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Old 03-20-2016, 04:44 PM   #1
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Flat tow prep

For all that flat tow, what do you have to do to your toad to make it flat towable, example , pull fuses, run engine every so many miles, key in -key out, stand on your hear and spin ( just joking on that one) and what are you towing?
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:03 PM   #2
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Your going to have to choose a vehicle first, as each is going to have different procedures. There is no "general" procedure.
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:14 PM   #3
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Hey Grumpy, not asking for a general procedure , asking for what you pull and what you have to do to it, trying to get a feel for what is the easiest vehicle to use as a toad. Cheers
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:17 PM   #4
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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, manual transmission. No special procedures. Ignition to first position to unlock steering, emergency brake off, tranny in neutral.
Most any manual tranny Subaru can be towed 4 down with no special prep.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:32 PM   #5
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We connect the two arms of the tow bar to the tow plate. Then connect wire from trailer (push the connectors together). Hook brake and break away cables (D-ring clips) to car. Put car in neutral, flip fuse switch (home made so no pulling fuses), Key in accessory position, emergency brake OFF.

Ready to go. takes less than 5 minutes.

Chevy Sonic 2014 automatic. Book says to keep it under 65 mph and run the car to begin the day to circulate transmission fluid for a couple of minutes.
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We flat towed a 2001 Honda Civic with automatic. I had a straight "A" tow bar (not collapsible) so I would attach it to the civic, then hold the tow bar up by the chains and the DW would slowly drive the car to line up the hitch to the MH ball.

After hitching up I would need to run the engine and cycle the transmission through the gears in proper sequence with the final step of leaving it in "N" and the ignition in "ACC". I added a "tow / drive" switch that basically cut 12 volt power from the ACC fuse. (no need to pull fuse, just flip the switch to "TOW" position.

I just bought an older Saturn Vue that I'm fixing and will flat tow.

Its a manual transmission so simply leave it in "N".

ALSO - I modified the steering column in the Vue to completely disable the steering column lock mechanism, so there is no need to put it in "ACC". I can turn the wheel without the key
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:41 PM   #7
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For all that flat tow, what do you have to do to your toad to make it flat towable, example , pull fuses, run engine every so many miles, key in -key out, stand on your hear and spin ( just joking on that one) and what are you towing?
All of the above, except the head spin thingy.

I just flat towed my 2013 Honda CR-V for the first time. I used a dolly a couple times last year and didn't like it. So I switched to flat towing. It hooks up about like everything else you would tow except that there is a break away switch to hook up. It activates the Blue Ox Patriot brake controller in the vehicle. I also had a switch installed to eliminate pulling the fuse.

The CR-V requires a certain procedure to run the transmission through the gears and idling before towing. Then you do it again after 8 hours of towing. Over all, I think I am going to much prefer it to a tow dolly.
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Just purchased our new 2015 Ford Taurus and it states just drive up hookup and place in Neutral and turn off the car. Push button start so no need to keep key in. Can only tow max 65mph and there is no distance restrictions.
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I'm liking ramair's Taurus as a toad, so far the easiest !!!
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All of the above, except the head spin thingy.



I just flat towed my 2013 Honda CR-V for the first time. I used a dolly a couple times last year and didn't like it. So I switched to flat towing. It hooks up about like everything else you would tow except that there is a break away switch to hook up. It activates the Blue Ox Patriot brake controller in the vehicle. I also had a switch installed to eliminate pulling the fuse.



The CR-V requires a certain procedure to run the transmission through the gears and idling before towing. Then you do it again after 8 hours of towing. Over all, I think I am going to much prefer it to a tow dolly.

My dealer ran a battery charge line instead of having me pull the fuse. So far so good even on long trips.
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