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Old 05-28-2015, 08:57 AM   #1
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Towing a SMART FOR TWO

As per the dealer I bought my 2009 Smart Cabriolet from, it can be towed 4 wheels down and according to the manifacturer's book, you need to install a "battery kill switch"; I wish it could be by pulling out 1 or 2 fuses from the fuse block
BTW the new 2015 Smart will have a CVT transmission and those cannot be towed 4 wheels down.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:19 AM   #2
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After looking into all the mods necessary to tow the Smart car 4 down we opted for a trailer to carry it with. Nothing wrong with 4 down just not what we chose to do. The Smart has proven to be a great get around town car after we get to the RV site.


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I opted to buy a car to tow it on its 4 wheels instead of using a dolly to carry my Santa Fe SUV... I got fed up with all the assel after 3 years of dollying my dinghy.
BTW, I've kept my Santa fe that I'll use in the summer time and for snowbirding, I'll tow down my Smart on its 4 wheels.
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We are happy with the Smart car. We have gotten as low as 37 mpg and as high as 51 mpg. How are you going to do your lights; wire in diodes or use something external?


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According from the shop that will install the baseplate and the wiring to the dingy, he will use a 4 contact connection to light up the tail lights and the flasher lights, (which include the braking lights) and a kill switch for the battery.
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We've been towing our smartie since we bought it in March 2008. Total modifications to the car were the addition of the Blue Ox baseplate and wiring kit, and a bungee cord to hold the steering wheel. We just completed a 7000+ mile trip from San Jose, Ca to Norfolk, Va and back with the smartie happily following behind us the entire way.
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According from the shop that will install the baseplate and the wiring to the dingy, he will use a 4 contact connection to light up the tail lights and the flasher lights, (which include the braking lights) and a kill switch for the battery.
when you install the battery disconnect device, install it so that you can reach it from the drivers seat where you will be sitting when you do the check lists on 2 pages in your owners manual.
I am using a Napa device mounted in the center just fwd of the cup holder secured with tie wraps.
the Napa device has a knob that you unscrew to disconnect the battery when you reach that point in the checklists.
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We've been towing our smartie since we bought it in March 2008. Total modifications to the car were the addition of the Blue Ox baseplate and wiring kit, and a bungee cord to hold the steering wheel. We just completed a 7000+ mile trip from San Jose, Ca to Norfolk, Va and back with the smartie happily following behind us the entire way.
Why would you need to hold the steering with a bungee cord ?
Do you do the same Dan L ?
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getting ready for another 1200 mile trip up north from Va.
the trailer has done us well
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Why would you need to hold the steering with a bungee cord ?
Do you do the same Dan L ?
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It's a common issue with some smarts - the front wheels can start oscillating lock-to-lock under certain conditions. The solution is to use a bungee cord to provide resistance for the steering wheel to prevent the oscillation.
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Thanks, I'll try that on my next tow sometime this summer.
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Why would you need to hold the steering with a bungee cord ?
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I watch my smarty with my back up camera. it follows nicely so far.
the purpose of the bungee cord is to assist with the front wheels returning to straight ahead position after a sharp turn.
where is your battery disconnect device located? you need to be able to reach it from the drivers seat while performing the 2 checklists.
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