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« Reply #90 on: November 06, 2014, 11:26:28 am »

Barry...  My Outlander is an ATV at 780 lbs.  Must be something else out there with the same name?

Mitsubishi Outlander
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« Reply #91 on: November 06, 2014, 11:34:27 am »

Denny

My error, I was thinking the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV not an Outlander ATV.

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« Reply #92 on: November 06, 2014, 11:44:16 am »

2013 Ford Focus 5-speed connected by Blue Ox.
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« Reply #93 on: November 06, 2014, 12:24:38 pm »

We currently tow a 6' x 10' enclosed trailer and a Harley Davidson Triglide. Total weight is 2415 lbs. Have not had any major issues since I can back the trailer and manage to get myself out of any tight spots without unhooking; which would be required if towing a car 4 down. The combined length of our 2910 and the trailer (17' overall length) does limit our options such as requiring pull-thrus at campgrounds, fuel stops, etc.

Recently I have been looking at cars that can be towed 4 down. Motorhome magazine publishes an annual "Dingy Towing Guide" which lists all the vehicles that can be flat towed. This guide is available on Motorhome's website. One thing I have found out about the 2015 models is that many of them now have variable automatic transmissions (VAT) and cannot be flat towed. This is true of the new Honda Fit and CRV which were towable before. Since I plan to use the vehicle as a toad and not my primary vehicle I am looking at small and lightweight (Smartcar, Fiat, or ???).
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« Reply #94 on: November 06, 2014, 12:36:32 pm »

I suggest when looking for a 4-down towable you look at the vehicle forums to get the real scoop. For instance; Ford lists the automatic Focus as being 4-down capable but there have been more complaints than I'd be comfortable with. The newer Escape Owner's Manual initially indicated it was 4-down capable but there were so many transmission failures under warranty that Ford changed the manual to indicate it was not towable.
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« Reply #95 on: November 06, 2014, 12:57:54 pm »

Remco website is  good source of information. They are very friendly and helpful and they will tell you what needs to be done to your car to make it towable.

http://www.remcotowing.com/

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« Reply #96 on: September 25, 2015, 11:52:15 am »

Towing a new 2014 Ford fiesta using a roadmaster falcon hitch. We've been towing this car for about 15 months 4 wheels down and no issue and a great towing vehicle.
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« Reply #97 on: January 02, 2016, 08:27:08 pm »

As an update to my original post.  I now flat a tow a 2010 min cooper convertible with a manual tranny.  Don't even know it it back there.

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« Reply #98 on: January 04, 2016, 08:35:11 pm »

A MINI Cooper is a proper towed.  exactly!
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« Reply #99 on: January 04, 2016, 09:28:45 pm »

Years ago we towed a little 2100 pound Toyota MR2 Spyder with manual trans.  When cruising, it was invisible.  When accelerating, it was well noticed.  Because we did not have secondary braking for that light car, when braking, the car pushed the motor home extremely hard.

We been towing a Jeep Liberty now for a while since the MR2.  It is twice the weight but is surprisingly little different when accelerating and cruising.  But with secondary braking installed on the Liberty, it actually helps slow down the motor home.

Surprising to me, in my experience the weight of the tow vehicle makes so little difference when cruising and accelerating.  But it is so well noticed compared to not towing anything at all.
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