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Old 05-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Smart Car For Our Toad

We just picked up a new Smart Car to use as our TOAD. It was a choice we thought long about and came to the conclusion that it fits our needs. What we need assistance on is what kind of tow bar to buy and what else we will need. We spoke with Mercedes and they informed us the car can be towed 4 down with little issues. Weight is lower than needed in FL for the braking system. So is all we need a tow bar and to have it installed? What tow bar is recommended by most on here?
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Blue Ox and Roadmaster both make base plates for Smart cars. I installed a Blue Ox on my VW new beetle and I'm confident it is strong enough for safe towing. I got a Blue Ox Anenta II tow bar on Craig's list for less than a third of new price. It is adjustable, so hooking up is much easier. A non-adjustable tow bar must be exactly lined up to connect.

Even though you were told you don't need a braking system per Florida law, be advised if you go out of state you must abide by their laws and you might need brakes for anything over 1500 lbs.

In addition, I think the Law of Physics trumps Florida laws. Do you really want even a Smart car pushing you when you have an emergency situation or mountain descent? Take your car in a flat parking lot, push it as fast as you can, then try to stop it. Now imagine the speed is 60, not 5-6. Supplemental brakes are cheaper than body work on a coach or the life of a pedestrian.
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RVUpgrades is an excellent place to purchase a Blue Ox baseplate and towbar.

Then just add a little elbow grease and you are all set.

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Bungee the steering wheel to the seat brackets to keep the steering wheel from oscillating, due to the light front end of the Smart Car.
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We just picked up a new Smart Car to use as our TOAD. It was a choice we thought long about and came to the conclusion that it fits our needs. What we need assistance on is what kind of tow bar to buy and what else we will need. We spoke with Mercedes and they informed us the car can be towed 4 down with little issues. Weight is lower than needed in FL for the braking system. So is all we need a tow bar and to have it installed? What tow bar is recommended by most on here?
Congratulations on your new Smart Car. We bought one about 4 months back and are enjoying the heck out of it. Several things to note. The installer put the battery switch on the battery. Bad idea. Everytime you hook and unhook you have to pull the carpet out of the passenger area. Brought it out just around the corner and put a t bar disconnect. Works great and easy to do yourself. Use the bungee. It works. Get a BRA or some other barrier. Was traveling from Winnemucca to Boise and caught a road repair. Did not hear a thing on the front of the MH, about an hour later I stopped to water the dogs and found the front end of the Smart rock blasted pretty bad. Live and learn. By now you have bought your towing package. We got the Roadmaster and have had no problems. have fun
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