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Old 03-27-2019, 09:17 PM   #1
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Towing Questions!

I am preparing to move from Idaho to Oregon and will need to tow my car (2008 kia spectra5, manual) with my bus (1987 International).

What is the best way to go about towing my car? (what will I need)

Is there anything else I should know?

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:33 AM   #2
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you have 3 choices:

the cheapest for a fwd car is probably to dolly it. you can probably set that up for less than $1k.

the next least expensive option is to trailer the whole car, all 4 wheels up. thats the cost of the trailer and registration... probably doable for less than $3k.

then the most expensive option is the dinghy tow, toad, or 4 down option. you'll need a tow bar, face plate, wiring and a braking system. this set will go over $3k.

the owner manual of the car should recommend one of the above options for towing the vehicle. remco towing is also a good site to check
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:18 AM   #3
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If this is just a one time tow, renting a trailer (or tow dolly) from a place like U-Haul might be the cheapest option. You may want to try and avoid mentioning what your tow vehicle is, or pick up the trailer with something they are more familiar with. Depends on the dealer.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:00 AM   #4
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If you want to continue towing the car on future trips I would recommend setting up for towing four wheels down. I found a used collapsible Blue Ox setup for $300.

If towing is a one shot deal then I would look at a trailer or tow dolly from Uhaul.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:58 PM   #5
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How would I go about renting a tow dolly without mentioning what I am towing with?

Also, is there anything I would need to know about using a tow dolly with the bus other than just hooking it up to the hitch and going?

Approximately what would the cost of a tow dolly rental be?
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:03 PM   #6
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How do you know if your car can be towed 4down?

Would any tow bar work?

Do you have to do anything to flat tow other than buy a tow bar and hook it to the hitch and the car?
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How do you know if your car can be towed 4down?

Would any tow bar work?

Do you have to do anything to flat tow other than buy a tow bar and hook it to the hitch and the car?
You don't want to be turning the transmission if the motor isn't running. So you have to remove the drive shaft on a rear wheel drive car if it's an automatic, if it's a standard it can be towed in neutral. If it's front wheel drive you need to have the front wheels off the ground, so tow dolly or trailer are your options.
I don't think UHaul would have an issue with a bus. Their biggest concern is you have something heavy enough to pull the load. Rentals are usually affordable, drop off fees can be a killer.
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You don't want to be turning the transmission if the motor isn't running. So you have to remove the drive shaft on a rear wheel drive car if it's an automatic, if it's a standard it can be towed in neutral. If it's front wheel drive you need to have the front wheels off the ground, so tow dolly or trailer are your options.
I don't think UHaul would have an issue with a bus. Their biggest concern is you have something heavy enough to pull the load. Rentals are usually affordable, drop off fees can be a killer.

*Most* cars these days are front wheel drive, so dropping the driveshaft isn't really an option.


I did a quick Google search using the year/make/model of your car and search results suggest flat towing a manual is fine. The owner's manual should say for sure. Once the car is hooked up, it will need to be in neutral, key forward one detent to unlock the wheel (for going around corners), parking brake released. **DISCLAIMER** Do *NOT* take my word here as absolute and final! Check with your owner's manual and/or dealer and/or manufacturer about your specific car!



I flat towed a '92 GMC full size pickup around the country once. I used an El-Cheapo Harbor Freight tow bar and fabricated a couple mounting plates from some 1/2" thick angle iron. The bar was rated 4 or 5000 pounds, and the pickup (weighed without driver) was something like 3900. A quick Harbor Freight search shows one like I have for $70. Since this truck was automatic, I dropped the driveshaft each time it was towed.


I did not bother with brakes since I was towing with heavy vehicles. You may want to just for the extra margin of safety and legality. Lights can be done reasonably cheap, don't forget safety chains or cables and you'll be good to go (did I forget anything?)
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:17 AM   #9
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My impression of Canada laws is that if a vehicle is over 2000 lbs then auxillary brakes are required,

Is anyone knowledgable on that?

I hope to tow my 74 vw thing across Canada. It weighs 2006 lbs. Plan to put spare in the bus so it weighs less then 2000 lbs then.
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Canny, but possibly pointless. Nobody is likely to scale the toad, they'll just go by the GVW tag.
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My impression of Canada laws is that if a vehicle is over 2000 lbs then auxillary brakes are required,

Is anyone knowledgable on that?

I hope to tow my 74 vw thing across Canada. It weighs 2006 lbs. Plan to put spare in the bus so it weighs less then 2000 lbs then.
Had an assortment of Types 2 & 1. Would love to see your Type 181! Slap up a pic when you can.
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