Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-11-2014, 07:46 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
SuperDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Suwanee,GA.
Posts: 260
does the same go for the Suzuki Sidekicks?
__________________

__________________
2003 GBM Pursuit 35' F53 Chassis
SuperDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-11-2014, 07:54 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
DonDee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Spring Valley AZ
Posts: 1,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperDad View Post
does the same go for the Suzuki Sidekicks?
Same vehicle.
__________________

__________________
Don, Mary and Spooky
'00 Bluebird Skoolie Conversion
Geo Tracker/Dodge Neon/Aprilia Scooter towed
DonDee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 10:49 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
HD4Mark's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Marathon, Florida
Posts: 2,894
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Estes View Post
Manual can be towed 4 down...has to be 4WD...put manual in second gear...transfer case in neutral...and unlock hubs...
I'm confused on this. Our Tracker is a manual 5 speed but not a 4WD and has been towed for years 4 down.
__________________
Mark & Nancy
2004 Winnebago Vectra 40KD
Shep dog, R.I.P. Kenzie dog Toad 2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler
HD4Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 11:00 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
HD4Mark's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Marathon, Florida
Posts: 2,894
Oh and here is our Tracker today. Top down, temperature 82.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	trackerinparadise.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	247.9 KB
ID:	55978  
__________________
Mark & Nancy
2004 Winnebago Vectra 40KD
Shep dog, R.I.P. Kenzie dog Toad 2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler
HD4Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 12:06 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Jim Estes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 494
Not sure what to tell you about that...check the owners manual...but if it is working for you then thats good...
__________________
Fish Carver
"Tessie" the 2011 Itasca Meridian 40U
Toad: 2015 Chevy Calorado
Jim Estes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2014, 12:37 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
DonDee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Spring Valley AZ
Posts: 1,204
Suzuki Sidekick Flat/Dolly Towing Instructions

Revised: 06-24-08

by Jim "Ack" Cambron

Official Suzuki Method of Flat-towing

The following is an excerpt from the 1993 Sidekick Owner's Manual:
Towing Method "A" Four wheels on the ground/Manual transmission Towbar)
Item Position --------------------------------- Ignition "ACC" Emergency Brake OFF Manual Transmission 2nd Gear Transfer Case Neutral Hubs FREE UPDATE: Suzuki recommends that you NEVER attempt to flat-tow a Sidekick or Samurai equipped with automatic locking hubs! Naturally, this also applies to Trackers with automatic hubs too. See Suzuki Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) TS5-01 07319(R) for details.
Stop every 200 miles (300 km). Leaving the transmission in 2nd gear and the transfer case in neutral, run the engine 1 minute to circulate the lubricant in the transfer case.
Towing Method "B" (Four wheels on the ground/Automatic Transmission)
Item Position --------------------------------- Ignition "ACC" Emergency Brake OFF Automatic Transmission Park Transfer Case Neutral Hubs FREE UPDATE: Suzuki recommends that you NEVER attempt to flat-tow a Sidekick or Samurai equipped with automatic locking hubs! Naturally, this also applies to Trackers with automatic hubs too. See Suzuki Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) TS5-01 07319(R) for details.

Stop every 200 miles (300 km). Start the engine. Leaving the transfer case in neutral, place the transmission in "D" and run the engine 1 minute to circulate the lubricant in the transfer case. Towing Method "C" (manual locking hubs, front wheels on ground and rear wheels on a dolly)
Item Position --------------------------------- Ignition "ACC" (unlocks steering wheel) Hubs FREE Set the the front wheels so that they are pointing forward, then secure the steering wheel with a wheel clamping device designed for towing.
Towing Method "D" (2WD vehicle, front wheels on ground and rear wheels on a dolly)
Item Position --------------------------------- Ignition "ACC" (unlocks steering wheel) Set the the front wheels so that they are pointing forward, then secure the steering wheel with a wheel clamping device designed for towing.
Editor's note: There are no instructions for dolly-towing a vehicle with the rear axle on the ground.


Towing Table
__________________
Don, Mary and Spooky
'00 Bluebird Skoolie Conversion
Geo Tracker/Dodge Neon/Aprilia Scooter towed
DonDee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2014, 09:26 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
Theberrys's Avatar


 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 2,605
When you find the one you want check for a Base Plate.
etrailer.com - Base Plates Products base plate kit &nf=&isort=score&method=and&view=grid&format=ca t1

On my 1997 the baseplate can only be installed if the car doesn't have factory air.

Dick
__________________
1999 Tradewinds 7372 Cat 3126
Albuquerque, NM
Theberrys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2014, 11:23 PM   #22
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 5
We bought a 1997 Suzuki Sidekick, standard trans, 2 wheel drive after we bought our first RV in 2001. Not knowing anything, I bought a baseplate to go with the Roadmaster Sterling towbar we also bought. I installed the baseplate and towed the Sidekick for years with no problem (just like HD4Mark). I read the owners manual a few months after we started towing it, only to discover that the correct way to tow is with the car backwards, with the real wheels on a dolly and the front wheels on the road and the steering wheel tied straight. Talk about dumb luck! I put the trans in Neutral and the key in the lock position. If you don't pull the key out, the wheels won't lock but can turn right and left. Saves the battery. I used magnetic tow lights. I still have the baseplate in the garage if anyone needs one cheap. The Sidekick had A/C. (I have since got smarter and more careful).
John
__________________
johninga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2014, 11:38 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Theberrys's Avatar


 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 2,605
I reread the Roadmaster install instructions and they say the Roadmaster Base Plate will not fit if the car has an AFTER MARKET Air Conditioner. I don't have an AC so I didn't pay a lot of attention. A factory AC is OK.
Sorry

Dick
__________________
1999 Tradewinds 7372 Cat 3126
Albuquerque, NM
Theberrys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2014, 07:47 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Nebo NC
Posts: 145
Click image for larger version

Name:	image (1).jpg
Views:	102
Size:	298.9 KB
ID:	56244

Click image for larger version

Name:	image (2).jpeg
Views:	76
Size:	166.8 KB
ID:	56245

Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpeg
Views:	73
Size:	177.7 KB
ID:	56246 What do you think about my new toad, will start next week putting on base plate.
__________________
ccrider, is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2014, 08:09 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
justimagination's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Monroe, Ga USA
Posts: 708
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccrider, View Post
Attachment 56244

Attachment 56245

Attachment 56246 What do you think about my new toad, will start next week putting on base plate.
Do you want to sell it ????? Just let me know , or do you know where another one is ?
David
__________________
_____________________________________________
USAF 1959-1963/ JFK Innaguration parade 1961,
1997 Fleetwood Southwind 37Y, 460 ENGINE on FORD chassis, Power Platform with Tag Axle.
justimagination is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2014, 09:26 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Nebo NC
Posts: 145
Found it on craigslist.
__________________
ccrider, is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2014, 09:46 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Nebo NC
Posts: 145
1996 Geo Tracker Convertible 4 X 4--SURVIVOR! Please don't buy!! - $3900 (North Wilkesboro)


1996 Geo Tracker odometer: 150 manual transmission
__________________
ccrider, is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2014, 06:35 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
HD4Mark's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Marathon, Florida
Posts: 2,894
The info on towing a 2WD manual trans is obviously news to me. I was under the assumption that most 2WD, rear axle manuals can be towed 4 down in neutral. Sure the rear end is spinning the drive shaft and in the case of older cable driven odometers, clocking miles. I don't see what disconnecting the drive shaft would gain other than the wear on the U joints and the trans seals but no more than driving it. We have towed ours for about four years 4 down with no ill affects I can see. So did a previous owner.

The info on towing backwards on a dolly is what I have seen some automatic trans 2WD rear WD owners do so the drive axle is not spinning. This makes sense with the exception that the front end on cars are designed to go forwards most of the time.
__________________

__________________
Mark & Nancy
2004 Winnebago Vectra 40KD
Shep dog, R.I.P. Kenzie dog Toad 2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler
HD4Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What was the last thing you bought for your RV ? Peacekeeper6 iRV2.com General Discussion 8878 12-06-2017 12:10 PM
Tire Tracker Monitors smith45 Class A Motorhome Discussions 3 09-23-2013 10:12 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.