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Old 05-22-2022, 04:42 PM   #1
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Brought the Smart car to the shop today to check how much drop I need for the tow bar. 1600 lbs should be a good tow. Hitting the road June 15th for a month. Headed up north Monterey, San Fran, Napa, Sonoma, Mt Shasta, Coos bay and up into Washington
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Usually no more that 3" deviation (high or low of center) at normal ride height on a flat surface, but the closer to zero the better.

Also, you don't seem to have a rear flap on your coach. You might consider some sort of Rock Guard setup for your smart car. The people I know who have pulled these end up with broken windshields and rock damage to the front of the car. Unless your roads are perfectly free of debris.

Here's a video showing some good examples:

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Usually no more that 3" deviation (high or low of center) at normal ride height on a flat surface, but the closer to zero the better.

Also, you don't seem to have a rear flap on your coach. You might consider some sort of Rock Guard setup for your smart car. The people I know who have pulled these end up with broken windshields and rock damage to the front of the car. Unless your roads are perfectly free of debris.

Here's a video showing some good examples:

Good luck!
Yes good idea, I will look into that
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Have a fun trip. We did a lot of Oregon last year. My favorite coast town is Bandon. Also, I love Crater Lake.
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Can’t help you with the towing aspect as we towed our smart on a trailer. But it served us well for 5 years. It was electric and a convertible. We had a diesel smart for about 5 years before that. Great way to get around at the destination. Enjoy.
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Can’t help you with the towing aspect as we towed our smart on a trailer. But it served us well for 5 years. It was electric and a convertible. We had a diesel smart for about 5 years before that. Great way to get around at the destination. Enjoy.
At 40 mpg hwy should be good. Not my kind of car usually but bought it with all the tow goodies. I have a Jeep Commander I usually tow but its 5500 lbs
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At 40 mpg hwy should be good. Not my kind of car usually but bought it with all the tow goodies. I have a Jeep Commander I usually tow but its 5500 lbs
Yah they are quarky little things. Our diesel was gutless but the electric was actually pretty quick. Like you we had a Jeep grand cherokee but preferred to tow the smarty. It was a fun little Toad. We sold it and the motorhome after 18 years motorhoming and snowbirding. Switched to a small trailer and SUV tow vehicle this year. We'll have fun with that for awhile.

Try to minimize the height difference between the front and the back of the bar. You don't want the smart car to try and dive under the motorhome if you stomp on the brakes.

Here's our old combo. Great memories. Hope you build lots of memories with yours. This is the electric. Thing was pretty zippy.





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Yah they are quarky little things. Our diesel was gutless but the electric was actually pretty quick. Like you we had a Jeep grand cherokee but preferred to tow the smarty. It was a fun little Toad. We sold it and the motorhome after 18 years motorhoming and snowbirding. Switched to a small trailer and SUV tow vehicle this year. We'll have fun with that for awhile.

Try to minimize the height difference between the front and the back of the bar. You don't want the smart car to try and dive under the motorhome if you stomp on the brakes.

Here's our old combo. Great memories. Hope you build lots of memories with yours. This is the electric. Thing was pretty zippy.





Those electric run well I have a buddy that had one. My son has a 2016 gas getting 58 mpg going to and from work pretty incredible
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At 40 mpg hwy should be good. Not my kind of car usually but bought it with all the tow goodies. I have a Jeep Commander I usually tow but its 5500 lbs
We towed a Scion xB. Still have the 8” drop. You’ll probably need at least that much. Now we tow a Grand Cherokee Diesel that has a curb weight of 5500 and probably weighs 6000 when behind the coach. We’ve towed it over the Sierras, Siskiyou Pass and the Cascades. If I we’re headed up here, I’d bring the Jeep.
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Wow--it looks like the "appropriate" drop hitch is going to create a real potential for dragging it when going thru dips??? Have to agree--your current tow set-up is not good--too high is better than too low but still.
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The only place the 8” drop ever made ground contact was backing up our driveway. Sans toad of course. The steepest incline is just off the road. Gravel driveway. After that, I kept it off when not towing.
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