Cadillac Escalade: Trailer Towing - Towing - Driving and Operating - Cadillac Escalade Owner's ManualCadillac Escalade: Trailer Towing

If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the hybrid supplement for more information.

Do not tow a trailer during break-in. See New Vehicle Break-In   for more information.

WARNING WARNING

The driver can lose control when pulling a trailer if the correct equipment is not used or the vehicle is not driven properly. For example, if the trailer is too heavy, the brakes may not work well—or even at all. The driver and passengers could be seriously injured. The vehicle may also be damaged; the resulting repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Pull a trailer only if all the steps in this section have been followed. Ask your dealer for advice and information about towing a trailer with the vehicle.

Notice: Pulling a trailer improperly can damage the vehicle and result in costly repairs not covered by the vehicle warranty. To pull a trailer correctly, follow the advice in this section and see your dealer for important information about towing a trailer with the vehicle.

To identify the trailering capacity of the vehicle, read the information in “Weight of the Trailer” that appears later in this section.

Trailering is different than just driving the vehicle by itself. Trailering means changes in handling, acceleration, braking, durability and fuel economy. Successful, safe trailering takes correct equipment, and it has to be used properly.

The following information has many time-tested, important trailering tips and safety rules. Many of these are important for your safety and that of your passengers. So please read this section carefully before pulling a trailer.

Maintenance When Trailer Towing
The vehicle needs service more often when pulling a trailer. See the Maintenance Schedule for more information. Things that are especially important in trailer operation are automatic transmission f ...

Weight of the Trailer
How heavy can a trailer safely be? It depends on how the rig is used. Speed, altitude, road grades, outside temperature and how much the vehicle is used to pull a trailer are all important. It can d ...

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4WD shift indicator
The 4WD shift indicator is displayed in the vehicle information display. The indicator should turn off within 1 second after placing the ignition switch in the ON position. While the engin ...

Essential towing checks
• When calculating the laden weight of the trailer, remember to include the weight of the trailer, plus the weight of the load. • If the load can be divided between the vehicle and trailer ...

Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
The following vehicle accessories can be used for up to 10 minutes after the engine is turned off: Audio System Power Windows OnStar System (if equipped) Sunroof (if equipped) These feat ...