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Old 06-17-2012, 01:04 PM   #15
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AWD Subarus can be towed 4 down. Did it with two Outbacks for years. The restriction is that it has to be a manual tranny.

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:25 PM   #16
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My 1997 Sidekick says stop every 200 miles and run the engine for a couple mins. I do it because I stop that often anyway. The restrictions for a Suzuki Sidekick or Geo Tracker is it must have manual front hubs if it's 4WD.

Also Roadmaster base plate doesn't fit if they have factory air installed.

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Old 06-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by sandpiper View Post
AWD Subarus can be towed 4 down. Did it with two Outbacks for years. The restriction is that it has to be a manual tranny.
That's correct, but only if they are standard shifts. AWD Subaru's with automatic trannys cannot be towed unless all four wheels are off the ground on a trailer. Ours was an automatic, hence the Jeep.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #18
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Jeeps are perfect for towing. I use to tow a Wrangler, but the wife wanted better road manners. Now I tow a Grand Cherokee Overland. Jeep has a key detent just for unlocking the steering without power. Put the transfer case in neutral and away you go!

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I bought a 2012 Ford Focus, manual trans. No restrictions, no ignition lock, just put in neutral, and go
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:33 AM   #21
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Directions depend on the car

Many you pull a fuse or two (Or add a switch to that circuit)

Some you just put 'em in neutral and go

Some you pu the transfer case in neutral

Some you need to put the ignition in the OFF, but not locked position

Mine I added an "Axle Lock" so that the front wheels (Drive tires) turned free and towed in park.

Some you use an drive shaft disconnect (Same idea)

Some you run 'em every couple hundred miles.

Some, no matter what you do 4-down towing is NOT recommended.

All depends on the vehicle.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:56 AM   #22
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... I have done it. Went back to towing it on the dolly due to the damage and battery problems after towing it four down.

gee - ya think they should have warned you!!!

Originally Posted by Mr_D View Post
... while Honda says it can't be towed four down... I have done it ...

Oh, right ... they did!

I guess "No" meant "No" ...LOL!

Thanks for leading by example

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I've always towed Jeeps, period. There are many reasons to tow Jeep and even more to tow 4 down, period. You see allot of issues on here pertaining to "handling", especially the "tail*wagging" thing (mostly on gassers?). Towing 4 down with a 5000 pound vehicle helps with many of these issues. I had an '05 Winnie Adventurer 39' on a W*24 chassis, but only for a short while mind you, and I pretty much couldn't drive it on the highway without the tow'd attached. It used to plant its rear end wherever it wanted to, especially in any kind of side wind. The extra four wheels with brakes helped allot too as I found the brakes on that coach were just about adequate for a coach that size, just about I said.

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