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Old 07-09-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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Newbe, Please Help information on tow rigs

I have had campers trailers, and now just this year purchased a Motor Home. Now I need information on a tow rig. I have a 2003 Chevy S10 3 door 2 WD. I am wondering what it takes to make it a tow rig? I am on a tight budget, and would like to know options. Like a tow dolly, can I if I remove the driveline? Or can I tow it backwards on the tow dolly. Do I need to have brakes on it? how about lights? All these things I have in mind, Is there anything I have missed? Please help. The Wife is getting tired of following me and we need to ride together.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Setting up a towed vehicle (aka: toad, towed, dinghy) isn't cheap.

Start by checking the owners manual on your Chevy. That should get you started. Also check the towing guides at Motor Home Magazine and Remco. They should give you some more detail.

Although aux brakes on the toad aren't required by law in all states, the general consensus here is that they are a must to ensure safe operation. I'm pretty sure operational lighting is required on the toad in all states.

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Newbe, Please Help information on tow rigs

My FIL tows a 2 wd S10 four down. It has a drive shaft disconnect that he installed. He also built his towbar system. He has used it for many years.


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Thank you for responding to my post. Anyone know where to find a driveline disconnect and about how much one is? And is it possible to install one myself, or do I have to go to a driveline specialist? do they cut the driveline and shorten it? or is the u-joint part of the assembly? Any pictures I can see and understand how they are installed.
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Check this out. A call to them could explain the installation requirements.

Remco Drive Shaft Coupling

Experience w/ Remco driveshaft disconnect?
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Dan I have towed a Ford Ranger backwards on a tow dolly and I recomend you dont try that route. I have used a remco disconect and didnt like it, if you decide that route it will be expensive and you will have to service the disconect regular. Have you thought about just letting the engine idle, check with a good trans mechanic and make sure the trans pump will lube the trans, might be the cheapest way with either tow dolly or 4 down.
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with all the things to do with towing 4 down. I think its cheaper to buy a car trailer. And I can always use it for other things as well. Lights already done, brakes already done, no disconnect required. just hook and go. But one problem though, a place to drop it when your at your destination.
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with all the things to do with towing 4 down. I think its cheaper to buy a car trailer. And I can always use it for other things as well. Lights already done, brakes already done, no disconnect required. just hook and go. But one problem though, a place to drop it when your at your destination.
I see many, not most, but many towing this way. Most cgs will let you drop the trailer in the parking lot, just check first.
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