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Old 02-14-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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Towing 2009 FWD Murano with Eze Tow Dolly

My Eze Tow Dolly will be here Monday. I'll be pulling my 2009 Nissan Murano front wheel drive behind my Excursion. Is anyone doing anything similar? This year Murano has a locking steering wheel so I'll have to unlock it prior to towing. I have a couple of questions to anyone with experience doing the same thing:

1) Once the car is secured on the dolly, do you leave it in Park or Neutral?

2) This is a push button start type car with a FOB. No key is inserted to unlock the column. If I press the "start" button without stepping on the brake, the steering wheel unlocks and none of the idiot lights are illuminated (accessory position). I assume if I'm going to tow any appreciable amount of time, Id need to disconnect the battery to keep it from going dead? How long is too long? I'd imagine if no lights or radio or other accessories are connected I'd be able to leave it like that for several hours without killing the battery.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:42 PM   #2
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We have towed everything from a micro 2 door to a full sized (SWB) van (pulled the driveshaft) with our EZE-Tow.

The dolly will have no issue with the Murano (Edmunds says it weighs between 3500-4200lb as optioned). I would call Acme to see if they have any first hand experience with the Murano. Richard Brown (the owner) has been very helpful when I have had a question...and they are a sponsor here if you want to send a private msg.

You are right that the steering must be unlocked so the car's steering can pivot - just like for flat towing. If the accessory position will work to unlock the steering, then you are good to go...but be sure the computer will not shut off the juice after a pre-set time.

If you are worried about the battery draining while driving, a small dashboard solar panel plugged into the cigarette lighter/power port will top-off the battery while driving in daylight. At night, you might want to switch on the car's parking lights to illuminate the rear end corners (not required by law everywhere, but a good idea), so that is add'l battery drain. If you intend to drive for long periods at night, you might consider adding a circuit between the RV and the car to keep the Car's battery topped-off.

A power lead between the RV and the car can be a simple fused 2 wire (positive and ground) with quick connect.

You might ask your dealer to disable the steering lock to ensure it never inadvertently engages. It is a simple solenoid driven bolt in the steering...similar to the power door locks. They would just remove power to it while disengaged and it will stay unlocked. Steering locks are becoming a thing of the past because thieves can easily overcome the lock...and are not even standard on many new cars.

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