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Old 01-25-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Solera towing again?

I' m getting a tow dolly tomorrow for my Solera, found out last year it probably better to tow a car than to try an find a rental when you get some where. Haave to go with a dolly because of the car needing the front wheel up. I am wondering how many solera owner's are towing and how they are towing (4 down or 2 up)? More curious than any else.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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We are going to tow our smart car 4 wheels down. I've gotten a price to set it up, just waiting for the extra two grand to do it!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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We too are towing our smart car 4 down. DebbieMH is right it cost around two grand to set it up. It's a bit cheaper if you do the electrical and the car's front end work yourself. Our rig works great we hardly know it's back there. I keep the rear camera on just for piece of mind. The smart car came in handy when we had a problem on the road last year. My wife scouted out the RV dealers we passed a few miles back while I waited for the Good Sam road service to arrive.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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We pull a Jeep Wrangler with 4 down and use a Blue OX tow bar. Close or a little over max weight, but no issues and we go to Colorado/ New Mexico . It didn't like monarch pass, so we just unhooked an drove both for a short distance

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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Devilsqid, can you post a picture of the tow set up on your Smart? Id really like to see how it is going to change the look of the front before we do it. Thanks!
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I'm thinking about a minicooper convertible
Weight 2800 lbs
I'm nervous about a jeep because they weigh 3800 +
Although the jeep would be more fun
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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We tow a Honda Civic 4 wheel down, Blue Ox towbar and Brakebuddy brake assist. The rig handles well, and we see very little impact on mpg. However, there is one word of caution when starting out on a grade: The rig will start to roll back if you're not immediately apply gas after getting off the brake. I researched this on the Sprinter board, and apparently when you get off the brake on a grade, there is a two second hold, after which the brake will release. This is 'designed' to give you enough time to hit the gas!
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Always a pain in the neck to hook/unhook car and dolly, but if your car won't tow 4-down, it's the only option. Saturn did a great business selling to RVers because their vehicles towed well 4-down. I had a 97 Saturn... before that a Geo Metro, for which we didn't even need supplemental breaking with the big pusher. Recommendation from a friend who uses dolly... take the car off the dolly before driving to the campsite and let SWMBO drive it in; makes it a lot easier 'cause there's often limited space at the site to maneuver and park.
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I read an artical last night in one of the motor home mags that they no longer say the Smart car can be towed 4 wheels down. Something about the steering wheel jerking around or something. I'm really concerned now about it ... any thoughts?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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Thanks for the advise about unhooking before going to the site. I have been wondering about some of the camp grounds. I know I stayed at some last year that didn't have pull throughs. I figure I just have to look for a camp ground early so if they don't have pull throughs I can go on down the road.
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