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Trying To Find A Dinghy For 4 Wheels Down Towing


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#1 Adonh

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

Hello everyone.

 

This topic has probably been covered before i just can't locate it. I have a new to me Class A motohome diesel pusher and would like tow a dinghy 4 wheels down. My first choice was my current 2003 Mercury Sable (Same as Ford Taurus) front wheel drive auto trans. But from what I have been able to find it is not 4 wheels down towable.

 

So I will need to look find another vehicle for 4 wheel down towing.

 

Thanks for any input

 

Don

 


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

I just found a current thread that helps a lot Dinghy Towing Bounder.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

I would stick with a manual transmission because they seem to have a less problems.  I tow a Silverado 6 cyl 5 speed for over 100,000 miles with no problems.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

We have been towing a saturn SC2 with Auto trans since it was new in 2001 and never a problem. Now has 65,000 miles on it so I just bought a new one to tow 4wheels down and it is a 2013 Chev Sonic 5 door hatchback that weighs 2700 pounds and we love it. Road master makes tow brackets for it that will mate with our other towing equipment and we only have to buy the hidden brackets and the wiring kit, for 399.00 and 75.00. Prolly a couple hundred labor at camper world to get in installed. Bill in San Jose, CA


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

If you are an FMCA member you can download the Dingy Towing Guide with the info you want at http://www.fmcmagazi...e-towing-guides

 

If not you can download Motor Home magazine's guide on their site.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:11 AM

There are many automatic transmissions out there that can be towed.  My wife can't shift for herself so we need an automatic.  We have a 2008 Saturn Vue with auto that tows very easy.  Prior to that we had an '02 PT Cruiser with a pump for the trans.  That adds almost a $1000. to the price of towing. 


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

I add my 2 cents for Jeep Wrangler 4 WD 4 dr hardtop, on my second one, easy to hook up to a 45 ft Thor Mandalay, don't know it is being towed. This is a perfect fit as we travel from camp site to offroad areas.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

I have a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited with Quadradrive II transmission and it tows beautifully and it is easy to put everything into neutral.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

It's hard to beat a Honda CRV, has instructions in the owner's manual (so there is no doubt you can tow it four down), plus Honda's reliability, economy, and resale value.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:49 PM

Towed a Honda CRV for 4 years with no change in gas mileage and no problems as it is like a faithful dog.  M. Macewan


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:48 AM

Towed a Jeep Wrangler 4 down for many miles, no problem. 

Towed a GMC Yukon XL 4 X 4, 4 down many miles, no problem.

Now tow a Chevy Silverado 2 WD 4 down with a drive shaft disconnect many miles, and again no problems, (except from friends that wish I had the Yukon back because it would carry 8 when we would go out to eat.)

 

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:39 AM

Thanks everyone that gives me some options to look at.

 

Don


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:46 PM

Motorhome magazine Dinghy Towing Guides. It appears 2013 is not available yet.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:45 PM

Well, FMCA's 2013 towing guide (4 wheels down) was in the January FMCA Magazine and here on their website: http://www.fmca.com/...our-wheels-down


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:26 PM

I've towed two Saturns L series automatics, last one had over 102,000 showing (didn't include towed miles) with no problem from them.  We looked and drove three jeeps and a Honda CRV.  Both had a rough ride as my wife has a bad back and needs comfort we discounted both.  Also, we were surprised the Honda only comes with a 4-banger engine.  After a test drive, it had  no pickup speed in the mid to upper range, just a lot of noise from an engine being overworked.  We chose the Buick Enclave meeting our needs and desires and towable 4 down..


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:51 AM

Another option is to keep your 2003 Mercury Sable and equip it with an auxiliary transmission pump, which makes it towable 4-wheels down. We just did this to our old Toyota Highlander. We've only towed it a few hundred miles, so I can't testify as to the long-term suitability of such an option, but you may want to check out the Remco towing website: http://www.remcoindu...lubePumpKit.php.

 

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Ford/Mercury makes a neutral switch that's installed in the transmission for a lot of their rwd automatic transmission vehicles which allows you to tow 4 down safely. We have 07 Explorer 20,000 later no problems. $800.00 part/install.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:02 AM

Another vote for the Honda CRV. We did install a fuse switch so we wouldn't have to pull a fuse, after having a dead battery on one trip. I realized later that I had forgotten to turn off the climate control and the fan had run the whole day. Probably the only reason that the battery was dead.
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:48 AM

I tow a 2000 Ford Explorer 4wd behind my 36' DP and it works great.  You need to be careful of the year as only some have the neutral free wheeling available.

I use http://m-gengineering.com/ brakes on the toad and they work great.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:23 PM

We bought a 2005 PT Cruiser convertible with manual transmission as my wife can drive it. Its a little on the heavy side. Now we might be looking at a CR-V that is already set up for a Blue Ox system.

 

If we don't buy, would you be interested in it?


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