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Wrangler: A Flat-Tow Favorite


Motor homes can be a pleasant way to letting you stay at a campsite, a picturesque stream or even on the at Aunt Matilda’s for the annual get-together.

But things change you need to run into town for or want to take a sightseeing after you’ve set up camp. that beast along twisty roads, navigating in traffic, trying to find spots and paying for the additional it’s consuming can be anything but

With a small car or truck however, motor home don’t have to stow all gear and pull up the stakes time they want to go That’s why it is not uncommon to see big RVs pulling vehicles behind them. extra set of wheels, usually in the of a little SUV or subcompact car, it so much easier to get around the majestic motor home has parked and hooked up to the various lines that keep the on, water flowing and AC pumping out nice cold air.

Is Not Best

With two-wheeled dollies and trailers, almost any vehicle can be behind an RV, provided that the of the car or truck and whatever is being to facilitate the tow doesn’t exceed the home’s recommended towing But that kind of towing all that popular, for good

First there’s the expense of and maintaining a trailer or tow dolly. there’s the storage space at and in the campsite that those require when not in use, as as the extra work needed to get the vehicle on and off of them.

The Dinghy’s the

The alternative is flat towing, called four-down towing or towing. It involves attaching a tow bar to a car, SUV or pickup and letting the roll along behind the home on its own four tires four-down towing). It’s called dinghy towing the towed vehicle resembles a dinghy being pulled behind a large yacht at

Years ago, finding suitable for flat towing all that hard. Most and trucks with manual could be pulled four-down, as most four-wheel-drive SUVs manual transfer cases.

But change. Today the plethora of transmissions and front-wheel and full- and four-wheel-drive systems requires a bit of planning when selecting cars and trucks.

It’s All About Lubrication

for instance, makes several that would seem for flat towing. For hearty adventurers there are the FJ Cruiser and Cruiser. But while they’re on their own on rough terrain, the four-wheel-drive trucks don’t the grade when it comes to towing.

It all has to do with transmission says Dave Lee, a engineer and towing specialist at the of Toyota, which is the automaker’s training facility.

No Toyota, or Scion vehicle with an transmission is suitable for dinghy Lee says. And the company’s manual vehicles aren’t all designed the Some require continuous of a pump inside the transmission to the moving parts lubricated, and can’t be towed four-down.

automatic transmissions and pump-dependent the output shaft isn’t lubricated unless the vehicle’s is running, and severe transmission can occur if they are towed the driven wheels rolling the highway, turning the driveshaft or, in the of front-wheel-drive cars, the half-shafts.

a vehicle can be pulled dinghy if it has rear-wheel drive and a manual or four-wheel drive and a manual case that can be placed in says Chrysler Group Nick Cappa. Chrysler’s and Ram pickups are popular dinghy

The best way to make sure a is suited to flat towing is to the owner’s manual. Virtually automaker states clearly in model’s manual whether it can be on all four wheels or whether it be hauled on a flatbed truck or or pulled two-down with the wheels off the ground.


If your vehicle isn’t for flat towing, there are including driveshaft decouplers and lubrication pumps that can be to some automatic transmission to handle the job.

The devices can be and complicated to install and maintain, And if they’re not used correctly, the or drivetrain components can be damaged a vehicle is being towed. can leave owners with problems.

If you’ve already got a you’d like to flat tow and it factory rated as suitable for towing, most RV dealerships and centers carry and can install lubrication pumps and other devices.

If you are looking for a towable it’s best to concentrate on that are factory-ready.

How To Winnow the

To keep from looking hundreds of owner manuals for on tow readiness, thin the list of by deciding what kind of vehicle will best your needs: a 4X4 if you like to go for instance. Then decide you can afford to spend.

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If you aren’t sure of what’s out Edmunds.com’s Find Your Car feature allows you to search by type and price range. It can you create a list of candidates meet your requirements and fit budget.

Motor Home publishes an annual list of towable vehicles. The current year list is available at no Lists for individual years to 2000 are $1.99 each.

editors have also some of our long-term test cars for their ability to be including the 2012 Chevrolet (yes), the 2012 Honda (yes), the 2014 Mazda (no) and the 2013 Subaru BRZ no).

Other Flat-Towing

While dingy towing things easier once arrived at your destination, it can add before and during the journey.

cars and SUVs that can be four-down require special to run the engine in order to lubricate the Some require removal of fuses before starting There are a number of four-wheel-drive with automatic transmissions must be towed four-down their transmissions in the Park while their transfer are in Neutral.

Vehicles with steering triggered by the ignition switch, and most of them these can’t be flat towed if the wheels won’t turn. The key be in the ignition and the ignition switched to the position in order to unlock the

Don’t assume that previous years’ models towable, this year’s be as well. The Ford Escape has been a popular dinghy-tow with the RV crowd. But it was redesigned for and no longer is certified to be pulled with all four wheels on the

Finally, all but eight states most vehicles being to be equipped with auxiliary systems that work in with the motor home’s Smart motor home who tow a car or truck know that in those states that require them, auxiliary kits should be considered an

Check the Manual, Then Again

Once you think found a vehicle that suit you, the best step is to get a copy of the owner’s Often, you can find them

Everything you’ll need to about pulling the car or truck will be in the manual, including instructions as to which fuses to (if any), the proper position for the shift lever, which to leave on and which to turn and how often to run the engine for lubrication.

While you can probably make any vehicle four-down-towable with equipment, you’re better off cars and trucks that are certified for the job. As Toyota’s Lee said of his company’s cars and If it is listed as towable in the manual, we stand behind it.

See you on the road!

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