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Author Topic: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome  (Read 67038 times)

elaine12

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vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« on: January 31, 2010, 12:02:22 PM »
any info on what type of vehicle can be flat towed without a lot of modifications would be appreciated.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 04:37:14 PM »
Motorhome magazine just published their 2010 Dinghy Towing Guide.  It's with the January 2010 issue.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010, 05:49:50 PM »
You can acquire prior years of the towing guide here;
http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=1073647
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010, 06:06:40 PM »
Similar information in the Family Motor Coach Association FMC magazine, also January, 2010 issue
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GuyWhoIsAwesome

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010, 07:42:23 PM »
Most Jeeps and Honda CRV's tow quite nicely.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 04:00:37 PM »
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4X4 can be flat towed as it has a real transfer case that can be switched to neutral.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 05:09:45 PM »
Older Acura MDX can be towed four-down.  2005 was the changeover year after which it can no longer be towed.  Also some older Chevy Trackers that have a transfer case.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 07:14:17 PM »
Classic VWs....easiest thing in the world to tow.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 07:56:51 PM »
Most (if not all) saturns can be flat towed
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WBK

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2010, 11:05:05 AM »
Are you towing a vintage VW?  I have a rebuilt 1968 VW bug that I am considering towing behind a 2001 Winnebago Adventurer.  Please give me any  comments or suggestions.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2010, 12:10:56 PM »
Are you towing a vintage VW?  I have a rebuilt 1968 VW bug that I am considering towing behind a 2001 Winnebago Adventurer.  Please give me any  comments or suggestions.

We towed a '72 classic VW bug all year last year behind our 2004 Winnebago Sightseer. When the VW was mercilessly crushed by a crazy travel truck, we bought a '73 classic VW bug. Uses a tow bar that costs less than $150. Put it in neutral, take off the emergency brake, turn the key off and away we go. We use magnetic tail lights stuck on the bumper. On the old VW, Mike ran the cord under the VW, through a tunnel (?) and had a plug at the back for the lights and a plug at the front for the cable from the motorhome....hasn't got that done yet on the 73. It weighs next to nothing. In fact, sometimes, we just push it up to the motorhome when hooking up.
 
Have fun with your '68. And remember, if someone ever hits it with a gravel truck, and you're talking to their insurance company, it's a "classic, fully-restored Volkswagon."
 
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2010, 09:23:46 AM »

 Manual transmission Subarus can be towed four down, and Subaru still makes and sells manual transmissions.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2010, 11:36:16 AM »
Every Jeep with a Transfer case is towable four down.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2010, 02:23:04 PM »
We have a 2008 Mazda 3 with a 5 speed manual transmission and it is not listed as towable and the owners manual states it should not be towed 4 down...doing some searching on the web I found a few who have towed successfully without a problem and this is what the Remco website says:

"Five and Six speed manual..no formal testing. Remco has never heard of a problem towing these vehicles. check for baseplate availabilty."

...hmmm

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2010, 12:35:37 PM »
Motor Home magazine dingy guide says that a 2008 GMC Canyon can be flat towed even with an automatic tranny.  I thought that all automatics had to be decoupled or they would destroy themselves from heat buildup.  Is that true?

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2010, 01:07:11 PM »
We have a 2007 Canyon with auto and 4WD and it's flat towable.  The transfer case has a neutral position that allows for towing.  I believe the 2WD auto is not towable.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2010, 04:43:38 PM »
Honda CR-V automatics can be flat towed, at least our two wheel drive 2009 can. Honda provides a short shifting procedure in the manual that you perform before towing.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2010, 06:57:24 AM »
Anyone out there towing a 2010 Malibu? Would be interested to hear pros & cons.

thx

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2010, 07:29:41 PM »
We have a 2008 Saturn Aura automatic and we flat tow it and there are no issues at all, we pull the fuse and away we go, I am assuming the 2010 Malibu would be the same.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2010, 06:38:21 AM »
We purchased a 2008 Chevy HHR, it  can be towed 4 wheels down, just by putting in neutural and removing fuse, could not be any easier and we love it.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2010, 08:33:55 AM »
We tow a Honda Fit.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2012, 09:21:04 AM »
We had an '08 Avalanche that we falt towed.  It can be flat towed from factory.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2012, 10:00:21 AM »
Anyone out there towing a 2010 Malibu? Would be interested to hear pros & cons.

We're towing a 2005 Malibu.  It's a nice, easy tow. We have the Roadmaster baseplates and tow bar.  The baseplates have an adapter between the permanently mounted baseplate and the tow bar, that's easily removable, so the equipment is not easily visible when not towing.  When we're not travelling, the Malibu is a daily driver so it's nice not to have a lot of stuff hanging from the front of the car day-to-day.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2012, 10:11:46 AM »
heres the perfect vehicle, Jeep wrangler.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2012, 12:01:23 PM »
     I put 30k miles on a 92 Tercel, 4spd manual no trouble.  Just bought a 07 Ford Focus all set up and ready to tow.  Haven't towed it yet but PO assures it ok.  Has 5 spd .
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2012, 11:58:29 AM »
Anyone towing a Toyota Highlander?  Mine is a 2006, Remco says it can be towed with a Tranny Lube Pump, but I understand there may be issues with this technology failing without notification to the MH driver and smoking a tranny.

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2012, 01:50:14 PM »
REMCO gives you a one year warranty for the pump and transmission. You must have less than 40K miles on your car for it to be valid.

If it lasts for one year you should be good for as long as you need to keep the car.

I have my 2012 Malibu ready but have not towed it yet. Plan to tow it over the Memorial Day weekend for the first time.
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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2012, 02:13:10 PM »
We flat tow a 2011 Honda Element. They're ugly cars, but they grow on you after awhile.

I like them, because I can crawl from the front to the back if I need to, there's no carpeting, so when it gets muddy it's easy to wash out, and if you want to, you can order the Encamper conversion that adds a pop top sleeper for two, and wala! Guest room!!!

The owner's manual says you can't flat tow it, but it's the same drive-train as the Honda CRV. There's a procedure you need to follow before you take off. If you forget that, and ruin your transmission, you'll be screwed as far as your warranty goes. JUST DON'T FORGET!

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2012, 12:35:36 PM »
Thanks judway

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Re: vehicles that can be flat towed behind motorhome
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2012, 11:36:41 AM »
I have my 2012 Malibu ready but have not towed it yet. Plan to tow it over the Memorial Day weekend for the first time.

Umm... I'm sorry I didn't see this before, but I think you had better check with Chev before you do that.  Although the manual might say it is towable, if it's the 6 spd automatic, it is not towable.  Not sure if the tranny pump changes that, but I would certainly verify first.  They're not covering it under warranty if you do damage.
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