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Old 09-11-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Towing Question

Hello everyone!

Wife and I purchased our first RV recently. Started out with a preowned 2003 Georgetown. We've taken one trip so far and have enjoyed the "learning" process of owning an RV! Received some help too while camping out from other RV'ers!

The one thing I didn't like was being stuck without a car.... Can someone try and point me in the right direction of what we need? I spoke to someone who said you can't tow an automatic car and it's best to tow a standard car. Is that true?

We own a Camry and Highlander both automatic and would like to have the RV tow one of these. Is that possible?

I've seen on the forum people talking about 2 tires up or 4 down but not sure what I need. Do I get something installed on 1 vehicle or purchase a trailer that can carry any vehicle?

Can anyone assist the confused? LOL

Thanks!!!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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Here's a great start for getting to know how/what can be towed behind your motorhome.

http://towingworld.com/pdfs/2012_din...wing_guide.pdf


The maojr difference as to deciding what automatic transmissions CAN be towed is if they appear on this list.

If you insist on towing 4 wheels down with the vehicles you have and they are NOT on the list, you will HAVE to buy a towing dolly or a trailer. Just remember everything adds up to the total weight on your rig.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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If you Camry is front wheel drive, I'd look into a car tow dolly.

Car Tow Dolly -The Lightest and Toughest Tow Dolly For All Car Towing Needs - Acme Car Tow Dolly Company
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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Weeg.........

The majority of cars on the road today are front wheel drive, and a number of them are flat towable. There are also all-wheel and four-wheel drive models that can be flat towed. It is determined by the internal design of lubrication for the transmission as to whether there are any modifications needed.

Suggesting that a dolly be used just becasue the vehicle is front wheel drive needs more consideration. A dolly is another form of a vehilce which needs attention to it's tires, brakes and in some cases license and insurance. And then there's where to fit it?
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:12 PM   #6
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Wow... Thanks

Looks like we have some research to do. Thank you for the pointers and I'll check it out!

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:16 PM   #7
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We tow a GMC ENVOY all four done. Have towed it over 25000 miles . Works great..
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:19 PM   #8
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Cccastoldi

If you find that neither of your cars are 4 down towable.
Check craigslist.

Here’s today’s listing for Dallas.
http://dallas.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=21&subAreaID=&query=%22tow+dolly%22&catAbb =sss

We bought one of these last yr.
http://www.stehltow.com/Stehltow/Home.html

Here… they’re in Seagoville.
http://www.tuggertrailers.com/Default.aspx
for $1250.00 Looks like they’re $1150 at their Greenville location.

Now we’re getting ready to trade my daily driver/toad.
Looking at Crossovers that are 4 down towable.
Towing 4 down is MUCH more expensive that $1250.

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kenandterry, it is called a "suggestion" as I do not have all the details relating to the poster's vehicles.
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One other thing to take into account is braking of the towed vehicle which is required is most states. There are various manufacturers to chose from. I'm using Roadmaster's - Brakemaster set-up on my 2004 Grand AM which I tow with all 4 wheels on the ground. Their website has a listing of vehicles and any additional items which may be needed to flat tow the vehicle. The vehicle owners manual should include any information about towing. In my case I have to pull 3 fuses when towing.

Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories

If you scroll to the bottom the Vehicle Specific Info should help you with your vehicle info.
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