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Old 10-21-2014, 06:32 AM   #127
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Jeep with a transfer case that has a neutral. Yes we would!
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:38 AM   #128
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I flat tow a Chevy Avalanche 4WD. Press 2H and 2L for 10 seconds, transfer case goes into neutral, steering is unlocked, place in park, shut it off and take the key out and lock the doors and it's good to go!
That's a great towed! Too bad that GM pickups 2013 and newer are no longer tow friendly. Electronic steering which is easily damaged, battery disconnect required, lose the presets, etc. Can be done, but not so easy anymore.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:23 AM   #129
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I'm new to RV'ing and just read your towing remarks. You said you have towed a Subaru Outback. I have a 2013 Outback and have been told it can't be towed; has to be trailered due to the AWD trans.?
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:32 AM   #130
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We tow a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Invisibrake. It tows perfectly. Put it in neutral, press the off button and away you go (after testing the lights etc, of course). I understand that the battery can run down, but the Invisibrake has a charger, and we've had no problems. A non-hybrid 2014 Fusion cannot be towed.

Previously, we towed a Pontiac Sunfire (same mechanicals as a Saturn) for about 60K miles. Never had even the slightest problem. The new owner is towing it now.
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I'm new to RV'ing and just read your towing remarks. You said you have towed a Subaru Outback. I have a 2013 Outback and have been told it can't be towed; has to be trailered due to the AWD trans.?

4WD and AWD are not the same. Most AWD do not have the ability to put the transfer case into neutral like 4WD.


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Old 10-21-2014, 10:59 AM   #132
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That's a great towed! Too bad that GM pickups 2013 and newer are no longer tow friendly. Electronic steering which is easily damaged, battery disconnect required, lose the presets, etc. Can be done, but not so easy anymore.

I didn't realize that, I see Avalanches are no longer going to be produced, too bad.

Fortunately I take care of vehicles and keep them forever. This 2002 Avalanche has 68,000 miles on it and runs perfectly, I'll keep it as long as possible. I have the tent that goes on the back when we want to go offroad camping away from the "mothership". I use the Invisibrake also.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:14 AM   #133
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I know I know yes 4 down towing is great and real easy. But my first tow was with a dolly. Now I have sold Honda Accord and have a Chey Equnoic sorry for the spelling and the dollly still fits the job even if the chevy can be towed 4 down. Another 1200 dollars to backing plate and tow hooks. Not now. And I can also use it to help others get their cars home or to a shop free.
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Just came off our first long trip (4,000 miles) and we towed our 2011 GMC 1500 Sierra 4x4. Very easy to get the transfer case in neutral and we went with M&G braking system. Perfect -
Hey I wanted to let you know that both battery connections have been left on for 3 weeks and batteries are still at full charge, With the new BCC board replaced. Let me know if I can guide you threw the change out.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:41 PM   #135
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We flat tow a 2011 Subaru Forester - but it has a manual transmission. We don't mind shifting even in SoCal traffic and it has taken us off pavement to some great spots I wouldn't take a 2WD. Much lighter than a jeep and very capable for reasonable off-roading.
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We flat tow a 2008 GMC Acadia and plan to replace it with a newer Acadia when the time comes.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:50 PM   #137
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We flat tow an 07 Chev Classic Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4 Duramax Diesel. While it is heavy, and I would do it again. Saved me from having to buy a new vehicle to use as a towed, but in the long run I will probably opt for something a bit lighter. When folks ask me about towing it, I tell them it is not being towed, but I use it to push me up the grades.
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What do you tow? Would you do again?

We flat tow a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with a manual trans. We had a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with auto trans before that. So I guess we would do it again.

Super easy to tow, just hook up, plug in, turn SMI brake on, put transfer case in N and shifter in gear (or Drive). No speed restrictions, no running engine after x hours. The 2012 is easier than the 2008 was since there is no steering wheel lock so we don't have to leave a key in the ignition or pull any fuses.

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I flat tow a 2011 Honda CRV AWD with Blue Ox hitch and a assc switch to avoid pulling fuse. Fast connect and disconnect with a light SUV.
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