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Old 02-12-2020, 04:16 PM   #1
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Four wheels down towing

Hello,
Any help or advice would be appreciated, we own a 2018 Thor synergy and was considering getting a Mini Cooper or small car to use as a toad with four wheels down, I know only the manual transmission styles can be flat towed.
My question is any body towing a small car like the Mini Cooper or similar car with four wheels down and what kind of hook do you have.

We have been renting cars when we go, but thatís getting to be a hassle at some places.

Thanks in advance for any info
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:36 PM   #2
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Hello,
Any help or advice would be appreciated, we own a 2018 Thor synergy and was considering getting a Mini Cooper or small car to use as a toad with four wheels down, I know only the manual transmission styles can be flat towed.
My question is any body towing a small car like the Mini Cooper or similar car with four wheels down and what kind of hook do you have.

We have been renting cars when we go, but thatís getting to be a hassle at some places.

Thanks in advance for any info
Not all cars or trucks with manual transmissions can be flat towed. A very few 2 wheel drive cars with automatics can be flat towed. Here is the best guide for what can be flat towed. <https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/>. As for the tow bar, wiring, base plate, braking system, and hitch e-trailer.com is a good place to start.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:16 PM   #3
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The last series of Smart Cars with automatic transmissions can be towed "four-down"... (2016 and later ICE cars)
But we're putting ours on a trailer in order to simplify things for us!

MINIs are so Huge...

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Old 02-13-2020, 01:32 AM   #4
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Agree that the Motorhome magazine dinghy tow guides are generally your best resource. I checked 2016 and 2018 and didn't find Minis on the list. The Fiat 500s are, so that might be a possibility.

We tow a Miata, which never showed on the guides as towable, but several folks online have successfully towed their Miatas. Must be a 6 speed manual. The current one is a 2011, before that we towed a 2002. Great little cars, more smiles per mile!
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:57 AM   #5
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Hello,
Any help or advice would be appreciated, we own a 2018 Thor synergy and was considering getting a Mini Cooper or small car to use as a toad with four wheels down, I know only the manual transmission styles can be flat towed.
My question is any body towing a small car like the Mini Cooper or similar car with four wheels down and what kind of hook do you have.

We have been renting cars when we go, but thatís getting to be a hassle at some places.

Thanks in advance for any info
I believe the Minis have to me manual to be towed 4 down - check the user manual.

The smaller Chevy automatic cars can be towed 4 down (Sonic, Cruze, maybe Malibu?) but the Spark must be manual. Some of the smaller Ford vehicles with auto can also be towed 4 town - check the manual.
Some SUV/CUVs with automatics can also be towed 4 down depending on the engine/transmission combo - check the manual.

See a pattern here? You can browse the guides to get a feel for what you might want that's towable 4 down but before you pull the trigger - check the Owner's Manual.

My Sonic is about the same size as a Mini (2700 lbs, 4 door sedan) and it works great as a daily driver (80K+ miles so far) as well as a toad (another 15K+ miles so far). It has a huge trunk that gets even bigger when you drop the rear seats, but easily seats 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 kids. I use a Roadmaster baseplate and a Reese Towbar.
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:53 PM   #6
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Hello,
Any help or advice would be appreciated, we own a 2018 Thor synergy and was considering getting a Mini Cooper or small car to use as a toad with four wheels down, I know only the manual transmission styles can be flat towed.
My question is any body towing a small car like the Mini Cooper or similar car with four wheels down and what kind of hook do you have.

We have been renting cars when we go, but thatís getting to be a hassle at some places.

Thanks in advance for any info
We have a 2011 ford fusion hybrid. Pulls fine with our thor A30. We did have one issue and that was the car would not come out of park. Ended up being a fuse.
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