive. Go to the year then the vehicle make and it lists everything you need to do to tow the vehicle. Also, if you happen to have the owner manual (that might be a long shot by now) it might have the instructions too. If no manual Google for the manual and its likely to be online in a pdf file.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:49 AM   #4
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Forgot to mention to check the laws for towing a car behind a motorhome in the states you're going through. Some require brake buddies etc.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:01 AM   #5
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Here is the owners manual section
Some threads on forums talked about pulling fuse 19 also but not mentioned in the manual
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:55 PM   #6
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wow he calls a 2001 s 10 a antique that's what I tow my camper with a 2002 s 10 it only has 62000 miles and looks like new no rust. I must be a really old fart well I did know Moby dick when he was minnow
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:05 PM   #7
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wow he calls a 2001 s 10 a antique that's what I tow my camper with a 2002 s 10 it only has 62000 miles and looks like new no rust. I must be a really old fart well I did know Moby dick when he was minnow
At my first retirement party, my cake inscription was "Time flies when you're havin' fun". It was a phrase I often used. That was 1991, when that S10 was still iron ore.
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wow he calls a 2001 s 10 a antique that's what I tow my camper with a 2002 s 10 it only has 62000 miles and looks like new no rust. I must be a really old fart well I did know Moby dick when he was minnow
Well the s 10 qualifies for collector plates here in wi and the rv is only a coup,e years away from collector plates

I know next year we are putting hobbies plates on our 99 suburban then no more yearly registration fees just can drive it on the road in january
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:00 PM   #9
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towing S10

I had an 82 S10 yers ago, 4 cyl, 4 speed manual, not 4x4, but I towed it a few times on 500 mile one way trips, and a couple nearer to 200 miles one way...I had run a set of trailer wires through the grill and under through the frame to the rear tail lite housings where I mounted lamps to be used while towing to light up using the trailer llight plug into the receptacle on the RV, worked great, was like hooking up any simple trailer 4 pin plug when ever I needed to tow it. I used a simple tow bar that can be bought pretty much anywhere these days, even Harbor Freight has a similar one. As far as mechanical on the truck, I had a battery switch which I turned off, simple, I put the manual trans in neutral, and turned on the key to allow the steering wheel to operate...I towed it with a class C that I had from 88 until 94. You'd never know it was behind it. So, as far as with the 4x4 that you say is your 91 model, having towed a wrangler jeep, I would say to put the transfer case in the neutral position, once that is done, it os free to roll. it over ride the transmission...disconnect your battery, turn on the ignition key, let off the e brake....and figure out how to get a set of lights on that will serve as braking and turning lights from you RV, maybe your father had that already set up as mine was? check and see, if not you can buy a set of tow vehicle lamps that attach with magnets to the body/rear fenders? and plug into that trailer connection on the back of the RV. I was told that now there is about 3 or 4 states that require a braking unit to be installed , I have no idea about which ones...sorry. I would follow up what I said with you local Chevy dealership or a local RV dealer, they sometimes will give you a little information. And do check online about the towing info as suggested above.
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Old 04-13-2018, 12:44 AM   #10
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As always, thanks for all the help! A bunch of very knowledgeable RVers on here. The S-10 is one of my newer vehicles. I just sold a 1983 Ski Nautique boat, I'm the original owner of a 1972 c-10, got a 1956 Belair (project car) and a 1963 aluminum fish/hunting boat and they all still run! Getting to be too much upkeep though!
When I checked my owners manual, it didn't say anything about towing except for being towed by a tow truck. I think I did see some extra wires but I wasn't thinking about having a RV back then. I was still a little upset on how many pits there were from the rocks that hit the grill and hood while being towed. I painted it a couple years ago in my garage. We took it down to metal but it was so much work! I have to say that it turned out awesome. My next thing is to learn to post pics! This weekend I'm gonna check on You Tube Google and see what else I can find about towing. You guys rock! Scott
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