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Old 10-13-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Flat Tow VS Trailer Tow

I have a 2014 FR3 28DS , I want to tow a 2011 Ford Edge. I am told I have two choices; Flat tow (Four tires all down) or Trailer (all four tires off the ground)
I checked at Camping world and with everything I would need including instalation it will be just about $4,000.00.
I have read about problems flat towing a 2011 Ford edge. Dead batteries, other mechanical problems etc.
I know trailer towing has some disadvanatges as well, like storeing trailer at campgrouns etc.
Any thoughts and suggestions please.
My first year RV ing and basicly no towing experiance.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:29 AM   #2
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We flat tow a Ford Fiesta (2014) using a blue ox system and a klr650 on a chassis mounted rack. We previously trailer towed a mitzubishi outlander .... Love the flat tow. Easier to hook up and towing is smoother as well. dont have to worry about stashing the trailer etc. still start the first every 500 miles as battery drains in auxiliary
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Old 10-13-2015, 06:45 PM   #5
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Flat Tow VS Trailer Tow

I only flat tow. We have a Honda CRV but, the premise is the same. You just need to follow the owners manual for your particular vehicle (if it's flat towable). As for battery drain. I installed a rvibrake battery charger and never have had a dead battery. It's small and installs with 2 wires. One to the battery, the other to the constant 12v wire on the tow plug. It's around $50 but well worth it.
BTW... I have a Blue Ox tow bar and base plate. Cost me around $1200 to have the base plate installed. CW is way overpriced, IMHO.


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Forgot to mention. It's cheaper to buy the base plate and tow bar from Amazon. Probably around $1250 for both.


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I tow my FWD corrola on a dolly that has disk brakes, brake lights, and it folds two ways, the ramps fold up and the tounge swings to side. 3 ft long when folded. As for a trailer you might be able to back up. The dolly wheels steer for better turns so you can't back up more than a couple feet. I don't think a flat tow will back up at all. Towed 12000 miles, only problem was nail in rear tire of car. lost 10 psi noticed that tire was a little hotter so look it over saw nail, added air stopped by a Costco got it patched for free. I also went 5000 miles first year with out tow. The FR3 broke down and was homeless for a night. Luckily found hotel a block away was last room available. No rental cars left due to convention. Luckily ford fixed the F53 first thing in the morning. Trailer probably takes longer to load than dolly. Question does a flat tow rack up milage when towed?
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we have a 2015 28DS and a 2014 Ford C-Max that is flat towed. Use all blue ox parts with exception of RV Brake 2 unit. I plug in a supplemental emergency 15 amp battery unit as the c-max's battery will not last.
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I first used a tow dolly when I got our MH. Now tow a Equinox 4 down, will never, ever go back to tow dolly. Had my Equinox set up at a local towing shop for $3,000, including a brake system. Blue Ox tow bar and roadmaster brake. I called the local RV dealers and they all used the local guy to do their 4 down work.
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I currently flat tow a Weangler and love it. Did the trailer thing before and it was OK but sort of a pain. On the Edge, check with Ford about the base plate install. We were going to flat tow our Explorer until we found out the remove the front bumper crush zone to install the base plate and they don't put it back in. Didn't want that fight with the insurance if we had a fender bender ("You modified the vehicle."). Go with the Invisibrake and you shouldn't have any battery issues. My mechanic installed everything for $400 less labor than CW wanted. Good luck!
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