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Old 06-09-2015, 06:00 AM   #15
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Thanks Dan L, I'll give it a try this summer going not to far from home just to see how my frog (my green Smart) follows.
If I do have issues, I'll gently tie the steering with a bungee cord just to see the difference.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:18 AM   #16
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How nuch did that hydraulic lift cost compared to a tow bar and a baseplate and a "shutout" battery switch and how much more fuel consumption to carry 1800 pounds more of weight instead of pulling it ? In my own opinion, it is a waste of money to carry a car.
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It is certainly not mine. I don't know anything about it. In California, though, vehicles towing anything at all are limited to 55 MPH, even on the interstates. When much of the traffic is zipping along at 75+, a lift like this that eliminates the 55 MPH limit starts to look pretty good.



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It is certainly not mine. I don't know anything about it. In California, though, vehicles towing anything at all are limited to 55 MPH, even on the interstates. When much of the traffic is zipping along at 75+, a lift like this that eliminates the 55 MPH limit starts to look pretty good.



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Do you realy think that cops will stop a 53 footer or a motorhome running within the speed limits and driving a motorhome at over 70 MPH is a non sense for me !
I've driven around San Diego with a motorhome and towing and I was within the speed limits... without any problem.
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Anyone with a remote battery disconnect?

Greetings!! -

We are in the process of getting our 2013 Smarty ready to be a toad.

We understand the controversy around the need for a battery switch and we've decided to take the conservative approach and have a disconnect.

All the disconnect I've seen on this and other forums are switches within the passenger compartment. Makes it hard to lock/unlock the doors.

Have anyone done a remote switch?

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I use a screw type of battery switch from napa mounted on the center console fwd of the cup holder.
there is checklist on pp. 49 and 204 of the owners manual for towing.
when I stop enroute and want to remove the key and lock the car, I install the screw, from Napa, and lock the car.
when ready to tow again I accomplish the checklists again.
when in tow mode with battery off both front doors are unlocked and it is not possible to open the rear hatch. the key is in the ignition switch in the off position.
I do not see any advantage to a ''remote switch'' as it is necessary to sit in the drivers seat to apply the brakes, etc., when accomplishing the checklists.
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I do the same as Dan L without any problem.
For Dan L... do you use or not a bungy cord to tighten the steering wheel ?
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I do the same as Dan L without any problem.
For Dan L... do you use or not a bungy cord to tighten the steering wheel ?
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I am going to start using a bungee cord as an additional and very easy safety enhancement.
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I am going to start using a bungee cord as an additional and very easy safety enhancement.

Here we go...this is what I was looking for and for you Dan L !
34" bungee cord for steering while flat towing... - Smart Car Forums
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Greetings!! -

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All the disconnect I've seen on this and other forums are switches within the passenger compartment. Makes it hard to lock/unlock the doors.

Have anyone done a remote switch?

Thanks,
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This is how I lock the doors with the battery disconnect switch inside the passenger compartment.

I have read where others have installed the switch under the front hood - so that they have access to it from outside of the car.
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This is how I lock the doors with the battery disconnect switch inside the passenger compartment.

I have read where others have installed the switch under the front hood - so that they have access to it from outside of the car.
what about disabling the anti theft protection, checklist on p.49 of the owners manual?
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Let's see. One activates the door locks then kills all power to the car within 1 second. The anti-theft system arms itself 25 seconds after being activated. ... so... no alarm happens.

BTW, the flat towing section in the manual for my smart does not address the anti theft system. Presumably because the notes at the end of the flat towing section warn that bad things can possibly happen if the battery is not disconnected.
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