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Old 03-18-2020, 11:24 AM   #1
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Anybody using one for their toad?
Likes/dislikes? Advice?
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:46 PM   #2
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Anybody using one for their toad?
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2007 stick no problems 4 down,.
Use it if you have it.
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2013 Roadster S as our Toad. 4-down with a 6-speed transmission. The Mini's sit a bit low and some have complained that getting on and off their dollies (for automatic trans cars) tears up the under-plastics. A dolly or flatbed is the only way you'd be albe to tow an Automatic.


I didn't bother to wire up the car, we use a TowMate light bar like this https://www.amazon.com/Lime-Light-Wi...s%2C241&sr=8-5
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:59 PM   #5
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We had a 2015 Roadster with manual transmission (3 pedal car). It towed just great, one of the best we have had. The steering wheel didn't lock so we could tow it with the key removed. Only reason we traded it, we decided we wanted a toad with a back seat!!
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We purchased a 2016 Cooper S, 6 speed manual, 5 door late last year to tow. Have not towed yet but think it will be great. So far we have been enjoying the 32+mpg plus the fun of the Mini. We are looking also at going to Mini on the Dragon next year as it looks like travel this year will be a bust for a bit.
Go to the RV Forum section/Toads and there is discussion on towing. Although Mini/BMW does not recommend it there are many that tow 4 down with no issues.
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Towed one for years with zero issues.... needed something larger when we became full timers so we now tow a Ford Edge SUV.,
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Johnnyringo:

We flat-towed a 2011 Countryman S with a manual tranny thousands of miles - no issues whatsoever. Like ThomB, we rigged external tallights; mounted ours in a large cargo roof rack.

The only thing unusual about flat-towing a Mini is the low-to-the-road baseplate height. On most rigs, you'll need to get a drop hitch to keep the towbar level between the rig and the Mini's baseplate, which is a safety requirement. Towing the Mini with our 1998 Discovery required a 7" drop hitch.

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2011 manual transmission cooper 2 door hard top. Love it? For some reason with my Expedition the hitch height was perfect ... no need for a drop hitch. Basically do not even feel it. As others have said, the steering wheel does not lock so you can tow without a key in it.

The only thing we have noted is that many national parks have gravel roads that it is unwise to take the mini on
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Flat tow a 2016 Mini S Clubman manual 6 speed, very easy. Roadmaster Nighthawk, Air Force One and Diode light system.
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Hey Ringo,

Is the that an Anglia in the picture of the bronze car in your avatar?

I used to drag race one with a "full race" Ford Flathead back in the late '50s.

I'll bet there aren't too many of us left who know what an Anglia is.

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LOL right! Itís my street rod. Fun ride!
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LOL right! Itís my street rod. Fun ride!
I recognized that Ford - late 40's. I've never seen an original stock version. Those things all got gobbled up for racing like the Willys coupes. Always loved the Anglia styling. It's a very attractive, albeit small, classic.
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2011 manual transmission cooper 2 door hard top. Love it? For some reason with my Expedition the hitch height was perfect ... no need for a drop hitch. Basically do not even feel it. As others have said, the steering wheel does not lock so you can tow without a key in it.

The only thing we have noted is that many national parks have gravel roads that it is unwise to take the mini on
Just bought a 2014 Mini Cooper S 2 door with manual 6 speed. The plan is to tow it behind our 38 Pheaton. The coach has a mud flap the whole length just behind the rear wheels that hangs almost to the ground. Is additional protection needed to keep the Mini from taking a rock shower?
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