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Old 06-02-2013, 07:15 AM   #15
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I forgot to mention that my Mini Countryman is AWD (All-4). I'm using the hidden Blue Ox baseplate that I installed myself in an afternoon. We're in the midst of prepping for a 4,000 mile trip, and I'll post some snaps on this thread when she's all hooked up and the LEDs are blazing.

As to any potential Mini 4 down towing issues, when I see something in writing from the manufacturer, I'll pay heed. Until then, the experiences of those who actually push their MH with a Mini will rule my day.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:29 AM   #16
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Makes me wonder, were those two damaged transmissions left in gear?
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Towing in gear certainly wouldn't be a "problem" unique to Mini. Sorry to state the obvious: an anecdotal report of mechanical issues towing any sort of vehicle should be given the credence it deserves, i.e. not much.
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Didn't know you could tow an AWD Mini.... That's good to know....
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:25 AM   #19
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Anyone use TPM's on their Mini when towing it??
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:57 AM   #20
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I do not use a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system, although it's a technology that appeals to me from a safety standpoint, both for the MH and my Mini TOAD. The latter has run-flat tires rated for 50 miles, but my road legs tend to be much longer than that, thus part of the appeal.

When I adopt a TPM system, signal range will be a very important consideration. I had problems with the Brake Buddy wireless monitor signal, for example, due to the signal being blocked by the intervening MH drive train. The solution from the manufacturer was to move the receiver in the coach up to the visor level. I'm not sure similar problems would occur with a TPM system, but it's certainly something to be mi drip of.

Like any complex system, with a TPM I'm sure you get what you pay for.
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I do not use a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system, although it's a technology that appeals to me from a safety standpoint, both for the MH and my Mini TOAD. The latter has run-flat tires rated for 50 miles, but my road legs tend to be much longer than that, thus part of the appeal.

When I adopt a TPM system, signal range will be a very important consideration. I had problems with the Brake Buddy wireless monitor signal, for example, due to the signal being blocked by the intervening MH drive train. The solution from the manufacturer was to move the receiver in the coach up to the visor level. I'm not sure similar problems would occur with a TPM system, but it's certainly something to be mi drip of.

Like any complex system, with a TPM I'm sure you get what you pay for.
Oops, typo:

"but it's certainly something to be 'mindful' of."
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I'm a little concerned that without the system, if you did have a flat on the Mini, you could drag it way down the road before you realized it.....

I have a TPM system on my MH and I think I'll spring for the extra 4 sensors for my Mini.... $150 bucks is not that bad when you consider the damage that could be done if you didn't realize you had a flat....
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We use tpms with our Mini.

We have the TireTraker system on our unit with 10 tire sensors, our coach is a 40 foot diesel so we have also added the signal booster mounted in our rear closet ceiling. We installed the booster right from the start so I don't know if the system would have worked without it or not.

The TireTraker monitors our 6 Motorhome tires and the 4 Mini tires. We have only used this system for about 1500 miles but have had no trouble yet.

The Mini also has built in factory tpms and the two systems seem to be fine together

Our Mini does not have run flats so I'm glad we have the tpms set up.
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I think my hesitation with adapting a TPM system has been my general ignorance about what's good and what's bad. For instance, I did not know you could add a signal booster, but that sure sounds like something I would use.

I'll research the Tire Tracker and any other recommendations.
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So what about those of us who have a Mini with an automatic transmission? Tow dolly??
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Wow! I had no ideal that an AWD MINI could be towed. I would have thought for sure that it wouldn't be.

I was once interested in a MINI but now I'm going to be checking into it again.

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Everything I've read says an AWD Mini can't be towed 4 down.... Or on a dolly either.... Only trailered...
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Everything I've read says an AWD Mini can't be towed 4 down.... Or on a dolly either.... Only trailered...
I would love to see those references about not towing a Mini All4.

Please share.
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