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Old 10-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Hybrids and EVs toad ?

Is anyone using a hybrid or EV as a toad? Can they be towed 4 down or with a dolly?
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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I checked out of curiousity about a year ago on the Chevy Volt and was told it was not flat towable. I don't know if a dolly would be ok or not.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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Because of the transmissions and regenerative braking systems I don't know any that are towable, just trailerable. Too bad, it would be a sweet pairing of RV and EV.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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I'm towing a Ford C-Max 4 down and works just fine. Just follow the manual. Had to add a charge line to keep it's battery up but that was the only issue. Actually used a toad-charge by lsl which includes circuit breakers, not expensive and easy to install.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:25 AM   #5
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I'm towing a Ford C-Max 4 down and works just fine. Just follow the manual. Had to add a charge line to keep it's battery up but that was the only issue. Actually used a toad-charge by lsl which includes circuit breakers, not expensive and easy to install.
Does the coax manual state the you can tow 4 down? What kinda mileage do you get?
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Yes, the manual does say you can tow 4 down and gives you steps to do it. It does not mention the battery running down issue but there's mention of it on here and on C-Max forums about it. Issue solved with a charge line.
I live in the country so most of my driving is at highway speeds, like 70mph and after this last software update I'm getting around 37 hwy. In town it looks like it would be around 44mpg or so.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:21 AM   #7
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I think it would be awesome if they can get EVs working as 4-wheel down toads. Prices on the Chevy Spark EV have become quite affordable with incentives in our area. An EV and an RV seem like an ideal combination.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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The Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner/Fusion/MKZ/ are all flat towable.
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I'm pulling a c-max on a demco tow dolley with surgery brakes and it works Great.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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I've towed my CMax hybrid 6,000 miles with no problems. Owner's manual says OK as does Ford's website.

Charge line is a must. Battery will run dowwn in 2-3 hours without it.
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We'll be towing a C max and would like to know what tow bar, lights and charge line your using? And where did find the info on how to hook up the charge line?
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Would like for the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to be towable four down! Independent reports (not Honda's) so far are glowing at almost 50 mpg.
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We'll be towing a C max and would like to know what tow bar, lights and charge line your using? And where did find the info on how to hook up the charge line?
I'm using a Roadmaster All Terrain towbar and baseplate. Lights are separately installed in the tail lights, there is room there. I had that and the baseplate done for me.
For the charge line, I'm using an LSL toad-charge because it has circuit breakers etc built in. But I am using the charge from the 7 pin plug on the coach rather than running a separate line that they provide. Then line runs up to the charger then to the 12v battery just under the jumper cables terminal. You can open the side of that box to get to bolts there. Ground to the ground terminal for the jumper cables. Works well.
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Mariner Hybrid on a dolly for over 10,000miles.....no problems.
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