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Old 02-17-2018, 07:01 PM   #1
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Towing backwards??

This summer will be going from Midland TX to the Madison WI area to visit family/friends.We will be towing my wife's 2009 Ford Explorer, 2 wd. Owners manual say's do not tow w/rear axle on the ground. I say we rent a car hauler, my wife say's get a dolly, back up on it and pull it backwards. Of course we need a steering lock, and a light bar put on the 'front' of the vehicle. Which is the better option? This will also be our first trip with our '95 Bounder, (Ford gas).
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:17 PM   #2
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I'm sure you're gonna get different responses, but for me I would not want to tow backwards. I'd go with the car trailer.
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I'd use a car hauler, but you could tow on a dolly if you disconnect the drive shaft. Just be sure to mark the drive shaft and the connection at the diff so you get it installed exactly as to take it off.
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We would only recommend it if it is in the owners manual as an option for towing behind a recreational vehicle.
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If it is just a one time deal I would rent a car hauler with surge brakes.
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Old 02-17-2018, 08:35 PM   #6
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Funny, I've wondered the same thing. Personally, I don't see why it wouldn't work out just fine. I think I would try it before I took off on a trip. The only issue I can see is that in turns, its going to have to act differently than it normally would. The front wheels will have to steer from the rear, and being as how the rear end is up on a dolly, the effective caster angle is going to be vastly different than normal. I really don't see it being a problem, but I'd sure try a local trip to see how it works out first.
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....I did it 30 years ago with a RWD sports car, from TX to DC. I didn't know any better and no one told me I couldn't do it. Basic issue is if you tow backwards, the heaviest part of the towed vehicle [motor/tranny] is at the back of the tow string. For stability, think most weight is preferred on the dolly pivot, and not at the tail-end because of tail whip!!!! I made the trip without incident but suspect I was probably just lucky....there could have been an issue....
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....I did it 30 years ago with a RWD sports car, from TX to DC. I didn't know any better and no one told me I couldn't do it. Basic issue is if you tow backwards, the heaviest part of the towed vehicle [motor/tranny] is at the back of the tow string. For stability, think most weight is preferred on the dolly pivot, and not at the tail-end because of tail whip!!!! I made the trip without incident but suspect I was probably just lucky....there could have been an issue....
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Some owners manuals will explicitly say if ok or not ok to tow backwards on a dolly. Check the manual for recreational towing section.
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According to Remco the 2009 Explorer is supposed to be towed on a trailer. I suspect the weight of a trailer (~ 1500 -2,000#) and the car (~ 4400 -4700#) would put you well over what your motor home is rated to tow. Towing on a trailer would also result in a lot more tongue weight than your motor home is rated for.

According to a Bounder owner's manual I saw earlier, your MH specs GVWR, GCWR along with everything else is located on a wardrobe door tag.
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Perfectly fine if it fits without overhang issues. The hub bearings don't know which direction they're going so there is nothing mechanically wrong doing so. As a former tow truck driver it's the standard way to tow that model. Grab the back, strap the steering wheel to the brake pedal, hang the lights and go.

As to which way is better comes to your personal preference. I'm a die hard 5th wheel guy, you don't get much easier.

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Instead of the expense of renting a trailer why not rent a car in Michigan?
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I never see RV's towing a backward toad. Got to be a reason.

If you bought a motorhome and this is the toad you want to use why not tow 4 down and make all the changes to make that happen? Else rent a car hauler trailer from U-Haul for this trip.
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why not disconnect the drive axle and pull with the tow dolly in the forward position? many folks do this on rear wheel drive vehicles...
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