Originally Posted by colourful64
Why is it they say only a jeep and a crv can be flat towed. And yet people are towing equinox and pickups.. Can someone please explain.. I have so much to learn
A good place to start is: Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine
There are several considerations for towing a vehicle behind a motorhome. The vehicle must be within the weight limit the motorhome is able to tow. So the first thing to do is check the motorhome owner's manual.
Next, the towed vehicle must be designed by the manufacturer to be capable of being towed with all four wheels on the ground. Again, check the owner's manual for the vehicle you want to tow. There should be a section listed as "recreational towing" or a similar name. DO NOT believe what the car dealer tells you! See it in writing in the manual.
Most vehicles that can be towed with the wheels down fall into three general categories: 1. They are 4 wheel drive and have a transfer case that can be put in neutral to disconnect the transmission (for example, my Jeep Wrangler). 2. They use an automatic transmission design that has the fluid pump on the driveshaft end rather than the engine end (some older Hondas and Saturns). 3. They have a manual transmission (like my previous Toyota Yaris). There can be other reasons, but these are the most common.
Some vehicles can be modified for flat towing by adding an automatic transmission fluid pump, or a driveshaft disconnect, etc. This might be worth doing if you already have an otherwise suitable vehicle, or really like a certain model.
You will also need to install a baseplate for the tow bar, tail light wiring, and a braking system.
Start with the Dinghy Guide, and do your homework before spending any money.