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Old 01-17-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:48 PM   #2
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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!
That is interesting. The book on my 2011 Miata says do not tow it without the rear wheels lifted.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:03 PM   #3
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I tow a 2011 Dodge Dakota 4 dr, 4x4, 4.7 V8/auto behind my MH.
Blue Ox base plate & tow hitch. one nice point is I can turn the key just
one click and the steering wheel turns free and the speedo does not add
miles.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:13 PM   #4
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Currently we tow my wife's Escape on an Acme Tow Dolly.

In the near future we may have a different vehicle to tow around (granted the camper isn't coming out of storage for at least another 3 months or so).
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:13 PM   #5
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The book on my said the same thing. Mazda will tell you that their cars cannot be towed. There are plenty of folks on the web that are doing just that. If you want to tow a Miata, I suggest you do your homework and make your own decision.

The odometer doesn't show towed miles, so it seems like the tires don't last long, until the towed miles are added to the driven miles.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:12 PM   #6
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I tow a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport, in gear with transfer case in neutral.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:04 PM   #7
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A JK pushes our axis down the road. It's nice to have a dingy to hop in and go explore places. This newer one handles on the highway better than our TJ and two thumbs up to the AT in these newer ones.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:18 PM   #8
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The book on my said the same thing. Mazda will tell you that their cars cannot be towed. There are plenty of folks on the web that are doing just that. If you want to tow a Miata, I suggest you do your homework and make your own decision.

The odometer doesn't show towed miles, so it seems like the tires don't last long, until the towed miles are added to the driven miles.
If you've towed it 50,000 miles then it must be OK. I've never wanted to tow, but it's nice to know that I can.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:53 AM   #9
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I did not know that you could tow a Jeep with an automatic transmission.

Any special requirements for doing that?

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Old 01-18-2016, 02:11 PM   #10
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Wranglers and Cherokees can be flat towed with automatic transmissions. Some of the other Jeeps can not be flat towed. The key is being able to put the transfer case in Neutral.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:19 PM   #11
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I tow a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. Bought it from my mom two years ago with 37k miles on it - the proverbial "little old lady" car. 3,000lbs.

Blue Ox baseplate, tow-bar, and drop receiver; RViBrake2 braking system.

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Nice. Our first flat tow vehicle was 2002 Miata 6 speed. It worked great. But it turned out to be a bit small for carrying stuff we bought on the road back to the Vegas. So we switched to a 2014 Honda CRV automatic. It also works well, but has one draw back. Honda says, for flat towing, to limit the towed speed to 65 mph. On the plus side that seems to be the Vegas sweet spot for max mpg. We averaged 10 mpg on our last 1500 mile trip.
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That is interesting. The book on my 2011 Miata says do not tow it without the rear wheels lifted.
True.
The 2011 Miata and the 2002 Miata are very different. Mazda makes changes every generation to the drive train. That being said, the second generation (1999 to 2005) six speed manual seems to do the best at flat towing. Automatics are no-no for any generation.
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I tow a Nissan 370z Roadster using a Blue Ox tow bar and rock guard alone with a Blue Ox Patriot braking system. Rock guard was purchased later so it is not included in the picture.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:23 PM   #15
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Well I said near future LOL.
Now have another car to tow: A C-Max Energi

My prior car (Focus Electric) couldn't be towed at all. This guy can be flat towed.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:45 PM   #16
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Congrats Jamie. Very nice.


BTW, what's all that white stuff lying around. Did y'all have a sandstorm come through? :>)
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Congrats Jamie. Very nice.


BTW, what's all that white stuff lying around. Did y'all have a sandstorm come through? :>)
Nice car.... I think that "white stuff" must be ground up styrofoam. We see it down here in Key Largo some times.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:05 PM   #18
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New tires ...
and ...
the freedom of 4 down ...
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Well I said near future LOL.
Now have another car to tow: A C-Max Energi

My prior car (Focus Electric) couldn't be towed at all. This guy can be flat towed.
Jamie,
We have been towing a C-Max Energi behind our Axis for almost 2 years now! Great car! Plug in at campgrounds and gets great mileage, too!!! We are averaging well over 100 mpg!!!!
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All that white stuff was the packing material the car came in...
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