Suzuki Sierra 4WD Towing concerns

Submitted: Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 18:58
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I'm considering towing a Suzuki Sierra 4WD on an "A" Bar behind a campervan on an extended trip. Can anyone advise if this vehicle can be safely towed using an "A" bar ? I'm aware certain vehicles have gearbox / transfer case oil circulation problems when towed like this. Any show stoppers here that I need to be aware of ? Appreciate any advice on this from Suzuki buffs / specialists out there
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Reply By: Eric - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 21:37

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 21:37
John.
I don't have an intimate understanding of the oil problem, but the practice of towing with an A bar is banned in some states, e.g. Vic. Eric.
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Reply By: Mark - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 22:13

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 22:13
John
I understand that in NSW 'A' frame towing is ok but someone has to be in the towed vehicle, I guess in case in comes adrift. Might pay to check with all the state authorities first.
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Reply By: Eric ( Melb.) - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 22:32

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 22:32
As far as flat towing , I am pretty sure all manuels are ok , its Auo trans vehicles that fail . most states as far as i know have banned a bars . You will find a custom tandem trailer very handy , also helps with storage if built properly , and with the right compartments
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Reply By: Oz Rover - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 17:34

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 17:34
As I understand it, 'flat towing' of vehicles is not legal anywhere in Australia ['though I too have seen it being done not that long ago] because a) we now have (I'm told) uniform towing laws in every state and b) any trailer with a GTM of more than 750kg must be effectively braked. I don't know of any way to apply the brakes of a 'flat towed' vehicle either from the towing vehicle or via an override coupling so that effectively rules it out. Could be a market here if anyone finds a way to do it though...?
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 21:41

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 21:41
John,don't know about the state laws but we have just returned from three months away(all states exc.ACT) and saw heaps of motor homes towing Suzuki's on A-Bars.
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Reply By: Johno - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 23:48

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 23:48
John
To answer your question I am refering to my owners manual for my 1992 Sierra.
RECREATIONAL TOWING
Vehicles equiped with manual free wheeling hubs may be towed from the front with all four wheels on the ground, or from the rear with the rear wheels secured to a towing dolly. Vehicles equipped with automatic free-wheeling hubs or with no free-wheeling hubs should only be towed from the rear with the rear wheels secured to a towing dolly. Be sure to use proper towing equipment designed for recreational towing and make sure that towing speed does not exceed 90 km/h.

To tow a vehicle with all four wheels on the ground:
1. Turn the ignition key to the "ACC" position to unlock the steering wheel.
2. Release the parking brake.
3. Shift the transmission lever into 2nd gear.
4. Shift the transfer leverinto neutral.
5. Set the manual free-wheeling hubs to the "FREE" position.
Stop the tow vehicle every 300 km. With the transmission lever in 2nd gear and the transfer lever in neutral,start the engine and rev it for about one minute with the clutch engaged, to circulate oil in the transfer case.

The manual outlines other towing methods as well. One important thing to note is this warning:

DO NOT TOW YOUR VEHICLE MORE THAN 80 km OR AT A SPEED OVER 50 km/h WITH THE FRONT WHEELS LIFTED AND THE REAR WHEELS ON THE GROUND, OR SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE DRIVE TRAIN MAY RESULT. IF YOU NEED TO TOW YOUR VEHICLE MORE THAN 80 km OR AT A SPEED OVER 50 km/h WITH THE FRONT WHEELS LIFTED, USE A DOLLY UNDER THE REAR WHEELS.

The manual has lots of little piccies as well and describes every concievable way to tow a Suzuki. If you would like me to scan it and email you a copy let me know.

Cheers
Johno
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