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Old 06-06-2016, 10:11 AM   #1
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2015 Miata options

Picked up a used 2015 to use as a secondary toad for when it is only DW and I. Am looking for towing options. The ultimate goal is to flat tow eventually as we have everything for that setup on our Jeep.

Since we are still under warranty, and I don't see a baseplate for the '15 we would like to dolly or trailer tow for now. I understand if I dolly tow, it will need to be rear wheels up. I don't have a car trailer at this time, so would be looking at something that I would sell in the future.

What experiences have others had with these options? Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-06-2016, 11:22 AM   #2
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Is your's a manual or automatic? We just picked up a 2006 MX-5 with a manual transmission, should be basically the same as the 2015, and are getting a Roadmaster 576 Sterling tow bar and base plate combination.
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Is your's a manual or automatic? We just picked up a 2006 MX-5 with a manual transmission, should be basically the same as the 2015, and are getting a Roadmaster 576 Sterling tow bar and base plate combination.
It is 6spd manual. I don't plan on setting it up for flat towing until out of warranty. I would really like to trailer it for now, but am looking at a dolly due to weight with my hitch being rated 3500#. Thor says I can upgrade the hitch to a 5000# rating, but they can't give me a p/n.

Eventually the plan will be to flat tow.
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Experts can chime in but I don't think it's a good idea to pull anything backwards you have a good chance of swaying.
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Experts can chime in but I don't think it's a good idea to pull anything backwards you have a good chance of swaying.
None of the dolly manufactures say it's OK, in fact they specifically say not to (CYA?).
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From what I remember the manual is flat towable and wont void your factory Warranty. why do you believe your warranty is a issue? Personally (and I know you didn't ask) I wouldn't tow a car backwards I have seen it done. The front suspension line up isn't set up for running backwards . I would think it would cause wear and damage ( and real Warranty issues)
RE a Dolly tow We towed on a dolly ( the correct way) and bought a used one and sold it two years later for a couple hundred less than we bought it for. Of course we spent several more hundred on Maint .. Tires bearings etc. a trailer would be more .. much more i would think
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Owner's manual states "No recreational towing on all 4 wheels." It refers you to 3 pictures. Behind a tow truck with front wheels on ground being pulled from rear, behind a tow truck with wheels dollies under rear wheels, or on a flatbed.

I would love to tow 4 down, but want to insure no damage. However while under warranty, I don't want to give the dealer any excuses to deny coverage should a problem come up.
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You can probably buy a new transmission for what a trailer costs

I plan to get a trailer to put my Miata on. It doesn't take a long trailer to fit a Miata and it shouldn't be to difficult finding a used trailer nearby. If you get one large enough your jeep or just about anything else can fit. There are some nice aluminum trailers available or a heavy Steele/wood trailer, which is what I presently have.

I also do not want my summer and track tires to get the extra miles and heat cycles being towed behind the rv thus for me it will be on a trailer. I would worry about the alignment getting screwed up with a dolly
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We have flat towed a 2007 Miata GT for years and thousands of miles, no problem. Our manual says no recreational RV towing. Guess you can only tow them to a racetrack. Unlock the steering wheel and put it in neutral and tow. Actually easier to tow than our CRV.
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Haven't seen any base plates for the '15 yet. Will probably hold off on flat towing for the immediate future, until more info available. Unfortunately that means either an aluminum trailer to keep weight under 3500# or upgrading the hitch.
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Do a search for Healyman, he is the Miata Guru! He has helped a bunch of owners.
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Do a search for Healyman, he is the Miata Guru! He has helped a bunch of owners.
I'm here... I'm HERE!

The count of Miata owners whom I have helped to get their cars flat towable is now over 100. Happy campers all...

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