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Old 02-18-2016, 11:53 PM   #1
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Flat towing

There seems to be a misunderstanding about flat towing a vehicle with a bus with a long overhang. The thinking is that the car would be dragged around the turn. not true. The front wheels will always turn in the direction that the back of the bus is pulling it. For instance, lets say you are going left. The back of the bus will go right a bit first then follow the front to the left. The car will in turn go right first then left. The front wheels of the car following the direction the back of the bus is pulling it.
I have seen and worked on many large overhang buses flat towing a car with no problem.
Most people don't realize that the front suspension of a vehicle has steering geometry that allows this.
Imagine the casters of a shopping cart.
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Old 02-18-2016, 11:56 PM   #2
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One this I forgot to mention, The front tires WILL wear a little faster than usual because they are being pulled instead of directed into the turn.
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thank you blue, does the length of the tow bar matter at all
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:11 AM   #4
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A longer tow bar would help with the car tracking better.
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:01 AM   #5
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I don't agree. Some of the overhangs on the bus are huge. To say the wear will be a little faster is an understatement. I have never towed a car with all 4 on the ground behind a bus but I tow trailers all the time and I see what it does to them. If you drive forward all the time, never need to maneuver in tight spaces or back up, then I agree with you.
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Flat towing

I plan on getting a trailer but would like to flat tow when needed. The toad braking system is as much as a trailer. Extending the tow bar is easy enough. The trailer dealer will put the axels any where I want, has brakes and break away for 1600 bucks. I got my son a truck and need to tow it back from Il. hope to get the trailer this Summer, Lucky for me I got the 8.3
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Actually, when flat towing you never back up. The front wheels will just flop to one direction. ( that steering geometry thing)
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you see lots of big motor homes towing 4 down, and a lot have just as long or longer of a over hang as a bus, they don't seem to have many problems, other then the tire wear is a bit higher. We will be flat towing my chev sonic .
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I guess flat towing is fine if you are set up right but I would just as soon use a trailer. Let that get beat up instead.
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I guess flat towing is fine if you are set up right but I would just as soon use a trailer. Let that get beat up instead.
I agree totally with using a trailer, let it take the beating but I don't think my t444e with at545 would like the extra weight,
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