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Old 07-05-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Update on 1st time flat tow

Made it to our destination with just one issue of 6 inch drop adapter dragging on a dip while turning. So I'll measure clearance from tow bar on car to ground and drop to ground. It's my understanding that I have a 3 inch either way. I bought car and tow setup from a man that had CW Install it all, but never did measure myself. But I did think it looked to close to ground at drop area. Other thing I noticed was my back cam on RV looks right at rear bumper of RV and toad hood. I rather see the whole car also, and advise on that? Last thing any advise on how to decide if you have enough room to Change lanes while flat towing. It's all new to me for sure 🤔
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:41 PM   #2
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The max/minimum is 4" from level for the tow-bar. This 4" limit was established to prevent the car from going over/under the tow-bar in a sharp dip and hard braking. The rear camera should be adjusted so you can just see the tow-bar, just in case something comes loose. This should also allow you to view the entire car being towed.
You will rather quickly learn to judge how far another vehicle is behind you by watching it in your rear camera, when that vehicle disappears from view behind your car, you know you are clear, but not enough to pull back into that lane. Many other drivers may flash their lights to let you know you have adequate space to pull in front of them (another learning tool to judge space/distance)
Always use your turn signals when making lane changes, instead of only when turning corners. When you signal you want to change lanes is when other drivers may signal it's OK by flashing their lights, but not always.
I am not concerned with what others want me to do, i do what is safe and legal for me and mine.
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A 6" drop seems excessive unless you are towing a sports car. there is no easy way to estimate the distance from your towd to the car behind you but knowing when you have enough room gets easier with time towing.
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That's unfortunate you cant adjust the angle of your camera from the monitor.
I have mine set so I can see the rear of the car, and both lanes on either side. I can easily see when it's safe to change lanes.
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Chuck, tow car is a small Fiat 500 , the center of tow bar on car is right at 16 to 17 inches from the ground. But like I said we are new at this and never did measure. And we can't say what kind of RV the First owner had. So I'll start from scratch on measurements.
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