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Old 11-13-2020, 03:28 PM   #1
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I just installed the roadmaster towing assembly on my 2021 Mini S six speed. My service person is nervous because we can't find any instructions for towing a mini anywhere! The only thing we get from the owners manual is put it in neutral with accessories on. Anyone currently towing a mini tell me about your experience. Thanks
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I just installed the roadmaster towing assembly on my 2021 Mini S six speed. My service person is nervous because we can't find any instructions for towing a mini anywhere! The only thing we get from the owners manual is put it in neutral with accessories on. Anyone currently towing a mini tell me about your experience. Thanks
Yes, we are towing a 2014 Mini Cooper S 2 door hard top 6 speed manual transmission without issue. The Mini dealer told us it wasnít advised and would void the warranty.

Steering wheel doesnít lock so just put the car in neutral, lock the doors with the fob and go.

On our car if we forget to lock the doors they will auto lock when we start rolling so we need to be sure and have at least a key to get in. If they doors auto lock the odometer ticks up the mileage we tow but if we lock with the fob miles are not recorded.
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AS above towed our 2008 Mini about 14,000 miles without issue.
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You didnít indicate which model MINI S you have (coupe, Countryman, other?), so this may not apply, but we were planning to add tow plates to our 2015 Countryman Cooper S and the installation shop said the tow plate hardware was dangerously close to the radiator and coolant lines. Plus, it required cutting through the plastic bumper cover for the connecting tabs. I ended up trading the Countryman for a Jeep Wrangler just because I was concerned about the extent of modifications to a nearly new MINI. So, my suggestion is just to make sure you have sufficient clearance for all your tow related hardware where it fastens to the front bumper.
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Thanks for the tip on the key fob. My first time I had the key in my pocket and it locked automatically. Next time I’ll lock with the fob. Do I need to turn it on to accessories? Also after first tow I had a tire pressure warning. I learned how to use the tire pressure monitor to automatically measure the tire pressure and the warning went away. The model is a 2 door , convertible S. 6 speed manual
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Thanks for the tip on the key fob. My first time I had the key in my pocket and it locked automatically. Next time I’ll lock with the fob. Do I need to turn it on to accessories? Also after first tow I had a tire pressure warning. I learned how to use the tire pressure monitor to automatically measure the tire pressure and the warning went away. The model is a 2 door , convertible S. 6 speed manual
I believe Mini has changed some of the electronics in the newer models. I don’t have the option to just turn on the accessories I can’t answer that question.

The car does have some features different than most cars. Tire pressure gauge is one. Also my car doesn’t have an oil dipstick. There is no way to see the motor oil and the only way to check the level is with the on board system.
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Thank you for your responses. I'm so excited about my little red toad!!
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We've got a 2013 Roadster S (also in red) that we've towed a bit over 32K miles.



I use a towmate light so we didn't have to wire anything special for lighting.
We have a ReadyBrute Elite towbar with integrated cable brake.

We have an EEZRV TPMS and I installed the sensors on the car as well. We haven't used the safety locks for the sensors. My brother used these on his TT and it caused more harm than good.


Hook up teh car, ensure it's in neutral, lock the doors, turn on the TowMate light and drive away. No need to leave the car on acc or even leave a key in the car. We bought the car used, so no warranty to deal with.
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