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Automatic gears in a Toad?

Discussion in 'MOTORHOME CHAT' started by Another Lesley, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Another Lesley

    Another Lesley Funster

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    I am not sure if this is in the right section of the forum, if not sorry! On Monday I take possession of my new to me Autotrail.....and lucky me it is an automatic which suits as I have a messed up left knee, which although I can use it to drive, it gets a tad painful at times. My question is, and not wanting to get into the A frame v trailer debate, is it possible in these days of advanced techiness to use an automatic vehicle as a toad? I know it used not to be possible to tow such a vehicle in the dim and distant, but have things changed?
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    As far as I'm aware you should not tow an automatic vehicle, but it should be alright to use an auto vehcle to tow another one with.

    :BigGrin:
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    Some of the semi auto ( manual box shifted electronically)

    Can be towed in neutral some of the smart cars and fiat pandas

    But make sure before purchase :thumb:

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  4. JeanLuc

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    I have an automatic motorhome and an automatic car. Both handbooks say if towing, do not exceed a maximum milage and speed: from memory, it's about 50 miles and 30 mph I think - not going out to look tonight. If needing to do more, they say uncouple the driveshafts or put it on a flatbed trailer.
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    Its fair to say all autos can be towed using the 30/50 mile max distance @30mph rules
    But that is of no use as a toad:RollEyes:
    as suggested by Toffo there are a few out there that can do the job
    Semi autos that use electronics are really manual gearboxes with solenoids doing the clutch work so should be ok to tow as alway do your homework first not last as a few do and
    If brand new check out warranty implication of
    A. Fitting any frames
    B. Towing
    Geo
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    Some Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee/Commanders can be towed with no issues at all.

    If I remember correctly it depends if they have the quadra-trak gearboxes...

    We towed a Jeep commander for many many miles and I can guarantee that this was okay because there was even a page in the manual telling you how to tow it behind a motorhome...
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    some manuals cant be towed always check with the manufacturers
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    that's a new one on me !

    unless you mean some full time 4 x 4's

    do you have a reason why ?
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    Another method would be to put the drive wheels of the toad on a towable dollytrolly to tow. If the toad is rear wheel drive you would have to lock the steering.
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    Towing MMT

    We have a Toyota Aygo MMT (auto/tiptronic) which we have toad many thousands of miles behind our Rv.
    The gearbox is the same as the 5 speed manual but instead of foot clutch it has a actuator to do this. The gearbox has a proper neutral position so it is one of the few which can be toad on four wheels.

    We have had no problems and use the lightweight electronic A-Frame.
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    This type of "dolly" can ONLY BE USED FOR RECOVERING DISABLED VEHICLES, not as a means of towing another car.
    Cheers, Dave:thumb:

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