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Old 01-30-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Hello, I am a newbie to the world of Toads. Does anyone know if I can tow either a 2008 Chev Silverado 2wd automatic 4 down or a 2009 Mustang GT standard 4 down? Thanks for the help. I have tried a search and found nothing. Also, with a coach that weighs 28000 pounds dry, would I really need toad brakes? If so, how would this work?
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Motorhome magazine puts out an annual flat tow guide. If the car is not listed in the article, there is a pretty good chance you can flat tow it without modifications. The download used to be free but now I see they want you to pay $1.99:

Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine

However there are some general rules of thumb:
- most 2WD drive trucks can NOT be flat towed
- most manual transmissions CAN be flat towed

I would definitely recommend a braking system. I use a BrakeBuddy.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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I would definitely recommend a braking system. I use a BrakeBuddy.
My parents used a brake buddy and it actuated the brakes when it wasn't supposed to and cooked them. They got flagged down by a passerby who alerted them to the smell. Have you ever had trouble with yours?
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My parents used a brake buddy and it actuated the brakes when it wasn't supposed to and cooked them. They got flagged down by a passerby who alerted them to the smell. Have you ever had trouble with yours?
I have 12 years and over 60K miles on my BB. No issues. Maybe the breakaway switch gizmo had a problem? That would do what you described.
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2 RWD auto is not towable but 4 x 4 with a manual transfer case surely can. Automatic transfer cases need a neutral SW and all above year 98 or so have it.
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Ok, so it sounds like my Silverado is out as a toad. What about the mustang? Although I am just wondering where I would mount the tow bar points. Hmmmm.......
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Hello, I am a newbie to the world of Toads. Does anyone know if I can tow either a 2008 Chev Silverado 2wd automatic 4 down or a 2009 Mustang GT standard 4 down? Thanks for the help. I have tried a search and found nothing. Also, with a coach that weighs 28000 pounds dry, would I really need toad brakes? If so, how would this work?
Check the manufacturer's website and or do a search for "Free Owners manuals." Something like Free Car Owners Manuals Online

Check that make/model's towing section to be absolutely sure. If it doesn't say it can, it can't.

We towed an 1998 Sivlerado 4x4 automatic for 15k miles - no problems.
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I tow a 2007 4 door truck originally I would disconnect the drive shaft at rear end later I added the drive shaft disconnect not cheap yes you need brakes and break away switch not sure on mustang if auto no
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...Also, with a coach that weighs 28000 pounds dry, would I really need toad brakes? If so, how would this work?
The coach brakes are designed to stop the coach. You need auxiliary braking for the toad.

Yes, lots of people will tell you they tow a light car with a heavy motorhome without toad brakes, but auxiliary braking will stop you sooner than you can ever hope to stop without toad brakes. Do you want to stop 10' before you hit the semi that stops suddenly in front of you or do you want to stop 10' into the back of his trailer?

There are many systems available. Some are a box that sits on the floor and presses the brake pedal. Some are permanently installed in the toad, and you just need to turn them on. Some have a vacuum pump and tap into your toad's brake system, and some are "dead pedal' brake systems. Each type has advantages and disadvantages.

Whatever toad brake system you get, make sure it has a breakaway feature that will apply the toad's brakes and prevent it from running wild in the event of a breakaway. This is another advantage of having a toad brake.
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GM 4X4 automatics with electronic lock outs are flat towable. I flat tow a GMC 2008 2500HD 4X4 automatic with no issue.
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X2, no issues at all.
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I don't have a 4x4. It's 2 wheel drive automatic.
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Desertrv,

What equipment do you use to tow the '08? I will be taking delivery of my '11 Astoria want to use my '09 Silverado 4X4 as a toad but would like some info on what is needed, works, doesn't work, as the estimate to make everything work in about 5k and that seems high to me. However I'm new to this game so I'm soliciting input from those that do it. Thanks, DS
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When I towed my Yukon, I used;

Blue Ox basplate
Blue Ox Adventa tow bar 10,000# rated
Blue Ox 10,000# safety cables
Brake Buddy

It all worked perfectly.
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