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.

Chevrolet Reveals 2018 Chevy Equinox Price

2018 Chevy Equinox ParkedThe next-generation Chevy Equinox will hit dealerships in spring 2017, and Chevy fans won’t want to miss this model! In anticipation of its release, Chevrolet has announced the 2018 Chevy Equinox price and just a few of the latest features. Fans of this exceptional crossover are excited for what the new model will bring, including an expanded array of cutting-edge safety features and the segment’s very first turbo-diesel engine. Keeping reading to find out more, and then see the team at Bowman Chevrolet to test drive the current 2017 Chevy Equinox.

What’s Coming Onboard the New Equinox

Pricing for the 2018 Equinox will begin at $24,475 MSRP, which excludes tax, title, and dealer fees. The redesigned Equinox will offer new technologies and updated features, including:

  • A standard 7-inch color touchscreen
  • An available 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen with a MyLink infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • And more!

The Equinox will also include an enhanced lineup of active safety features. Drivers can enjoy options like the new Safety Alert Seat, Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert with a Following Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Rear Seat Reminder, and Teen Driver technology.

Three turbo engines will be offered for the 2018 Equinox, including the first turbo-diesel engine to be available in the segment. The 1.5L engine will be the standard option at the initial launch of the 2018 Equinox, but the 2.0L turbocharged and diesel engine options will roll out during the second quarter of 2017. A new 9-speed automatic transmission will also be available. The 2018 Equinox lineup will include L, LS, LT, and Premier trims, which will be offered in FWD or AWD.

Keep in Touch With Bowman Chevrolet

To learn more about the 2018 Chevy Equinox price and specs, keep in touch with the crew at Bowman Chevrolet. We’d be happy to keep you up-to-date about when the new model will be available in your area. In the meantime, consumers can test drive the currently available 2017 Chevy Equinox and other high-quality Chevrolet models. Come in and see us or contact us today!

Chevrolet Releases the 2018 Chevy Traverse Specs

Chevrolet has introduced the forthcoming 2018 Chevy Traverse specs, the redesigned version of the popular midsize SUV. The latest details have Chevrolet fans excited for the good things to come, including various best-in-class offerings and fresh style accents. The new Traverse is set to go on sale in fall 2017, so let’s dive into the updates!

Exciting New Features

2018-chevy-traverse-exteriorThe fully redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will boast striking styling and cutting-edge technology. The newest model is also expected to deliver the best-in-class third-row leg room, maximum cargo space, and passenger volume. Drivers can look forward to an expanded array of available safety features for stress-free driving.

Two new Traverse trim levels are being added for 2018: the RS and the High Country. The RS will feature distinctive blacked-out exterior elements, a black chrome grille, a black bowtie, 20-inch wheels, and more. Onboard the High Country trim, drivers will find Loft Brown leather trim, suede accents, High Country badging, 20-inch wheels, D-Optic headlamps, power-fold third-row seats, and twin-clutch AWD.

The exterior has taken cues from Chevrolet’s full-size SUV models. Particularly noteworthy are the stately proportions and high-end adornments. Inside, the new Traverse will offer seating for up to eight passengers, as well as a lengthened wheelbase. The vehicle is anticipated to boast a best-in-class 98.5 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats lowered. An available hands-free power liftgate will provide easy access to that class-leading space.


The 2018 Chevy Traverse is powered by a new 3.6L V6 engine, mated to a standard 9-speed automatic transmission. This combination will produce almost 10 percent more horsepower than the current Traverse. When properly equipped, the new Traverse will also boast a 5,000-pound towing capacity. The new RS model will feature a 2.0L turbo engine, also paired with the 9-speed automatic transmission. The new intelligent stop/start technology is offered for both engines to enhance fuel efficiency.

There’s Lots More to See!

To learn more about the exciting offerings of the 2018 Chevy Traverse specs, keep in touch with the team at Bowman Chevrolet. Be among the first drivers in your area to experience this outstanding new SUV when it hits dealerships in the fall! In the meantime, consumers can come in or contact us today to test drive the currently available 2017 Chevy Traverse.

What Should Drivers Expect from the New Chevrolet Bolt?

Drivers across Clarkston, Waterford, and Detroit are aching to know what to expect from the new Chevrolet Bolt. Already named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year, this new electric vehicle (EV) is set to bring the advantages of an eco-friendly drive without the high price tag you’d expect.

The Next Generation of the EV

The first run of EV models looked more like science fiction contraptions than everyday vehicles, and most of them enjoyed little more than novelty status. As the industry developed, new models, such as the Tesla Model S, emerged to provide all the luxuries of a traditional car while offering a range of up to 300 miles. Unfortunately, such vehicles command premium prices, and more affordable options, such as the Nissan Leaf, are only able to reach 80 miles or so. With ‘range anxiety’ an ever-present problem, it was always going to take an EV that could combine a reduced starting price with excellent practicality that would become the model for the everyday driver.

The Ground-Breaking Chevrolet Bolt

If you’ve been waiting for just such a vehicle, then the new Chevrolet Bolt should be a welcome surprise. Delivering up to an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range, the Bolt’s innovative drive system utilizes a single, high-capacity electric motor to produce up to a phenomenal 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, enough to take you to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. Power is controlled through Chevrolet’s first Electronic Precision Shift system, with a shift and park-by-wire setup allowing for precise control. The Bolt promises to be a joy to drive and capable of taking the EV concept further. And a competitive maximum range isn’t all the Bolt can offer. The by-wire shifter consumes appreciably less space than the traditional mechanical shifter, so the vehicle’s crossover-like dimensions feel open and inviting. Interior technologies will also be top of the range, with standard and available features including:

  • 10.2-Inch-Diagonal Color Touchscreen Display
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Surround Vision Monitor

2017 Chevrolet Bolt by a modern home

Discover What Else to Expect from the New Bolt at Bowman Chevrolet

Here at Bowman Chevrolet, we’re keeping our ears very close to the ground when it comes to the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt, so any drivers who want to hear the very latest news shouldn’t hesitate to contact one of our team members today.


2017-chevy-cruze-hatchbackThe latest 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is in stock here at Bowman Chevrolet, but soon we will be welcoming a new member to the line-up: the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, new for 2017. If you’re looking for a small car that provides exceptional fuel economy, expanded cargo space, and all the high tech features you want, then the Cruze Hatchback is certainly worthy of your consideration. We’re here at Bowman Chevrolet to fill you in on the details of this new and exciting model. Take a look at what the Cruze Hatchback will offer!


The Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will provide ample cargo space. When you fold down the rear seats, the Cruze Hatchback will carry up to 47.2 cubic feet of luggage. That’s about three times as much capacity as the Cruze sedan has in the trunk. The hatchback body style should be exciting for anyone that loves the Cruze, but wants to be able to carry more. Plus, the 60/40 split folding rear seat allows you to configure the Cruze Hatchback to adjust the seating arrangement– depending on your needs– with ease.


The Cruze Hatchback will offer the same 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as the sedan, with 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission are available. The Cruze Hatchback is rated up to an EPA estimated 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway with the automatic transmission, or up to 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway with manual transmission.


The Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback will come well equipped with the latest technological features. Some highlights include:
  • OnStar telematics system, which provides automatic collision notification remote door unlocking and more.
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot provides internet while you’re on the road.
  • MyLink infotainment system with 7-inch central touchscreen gives you access to plenty of entertainment and connectivity features.
  • Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Smartphone integration are standard .


The Cruze Hatchback comes with some of the most advanced safety technologies available. Included are:
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Automatic High Beam Control
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring


Check out our full line of the Chevrolet Cruze today here at Bowman Chevrolet, located at 6750 Dixie Highway in Clarkston, MI, only a short trip from Detroit and Waterford. Orcontact us online now with any questions about the all-new Cruze Hatchback!

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