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Old 01-21-2013, 06:16 AM   #1
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towing anything 4 wheels down with manual transmisson

we have our new to us Class a Winnebago. Now the discussion turns to a tow vehicle. I am of the mind to buy a manual transmission probably a small truck so it can be used for other purposes.
Am I wrong to assume that anything with a manual transmission can be towed 4 wheels down?
Would like not to have go go to a 4 wheel drive vehicle, for gas mileage sake.
Looking at an S-10 p/u but having trouble finding out if it can be towed 4 down.
Any help??

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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No. Not all manual trans vehicles are towable (without damage that is). But many are.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:06 AM   #4
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Some manual transmissions don't get proper bearing lubrication with the output shaft spinning and the input shaft stationary. One really has to investigate on a case-by-case basis to determine if a manual transmission vehicle is towable 4 down.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:35 AM   #5
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You have to be careful not everything can be towed 4 down, check carefully before you buy something, I tow a Dakota 4x4 4 down and it works well,weight is about 4800 lbs.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:45 AM   #6
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You do need to read the vehicle operators manual, but I know for a fact that some manufacturers just add that restriction to manual transmissions to preclude warranty work later. I have towed a Mazda for five years that is restricted from four down towing in the manual. I keep the transmission well serviced and I make a habit of not towing for more that 200-300 miles without driving the car. I am sure that there are manual transmissions that have a more complex lube systems than my Mazda, but just use some common sense and talk to a mechanic that knows the brand. Remco and Good Sams club manuals often do not agree with each other or the vehicle operator's manual. I would be very cautious about towing a front wheel drive with a manual transmission if the manual advises against it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:01 PM   #7
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Good comments pertaining to not towing a car when the manufacturer advises against it.

However, the general rule straight from Remco (on their FAQ page) is that "any" FWD manual transmission car can be flat towed. The key is "front wheel drive" in combination with a manual transmission.

Can I tow my Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Manual Transmission 5-Speed behind my RV? I don’t see my vehicle on your website?

Any Front Wheel Drive, Manual Transmission 5-Speed vehicle can be flat towed safely behind a Motor Home. Remco has not formally tested most of these vehicles, but we have accumulated this data throughout our over 30 years of flat towing experience. You are safe to tow a Manual Transmission vehicle behind your RV as long as it is a Front-Wheel Drive with a 5-Speed Manual Transmission.
(from this page: click here)

If you go to, say, Roadmaster's fitment guide, you'll see that they will have a base plate for just about any FWD car made. (Roadmaster fitment guide attached to this post) ...and they do list older S-10 2WDs.

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