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Old 09-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Towing 4 down a smart 4 2 car-- anybody

This summer we stopped for gas in Ohio and a smart car 4 2 pulled into the center. I spoke to the owner and he said he towed 4 down.
Does anybody have experience with this?
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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Owed 2 when we lived in UK , loved them , 3 cylinder 600cc Mercedes engine with trip tonic transmission .
Spoke to Mercedes dealership over here and he confirmed towing 4 down was fine
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Our family has 2 (a 4-2 and a sweet Cabrio).

Smart cars are totally towable 4 down, because the transmission is a manual...the tranny only seems to shift "automatically," but it's more like "robotically." Neutral is a real neutral. No tranny pump needed to flat tow.
See: Smart Car For Our Toad
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Towing a Smart Car?
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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I tow a Smarty 4 down all the time. Put 11k mi in tow mode this summer. I made a plate that keeps the shifter in neutral and the key in the proper position for towing. Have a Ready Brake for additional safety but in most juridictions the brake is not necessary from a legal perspective because of vehicle being less than 2000lbs. My RV in Smarty Tow mode met stopping distance requirements without the Ready Brake also, but where I can be more safe I choose the safer route.

If the 2 seat Smarty meets your vehicle requirements while on the road with the RV, I believe it is the best option if you need/want a light tow vehicle. I would not consider driving my Smarty on long trips but as a runabout and toad - it is great. Fuel economy is well, OK, but I would expect something better from an 1800lb car. I get 38-41mpg but that is not why I bought it anyway and it does a fine job for my purpose.
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