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#1 Warren1947

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

Has anyone towed a Smart Car four down ? 2009 Passion Cabriolet for Two.
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#2 hclark6345

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

We towed a 2008 Smart Passion Cabrolet for about 10,000 miles behind a 27 foot Freedom Express Class C.

We towed four down, with Evenbrake supplemental braking.

It towed very well behind the motorhome, even in the mountains. We had no problems with the Smart and were very happy with it.
There were a few tall topes ( think giant speed bumps ) in Baja Mexico where the Smart's low ground clearance caused me to worry, but we got over them easily.
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#3 tomkathymanoff

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:15 PM

We have a 32ft Rexhall A Motorhome. We have been looking at the Smart for a tow. How are they to tow? Any suggestions for us first timers. Equipment recommended etc. I guess we just want to know the pros and cons and everything we need to know.

We don't want to get into something and have trouble.

Thanks for all help. kjym@comcast.net


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#4 ahepburn51

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:01 PM

We've had our smart car since they first became available in 2008, and we've been towing it behind our motorhome since new. We use a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar, and use a bungee cord on the steering wheel to help keep the steering stable when towing. Starting with the 2009 model smart recommended adding a battery cutoff switch to prevent inadvertent ignition activation during towing, but we've never had a problem.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:38 PM

We have pulled a 2009 smart car since 2009 for 30000 miles behind 28ft Allegro with Roadmaster Falcon towbar. Orginally no problem but recently front wheels wobble after sharp turns so now use bunge cord. No extra braking system is used. Installed battery cutoff switch but have not used it. Do not start car every night and have not had any battery problems.Only problem is when you want to go out to dinner with guests-Taxi or two cars. 


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#6 marthabarnes

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:54 PM

I have 2 SmartCars.  Both are 2013.  I have towed SmartCars for about 5 years and have had no problems.  My husband has the convertible and I have "plain Jane".

 

We both use Roadmaster and do not have any problems with the wheels not staying straight.  We do not use any brake system or battery disconnect.  

 

I have a 35' Fleetwood Terra LX and he has a 16'' Roadtrek.

 

I have some friends that use BlueOx and they both have to use bungie-cords to keep the front wheels straight.

 

SmartCar is an ideal tow vehicle.  I also carry a disability cart in the SmartCar.  

 

Martha Barnes, yrosef3291@aol.com, 321-501-0301


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 11:27 AM

Roadmaster products are very well engineered and manufactured in house in the USA.  I was just at the Redmond FMCA convention and they are still doing courtesy inspections and maintenance. 


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Posted 28 September 2014 - 05:04 PM

We are still hunting for a used Smart. We went to the dealer to buy one of their used ones and darn someone beat us to it. So still dreaming . Kathy


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#9 sgt770

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 05:15 PM

Auto Trader has over 750 Smart Cars For Sale. 2009 and newer starting at $4995 up. Some really great deals. You will probably even find some with a tow system already hooked up. The dealers in our area have large discounts on them, even the 2015 models. Just have to do your due dilligence in your search. Good Luck.


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#10 tomkathymanoff

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 10:51 PM

We found a 2012 Smart. We had the batteries turn off put on today and Camping World called and our tow pkg is in.
Just to get it installed and we will be on our way. I will let you know about our first trip.
We are so happy.

Thank's Martha for all the helpful information . We ordered the Road Master like you said.

Kathy


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#11 tomkathymanoff

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 10:41 PM

We had a battery disconnect installed at the Smart Dealer.  Our question is:  Does the disconnect connect to the positive or the negative side of the battery?

 

We ordered a RoadMaster Falcon All-Terrain Tow Bar and a insta brake system.

We have a 3 week wait to have this all installed.

 

I know some of you don't disconnect your battery but the service man at the dealer told us of a Smart that was towed without the battery disconnected and it chewed the engine and transmission up.   So that's why we installed one.

 

Do any of you have a Insta brake system installed?

 

Thank you for the help.  

 

Kathy


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