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#1 ourfmca

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 03:19 PM

We purchased a Smart car to tow behind our motorhome. Were told it was towable. We find out that it is towable but only at 30 MPH for max of 30 miles. We are going to have to trailer it. Any suggestions for Smart car tow-ers?
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#2 garykd

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:35 PM

Hi ourfmca,

I got this from the Smart Car web site:

Can I tow my smart fortwo?
The smart fortwo is designed to be flat towed with all four wheels on the ground. Your smart center can assist you with the procedures to allow for flat towing. In addition, the car can be carried on a flat bed.

Can you provide us a bit more information? What year and model did you purchase? How did you determine your Smart Car is not towable 4 down?

I have seen many (at least a dozen) Smart Cars being towed 4 down.
thanks,
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 09:42 AM

This site, FMCA, provides a list of cars that can be towed. According to the FMCA 2009 Towing Guide, the 2009 SmartForTwo can be towed four down in the manual transmission mode.

Also, if you look in the user manual you should find information on towing.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 04:13 PM

I think if you let the air out of the tires the smart car may fit into your basement storage :rolleyes:

Just kidding....last time I looked into it the smart for two was towable 4 down.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:03 PM

Just had a problem with my Smart ABS light staying on. The Bedford Ohio Smart service center stated that the breaks got too hot and over heated the sensor. They believe the Breaking system puts just a little pressure on the breaks.
We are unsure and are still testing. :rolleyes:
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:52 PM

We were camping this past weekend at Evergreen in Mt Eaton, Oh. I noticed a camper there towing a Smart car 4 down. Didn't talk to him, but you can't miss that car.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 06:56 PM

You can also look into these ideas for trailers if you don't want to flat tow your Smart.

http://www.smarttrailerusa.com/

http://www.smarttrai...m/SmartTrailer/





http://www.smartfortow.com/
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 03:15 PM

Check smarttrailers.com they have a trailer that looks good.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 07:36 PM

Update
Still have Smart. All 4 down. No more problems. I think I had the Break Buddy set wrong.
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:12 PM

Update
Still have Smart. All 4 down. No more problems. I think I had the Break Buddy set wrong.

Just completed a round trip from Ohio to Maine with our Smart car in tow. Was GREAT!
Did not even know it was there!
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:58 PM

Yea I can imagine that... :rolleyes: but how are they to drive?
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:01 PM

I have 15,000 plus miles towing a Smart car, four wheels down, behind my restored 1973 GMC.....max elevation so far was over the Continental Divide at Cottonwood pass.

The most important thing is to get a good tow set up for the Smart. I tried to tow it with the towing rings in front and pulled them out of the car. I use a Blue Ox set up on both ends and had the rear lights wired to a plug on the front.

On side trips, we have put another 12,000 on the Smart and find it great on dirt roads up the mountains.
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 09:14 PM

We purchased a new 2009 Smart car just for towing " flat four". Owners manual says "Yes"! We have towed this over15000 miles with no problems. No warming up trans. etc. Put the trans in neutral, leave key in ignition accessory position, disconnect battery and you're "Good to go"! One tip: attach a bungy cord from steering wheel to under front seat! This will eliminate a nasty steering wheel back lash on slow tight turns. The car is so lite I dont bother with a brake control. Another tip" When re-connecting the battery, hold down on brake pedal before turning key to on position! The transmission has to re learn the codes. It takes about 10 seconds. When the "P" park symbol shows on the dash the car will start and you are finished. Hope this helps! I had to learn the hard way!
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 09:17 PM

I was told that only smart cars 2009 or newer can be towed "Flat Four".
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:58 AM

Hi!

I'm having a problem with finding someone to rig my Smart Car for flat towing behind my motorhome. I'm in Texas. Can anyone out there give me some advise?
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:52 PM

I tow a SmartCar with my motorhome and have had no problems. The battery does not die, it tows like it's not back there, and a trailer for it is not required.

I also have a Chevy Equinox Sport and Chevy Traverse and they are also set up to tow. Equinox must be a Sport to tow it.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

Nearest Camping World can connect your SmartCar for towing.
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:47 AM

From your response on the Smart Car flat tow, it seems you are not disconnecting your battery, and that you have no problems with you SC being towed with the battery connected. Is that correct? If so how many miles have you towed your SC that way. Also what model and year is your SC? I've just picked up a new 2011 Caborlet and am getting ready to get it set up for 4 down towing. Any advise you can give me will be helpful.

Safe Travels,
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2008 Class A Fleetwood Bounder Diesel, 3 slides  B) 

Toads - 2011 Mercedes Smart Car Cabriolet Convertible :rolleyes: 

             2009 Jeep Liberty :) 

Roadmaster tow-bar, Steer-safe  

Even-brake when towing Jeep,

 

Mission, TX-Winter :D = Grand Marsh,WI-Summer :unsure: 


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:48 AM

EXCELLLLLLLLLLLLLLENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never had so much fun with a car!
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2008 Class A Fleetwood Bounder Diesel, 3 slides  B) 

Toads - 2011 Mercedes Smart Car Cabriolet Convertible :rolleyes: 

             2009 Jeep Liberty :) 

Roadmaster tow-bar, Steer-safe  

Even-brake when towing Jeep,

 

Mission, TX-Winter :D = Grand Marsh,WI-Summer :unsure: 


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:09 AM

I've always do the hookup work myself. No big deal as long as you have some tools. I to have just bought a new SC. I've a Roadmaster hookup set coming. Opps here it is.
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  • Roadmaster 52285-1 EZ Tow Bar Base Plate Bracket Smart Car

    And that's even my car. Man that worked out slick! If you want to look at how involved it is to install. Go to http://www.roadmaste...ons/52285-1.pdf and that will get you the info. I only use Roadmaster products and have been extremely happy with all of their products.

    Safe Travels,
    John

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2008 Class A Fleetwood Bounder Diesel, 3 slides  B) 

Toads - 2011 Mercedes Smart Car Cabriolet Convertible :rolleyes: 

             2009 Jeep Liberty :) 

Roadmaster tow-bar, Steer-safe  

Even-brake when towing Jeep,

 

Mission, TX-Winter :D = Grand Marsh,WI-Summer :unsure: 





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