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Old 12-05-2012, 10:09 AM   #99
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #100
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We tow a 2009 Honda Fit Sportster with Roadmaster Falcon 2 hitch. Modified the crossbar to include a mesh screen to protect the Fit hood and fenders. Have a quick disconnect on the car battery ground post so no need to pull fuses. Leave the car in neutral with key in accessory position and off we go. Hooking up without any help is a little cumbersome with the Falcon 2 but can be done. You'd be surprised at how much room this little car has with seats that fold both up and down. We get around 40 mpg at modest speeds and can turn around on a dime. Ours is Copper colored and everyone in town knows where we are all the time.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:36 AM   #101
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2002 Toyota Prius on a tow dolly...looking to go to something that is 4 down, but do not want to spend more than $4k...needs to fit me, wife, 2 kids, and 120 lb dog. Suggestions?
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:44 AM   #102
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I tow a 2008 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4-wheels down. Have towed this vehicle for well over 60K miles with never a problem. Honda does not certify this vehicle for 4- wheels down towing, but I spoke with the Service Manager at the dealership where I bought it, and he said that I should not experience any problems as long as I stop every couple hundred miles and run the engine and go through the gears (N, D3, D2, D1) a few times to lube the tranny.
We've tried towing our 2005 Ody both on a dolly and four down. Last time I towed it four down I ended up with the battery going dead several times. When we got back there were lots more rock dings and it needed an alignment (thanks CA roads!). Since we already have the dolly I'll keep towing it that way. No dead batteries, less chance of rock damage and I won't beat the alignment out of wack!
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Is your Suzuki that you are flat towing in the photo a manual 2 wheel drive? I am looking to purchase a 1997 Suzuki that has a manual trany and is two wheel drive to flat tow.
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Is your Suzuki that you are flat towing in the photo a manual 2 wheel drive? I am looking to purchase a 1997 Suzuki that has a manual trany and is two wheel drive to flat tow.


My Sidekick is 4WD Manual. I checked my owner’s manual and to tow the 2WD Manual the only option for towing is to put the rear wheels on a dolly and clamp the steering wheel with a clamping device designed for towing. Not a very good option. Without the transfer case in a 4WD you can't disengage the drive train from the engine.
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I called the Subaru dealership to check to see if a manual Outback could be toed four down and the answer was yes, yet I see noone tows one. Can someone tell me if there are any problems towing it??
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I called the Subaru dealership to check to see if a manual Outback could be toed four down and the answer was yes, yet I see noone tows one. Can someone tell me if there are any problems towing it??
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Friends of ours bought a 2012 Outback last year to flat tow behind their motorhome on our recommendation as we currently tow an '06 Outback and have also towed a Forester before.

Subarus are excellent toads, in our opinion. No restrictions whatsoever, no fuses to pull, no speed restrictions, no time restrictions, no lube pumps or disconnects needed, no mileage registered on the speedometer, no abnormal tire wear, and although they're not that light, you can't feel them behind you at all (and we've not seen any decrease in MPG in the motorhome when towing as compared with no tow). Just put it in neutral, release the brake, set the key in the position between off and accessory and you're on your way (although I'm not sure if the current models have push button start ignitions or not) ...assuming an integrated supplemental tow brake; we have a Unified Tow Brake so it's seamless.

It's AWD for excellent traction in the snow. They're reliable and well built. Assembled in the U.S. And the new ones get much better MPG now. It's the absolute perfect toad for those who don't mind a manual transmission.

And yes, it is totally approved by Subaru of America for recreational towing and appears every year in the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy List. In fact, Subaru of America used to advertise the fact that their cars can be recreationally towed in their monthly magazine.

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It's the absolute perfect toad for those who don't mind a manual transmission.
And, therein lies to rub for some people!! My wife has never driven a stick and has no reason to try and learn now so it'll be a Jeep GC or CR-V next.
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And, therein lies to rub for some people!! My wife has never driven a stick and has no reason to try and learn now so it'll be a Jeep GC or CR-V next.
Have you asked your wife if she'd be willing to learn? The reason I ask is that the couple I mentioned in my post were in the same mindset. She had never driven a stick and really didn't want to learn.

However, we all talked about it one night after dinner and both DW and I are avid manual transmission people and have always purchased manuals for as long as we've been together, we convinced her to spend an afternoon with us in wide open lot and showed her how easy it was in the newer cars. The new cars, especially the Japanese makes like Honda, Toyota, Subaru, etc. have such silky smooth shifters and very light clutch springs. They're not at all like the stick shifts of decades ago.

She actually had fun with it and eventually took her to an incline and had her practice taking off while sitting on a hill stopped. She picked it up immediately and by the end of the session, she couldn't wait to drive another manual. And she's in her 60s!

So they ended up buying a new Outback and now tells us that she looks forward to taking the Outback out and even fights with her DH on who is going to drive.

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She actually had fun with it and eventually took her to an incline and had her practice taking off while sitting on a hill stopped. She picked it up immediately and by the end of the session, she couldn't wait to drive another manual. And she's in her 60s!


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I have a Newmar Dutch Star , I tow a 2008 Buick Enclave clx front wheel drive all four down Blue Ox Tow Bar, all have to do is run enclave 5 minutes place in neutral turn key to acc remove bat 1 fuse from fuse box under hood.
tows great. Hope this helps.
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