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Old 02-25-2016, 05:51 PM   #1
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Considering Dinghy Towing

I'm here because I read some posts in the Tow Forum and concluded it was all about towing, and no T.O.A.D. Vehicles .

Reaching out to those with experience.

We are considering a Dinghy (Four on the ground) ..... Possibly a Subaru Crosstrek or a Toyota Corola.

Is there anyone here that tows either of these vehicles, or knows of some one with experience in towing these vehicles....???

What do you tow....???

I saw the poll, but it's not specific just names the manufactures....

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Old 02-25-2016, 06:02 PM   #2
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All I know is the manual trany is the only 4 wheels down for both.
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When we had our class A motorhome, we used to tow a 1999 Toyota Tacoma (manual trans, 2 wheel drive) with 4 wheels on the ground. I just left the truck in neutral and the key in the ignition to keep the steering wheel unlocked. It worked out real well and we hardly knew it was behind us. We used a rigid tow bar that took 2 people to hook up. If we were to do it again, I would pay a little more and get one of the tow bars that stays on the RV and can be connected by 1 person.

I did a quick google check for dinghy towing guides and found that most of the 2015 Subaru's and Toyota Corolla's can be flat towed but only with a manual transmission. Take a look here.
http://towingworld.com/resources/2015DinghyGuide.pdf

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:12 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you.

YES ... both the Corola and the Crosstrek can be towed (with manual trans) four down. Living near I-10, we see many dinghy tows every day going down the road, but it's difficult to determine what is being dragged (unless it's a truck or a jeep).

I was hoping to get some good info here.... I have that towing World site as well. thanks ....
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You will be better off posting this in the class c forum. I tow a vw with a 5speed manual trans. Flat towing hook up is easier and faster then a tow dolly. Its not as wide as a dolly which means less chance of hitting stuff. And it does not add much weight to rv which alows you to load the toad up with the heavy stuff. Only down side is you can not back up and the cost of the set up.
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I have towed, GMC Canyon, auto 4wd, Jeep Cherokee, Chev 1500 Silverado auto 4wd and a Chevy Sonic (automatic trany). They all towed well.
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