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Old 02-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #1
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Towing Manual Transmission Toads

In perusing the various "Toads and Motorhome Related Towing" posts, I see plenty of replies where someone will say unequivocally that you can tow four down (dinghy tow) any vehicle with a manual transmission.
What concerns me is that although that may be true with older manual transmissions, many of the vehicles made in the last ten years or so with manual transmissions can be damaged over thousands of miles of being towed in neutral four down. The manual transmissions are not necessarily designed to lubricate all the parts that move when in neutral, and excess wear can occur if rolling in neutral for long periods of time/long distances.
ALWAYS consult the mfr's owner's manual to determine if your specific makeup of vehicle can be towed four down (dinghy towing, also sometimes referred to as flat towing, or recreational towing in the manuals). Not doing so can put you in a place of prematurely wearing out your transmission, and not being able to get it repaired under warranty because you didn't follow the mfr's instructions. (remember, you might try saying you didn't tow it four down, but when they see the tow bar brackets or holes where there was one, you've lost that argument)
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:49 PM   #2
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Although We successfully Towed a Geo Tracker with a Manual Transmission and Two Wheel Drive ,I also suggest that You not only read the Owners Manual,but also speak to a Mechanic who is familiar with the particular Transmission installed on The Vehicle that You intend to Tow!

On Our type 2 Tracker there were several different Manual Transmissions installed over the Years! Our particular unit was Ok ,but Others were Not!
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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I do know the Ford Fiesta/Focus ST version cannot be towed 4 - down. They only come with a manual transmission.
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In the discussions I have read I haven't found that. Most say to check your owner's manual!!! An additional resource is Dingy Guide for vehicle towing guidelines. It is published yearly and you can download free on the Internet. However, no matter what someone says ALWAYS check your owner's manual on towing!

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Old 02-16-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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Well, I just purchased a rear wheel drive 2015 Nissan Frontier manual 5 speed transmission. Yes, prior to purchase I checked the manual, talked with mechanics, with no known restrictions and checked out this website: Store : Remco

Just saying......
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Some MT can not be towed as mentioned above. Some recommend you start and run the engine about every 200 miles of towing to lubricate the trans. This isn't too bas since it is a good time to get fuel and also stretch the legs.
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The owners manual and mechanic don't always have the accurate info, in the case of the 2014 and 2015 Kia Soul standard 6 speed it says it cannot be towed 4 down but Kia put out a TSB that says it can be towed, so far I have about 2000 towing miles on the Soul with no issues.
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In the discussions I have read I haven't found that. Most say to check your owner's manual!!! An additional resource is Dingy Guide for vehicle towing guidelines. It is published yearly and you can download free on the Internet. However, no matter what someone says ALWAYS check your owner's manual on towing!
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In perusing the various "Toads and Motorhome Related Towing" posts, I see plenty of replies where someone will say unequivocally that you can tow four down (dinghy tow) any vehicle with a manual transmission.
I don't think, in all my years of belonging to several rv forums, have I ever seen a statement like this. I do see where the words "most" or "almost" will be used, but never what is stated above.

The rest of the OP's post is right on, however.

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