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Old 01-15-2017, 09:25 PM   #11
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I'll also add if you flat tow or dolly tow you can not back up without disconnecting.

I'll 2nd what others have said if it's not a manual transmission check with the manufacturer, not a lot of vehicles can be flat towed.

All said and done of the 3 options I would prefer to flat tow. No dolly or trailer to have to stow when I get to where I'm going.
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Old 01-16-2017, 07:36 AM   #12
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To clarify what I said earlier, you can not tow a AWD with a dolly, some can be towed 4 down. I see a lot of Subaru's being towed 4 down and for the last many years all Subaru's are AWD.
The big issue with an AWD is that if one set of wheels are running and the other are not, it turns the center differential and will burn it up.
Whatever you do, check with the manufacturer of the vehicle, they will let you know.
At this time there are not a lot of cars that can be flat towed. Backing up is a pain, Dollys don't work for all cars and you can't back up, trailers and dollies both need to be stored when you arrive.
All that said, my Motorcycle is looking really good. I just bought my wife a scooter and may get myself one too. Then I can just haul them with me so we can go do what we want.
I don't full time, so I have a few more options.
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Old 01-16-2017, 03:45 PM   #13
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The truck I'd tow is my beater '87 4runner. It's a 5 speed, about 4000lbs I think. Manual hubs on the front wheels, so that's easy. I was thinking that I'd disconnect the driveshaft at the differential for long tows.

My bus is a ~35' Crown with a 5 speed, air brakes and jakes.

Flat-towers, what do you do for brakes?
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:04 PM   #14
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The truck I'd tow is my beater '87 4runner. It's a 5 speed, about 4000lbs I think. Manual hubs on the front wheels, so that's easy. I was thinking that I'd disconnect the driveshaft at the differential for long tows.

My bus is a ~35' Crown with a 5 speed, air brakes and jakes.

Flat-towers, what do you do for brakes?
ill be using the ready brake, its part of the tow bar, a cable runs to the brake pedal, its a surge brake system.
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:46 PM   #15
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You have to watch some state regs if you're going to flat-tow a vehicle. My friend in NY had an issue with that, because they require the towed vehicle to have some sort of brake system on it, and it would be an expensive install. (I think either electric or surge brakes on the tow dolly count instead.)

If you did do the motorcycle route, you could probably get a hitch-mount carrier and a hitch made for the back of the bus, and you'd be all set.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:52 PM   #16
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ill be using the ready brake, its part of the tow bar, a cable runs to the brake pedal, its a surge brake system.
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Nice, with just the illustration on the website I'll be making my own for WAY less than $500. Pretty simple setup.
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Old 01-17-2017, 06:25 PM   #17
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Nice, with just the illustration on the website I'll be making my own for WAY less than $500. Pretty simple setup.
yes it's about as simple as you can get for brake systems, I'm getting the tow bar with the brake system built in, not sure about building one , might just have to give that some thinking time.
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Old 01-25-2017, 10:37 AM   #18
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starts making that tow dolly look real good!

I have done all 3. In order of my preference:

1) 4 wheels down with a tow bar.

2) 2 wheels down on a tow dolly (PITA)

3) Towing on a trailer (PITA)


For me, arrival and departure are the worst with a tow dolly. Both the dolly and the trailer can present some storage issues in some parks as well.

I did a bit of scrounging when I put the tow setup on my Ford Ranger (long bed) and spent about $1000 on a Blue Ox folding system (used).


My first four wheels down towing was with this bar: Blue Ox BX7302 Ambassador Tow Bar

It worked well but you had to be on level ground to hook/unhook.

Later on I switched to Blue Ox BX4330 Acclaim Tow Bar and that one was awesome. Very easy hook/unhook, folds out of the way and no storage issues at RV parks liky you can have with a trailer or tow dolly.
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ill be using the ready brake, its part of the tow bar, a cable runs to the brake pedal, its a surge brake system.
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That is quite clever.
Almost makes me want to use it for the surge brakes on my boat trailer somehow.
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Old 01-25-2017, 01:26 PM   #20
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Nice, with just the illustration on the website I'll be making my own for WAY less than $500. Pretty simple setup.
I was thinking the same, if I only had a milling machine.
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