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 on: November 28, 2016, 01:08:12 pm 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by donc13
Can I tow any vehicle with standard transmission. Just put it in neutral and go? Does it have to be 4wd? I have a small truck that's a standard 2wd, hate to buy something else different. Thanks

The quick answer is NO!   Simply because attempting to tow any vehicle requires a lot of consideration.  How much does the vehicle weigh?   Will you exceed Gross Vehicle Combined Weight rating?   Does the vehicle manufacturer have instructions on how to tow with all 4 wheels down, are you going to add supplemental braking?   Etc.

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:41:41 pm 
Started by fandj - Last post by fandj
Ron, we have never noticed any clunking from the Maxxair units resulting from wind when parked.  We drive with the cover closed and never noticed any sound coming from the fans.  We have been fortunate not to encounter strong wind while parked so I can't say it wouldn't happen at higher wind velocity.  I would guess wind direction would influence this as well.

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:07:22 pm 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by jatrax
And, some dealers do not know which of their vehicles can or cannot be towed.  I had to educate one.
Sadly, never trust the dealer.  Most likely you already know more than they do.

I stopped at my local Jeep dealer last month to start looking into a tow.  Hey, its a Jeep dealer, they know all about towing right?  I told the sales dude "I need a light weight 4x4 that can be towed all wheels on the ground.  His reply was that I had come to the right place as all Jeeps can be towed that way.  And then proceeded to show me the new Jeep Renegade.  Which is not 4 wheel towable.  When I started asking questions about the transmission and transfer case and what procedure to use to get it ready for towing the reply was: "there is a mount plate that goes on the front and that makes it OK to tow". 

Bottom line: do your own research and do not trust anyone trying to sell you something unless you are confident they actually know something about the product they are selling.

Here is a good place to start:
And here:
And here:

But the only document that really counts is the owners manual.

 on: November 28, 2016, 11:29:20 am 
Started by fandj - Last post by ron.dittmer
Done since brand new, something irritating with our standard Fantastic fan of 10 years now, is how the wind catches underneath the cover when it is open, lifting and dropping it.  The clunking noise is bad.  When closed up, there is no noise.

How well does the MAXXAIR resist that irritating clunking?

 on: November 28, 2016, 10:41:51 am 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by ron.dittmer
Hi Sandyc,

A back alley method to provide a good idea whether or not your vehicle can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground is to research if a tow bar hardware kit called a bracket or base plate is available.  If you can't buy a tow bar bracket to mount onto your vehicle to accept a tow bar, then your question is kind-of answered by reverse engineering.  As previously discussed, there are flavors of vehicle models (manual versus automatic) that come into play.  That is where your owners manual will help.  If you can find the proper tow bar bracket (or base plate) for your little pickup truck with manual transmission, then it seems promising.

Even if your vehicle is permitted by the auto maker for towing with all 4 wheels on the pavement, you'll need the proper bolt-on bracket to actually tow it.  ROADMASTER and BLUE OX are the two biggest suppliers I know of.  I would imagine there are other brands to check out.

I reinforce the previous replies.  As newer vehicles have become more and more "Techie" with push button start and so much else, there is more to consider.  It seems tow dollies will be become more popular to get past all that for newer front wheel drive vehicles.  Not so much with 4WD and AWD vehicles.

Ron Dittmer

 on: November 28, 2016, 08:47:10 am 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by TomHanlon
Some times during the year the cars manufacture will change their mind or some thing on the car will change  and weither or not the car can be towed will change. The only real anwser is in that cars owners manual, not in a magazine or on some forum.

 on: November 28, 2016, 07:51:05 am 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by Pax
Also, some cars do not have keys....

And, some dealers do not know which of their vehicles can or cannot be towed.  I had to educate one.

   - Mike

 on: November 28, 2016, 07:34:13 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by 2 Frazzled
I forgot to mention that we did consider the length of the 2552 and some of the road restrictions out west. While we know we can't go on ALL the roads, it is our intent to drop the tow vehicle and drive separately on a some of them that don't allow trailers or that have 30' restrictions. Some of those restrictions only apply to a short section of road so we'll unhook, drive separate, and hook back up.

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:05:21 am 
Started by Michelle Dungan - Last post by Michelle Dungan
Gail, thanks, and the same back to you and many others.  Who knows?  For where we like to go, if we felt we could continue to climb into the cabover bed of a Provan Tiger Bengal or certain popup slide-in campers, or the overhead bed of a Sportsmobile for another decade, anything's possible.  And those all meet any vehicle length limits.

 on: November 27, 2016, 08:45:42 pm 
Started by Sandyc - Last post by jatrax
Can I tow any vehicle with standard transmission.
Short answer is "maybe".

You cannot make a blanket statement like that.  Some you can, some you cannot, some you can with restrictions.  Read your owners manual or do a search online for "towing behind RV" and you will get a lot of good info.

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