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Old 08-07-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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Goodbye Dolly.......

I'm looking for information about what small pickup trucks (eg: Ford Ranger or similar) with an automatic transmission can be flat towed? My '06 Equinox has lived on the dolly for a few years now and It needs replacing. Flat tow is the way to go. I realize standard trannys are all towable, but I'm thinkin' auto at this point.
I have looked on the FMCA website but they only list cars and Suv's. The Remco site is the same. Anyone have any ideas? Your help would be most appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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I think if you want an automatic you're going to have to opt for 4 wheel drive that has a transfer case that has a neutral position so the drive train can be disengaged. Few if any truck automatics self lubricate by output shaft rotation, you'd have to install a drive shaft disconnect or a transmission lube pump.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Check this out, it has most of the information you are looking for:
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
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I towed a Chevy Colorado 4wd that was great. You put the transfer case in neutral, the shifter in park, pull the key out and put it in your pocket. The owners manual has this in detail on how to do it. Nothing turns or needs lube and the steering column has no lock, it is as if Chevy designed it for pulling.
Had obsolutely no problems in over 20000 miles of towing.
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The 2012 GMC Canyon, and the 2012 Chevy Colorado can be towed four down with Auto transmission and the both weigh the same. This is on the FMCA download section of Towing. All the year towing magazine info is there.
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My Colorado was was a 2011, I think all Colorado's have this capability, my buddy does this with his 2005.
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Thank you all for your prompt and very helpful input. I knew I could count on this forum! Now my vehicle search begins.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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Beachguy,
Yep, the Chevy Colorado and GMC both can be flat towed without jumping through any hoops. Now, the Ford Ranger, in a certain group of years, 4x4 that is, can also be flat towed if, you acquire the "kit", that's sold by Ford and on line. What happens is this. You purchase the kit, the Ford dealer installs it and, then reprograms the transfer case shift mechanism so the light, in the newly installed kit, shows "Neutral".

In reality, the Kit is simply an "LED" light that comes with a bracket, that hangs below the dash. Then, a Ford tech reprograms your truck, and you're off and running, or towing I should say. We came close to doing just that 'cause we found some Rangers we really liked. But, when it was all said and done, we ended up with a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4. The procedure for setting up for towing takes about, 10 seconds.

According to the Dinghy Towing guide, the Ranger was not all that far from the GMC 1500 Sierra in weight so, we figured, we'd just get a tad bit bigger truck and that was a great decision, for us. We haul our Honda Goldwing in the back of it and it works flawlessly for that. Good luck on your search.
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I'm not that far away. 2012 Colorado 2012 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Extended Cab, Press A Button And Tow - RV & Motorhome Classifieds
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2009 Dodge Dakota 4 X 4 is towable.
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