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Old 04-26-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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How to tow king cab 4 down

To tow behind my Bounder, I just bought a beautifully kept, one owner, 1985 Nissan 4x4 King cab 720 truck with camper shell. Needs paint. Everything else is great. Owner towed behind his motorhome.

Need to know how to tow with 4 wheels down. I've heard different things about transfer case should be in neutral, & tranny too. (5sp stick)

What is best way to put gears into ?
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Start with the proverbial "check your owners manual under "Recreational towing"

Transfer case in neutral, transmission in gear.
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OK. Found an owners manual for the truck. Its a bit confusing. It says:
-Before towing release the parking brake & set the gearshift & transfer control levers in "neutral" position.
-leave ignition key in the "off" position to prevent the steering mechanism from locking.
- 4x4...set the transfer control lever at "2H" or Neutral position.


Ok...that all makes sense. But then it goes on to say:
-Towing with all 4 wheels on ground with manual transmission, try to restrict towing speed to below 50mph, & towing distance to less than 50 miles.

-If the speed or distance must be greater, then remove the drive shafts beforehand to prevent damage to the transmission.

Whats up with that ???

I just want to hook up to MH, put transfer box & trans into neutral or whatever, & tow.
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It seems to me that with the transmission in gear, it will keep the output shaft to the transfer case from rotating (engine not running).
Then, with the transfer case in neutral, disconnected from the transmission, the driveshaft(s) rotating during tow will cause the oil in the transfer case to move & lubricate the gears & bearings inside.

Yes?
Also...it has auto-locking hubs.
I don't think that should be a problem because they lock when you put the transfer case into 4x4, thus applying power to the front wheels.
Towing would be like not being in 4x4 mode.
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You could ask the previous owner what he did..

Some manuals are not splash lubed and required the input shaft to turn a pump.
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Yes, I will call the fellow tomorrow and ask what he did to tow it. I am also wondering if the speedometer turns when towing this one.

I believe a 2wd manual trans would still turn the speedo, as the output shaft is where the sender is usually located.

I guess I'll know soon enough. thanks
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