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Old 05-17-2019, 06:53 AM   #1
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Flat Tow 2017 Ford F-350

I had been intending to dolly tow my Mazda-6 behind my soon to be delivered Renegade Verona but overlooked the fact I can flat tow my 2017 Ford F-350 Platinum 4x4. Read the Owner's Manual and was amazed how simple it was to get the truck into Neutral Tow Mode which I believe is all you have to do mechanically to ready the vehicle to go four down. I am working through the hardware needed (base plate, tow bar, braking system, etc.) now but wanted to seek any opinions from others out there that may also be towing a Ford Super Duty four down. Anyone else have experience with this setup?
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For several years, I towed my 2003 Ford F250 Diesel crew cab. I didn't have the luxury of shifting into Neutral via a transfer case so I installed a drive line disconnect. All I had to do was pull a knob to disengage the drive shaft from the differential. I used a Roadmaster Brakemaster which operated from my air brakes. I purchased a Demco tow bar that was rated more than the weight of the truck and installed the base plate myself.

Wiring was easy using diodes and I never had a problem. What I liked about towing the truck was the room inside the truck and if I wanted to haul something while traveling the bed of the truck was a great advantage.

I now tow a 2015 GMC Terrain Denali mostly because my wire didn't like driving the truck.

The only disadvantage was at a "VERY" few camp grounds. Space was limited so I had to park the truck away from my camping spot. This only happened a couple of time but for the majority of the time, it presented no problem.
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I've been towing an F-150 for 4 years now. As you mentioned, very easy and trouble free. I installed the Blue Ox base plate myself. Took a couple hours at most. I went with an M&G brake system. It installs under the hod on the master cylinder and you have nothing in the cabin. Installation took a couple hours including the break away kit. It hooks to the RV's air brake system with a coiled hose. Takes a second or to to do the hook up when you are ready to hit the road.
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Thanks for all of the feedback. I started ordering the parts needed to flat tow my F-350 last night. I have a little over a month to get her ready before the coach is delivered. That gives me a few weekends to do some wrenching and route some wires. Thanks again.
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Im using a Demco Excalibar II with a brake buddy.

Tows fantastic, I used to tow a ‘16 F150’and hardly notice a difference.

For lighting I use Towmate TM22G WIRELESS TOW LIGHT BAR

Setup is simple and easy!

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Just curious - where do you mount your towmate wireless light bar? I looked at those but was not sure where or how to mount it on an aluminum body truck. I appreciate your feedback.
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I made 2 metal brackets that tuck into the tailgate step and my tonneau cover keeps flat on top rail of tailgate.

On my ‘16 I did similar setup with 2 threaded inserts that I used to bolt a piece of angle metal to inside of tailgate and wrap to top rail.
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Thanks - those pictures really help. Looks like a well thought out and effective solution. I appreciate your help.
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No problem, happy travels!
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I am about to do the same, how do you like your set up? What parts/pieces did your install? Would you do anything different?
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Love the setup only thing I have changed is swapped the double plates to one large one with a hole for tailgate step release.
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JD, its been a while since you posted about towing your f350. How did you do towing it? I have a 2017 f450 and I'm ready to flat tow it across country. I'm just wondering if I need to remove the driveshafts or if the electronic neutral is good enough. I have a f450 platinum 4x4.
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JD, its been a while since you posted about towing your f350. How did you do towing it? I have a 2017 f450 and I'm ready to flat tow it across country. I'm just wondering if I need to remove the driveshafts or if the electronic neutral is good enough. I have a f450 platinum 4x4.


With the pandemic I didnt get out this year but had no issues last year with the electronic transfer case neutral.
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