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Old 11-05-2018, 08:47 PM   #221
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I’m close to ordering equipment to flat tow our 2014 manual transmission Ford Focus behind our 29 ft Winnebago. We’ve been renting which is ok but not great for a month or more of snowbirding. Thinking of a Blue Ox base plate, Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar and SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo brake system. All in would be about $2900 with self install. Eeek!
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:17 PM   #222
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I tow a 2015 Ford Fiesta auto behind a 2017
Thor Citation 24 Sprinter 3500 5 speed auto; Roadmaster light tow package. Have about 14k miles on unit, works well.
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:42 AM   #223
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towing a 2004 chevy trailblazer

1- anyone tow a 2004 trailblazer flat on four wheels. heard I cannot
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:06 PM   #224
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1- anyone tow a 2004 trailblazer flat on four wheels. heard I cannot
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What's your Owners Manual say for recreational Towing?

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Towing

Towing Your Vehicle
Consult your dealer or a professional towing service if
you need to have your disabled vehicle towed. See
Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-6.
If you want to tow your vehicle behind another vehicle
for recreational purposes (such as behind a motorhome),
see “Recreational Vehicle Towing” following.
Recreational Vehicle Towing
Recreational vehicle towing means towing your vehicle
behind another vehicle – such as behind a motorhome.
The two most common types of recreational vehicle
towing are known as “dinghy towing” (towing your
vehicle with all four wheels on the ground) and “dolly
towing” (towing your vehicle with two wheels on
the ground and two wheels up on a device known as
a “dolly”).
With the proper preparation and equipment, many
vehicles can be towed in these ways. See “Dinghy
Towing” and “Dolly Towing,” following. You may
also need brakes for the vehicle being towed. See your
dealer for additional trailering information.
Here are some important things to consider before you
do recreational vehicle towing:
• What’s the trailering capacity of the towing vehicle?
Be sure you read the tow vehicle manufacturer’s
recommendations.
• How far will you tow? Some vehicles have
restrictions on how far and how long they can be
towed.
• Do you have the proper towing equipment? See
your dealer or trailering professional for additional
advice and equipment recommendations.
• Is your vehicle ready to be towed? Just as you
would prepare your vehicle for a long trip, you’ll
want to make sure your vehicle is prepared to be
towed. See Before Leaving on a Long Trip on
page 4-34.

Dinghy Towing
When towing your vehicle, turn the ignition to LOCK. To
prevent your battery from draining while towing,
remove the Ignition A and the Ignition B fuses from the
engine compartment fuse block. Be sure to reinstall
the fuse when you reach your destination.
Two-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Notice: If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels
on the ground, the drivetrain components could
be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by
your warranty. Do not tow your vehicle with all
four wheels on the ground.

Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not be towed with all
four wheels on the ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication
while being towed. To properly tow these vehicles,
they should be placed on a platform trailer, or dolly
towed. See “Dolly Towing"

Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Four-wheel-drive vehicles can be dinghy towed if you
follow the proper procedures. The transmission has
no provisions for internal lubrication while being towed,
so it is important that you follow all the steps listed
in this manual to dinghy tow your four-wheel-drive
vehicle.
Use the following procedure to tow your vehicle:
1. Shift the transmission to PARK (P).
2. Turn the engine off, but leave the ignition on.
3. Firmly set the parking brake.
4. Securely attach the vehicle being towed to the tow
vehicle.
{CAUTION:
Shifting a four-wheel-drive vehicle’s transfer
case into NEUTRAL can cause your vehicle to
roll even if the transmission is in Park (P). You
or others could be injured. Make sure the
parking brake is firmly set before you shift the
transfer case to NEUTRAL.}

5. Shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL (N). See
Four-Wheel Drive on page 2-24 for the proper
procedure to select the NEUTRAL position for your
vehicle.
6. Release the parking brake only after the vehicle
being towed is firmly attached to the towing
vehicle.
7. Turn the ignition to off and leave the steering
column unlocked.

Dolly Towing
Two-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not be dolly towed.
Two-wheel-drive transmissions have no provisions
for internal lubrication while being towed. To properly
tow these vehicles, they should be placed on a platform
trailer with all four wheels off the ground.

Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Four-wheel-drive vehicles can be dolly towed with the
rear wheels on the ground.
Use the following procedure to tow your vehicle:
1. Drive the vehicle onto the tow dolly.
2. Shift the transmission to PARK (P) .
3. Turn the engine off, but leave the ignition on.
4. Firmly set the parking brake.
5. Securely attach the vehicle being towed to the dolly.
{CAUTION:
Shifting a four-wheel-drive vehicle’s transfer
case into NEUTRAL can cause your vehicle to
roll even if the transmission is in Park (P). You
or others could be injured. Make sure the
parking brake is firmly set before you shift the
transfer case to NEUTRAL.
6. Shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL. See
Four-Wheel Drive on page 2-24 for the proper
procedure to select the NEUTRAL position for your
vehicle.
7. Release the parking brake only after the vehicle
being towed is firmly attached to the towing vehicle.
8. Turn the ignition off and lock the steering column.
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:09 PM   #225
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What's your Owners Manual say for recreational Towing?
Go to Mychevrolet.com, you can get a pdf for gm vehicles going back for years. Easy to word search compared to the crappy index.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:21 AM   #226
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Here's ours, we tow a 2002 Mazda Miata, 6 speed. Over 50,000 miles so far. Blue Ox tow plate and bars, Protect-A-Tow rock skirt, and US Gear Unified Tow Brake. Tail and turn lights connected from the coach to the car lights.

It is light and easy to tow, but won't go far off the road. Only has room for two people, but it delivers a lot of smiles per mile! Zoom-zoom!
Wow that's nice.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:14 AM   #227
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It was nice, super nice. Until it suffered a double whammy, first was serious hail damage, then a nasty sideswipe. We really liked that car and it was a ton of fun, but it was time for an upgrade.

The replacement for that sweet '02 Miata was a sweet '11 Miata, this one with a retractable hard top. This one is even nicer! Zoom zoom!
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:57 AM   #228
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:23 AM   #229
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It was nice, super nice. Until it suffered a double whammy, first was serious hail damage, then a nasty sideswipe. We really liked that car and it was a ton of fun, but it was time for an upgrade.

The replacement for that sweet '02 Miata was a sweet '11 Miata, this one with a retractable hard top. This one is even nicer! Zoom zoom!
Can you tow your ‘11 Miata four down. We have one too - 6 Spd, hardtop, bought new, currently with 25,000 miles on it, but I have never towed it.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:50 AM   #230
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Not if you go by Motorhome mag or if you ask Mazda. So far, we have towed our 2011 Miata about 12K miles, four down.

The same folks said that the 2002 couldn't be towed either. We towed that one over 50K, four down. That's our results, yours may vary.

Before I set up the '02, I did a lot of online research and found several folks towing Miatas. The six speed tows fine, but something about the way the gearbox works prevents the five speeds from being towable. It has to do with the way the gears throw oil around when towed in neutral.

BTW, your Miata base plate choice is limited to Roadmaster and model years up to 2012. The Blue Ox base plate fits 1996 to 2002. (have one of those to sell.)
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:38 PM   #231
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Just brought this "barn find" back from Michigan...1989 with 68K original miles. I will tow it on the new trailer I bought which already has brakes. I can haul extra fuel, ladder, portable generator and many other things, depending on the trip and needs, as we go.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:32 PM   #232
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:02 PM   #233
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2017 Ford Focus we dolly tow it.
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