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Old 12-17-2014, 07:34 PM   #1
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Ideas For Towing Auto

I have a 2005 Ford sport trac explorer and looking to find the best vehicle for flat towing with less $$$$$. Any ideas.
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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No lack of ideas, just what works best for you? Many Fords are able to be flat towed? What does your owners manual say about yours. Cheapest is the vehicle you already have presuming it's towable.

http://www.royrobinsonrv.com/images/...yGuide2013.pdf

Another concern is your tow vehicle. What are the limits of your motorhome. Most DP are rated up to 10K but many gassers are 5K or less.
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
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No lack of ideas, just what works best for you? Many Fords are able to be flat towed? What does your owners manual say about yours. Cheapest is the vehicle you already have presuming it's towable.

http://www.royrobinsonrv.com/images/...yGuide2013.pdf

Another concern is your tow vehicle. What are the limits of your motorhome. Most DP are rated up to 10K but many gassers are 5K or less.



We bought our first MH last summer. 2003 Bounder (gas) 35R (Ford). We live in the foothills West of Denver and have a 6% grade up I-70 to get home from points East. If we go West on I-70, we have several passes to go up and down before reaching relatively flat country.

I am not used to the sound (which sounds like the engine is struggling) when I climb. My old days with sports cars comes screeching back and my eyes go to the tach. We have not towed anything, as yet.

My question: When the engine kicks down...I have been told that the sound is a combination of things, including a transmission fan. Should I press through that sound until it levels off or as I have done, back off and of course I go down to 30 - 35 mph...if anyone has driven I-70 west of Denver, going 30 mph is not safe.

Question 2: Can we safely tow a vehicle (rated to tow 5k) with our Bounder and what is the best way to tow. Tow Bars or tow dolly? Any and all information is welcome.

We had our first 6 week trip Aug - Sept and had a ball but it would be nice to have a vehicle. Some have said it is easier to rent a car but there are lots of places that had no car rentals. We own a '94 Ford Ranger 4x4 that most specs say weighs between 3200 and 3600 pounds. It would be great to make use of this vehicle but if it is not the best choice, we would look for something small to tow.

Thanks, in advance
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Top the cheapest way is a tow dolly with brakes and one of the cheapest and well built is Acme Eze tow dolly and there is a thread on this forum from the owner of Acme.
Then next way is a good bit more expensive as you will have to install Tow brackets (would require pulling front cap off of most cars ), brake system for the toad, tail light kit and buy a tow bar, if you can do the installation it would still be close to $2000 and if you would have someone else to install its no way to know the install price just would have to get a quote.
I do tow 4 down and do my own installations.
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Thanks Walt...so having a gas vs DP, like yours is not an issue?
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Thanks Walt...so having a gas vs DP, like yours is not an issue?
It could be according the toad weight, I think you will have a 5000 lb hitch on your gasser and most Diesel pushers has a 10,000 hitch. On your Sport Trac if it is a 4WD it will weigh about 4350 and the 2WD about 4150 so either one I would think you would be ok on weight. According to the FMCA tow guide if your Sport Trac is a 4WD it would need a dealer neutral tow kit installed before it can be towed 4 down but the 4 WD cannot be dolly towed, check your owners manual. I am not sure but I think your car is a rear wheel drive and if so should not be towed on a dolly, we have towed auto trans on a dolly with the engine running to lube the trans for short distance and know of one member of the Monacoers group a few yrs ago that towed a Lincoln town car from and to Canada each year to and from Florida 4 down with the engine running and never had a problem, so you will have to decide if you can or can't.
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