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Old 01-17-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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Considering buying a truck that is 4 wheel down towable, any suggestions? Thanks.

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Old 01-17-2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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Any Chevrolet or Dodge 4x4 truck or SUV can be towed four wheels down. Recently, Ford started to make theirs towable again.

I towed a 2010 Nissan 4 door a few years ago with a Remco driveshaft disconnect. I now tow a Chevrolet Silverado 4 door, 4x4.

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Old 01-17-2014, 04:41 PM   #3
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Chevy or GMC. When I was shopping for my current toad, they were the ONLY ones you could tow 4 down. I heard Ford was trying this year, but had had some issues. Don't know when Dodge went 4 down capable, so I'd check that one closely. We've probablu got close to 40,000 4 down tow miles and never had a problem.
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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We are set up to tow a GMC Sierra 1/2 ton crew cab 4x4, 2011. Just make sure it has the two speed transfer case. Put in neutral on transfer case,trans in park, lock the doors and go. We use the Ready Brute tow bar and brake. Good luck
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:51 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by DICK.327 View Post
Considering buying a truck that is 4 wheel down towable, any suggestions? Thanks.
Well Sir, I'm not familiar with your RV so, if you've done all the home work on the GVWR, GCWR, your rigs current ACTUAL curb weight, and, of course, the hitch/receiver capabilities, then, you'll know whether you can tow a full sized truck or not.

Now, you didn't say whether you want a full sized truck or, a mid sized, like a GMC Canyon or, Chevy Colorado. Both of those are flat towable in 4x4 versions. The Ford Ranger, only a few years of the 4x4 version is flat towable and, even then, you have to add a "NTK" or, NEUTRAL TOW KIT to it and have the ECM reprogramed.

Now, if you're planning on a full sized truck, as has been stated, Chevy, GMC and Dodge have all been flat towable in the 1500 series 4x4 versions for quite some time. Ford had its head up you know where all the way up to 2012 and you could NOT flat tow any of them. But, in 2012, Ford re-worked the transfer case and reprogrammed the ECM so that their 4x4 F-150 series can now be flat towed.

The smart thing to do is, figure out which model/brand are gauarnteed to be flat towable and then, go out and find any that tickle your fancy and go for it. But, one more thing, do NOT believe any printed matter like the Dinghy Towing Guide that is published in Motor home and Trailer life magazine when it comes to "published" weight of that particular toad. They claimed my 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4 was 4875 lbs. Wrong! It came in at 5300 on a certified scale. That same publication also said our 2011 Honda CRV EX-L was 3200 lbs., Wrong! It also came in on the certified scale at 3700.

The reason I mention all this is because it helps you determine weight classes of tow bars and things like that.

Now, at this time, I can only speak for what we tow and, that's the '11 GMC Sierra. It was incredibly easy to set it up for towing. Both base plates went on without a hitch. I set up the Ready Brake system too and that was also cake. It tows great.
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:28 PM   #6
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2012 and newer F150s are towable with 4x4.
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2008 Jeep Rubicon or 2012 Ford F150 4x4 Lariat towds
or a couple of different trailers
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Sounds like my truck is similar to Fireup, I also tipped the scales around 5300 lbs. Another feature I specifically looked for was bench seat in front so it becomes a true six passenger vehicle, which has come in handy many times. Good luck in your search
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:42 AM   #8
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I have checked everything I could find and from what I have found any year Dodge Dakota 4x4 is 4 down towable. Manual transfer case has to be in neutral and electronic transfer case has a button you have to push for it to go into neutral position. There again, as stated before, depends on what size truck you are wanting to tow. Stay safe, Steve
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Just got back from first roadtrip test, the Bus could not tell the differnce betwean jeep and pickup.

Fireup, thanks again for your help Readybrake worked great.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:31 AM   #11
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Appreciate all the responses. We checked every dealer, and ended up buying a Nissan Frontier. Base plate ordered, and hope it works well. Thanks again.
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I have towed a Chevy Colorado since December of 2011 and have had no problems. It's a 4 door short box 4x4 and weighs around 4,200#.
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I tow a 2013 F150 4X4 crew cab real simple set up and procedure to tow, be sure to plan on a toad brake system as our truck is probaly over 5500 lb
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:49 AM   #14
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I just purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra 4x4. I know it will tow. The manual states to disconnect the ground from the battery. Has anyone come up with a different solution to this disconnect?
Thanks for your response.

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