Five Tips you Should Know for Successful Trailering

ColoradoBoatWhether you are heading up north with your boat for the weekend, or hauling a camper on a cross-country road trip, Bowman Chevrolet is here to make sure you have all the information you need before you hit the road.

1)  Know the terms

Six trailering terms everyone should know:

  • AXLE RATIO – The relationship between driveshaft revolutions per minute and the rear axle revolutions per minute. The most powerful and efficient ratio for each individual is determined by the frequency and the usual weight being hauled.
  • CURB WEIGHT – The weight of an empty vehicle, without payload or driver, with standard equipment, fuel, coolant and oil. It is also known as the vehicle weight.
  • GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING (GCWR) – The maximum weight of both your loaded vehicle and your loaded trailer combined.
  • TRAILER TONGUE WEIGHT – The amount of weight put on the trailer tongue to keep it balanced for a safer driving experience.
  • GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT – The weight of a loaded trailer.
  • GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR) -The actual weight of the entire Chevy truck or SUV and its contents, including fuel and occupants.

2) Know how to pull your own weight

Before hooking a trailer up to your truck, make sure you know the towing capacity – how much the truck can safely pull. For example, the Chevrolet Colorado can pull up to 12,500 lbs. and the Chevrolet Silverado 35000HD can pull a maximum of 23,300 lbs. When figuring out the maximum weight that your truck can carry, keep in mind the added weight of extra passengers and added equipment. The driver and the base equipment are already included in the given weights in the Chevrolet 2018 Trailering Guide.

3) Know what hitch is right for your vehicle

Picking the correct hitch and successfully setting up electronic connections between your truck and trailer is imperative. A proper hitch positively affects the way your truck handles corners and brakes. When purchasing a hitch, it is important to know how much weight your trailer can carry. The weight limit for your trailer dictates what hitch is right for your truck, whether it is a fifth-wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. Visit the Chevrolet 2018 Trailering Guide to determine which hitch is best for your truck.

4) Know how to properly load your trailer and complete a safety check

Once you believe your trailer is correctly attached, double check to ensure everything is secure. Test your brake lights, adjust your mirrors and always use safety chains. The chains will keep your truck connected to your trailer in the event the hitch ball becomes disconnected. When loading your cargo, 60 percent of the weight should be loaded in the front half of the trailer. Heavier items should be loaded in the front and lighter items placed near the rear. You also want to check the tire pressure on both your truck and trailer. Finally, make sure the breakaway switch is connected and working properly while checking that all the loads are secure.

5) Know that the more you drive, the easier the ride

The first couple times you trailer, it may take some time getting used to the difference in the way you drive. A slow, constant speed will help keep the trailer safely behind you at all times. With the gross combined weight rating, your truck will need more time to come to a complete stop. The trailer will need more space to turn, so prepare to make wide turns. And remember, practice makes perfect.

For additional information about trailering and towing, and specifics about each Chevy truck, check out Chevrolet’s Trailering and Towing Guide.

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Ask a Tech at Bowman Chevy!

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No matter how much you know about your car, you’re bound to have a few questions along the way. When should I get my next tire rotation? Do I really need new wipers? What is that pesky squeaking sound? When you find yourself in a time of confusion, there’s no need to fret! Just contact the talented staff at Bowman Chevy to solve your inquiries with ease. Our technicians are trained to handle any issue, big or small, and they are always happy to help a customer in need. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, contact us online today!

Why Choose Bowman Chevy?

The staff at Bowman Chevy is truly exceptional. Not only are our technicians Chevy Certified Service Experts, but they are also pros in customer service. No need to worry about confusing lingo or frustrating upselling. Our staff will take care of you like family. It’s just one of the many ways that we go the extra mile to make our customers happy. And our loyal customers in Michigan aren’t the only ones who have taken notice! We’ve also won the Consumer Satisfaction Award from DealerRater for three years and counting!

What Services Do You Provide?

From simple routine maintenance to highly intricate repairs, our technicians will handle your car woes with the utmost care. Here are just a few of the most commonly asked questions at Bowman Chevy:

  • Are you wondering when to get an oil change? Simply schedule your appointment online to take care of it! We offer three different options to suit your budget and needs.
  • Are you curious about tire maintenance? Our technicians can find the perfect set for your car! Check out our Tire Finder service!
  • Are you fretting about dents and dings? Try our John Bowman Body Center to take care of everything from scratches to collision repair!

Contact Bowman Chevy Today!

If you’re tired of scouring the internet for reliable advice, then ask a tech at Bowman Chevy for personalized recommendations. Our technicians are always happy to chat, so don’t be a stranger! You’ll find us at in Clarkston, Michigan at 6750 Dixie Highway, or give us a call at (877) 345-9943. We look forward to helping you!

Exclusive Selection of Exciting Vehicles Available Now at Bowman Chevy

Don’t you love it when someone makes life easier for you? Well, that’s why we’re here! Our team at Bowman Chevy has put together an exclusive selection of exciting vehicles for you. All you have to do is take a look at the details and see which one makes sense. Each one of these models is available on our lot right now, and they’re all simply outstanding in terms of stylish good looks, value for the price, and features you’ll love. You can’t go wrong!

New 2017 Chevy Malibu

bowman-malibuLife is beautiful in this brand new 2017 Chevy Malibu 1LT! You’ll make a statement when you roll up in this beautiful Blue Velvet Metallic automatic four-door sedan with a 1.5L DOHC engine. This upscale ride has Bluetooth integration and the Convenience and Technology package, which includes a remote vehicle starter system, wireless charging capabilities, dual USB charging ports in the rear, and Chevrolet MyLink Radio with touchscreen commands via an eight-inch color touchscreen. Plus, this Malibu contains safety features like stability control, brake assist, traction control, and the Teen Driver safe driving app. And did we mention the super-competitive fuel economy of 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway? This Malibu is a must-have at $23,571.

New 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

equinox-bowmanCheck out this new model Chevy Equinox FWD LT, a technophile’s dream! This sleek Black Metallic Equinox is fully equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink system and seven-inch diagonal touchscreen. The stereo features MP3 playback and Bluetooth capability for audio streaming and hands-free calls with compatible smartphones. You can even listen to your favorite tunes from SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Pandora, Stitcher, Gracenote, and more. It also has OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which lets you surf the Internet without blowing through all your data. You’ll enjoy all this cutting-edge technology along with air conditioning, remote vehicle starting system, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control. Take this awesome Equinox home for $24,768.

The Time is Now

These two exciting Chevys won’t stick around for long, so now is the time to make a move. If you’d like more information, give us a call at 844-854-7251 or come on down to Bowman Chevy. We’d love to help you decide what works for your lifestyle and budget. Contact us today to get started.

Chevy Momentum Continues in 2013 J.D. Power SSI Survey!

For several years, we’ve had a singular vision for the Chevrolet brand – that is, to become America’s Favorite Car Company.  A key to fulfilling this vision is to live out the Everyday Hero guest service culture in our dealerships, treating every customer as a guest in our own homes.

The latest evidence of our journey was just released by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2013 Sales Satisfaction Index survey of new vehicle owners.  Among mass market brands, Chevrolet rose to third place… up from fifth place in 2012, with an increase of 10 index points.  And we outpaced the industry, which increased an average of nine points in this survey.  Our improvement is positive, yet it’s important to note that some manufacturers gained at a faster rate than Chevrolet.  So we must remain diligent to living out the Everyday Hero culture every day… with every customer.

jdpowerThese results speak for themselves.  So we congratulate the Chevrolet dealer team for your dedication to satisfying our owners.  It’s the first step in building customer loyalty… and, as the word spreads throughout the industry, in conquesting new customers to Chevrolet.  Thank you for all your hard work… on the journey to becoming America’s Favorite Car Company.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Don Johnson

Vice President, Chevrolet Sales & Service

Help Chevrolet In The Fight To End Breast Cancer

making stridesOn select Saturdays in October and November Chevrolet will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society for every test drive up to $130,000.  At Bowman Chevrolet we have pledged to match each donation, so stop in and test drive your favorite model.

National Test Drive Saturdays: October 19th, November 2nd and November 16th. 

We are excited to share this great program with our community!  Read on for more information…

For anyone who asks “Are we there yet?” The answer is “almost.” For a third year in a row, Chevrolet is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to take a stand against breast cancer through early detection, protection and awareness. You can also do your part by taking steps to join them in the fight.

More Hope Per Gallon

On October 5, October 19, November 2, and November 16, you can take a test drive at your Chevrolet dealership and Chevrolet will contribute $10 for every drive to the American Cancer Society. Chevrolet will also be sponsoring a NASCAR pace car for lap donations at racing events.

Service for Strides

Bring your vehicle in for a Chevrolet Certified Service in October or November, opt to contribute your eligible servicerebate, and Chevrolet will match your contribution. It’s as simple as doing the following:

1. Visit a participating Chevy dealer in the month of October or November and choose a brake pad installation or an oil change with 4-tire rotation and 27-point inspection from Chevrolet Certified Service.

2. Contribute all or part of your eligible rebate to support the fight against breast cancer when you fill out your rebate form from your dealer or by visiting mycertifiedservicerebates.com (faster payment).

3. Mail a copy of your repair order with either your printed online confirmation page or your completed rebate form from your dealer.

As the largest corporate sponsor, Chevrolet and Chevrolet dealers are proud to have raised over $2 million for the American Cancer Society and hopes to continue to raise more funding and awareness to impact the lives of patients, survivors and their loved ones for the long run. Join Chevrolet in the fight against cancer by donating to the American Cancer Sociey by visiting cancer.org/chevroletmsabc

Learn more about Making Strides Walks across the country with the American Cancer Society by visitingMakingStridesWalk.org and share your story on Twitter #chevymakingstrides.

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