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Old 05-10-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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FWIW - From he 2012 Owners Manual for F-150. I will say, I am used to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara we now own, but we want something bigger and a vehicle which can do more and haul more. The Jeep is for sale, and it keeping it's BlueOX Baseplate. So if this helps you contact me via PM.

RECREATIONAL TOWING
Note: Put your climate control system in recirculated air mode to
prevent exhaust fumes from entering the vehicle. Refer to the Climate
Controls chapter.
Follow these guidelines if you need to tow your vehicle behind another
vehicle, such as a motor home. The guidelines are designed to prevent
damage to your vehicle and its transmission after it is hooked-up to the
tow vehicle or tow dolly.
2WD vehicles cannot be towed with any wheels on the ground as
vehicle or transmission damage may occur. The vehicle must be towed
with all four wheels off the ground (i.e. with a car-hauling trailer).
4WD vehicles can only be towed with all wheels on the ground by
placing the transfer case in its neutral position and engaging the
four-wheel-down towing feature. Perform the steps outlined in the
Four-wheel-down towing section after positioning your vehicle behind
the tow vehicle and properly securing them together
Four-wheel-down towing
1. Turn the ignition to the on position; do not start the engine.
2. Press and hold the brake pedal.
3. Shift the 4WD switch to 2H.
4. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).
5. Rotate the 4WD switch from 2H to 4L and back to 2H five times
within seven seconds.
If completed successfully, the instrument cluster displays NEUTRAL
TOW LEAVE IN N or NEUTRAL TOW ENABLED LEAVE
TRANSMISSION IN NEUTRAL, indicating that the vehicle is safe
to tow with all wheels on the ground.
If the message is not shown in the display, the procedure must be
performed again from the beginning.
An audible noise may be heard as the transfer case shifts into its
neutral position; this is normal.
6. Leave the transmission in N (Neutral) and turn the ignition as far as it
will go toward the off position (it will not turn fully off when the
transmission is in N [Neutral]). The key must be left in the ignition while
towing. To lock and unlock your vehicle, use the keyless entry keypad or
extra set of keys.
7. Release the brake pedal.
WARNING: Do not disconnect the battery during recreational
towing. Doing so will prevent the transfer case from shifting
properly and may cause the vehicle to roll even if the transmission is in
P (Park).
WARNING: Shifting the transfer case to its neutral position for
recreational towing may cause the vehicle to be able to roll even
if the transmission is in P (Park). The driver or others could be
injured. Make sure the foot brake is depressed and the vehicle is in a
secure and safe position while the transfer case is being shifted to its
neutral position.
WARNING: Failing to put the transfer case in its neutral
position will damage vehicle components.
Note: Four-wheel-down towing status can be checked at any time by
opening the driver’s door or turning the ignition to the accessory or on
position and verifying the NEUTRAL TOW ENABLED message is
displayed in the cluster.
To exit four-wheel-down towing and return the transfer case to its 2H
position:
1. With the vehicle still properly secured to the tow vehicle, press and
hold the brake pedal.
2. Turn the ignition to the on position; do not start the engine.
3. Shift the transmission out of N (Neutral) and into any gear.
4. Release the brake pedal.
If completed successfully, the instrument cluster displays 4X2, and
NEUTRAL TOW DISABLED.
If the indicator light and message do not display, the procedure must
be performed again from the beginning.
An audible noise may be heard as the transfer case shifts out of its
neutral position; this is normal.
5. Apply the parking brake, then disconnect the vehicle from the tow
vehicle.
6. Release the parking brake, start the engine, and shift the transmission
to D (Drive) to make sure the transfer case is out of N (Neutral).
7. If the transfer case will not successfully shift out of N (Neutral), set
the parking brake until the vehicle can be serviced.
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