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Old 11-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Anyone have a list of pick-up trucks you can pull on the ground?
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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Ford 150 and Chev/GMC. Must be 4X4s Also Colorado (4X4), Nissan Frontier (stick)
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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Sorry, Chev and GMC Silverado
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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We pull a 2012 F150 4x4. One of Fords better ideas, all switched electronically from factory.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #5
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Dont some of the Fords F-150 need a dealer option for RV towing
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
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From our manual on the F150 4x4.
"RECREATIONAL TOWING
Note: Put your climate control system in recirculated air mode to
prevent exhaust fumes from entering the vehicle. Refer to the Climate
Controls chapter.
Follow these guidelines if you need to tow your vehicle behind another
vehicle, such as a motor home. The guidelines are designed to prevent
damage to your vehicle and its transmission after it is hooked-up to the
tow vehicle or tow dolly.
2WD vehicles cannot be towed with any wheels on the ground as
vehicle or transmission damage may occur. The vehicle must be towed
with all four wheels off the ground (i.e. with a car-hauling trailer).
4WD vehicles can only be towed with all wheels on the ground by
placing the transfer case in its neutral position and engaging the
four-wheel-down towing feature. Perform the steps outlined in the
Four-wheel-down towing section after positioning your vehicle behind
the tow vehicle and properly securing them together
Four-wheel-down towing
1. Turn the ignition to the on position; do not start the engine.
2. Press and hold the brake pedal.
3. Shift the 4WD switch to 2H.
4. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).
5. Rotate the 4WD switch from 2H to 4L and back to 2H five times
within seven seconds.
• If completed successfully, the instrument cluster displays NEUTRAL
TOW LEAVE IN N or NEUTRAL TOW ENABLED LEAVE
TRANSMISSION IN NEUTRAL, indicating that the vehicle is safe
to tow with all wheels on the ground.
• If the message is not shown in the display, the procedure must be
performed again from the beginning.
• An audible noise may be heard as the transfer case shifts into its
neutral position; this is normal.
6. Leave the transmission in N (Neutral) and turn the ignition as far as it
will go toward the off position (it will not turn fully off when the
transmission is in N [Neutral]). The key must be left in the ignition while
towing. To lock and unlock your vehicle, use the keyless entry keypad or
extra set of keys.
7. Release the brake pedal.
WARNING: Do not disconnect the battery during recreational
towing. Doing so will prevent the transfer case from shifting
properly and may cause the vehicle to roll even if the transmission is in
P (Park).
WARNING: Shifting the transfer case to its neutral position for
recreational towing may cause the vehicle to be able to roll even
if the transmission is in P (Park). The driver or others could be
injured. Make sure the foot brake is depressed and the vehicle is in a
secure and safe position while the transfer case is being shifted to its
neutral position.
WARNING: Failing to put the transfer case in its neutral
position will damage vehicle components.
Note: Four-wheel-down towing status can be checked at any time by
opening the driver’s door or turning the ignition to the accessory or on
position and verifying the NEUTRAL TOW ENABLED message is
displayed in the cluster.

Only thing we added was aux brake.
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Chevy Avalanche 4x4 . Way simpler than the aforementioned Ford. Just push a couple buttons and go. Takes 30 seconds.
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We have towed our 2012 GMC Sierra 4x4 behind our motorhome for over 22,000 miles without a problem. Easy to positively disengage the transfer case for 4 wheel down towing although I always follow my cheat sheet copied from the owners manual. After disengaging, we take our keys out and lock the truck. Our tow bar is a Roadmaster 10,000# model and the aux brake is the SMI Plug-n-Play. This setup works well for us.
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Anyone have a list of pick-up trucks you can pull on the ground?
Kenny B,
Since it was not put very clear to you, first off, about 99.999% of the two wheel drive trucks are not towable. Even the stick transmissions in many of them do not lubricate properly the transmission when only the rear drive shaft is turning. So, with that being said, you need to look for a four-wheel drive model. That's because there's a "transfer case" that if properly setup, can be put into NEUTRAL, so that there's no influence of turning gears, going into the transmission, when the vehicle is being flat towed.


And with that being said, there are certain models and years, that can and, cannot be flat towed.

Ford, in its infinite wisdom, lost out on a lot of sales to folks wanting a Ford truck for flat towing, prior to the year 2012. They simply did not setup the transfer case with a "neutral" position so it could be flat towed. Now, of course I'm talking about the electronically shifted transfer cases now. And, I'm also talking about the F-150 series. Now, the 2012 model year and newer, can be flat towed.

GMC, Chevy and, most Dodges, all in the 1500 series 4-WD, have been able to be flat towed for quite some time now. It's one of those things that, if a model year is chosen, then check the owners manual for that particular model year.

As for Fords "Ranger", well yes, there are certain models/years 4-WD drive models of that version that can be towed but, AND IT'S A BIG BUT, a NTK or, Neutral Tow Kit must be installed. It's really a crock of sh.. because it's simply an LED installed on the dash that show's the transfer case is now in neutral and, the other part of the "Kit" is taking it to a dealer who, simply "reprograms" the engine/trans ECM to allow the transfer case to go into a "neutral" position. That kit, at last check, hovers around $375 - $400 plus or minus. And again, it's not for all year/models of the Ford Ranger.

We tow a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4. It tows just fine and, I won't go into the procedure putting it into towing position, READ THE MANUAL! I hope this info helps. Good luck.
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