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Old 01-07-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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Flat towing....ALMOST a global statement!!!!!!

The topic of flat towing versus dolly towing has been mentioned all over this and other forums, under any number of topic headings.

Suffice to say, flat towing has a BIG consideration that dolly towing has to face to a much LESSER degree.

It all comes down to automatic versus manual transmissions. A LOT of vehicles with an automatic tranny need the engine running to provide cooling/lubrication to the transmission part of the vehicle. A manual transmission does NOT have this concern in a lot of cases.

CHECK THE OWNERS MANUAL!!!!!!!!!! Can't say it enough.

Food for thought as far as SMALL SUV AUTOMATIC vehicles.........

Ford Escapes pretty much stopped being able to flat tow starting in 2013 because of a major redesign
Honda CRV has stopped being able to falt tow as of 2015 because they have a new CVVT transmission...( a very popular toad of choice)
Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain still flat towable
None of the import small SUV's flat towable

Larger SUV's vary from this point.

Just be aware, and noboby gets hurt


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Old 01-07-2015, 07:46 PM   #2
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The best info given is CHECK THE MANUAL.

My H3 can only be flat towed (automatic trans) it cannot be dolly towed, and that might be true for many full-time 4x4s (4-wheel system that are always in 4x4, not the ones you can switch in and out of like on my Silverado).

Saturn had a VUE with the Honda engine/Honda auto trans, that could be flat towed, but with a caution to stop every 300+ miles (forget the exact number), and restart the vehicle and run the trans through all the gears.

So, yes, always read the manual....what's can be flat towed today, may be different tomorrow if parts change.

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Old 01-09-2015, 02:15 AM   #3
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Kinda a broad statement to make.

Rear wheel drive vehicles have the same problem when dolly towing.

And auto/manual trans is not the biggest consideration to most people that tow.

I do agree to read the manual for any vehicle being considered as a tow vehicle.
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:35 AM   #4
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My 2005 Durango 4WD auto can be flat towed.

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Old 01-09-2015, 11:58 AM   #5
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This is why I use a dolly. You can tow any front wheel drive and many four wheel drives. The dolly I have has brakes and so I don't have to worry about a separate braking system for the toad. Also, I don't have to worry about the speedometer turning and wear on the front tires. For me, it works so much better than flat towing.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:46 PM   #6
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Looking at Suzuki Samurais for flat towing behind 2014 Sunseeker 3170 DS. Any thought on this ? Would appreciate any opinions. Thanx.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:36 PM   #7
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We were going to buy a dolly until I realized I'd have to park it by hand once the vehicle came off. We bought an HHR Chevy in 2006 and it has served us well. We pulled it flat with a 30' Class A Fleetwood and didn't even know it was back there.
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:10 PM   #8
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Jeep Liberty

We tow a 2011 Jeep Liberty behind our 2012 Sunseeker and don't even know it's back there. Not all Jeeps can be towed 4 down but the Liberty is one that can.
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:27 PM   #9
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We tow a 2004 Tracker, all 4 down. Only 3000 lbs. Great small suv. Not made anymore. Why are'nt they making more cars that you can tow like this?
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:33 PM   #10
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We toad 2014 jeep jk automatic. Put the transfer case in neutral, tranny in park, and take the key out... to be any easier it would have to jump on the hitch by itself.

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