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Old 11-30-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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What do I need to 4 down towing of a toad?

I am a newbie and have not purchased a MH yet. Would like to get a Ventana 4369 or similar. It will be a used one when I do buy.

So what do I need for this?
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Old 11-30-2015, 04:53 PM   #2
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Tow vehicle that can be towed 4 down, tow bar, brackets for tow vehicle, safety cables, light wiring in toad vehicle, braking for toad vehicle and maybe a toad charger.
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And a toad capable of 4-down
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Be careful here.
The simplest cars are the Jeeps, or pretty much anything with a transfer case that can be put into neutral. Usually a true 4WD vehicle.
AWD are not the same.

Then there are some cars that you can tow 4-down, but you must start the engine every 6 or 8 hours to lubricate the trans.

Some cars require you to pull fuses so the key can be on but the battery will not be drained.

The you also need an aux braking system (portable or permanently installed).

Good luck.

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My Subaru is AWD and is a manual transmission so it can be towed 4 down. Hook it up, put in neutral and key in accessory position and go. No starting periodically or pulling fuses etc. Have towed 12 hours straight and then disconnected and started and driven to local stops. I do make sure radio and all power using devices are OFF when I tow. Battery is always up.
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You should probably first decide on a toad, and what you can and can't flat tow will depend on the model year. Just because a vehicle is on the approved list one year doesn't mean it will carry over to the next year. Jeeps are a pretty safe bet, except for the Renegade and SRT-8 models; you can flat tow any of them except for these two models. Also look at what's needed to keep the steering wheel unlocked. Some brands allow this with no power draw from the battery, while others may require the vehicle to be in the accessory position. Keyless entry and start vehicles can be problematic as some will shut off after 15 minutes unless the engine is started. We had narrowed down our list to the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, but realized that the steering lock would cause problems -- the configuration we wanted with navigation only came with keyless entry and start, which would have caused battery drain and/or steering lock issues. Dealerships really don't seem to know much about this type of thing because nobody has apparently ever asked them. In the end, we decided on a Jeep Wrangler, which is very easy to flat tow.

You can look up various model year vehicles to see if they're capable of being flat towed here:Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine

Don't take the dealer's word for it. If the user manual for the specific vehicle you're looking at doesn't say it can be flat towed, the manufacturer will not honor any warranty repairs related to flat towing the vehicle.

We had been looking at the new 2016 Mini Clubman, which had its launch last month at our local Mini dealership. The service manager said flat towing this would be no problem, and that he'd "look after us" if anything happened. When I asked him to put this in writing for me, he refused. So while it might have been okay to flat tow this vehicle without any problems, I just didn't want to take the chance. You'll need to do your homework on this one, but it will be worth it in the end. So many expensive stories of flat towed vehicles that shouldn't have been flat towed.

Once you have your toad, the rest is relatively easy (baseplate, tow bar, supplemental braking system). Good luck!
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You should probably first decide on a toad..

Actually, I'd say first decide on the motorhome. Since you don't have one yet, even though you state you want to get a V-4369, you may end up with something else. The hitch rating of whatever you get will determine what you can tow behind it.... 4-down or otherwise.

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Actually, I'd say first decide on the motorhome. Since you don't have one yet, even though you state you want to get a V-4369, you may end up with something else. The hitch rating of whatever you get will determine what you can tow behind it.... 4-down or otherwise.

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Yes, I agree. This may turn out to be the easy part!
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I recently purchased a Jeep Wrangler and towed it for the first time over thanksgiving. Really easy to hook up and go and when I get there I can go anywhere I want because it is 4WD.
If funds are an issue you can get good deals on towing equipment on Ebay. I purchased a new Falcon 2, Used Evenbrake and all the cables and umbilical for right around $1000.

I agree with the others, decide on the motorhome first then you'll know more what you can tow. I went with the Jeep because of the light weight and ease of setting it up.
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