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Mike Wilson is a RVDA Certified Master RV Tech. with over 25 years experience  and now he's sharing his knowledge with you.
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Towing Series
Tow Dolly  Towing 4 Wheels Down 

Tow Lights and Wiring   Tail Light Wiring

Braking Units   M&G Braking Unit   Air-Brakes


4 Wheels Down Towing 

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Towing 4 wheels down is the preferred towing method.  In my opinion any vehicle that does not require an additional driveline device is recommended. 
We have been installing tow systems for nearly 20 years. In the beginning the choices were very limited. If you wanted to tow 4 wheels down, 
the choice was either a Honda or something with a manual transmission. Now there are many more choices. 
There are also some driveline devices that can be added to make nearly any vehicle towable. 
Remco manufacturing makes several devices that enable some vehicles to be towed that otherwise cannot be towed. 
They offer a lube pump system that will lubricate the transmission form an electrical pump during towing. 
These will work on front wheel drive vehicles and some 4 wheel drive vehicles. This is not a method I prefer. 
There are a variety of potential problems with this system due to the complex use of electronics. They also have an axle lock
which mechanically unlocks a front wheel drive axle to release the transmission from turning. 
The 3rd product they offer is a driveshaft release system to mechanically disconnect a driveshaft of a rear wheel drive vehicle. 
All these systems require additional expense and operating difficulties compared to using a vehicle that does not require them. 

When I search for my personal vehicle to tow, I look for a vehicle that can be towed without any additional devices. 
There are several cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles with automatic transmissions that are now capable of being towed without additional driveline devices.  
I have access to a list of towable vehicles. If you have specific questions please post in our RV Forum and I will respond.


To tow your vehicle, you will need a tow bar, base plates, some type of rear lights and most likely a braking system. 
There are a variety of tow bars and base plates on the market. 
We deal with Blue Ox, Demco, and Roadmaster. My favorite is Blue Ox. 
I am very picky about the products I install on my personal vehicle and in my opinion Blue Ox base plates look far better than any others. 
They are finished nicer and are less intrusive when not towing. They are also the easiest to operate. 
All 3 companies make very nice tow bars. I prefer a folding self aligning tow bar that remains folded on the RV when not in use. 
I choose either a Blue Ox or Demco tow bar. Either will fit Blue Ox base plates. Roadmaster also has some very nice tow bars,
however they require an adapter to be used with Blue Ox base plates. Tow bars are available for different weight capacities. 
Be certain to purchase a tow bar with the proper weight rating for your vehicle. Vehicle weight is typically found in the owners manual.