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Old 08-26-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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Excuse the dumb question.I just recently dolly towed back from Bristle Tn to Roch,NY a 1985 Astro van with my 1994 LT Astro.I pulled the driveshaft out of the 1985 because I was told by a trans shop I would do damage to the trans if I didn't.Is the Toads you good folks talk about limited to just front wheel drives or stick shifts???.I know with the AWD Astro's when they need to be towed,they have to be flatbeded.A real pain.
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Excuse the dumb question.I just recently dolly towed back from Bristle Tn to Roch,NY a 1985 Astro van with my 1994 LT Astro.I pulled the driveshaft out of the 1985 because I was told by a trans shop I would do damage to the trans if I didn't.Is the Toads you good folks talk about limited to just front wheel drives or stick shifts???.I know with the AWD Astro's when they need to be towed,they have to be flatbeded.A real pain.
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:53 AM   #3
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Some makes and models have transmissions that are designed to allow flat towing. I have a Saturn AWD vue that if you follow the correct towing proceedure you are good for up to 8 hours of flat towing without disconnecting a driveshaft or having to install a lube pump. On my Silverado 4X4 I simply put the transfer case into neutral. We used to tow a 95 S10 blazer with a 5 speed manual transmission and never had a problem leaving it in neutral.
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Or, like in my case I tow a 2004 Chevy Colorado Pickup, 2-wheel drive with automatic transmission. I purchased a Remco Driveshaft Coupler which allows me to pull/push a cable (from inside the cab) that disconnects my driveshaft from the differential. Have had it on two different pickups for about 4 years now and works great.
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A lube pump?????.What's that and how does it work????.How about the disconnect with a cable work????.
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Here is a link to the Remco site for the transmission lube pump. Basically it circulates the transmission fluid as though the transmission is being driven by engine to lubricate and not build up pressure in unwanted areas.
www.remcotowing.com/lube.asp
They also have the disconnects that seperate the drive line from the transmission or transaxle to the drive wheels.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:42 AM   #7
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I tow a Honda CRV AWD. The directions are printed in the owners manual.

I towed a 2002 Honda Accord before this, with no problems.
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I tow a 1999 Saturn SL2 Auto trans., tows 4 down with NO modifications. Some do, some don't.
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I recently purchase a motor home and promptly began looking for a suitable Toad. Unfortunately, none of the recommended vehicles would fit my family of five.

I finally settled on keeping my Dodge Grand Caravan and installing the Remco Lube Pump on the van.

So far, everything is working as advertised. The pump only runs (and circulates the trans fluid) when the Toad is connected to the motor home.

There is a status panel mounted near my dashboard in the coach that indicated green when everything is healthy. There is a yellow light and a red light (with buzzer) to indicate a problem. The best part is that if something does happen to the system that sets off the alarm, the worst that happens is that I disconnect the Toad and drive it to wherever I'm going to get the system repaired.
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we tow a 99 tracker 4x4 auto 4 door 4 down,had to install hubs in front,put trans in park ,tranfer in neutral,works great.
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We tow a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. We don't need to pull or push anything to make it towable. Fits 5 and is a breeze to tow.
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A standard AWD Ford Edge is also towable 4-down and will fit 5 nicely.
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Korryp,

Is your Escape hybrid a manual or auto tranny?
I'm looking at Escapes and wondered if I could tow with an auto tranny.

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