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Old 09-04-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Four Down

Well, from what I can gather by both reading this forum and talking to others, a dolly is an even bigger pain than towing four down.

So I'm looking at a used Fiat 500, manual tranny, for a toad. It's cheap, light, and the DW thinks it's "cute".

So here is a really dumb question. When I tow four wheels down, am I correct in thinking the stearing wheel should be locked?

In addition, I've seen threads here where there are complaints of batteries in the toad going dead. Why?
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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no the steering needs to be unlocked .... that way the car tracks behind the motorhome when turning other wise you would wear out the tires and possibly damage something on the towed vehicle
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I've seen threads here where there are complaints of batteries in the toad going dead. Why?
Some toads need the ignition key to be left on to unlock the steering (that pesky pivot point thing again) and whatever is turned-on by the key, runs down the battery.

Plus some Toads need to have a lube pump running to keep from burning out the spinnin' stuff in the bootom of the transmission...the pumps are 12VDC and will kill the toad battery unless the owner feeds the toad 12VDC from the coach.

Good luck!
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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Toad batteries run down because of braking systems as well. Some of them are electric powered by the toad battery.

LSL Toad Charge Battery Charger I installed one of these which solved the priblem.

You can also get a Brakebuddy system which is a surge system requiring no electricity.
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ignition key in #1 position. battery disconnect screw undone (8 bucks) spare key to lock / unlock door. good to go. light adapter hook up......:0)
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Good rig to tow as a dinghy. Way to go. http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/top...rns-to-the-us/
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Good rig to tow as a dinghy. Way to go. The Italian Job: Fiat Returns to the US
FIAT sounds great I'm sure it is, however:


We surrendered our Saturn, which we liked, light, easy to tow, dependable, cute but just too low to the ground for sustained use.

Our older frames and knees were too uncomfortable, so we went with something higher off the ground.
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I tow a 2003 Chevy Tracker. Has been good so far and higher up.
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FIAT sounds great I'm sure it is, however:

We surrendered our Saturn, which we liked, light, easy to tow, dependable, cute but just too low to the ground for sustained use.

Our older frames and knees were too uncomfortable, so we went with something higher off the ground.
We traded a Kia soul for the fiat 500 pop it is just under 2400 lbs. i had a knee replaced and bad arthritis in my clutching leg. Getting in and out isn't bad and the clutch is easy with little pain. back seats fold down and aren't really practical for passengers. The power steering is effortless. Will post more after the towing mods have been made and tested.
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Jeep Liberty 4X4 tows great and with Roadmaster Towbar and brake Master setup and Towdaddy light setup. 5 minute hookup, I double check everything and it doesn't even require a key in the ignition to tow.
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Jeep Liberty 4X4 tows great and with Roadmaster Towbar and brake Master setup and Towdaddy light setup. 5 minute hookup, I double check everything and it doesn't even require a key in the ignition to tow.
I must have missed the part where the OP asked about towing jeeps. I thought he was specifically asking about the Fiat 500?
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Steering wheel should never be locked. Once you start towing you will be able to see your toads front wheels turning in the rear view mirror.

Have towed three different cars and never had a problem with dead batteries.

Depends on the car and I don't know what is causing the batteries to drain.
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