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Old 05-31-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Do miles accumulate on a toad when being pulled four down?

Hi Folks. I have been on this site many times and I find it very informative. This is my first post and I have a question about towing four down that I haven't seen on here before. Do miles accumulate on the odometer of a vehicle being towed four down? If so, do they also accumulate on a front wheel drive vehicle being towed on a dolly? If I keep my car five years and tow it 6,000 miles annually, that is a difference of 30,000 miles which could dramatically affect the trade in value. Any and all comments will be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 05-31-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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Don't know about other toads, but our 03 Suzuki XL 7 doesn't accumulate miles on the odometer while being towed 4 down.

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Typically the answer is no, the odometer is not engaged when towing. The transmission has to be "spinning" for the odometer to be active. While towing four down, transmission is in neutral or drive train is disengaged. While towing on a dolly, the drive wheels are not spinning.

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:18 PM   #4
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We have a 94 Honda Accord that we tow and it does not accumulate milage when towing. I suspect depending on the age of the vehicle and weather it has an electronic speedometer is the determining factor.

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:39 PM   #5
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The correct answer is that it depends on the vehicle. Many vehicles use sensors in the wheels which double as speed sensors and work with the traction control system. Some have sensors in other locations. Bottom line, you will have to figure this out for your specific vehicle. If the manufacturer recommends pulling a fuse during towing, chances are that that fuse stops the miles from accumulating...and possibly the battery from draining.

I doubt that a front-wheel drive car on a dolly will count miles.

I would caution you to make SURE your car can be safely towed four wheels down. The list of vehicles that can be towed this way is short. Some vehicles can be modified for such towing and some can NOT. There are also a significant number of vehicles which can NOT be towed on a tow dolly (front wheels up, rear down).

Our previous tow, a Volkswagen Cabrio, accumulated mileage (because i didn't bother to pull the recommended fuse). When I replaced it with a new car I did so from the very short list of cars where 4 wheels down towing is specifically supported by the manufacturer (so the Warranty would not be affected).

Our Chevy Equinox does not count miles...but ONLY if you remove the fuse recommended by Chevy AND put the key in the Accessory (Not Ignition On) position. I installed a TowDaddy AutoFuse kit to automatically disconnect this fuse when the car is plugged into the motorhome...I could not be happier with the results!
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:58 PM   #6
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Our previous toad, a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and our current toad, a 2012 Ford Flex did/do not accumlate mileage while towing 4 down. There are lots of choices for 4 down towing, but as others have pointed out, you need to check with the manufacturer if the vehicle can/cannot be towed 4 down. DO NOT go by what a dealer says as most of them do not know! Most owners manuals will state if the vehicle can/cannot be.

Here is a good article from Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Towing Fever

Motorhome Magazine publishes a dinghy towin guide each year. You can download a copy back to 2000 for a small fee. The guide contains a list of each manufacturer and the models that can be towed 4 down. Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine

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