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.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-07-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
Junior Member
beachguy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 24
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.

beachguy 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 08-07-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
Senior Member
BFlinn181's Avatar

Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 17,869
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.


Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 10:00 AM   #3
Senior Member
PyrateSilly's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,200
Check this out, it has most of the information you are looking for:
Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine
Thom and Christine having fun in a 1993 Monaco Crown Royale Signature Series 40ft 300hp RV. Towing a Fiat 500 Abarth and a Harley.
Our blogged repairs and travels
PyrateSilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
Senior Member
iawoody2's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 201
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.
2013 F250 Super Crew, 4x4, powerstrke
2013 Sundance 3310 CL, Platinum
iawoody2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
RV Mutant #14
Wayne M's Avatar

Winnebago Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Freightliner Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 12,700
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.
Wayne MSGT USMC (Ret) & Earlene (CinCHouse)
2015 Winnebago Tour 42QD
It is what it is, and then it is what you make of it.
Wayne M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #6
Senior Member
iawoody2's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 201
My Colorado was was a 2011, I think all Colorado's have this capability, my buddy does this with his 2005.
2013 F250 Super Crew, 4x4, powerstrke
2013 Sundance 3310 CL, Platinum
iawoody2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #7
Junior Member
beachguy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 24
Thank you all for your prompt and very helpful input. I knew I could count on this forum! Now my vehicle search begins.
beachguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #8
Senior Member
FIRE UP's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
Posts: 5,947
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.
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)
FIRE UP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #9
gkgeiger's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 63
I'm not that far away. 2012 Colorado 2012 Chevy Colorado 4X4 Extended Cab, Press A Button And Tow - RV & Motorhome Classifieds
Gene and Karen

2013 Tiffin Phaeton 40 QBH
gkgeiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 07:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
Papa_Jim's Avatar
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Manitoba,Canada
Posts: 2,667
2009 Dodge Dakota 4 X 4 is towable.

Jim & Kate
2016 Creekside 23RKS
2014 Ram 1500 4X4 Eco Diesel
Canada, eh?
Papa_Jim is offline   Reply With Quote

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

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.