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Old 01-14-2017, 08:30 PM   #1
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Flat-towing (aka 4-down) a "dinghy" car experience?

Hello All:

I'm trying to decide what to do for a runabout while boondocking. I'd rather tow my little pickup, but maybe a little dual-sport motorcycle would make more sense?

Who here is flat-towing a car? What has your experience been like? Or, who tried flat-towing and hated it?

And, lastly, is anyone flat-towing behind a crown? If so, what does your hitch structure between the frame and the back of the bus look like?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:44 PM   #2
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Hello All:

I'm trying to decide what to do for a runabout while boondocking. I'd rather tow my little pickup, but maybe a little dual-sport motorcycle would make more sense?

Who here is flat-towing a car? What has your experience been like? Or, who tried flat-towing and hated it?

And, lastly, is anyone flat-towing behind a crown? If so, what does your hitch structure between the frame and the back of the bus look like?

Thanks in advance!
I am unable to tow my Honda Civic 4 wheels down. Something to do with the transmission blowing up on me. I would have to use an $800 tow dolly. Kind of a bummer.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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from what I have read towing should not be a problem, I will be towing a chevy sonic 4 down, or a trailer with a side x side on it. I cant help you with the crown, I'm sure there might be some way to put a hitch on, some of the crown owners will chime in.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:46 AM   #4
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Some thread around here says a guy was pulling a car trailer with a race car on it behind a Crown. irrc. Says he has had no trouble.
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:00 PM   #5
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I think it will depend on the vehicle you tow, some can be towed 4 down, others can not. If it is a manual trans small truck, I bet it would be just fine. Many small automatic cars will destroy the trans if you try.
The Crown has less overhang in the rear, or tail swing, so I bet if you find a way to attach a hitch it will tow great.
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my plan is to flat tow but that seems to be the priciest choice.

an $800 tow dolly will pull any front wheel drive car along for the ride.

a $2k trailer will tow most any other car, all 4 up.

$3k in hardware + a car capable of 4 down towing (say $5k) will get you into a 4 down dinghy ($6-8k setup)

i've never pulled a toad, so i cant really say if i'd set a new car like that. and i really cant justify paying more for the tow setup than the car.


starts making that tow dolly look real good!
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:20 PM   #7
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One additional note, any all wheel drive car/SUV will require a full trailer. Never tow an AWD with a tow dolly.
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One additional note, any all wheel drive car/SUV will require a full trailer. Never tow an AWD with a tow dolly.
Well, THIS was a few minutes well-invested. We were considering buying and towing a Subaru... Thanks, 'Mo...
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some Subaru can be tow 4 down, google will tell you, I think they have to be standard tranny , I have 2012 chevy sonic and it can be towed 4 down, going to the mounting brackets and tow bar with brake set up this spring
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My little four down toad is based on a Geo Tracker 4X4 automatic. If I couldn't see it with my rear view camera I wouldn't even know it was there.

That said, it is a HUGE PITA to back up and per the owners guide I must run the engine and tranny each 100 miles or so to keep things greased up. Nevertheless, it is way more convenient to use than any trailer setup I've seen. Jack
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