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Old 06-27-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
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Experience with Smart Car behind Forester MB 3500 Sprinter chassis?

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Old 06-27-2018, 04:47 PM   #2
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Old 06-28-2018, 07:15 PM   #3
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We have towed our 2014 Smart car over 12000 miles this past year behind our 2017 MBS Sun seeker. Absolutely no problems. My wife and I love it. I have a surge brake system installed on it but don't think it really needs it. I tow it 4 down, in neutral, key off. No battery disconnect. We love it.
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:18 PM   #4
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What brand/type of attachment system do you use? I am 60, a widow, and bought a 2016 MBS Forester last year. When I saw this thread, it made my day! I've been torn between getting a little Fiat 500 or Smart car to tow when I retire in 3 months. It doesn't have to be idiot-proof, but close to it would be nice!
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Old 06-29-2018, 02:54 PM   #5
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We also are towing a Smart car. We did not install a break system & donít seem to need one. We did have a battery disconnect installed.I would recommend you get a tow bar that stays attached to the RV, unfortunately we have one that needs to be taken off & stored, plus itís a bit heavy. You will love your smarty!
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:02 PM   #6
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Whatever you tow, make sure you put a brake system on it.
First of all, most states require it.
Secondly, in an emergency braking situation, even a Smart will push your rig considerably past its' normal braking range. Imagine an extra 1800 pounds of a Smart car with "dumb" brakes pushing you towards an object that you are trying to avoid. Not good.

Brakes. It's the "Smart" thing to do.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:39 AM   #7
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FWIW, check out the Chevy Spark... 5 doors, folding back seats, 2300 lbs. And the price is right! We have pulled ours about 20000 miles in 18 months, and it answers all our needs. We use a Blue Ox plate and tow bar, with a Patriot braking system. Saved a bunch of dough by installing it ourselves. I can even get my bike in there. Takes away about 1 mpg.
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:27 PM   #8
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Iím on my first trip with a toad. We bought a dolly with elect brakes. Towing my wifeís 2012 Elantra. 2700 lbs. first tank climbing out of the LA basin I got almost 15 mpg at 55 mph. Braking or climbing it really does a great job.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:18 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by jeproffitt View Post
Experience with Smart Car behind Forester MB 3500 Sprinter chassis?

I believe it would need to be an older one. From what I have read the new ones are no longer towable, at least 4 down. Not sure about dolly towing but for me 4 down is much easier hookup / disconnect etc.

X2 on the braking system. Even states that donít necessarily require based in the weight may still have a requirement for breakaway braking for safety. Easier to get it setup and not have to worry.
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:25 AM   #10
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I would read Consumer Reports before purchasing a really tiny car.

Within reason a std car that can be towed 4 wheels on the ground can be within the weights an M-B can tow.

Motor home magazines usually make a yearly list of cars with the proper automatic transmission that can be flat towed .

This can be found on line , or in the owners manual .

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