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Posted: 04/01/19 10:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking for a midsize automatic trans truck to flat tow behind my motorhome, I know I need a driveline disconnect installed, but what brand and year is the best with least other issues such as steering wheel lock, etc.

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Posted: 04/01/19 10:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also are some fullsize trucks easier to setup for flat towing, 4x4 or 2 wheel drive.

Was looking at a 2015 toyota tacoma and heard it has issues to setup for flat towing..

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We had a automatic trans truck we pulled when we full timed for three years. I would not suggest a driveline disconnect. I spent too much time under the truck getting it to work. Get a 4x4 that has a transfer case that can be put into neutral.

BTW, I had ours installed by a local mechanic, and finally took it to the factory where it was made and they reinstalled it and the problems persisted.


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I would spend the money on a four wheel drive truck that can shifted into neutral to be towed rather than spending additional money modifying a truck to work. You will get a higher resale out of the 4x4 and you never know you may want to go off road somewhere while traveling.


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Are you set on a 2 Wheel drive and not a 4WD truck? I'm not sure why you would want to go into a flat tow situation knowing you have to use a disconnect. I'm not sure there is enough body of evidence to give you advice which 2WD drive trucks to avoid, reality is that problems happen hard to say if its the owner or truck. If the truck is designed to flat tow it should be fine.

A couple place to start: Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Towing List
Remco Towing Store can tell you in more detail what can be towed 4-day, which need disconnects or which are not recommended.

Once you narrow your truck make, model and year its easier for some other owners to chime in.


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When I was Rving with a Motor Home I was flat towing a 2010 Ford Ranger, 2 wheel drive, manual tranny. I installed the base plate, extra lights in the tail light enclosures, and a ready brake system. The only way to flat tow it is to install a driveline disconnect. So a Tacoma 4x4 I'm not sure about, I'd have to get the owners manual out do some reading. Not sure about the new Rangers, or Chevs.

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georgelesley wrote:

We had a automatic trans truck we pulled when we full timed for three years. I would not suggest a driveline disconnect. I spent too much time under the truck getting it to work. Get a 4x4 that has a transfer case that can be put into neutral.

BTW, I had ours installed by a local mechanic, and finally took it to the factory where it was made and they reinstalled it and the problems persisted.


IMHO drive line disconnects suck and had a similar experience. get a 4x4
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I also had a drive line disconnet on a 2wd pickup and had problems with it and would never do again. Since then every car, suv or pu we have owned has been towable 4 down without modifications. I have checked and the 2019 ford ranger 4x4 is towable 4 down w/at.

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Thanks for the replies, did not know the driveline disconnects were a pain to maintain, yes a 4x4 would be better but here in Vegas very few used low milage 4x4 midsize/small trucks for sale but many 2 wheel drive is available all day long, right now I know of only 2 good used 4x4 midsize trucks and the dealers want $8,000 more vs a 2 wheel drive.

Local driveline shop will do the work for $1400..

Also I understand some newer 4x4's cant be flat towed, is that correct..

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Well I found a really clean 2010 4x4 ford ranger with automatic at a dealer, I also heard the computor has to be reflashed for flat towing.

How old of a 4x4 automatic truck do I have to buy that just flat tows with out dealer work to be done..

* This post was edited 04/02/19 03:25pm by timmac *

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