Towing a small car

Submitted: Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 07:08
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Hi. We have retired and plan to start travelling in our campervan next month but have hit a snag. We bought a second hand kia Rio 2005 planning to use a quick hitch to tow but have been told it is unsuitable. The options seem very limited on which small car to tow. I see campervans towing small cars on a daily basis. Has anyone got any advice for us? Thanks
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 07:19

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 07:19
Good morning Pattie
You might have to look for a vehicle that has a chassis to hook your quick hitch onto , or use a trailer..

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Follow Up By: Pattie R - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 08:16

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 08:16
Thanks. I was just hoping for a simple solution but looks like we will have to look for another car. :)
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 10:15

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 10:15
If you tow with wheels on the ground you should be able to disengage the drive train of the car. The Vitara is the only vehicle that can do this I believe. Others my know of others.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 10:35

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 10:35
Second that, Most towed vehicles can destroy their transmission because the normal rotation which causes lubrication of the gearbox does not happen when towed.

Even with a Vitara it is possibly better to have a higher level of oil in the transfer case.
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Follow Up By: Polaris - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 11:47

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 11:47
We have a 2005 Daihatsu Terios and the vehicle owners manual states that only the manual version is suitable for flat towing. Ours is manual.
Despite not having a two speed transfer case, the Terios is a surprisingly capable off roader. It has a constant 4x4 arrangement with a centre diff lock. On sand it will run rings around our Patrol Wagon due to light weight.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 11:25

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 11:25
Just as an alternative maybe a front wheel drive only car but with one of those "dolly" type trailers rather than a full size and consequently heavier trailer.

As an afterthought, how would you go from a legal POV having a conventional 4WD assuming a 4WD is required, with the rear wheels on the dolly and the free wheeling hubs disengaged. Obviously the front steering wheels would need to be positively locked and not just rely on the ignition/steering lock.

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Follow Up By: Ross M - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 16:44

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 16:44
And locked in the DEAD straight ahead position with no slack at all or it will steer itself to some degree. Quite exciting I would imagine
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 18:31

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 at 18:31
This whole flat towing thing is far far more complicated than a lot of people want to believe.

The legalities alone are an interesting matter.

A very large portion of the vehicles currently being flat towed simply are not legal on one matter or another.

Then there are the engineering issues.

By far, if you can towing on a trailer is simpler.

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Follow Up By: Juzzy - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 00:08

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 00:08
Wow. I'm currently based in the US and nearly every RV that we see is flat towing some type of car.

But then again, this is the US...
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 19:16

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 19:16
In Australia flat towing another vehicle is right on the edge of lagality.

by the time you deal with thing like
The method of coupling, and its engineering
The coupleing representing an illegal protrubance or making the towed vehicle otherwse not compliant.
the towing capacity of the tow vehicle
the method of providing braking of the towed vehicle while towed

and that is just the legaoities

then ther are issues like accelerated transmission wear.

its far more complicated than many woul like to believe

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