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Old 11-26-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Would love Intel on Mini Cooper toad

I posted a request on Sunseeker but I know there is a bigger audience on general Motorhome
Ours is a standard shift '07
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:01 PM   #2
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I flat tow a manual 2011 Mini convertible behind my Forester 2451s with no problems. Use BlueOx system and mounted the baseplate my self. Also have a brush sweep on the bumper and use the Kargard II which helps keep the Mini a little clean.

Didn't know it is back there other than a drop to 6.5 MPG.

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Old 11-26-2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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I flat tow a manual 2011 Mini convertible behind my Forester 2451s with no problems. Use BlueOx system and mounted the baseplate my self. Also have a brush sweep on the bumper and use the Kargard II which helps keep the Mini a little clean.

Didn't know it is back there other than a drop to 6.5 MPG.

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Would that be a drop of 1-2 MPG or a little more?

Just wondering....
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:35 PM   #4
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About 1 MPG drop and we run 65 - 70.


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Old 11-26-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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That's to be expected
I currently tow a box MC trailer with a full dress Harley

Do you use a brake system in the Mini?
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:48 PM   #6
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No brake system yet. Its hard to tell the Mini is back there even under heavy braking, but feel like I should add it. Probably only towed 4000 miles so far, Ohio to Florida.


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Old 11-26-2015, 09:32 PM   #7
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Old 11-26-2015, 10:28 PM   #8
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Ohio to Florida without a braking system? Be careful - Florida requires one but isn't nearly as bad as GA. Those guys just love to check and enforce. I tow a Wrangler and use the same system you have except I added the Invisibrake. Love it!


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Old 11-27-2015, 12:50 PM   #9
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I thought any towed weight over 1000lbs required working brakes.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:53 PM   #10
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I sure wouldn't want to meet your Mini coming at me around a curve in the highway!
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:07 PM   #11
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I thought any towed weight over 1000lbs required working brakes.

Not true. Different states have different laws.
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A32Deuce: Laws vary, but you're correct in most states. I also agree on meeting it coming around a curve. I'd hate to think my toad killed someone because I chose to save $1,000 and didn't have a breakaway system. Lots of folks just don't seem to think it's possible but I've yet to see anyone with a checklist and taking their time when hooking up the toad.
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:15 PM   #13
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I think a Mini is heavy enough to warrant having a working brake system with hitch failure emergency brake feature.
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:22 PM   #14
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50 States, 50 variants of the trailer brake law

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Old 11-27-2015, 01:22 PM   #15
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I just looked it up. Towing 4 dn. requires a supplemental brake and brake-away system. This if you want to do it legally!
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I just looked it up. Towing 4 dn. requires a supplemental brake and brake-away system. This if you want to do it legally!
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http://towingworld.com/towinglaws.cfm

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Old 11-27-2015, 02:04 PM   #18
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It is a state thing, here in Louisiana the limit is 3000# without brakes so the MINI would not need brakes. Now if you leave the state well thats different.
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Towing the Mini Cooper

A few years ago I looked into a Mini C for a toad. I needed an automatic so the wife could drive it but the Mini auto cannot be towed 4 wheels down. Thought about a dolly but that would be a pain in the butt. During my search I found that the Mini C is not listed on the approved list that MH puts out even though base plates are available. I do remember that during my search that someone contacted Mini Cooper and inquired about towing behind RVs and the response from the manufacturer was "do not tow any Mini four wheels down". The writer speculated that they didn't want it towed because the odometer doesn't clock miles while being towed.
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:05 PM   #20
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I'm towing Smart passion with MB Sprinter ( Coachmen Prism 24 G)
Smart only 1850 LB and have all what
I need to be relaxed ( Patriot braking system ).
Sprinter with Smart on the back made
total average 15-16 miles on gallon of
diesel, may be with 7 gear transmission will be around 20 m/g ...
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