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Old 10-30-2014, 07:18 AM   #1
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Anyone toading a 2014 Toyota Corolla ?

Just curious if anyone here is towing the Carrola...... SInce it doesn't have a physical key or ignition, how do you unlock your steering column ?

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I asked the lead Toyota service tech back about 4 months ago if any Toyota's can be towed 4 down? His answer "No Toyota's can towed period 4 down !! I asked if I can see something in writing or their website to back that up. He said he didn't know of any.

The reason for asking was my parents have a older Ford Ranger that is a little long in the tooth. They have been waiting for Ford to bring back a small pick-up again, but nothing has been said if they will. I said why don't you give a Toyota Tacoma double cab.

With so many motor-homes out there I'm surprised Toyota don't pursue that profit avenue. Or select a few models like the Corolla, Rav-4, Tecoma and have a tow-able option that adds items / components like ( Tranny -pump, tow-bar pre-wiring ) that would make their product tow-able 4-down.
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I asked the lead Toyota service tech back about 4 months ago if any Toyota's can be towed 4 down? His answer "No Toyota's can towed period 4 down !! I asked if I can see something in writing or their website to back that up. He said he didn't know of any.

The reason for asking was my parents have a older Ford Ranger that is a little long in the tooth. They have been waiting for Ford to bring back a small pick-up again, but nothing has been said if they will. I said why don't you give a Toyota Tacoma double cab.

With so many motor-homes out there I'm surprised Toyota don't pursue that profit avenue. Or select a few models like the Corolla, Rav-4, Tecoma and have a tow-able option that adds items / components like ( Tranny -pump, tow-bar pre-wiring ) that would make their product tow-able 4-down.
I'm planning on getting a dolly for it, but that too requires the column to be unlocked.

Thanks for the reply !!!
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I asked the lead Toyota service tech back about 4 months ago if any Toyota's can be towed 4 down? His answer "No Toyota's can towed period 4 down !! I asked if I can see something in writing or their website to back that up. He said he didn't know of any.

The reason for asking was my parents have a older Ford Ranger that is a little long in the tooth. They have been waiting for Ford to bring back a small pick-up again, but nothing has been said if they will. I said why don't you give a Toyota Tacoma double cab.

With so many motor-homes out there I'm surprised Toyota don't pursue that profit avenue. Or select a few models like the Corolla, Rav-4, Tecoma and have a tow-able option that adds items / components like ( Tranny -pump, tow-bar pre-wiring ) that would make their product tow-able 4-down.
Many of the manual transmission Toyota's are towable four down. I have been towing a manual Camry for years.
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With so many motor-homes out there I'm surprised Toyota don't pursue that profit avenue. Or select a few models like the Corolla, Rav-4, Tecoma and have a tow-able option that adds items / components like ( Tranny -pump, tow-bar pre-wiring ) that would make their product tow-able 4-down.

First, most MANUAL TRANSMISSION model Toyota's are 4 Down towable except the 4wd and AWD models.

Second, the motorhome towing public is such a small segment of total vehicle sales numbers it is not worth the extra expense required to make them towable. We are talking about an increase in sales of less than .15% if every new motorhome buyer also bought a Toyota product to tow.

Don't think this hasn't been looked at by Toyota, it has, and the numbers just didn't make it feasible.


Also look at Honda for 2015, they redesigned both the CRV and FIT and made them non-towable because overall the numbers just didn't justify the added cost to keep them towable.

With BIG companies it's all about the bottom line revenue dollar and nothing else.
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I understand it would be great if the vehicle everybody already has were flat towable, and I'm sorry to see Honda moving away from the towable market, along with vehicles like the Ford Escape, but thankfully there are still many vehicles available that are flat towable. Hopefully the trend of going from towable to not towable reverses and we don't see the towable list continue to dwindle. For now we still have many options, but who knows what may or may not be towable 5 or 10 years from now?
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:23 AM   #7
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Ken,

Check out your owner's manual: Dingy Towing on page 159.

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"Turn the engine switch to the “ACC” position (without a smart key system) or ACCESSORY mode (with a smart key system).
(→P. 161, 166)"

Good luck.
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Ken,

Check out your owner's manual: Dingy Towing on page 159.

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"Turn the engine switch to the “ACC” position (without a smart key system) or ACCESSORY mode (with a smart key system).
(→P. 161, 166)"

Good luck.
That's what the manual says...but with the smart key, if you put it in the accessory mode, it times out and shuts down after 20 mins.

Thanks for replying !!

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A Tacoma can be made towable with a drive shaft disconnect. I have been towing mine for 5 years with no problems. It has been a great toad with the double cab and the bed to haul gear.
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Smile towing 2014 corolla

We are towing a 2014 Toyota Corolla w manual trans. Has not presented any problem. I use the invisabrake braking unt. Simply place trans in neutral and press start button once, this unlocks steering. No need to pull fuses or anything else. Remember though if after having done all this if you open the door again it will turn off ignition and lock steering. I use the Roadmaster wiring harness with invisabrake and very satisfied
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We are towing a 2014 Toyota Corolla w manual trans. Has not presented any problem. I use the invisabrake braking unt. Simply place trans in neutral and press start button once, this unlocks steering. No need to pull fuses or anything else. Remember though if after having done all this if you open the door again it will turn off ignition and lock steering. I use the Roadmaster wiring harness with invisabrake and very satisfied
I have an automatic transmission.

Every time I am sitting in the car waiting on the DW, if I listen to the radio with one push of the start button, after a while, it all times out and turns off. Next time, I'll check the steering column lock to see what happens.

Thank you very much for the reply !

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tomia3 do you leave smart key in vehicle or take out. did you run a charge line to corolla. and is the invisi brake working ok. thanks Bob
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Here is my solution for the 2014 Carrola

I press the smart start button one time and it unlocks the steering column. If I do this while the driver door is open, the close it after doing that, it will remain unlocked until I open the door again.
As far as brakes, I have the acme tow dolly and it comes with surge brakes, so nothing else needed to be done.
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We are towing a 2014 Toyota Corolla w manual trans. Has not presented any problem. I use the invisabrake braking unt. Simply place trans in neutral and press start button once, this unlocks steering. No need to pull fuses or anything else. Remember though if after having done all this if you open the door again it will turn off ignition and lock steering. I use the Roadmaster wiring harness with invisabrake and very satisfied
I too have a 2014 Corolla with manual transmission. Mine has a key. Tomia, I am interested in hearing about the base plate and how it was installed -especially interested in how it was installed through the Corolla grill. Pictures and plate details would be most appreciated.


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