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Old 03-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Wanting to tow my old 1984 chev 4x4 . .it has automatic with a manuel 4x4 gear box. .wanting to know if its ok to tow with tranny in park and transfer case in nuetral? Never towed a tow vehicle before and also any dos and donts anyone would like to share? My mh is a 1996 30' safari trec with a p30 chassis with a vortec 454 cid
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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I would first check to see if you can tow that truck with that RV. I can only tow 3300lbs. With my 454. To be on the save side I would still place the trucks tranny in neutral
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Thanks for the reply . .ill check into that
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You said auto tranny that I'm not sure about sorry. Someone will be able to answer that better than me. You will still have to see what your P30 is capable of towing.
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I tow my 06 Z71 4x4 w/ auto tranny with the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in park according to the owners manual. Make certain the steering wheel does not lock so the front wheels can follow the MH around corners. Do not try to back up the truck behind the motorhome.
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I towed a 1997 z71 chevy for years no prob. auto and manuel 4 wheel drive , used mag lights on bed . use only key in ign. had a steering lock once other keys swinging.

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Finally towed with my 1996 safari trec pathfinder,gas powered chev chassis,towed my 1965 mustang on a dual axle car trlr,went drag raceing about 75 miles away from my home,wife loaded the ol girl down like we were going on the western swing ( gawd) anyways had no problems handeled great and had no issues
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That Chevy tranny is likely a Turbo 400. I have seen them towed and see no reason why that won't work. Not sure when Chevy changed to that transmission however. That truck probably weighs at least 5,000 lbs. if so, I would look for a tow bar larger than a 6,000 lb rating. Disengage the front hub locks, less drag. Think park setting is best with transfer in neutral. Make sure your steering lock is disengaged.
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Wanting to tow my old 1984 chev 4x4 . .it has automatic with a manuel 4x4 gear box. .wanting to know if its ok to tow with tranny in park and transfer case in nuetral? Never towed a tow vehicle before and also any dos and donts anyone would like to share? My mh is a 1996 30' safari trec with a p30 chassis with a vortec 454 cid
3810brad,
It really doesn't matter which automatic trans you have or, even if it was a stick tranny. What matters is, you say you have a "manual 4x4 gear box". I'm assuming you mean the transfer case is shifted manually instead of todays transfer cases being shifted by an electronic shift motor with a dial on the dash to control them.

If yours in fact, does have a manually shifted transfer case, as in a lever on the floor, and either the letters: 2H-N-4H-4L on the floor/console surrounding that shift lever or, the same lettering on the knob of the shift lever, you'll have no problem towing your truck. But, the point is, you must have an "N" in either case. The transfer case is placed in "N" and, the transmission, if an auto, is placed in park. You're set. Because you see, once the transfer case is placed into Neutral, there's no transfer of the turning gears that migrates its way into either version of the trans, be it auto or stick.

Now, all this only pertains to the logistics of your setting the truck up to tow. As for the weight of that truck, in relations to what the max your coach can tow, well that's a different matter. I don't believe any nomenclature put out by any magazine/write up etc. about weights on certain vehicles. I've proved them WRONG every time.

So, if you haven't done it, you have to find out what your coach ACTUALLY WEIGHS, and that means front, back, total. Then have the truck weighed-AS IT WILL BE TOWED! That means, if you're going to put a bunch of stuff in the bed, i.e. bikes, barbques, fire wood, and any other assortment of items that won't fit in the motor home, then get it weighed with all that in it. You want a "TOTAL" weight you'll be dragging down the road.

Now, add the weights together. If the total exceeds your GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) then, it's up to you to proceed ahead in an over weighted/loaded condition. There's probably a few thousand rigs in that scenario all over the U.S. But, if you're not over the GCWR, you're good to go without worries. Now, if you've determined you'll be able to tow it without worries, then it's a matter of, do you have a steering wheel lock (with key0 or not, I can't remember that year/model of Chevy truck. I think it does have the key in the steering column.

And if it does, another thing I can't remember is, if and when you turn the key to "unlock" the steering, does anything electrical turn on??? You'll have to check on that. I don't think it does but, been way too long.

As for wiring it, you couldn't get a more simple rig to wire. Most guys have a heart attack when someone mentions tying into the factory wiring to make the stock tail light bulbs work as toad lights. It's childs play. You "T" into them just prior to the wires entering the tail light housings. Done! Now, I also add diodes in the factory wiring, just ahead of that new "T" intersection so there's no back feeding into the toads wiring system. Again, Done!

No, you don't have go spend your lifes savings on "Diode Kits" that are sold at Camping World, E-trailer.com or, any other RV/Trailer supplier. All that's needed is a Three-pack of diodes from Radio Shack. They'll cost you a whopping $2.89, heavy huh? And that's it. There's no drilling of the housings and adding bulbs etc. There's no need for that. Good luck.
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Thanks for sharing your knowledge fellas, very useful info.cant wait to go again next weekend,headed for forks wa to do some more drag raceing and rving . .double thumbs!
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