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(Photo courtesy of Roadmaster)
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Mark My Words: Can I flat tow my vehicle?

Editor’s note: This information is provided by the Escapees Club:

Q. I have a 2008 Lincoln MKX luxury cross-over that I have been using a tow dolly behind my 34-foot Hurricane motorhome. It’s front-wheel drive, and I would like to know if I can tow four wheels on the ground.  — Sheila

A. The first thing you need to determine is whether or not your intended towed vehicle is capable of being towed with all four wheels down. Visit www.motorhomemagazine.com and click on their “dinghy towing” link.

In addition, check your owner’s manual under “towing.” Most vehicles will specify any restrictions on towing the vehicle long distances.

If your MKX is safe to tow four-down, then all you need is the proper baseplate and towbar. Visit www.roadmasterinc.com or www.blueox.com to view some good examples of modern towbar systems. These vendors will be glad to help you choose a solution that will work the best for you. You can also find towbar manufacturers’ representatives at most large RV rallies, usually at a booth in the market area.

If, by chance, your vehicle is not towable four-down, there are a number of ways to modify it to allow it to be towed. Visit www.remcotowing.com for information on drive shaft disconnects and lube pumps.

Finally, if you prefer the easy way out, many RV dealers service centers can take your motorhome and tow vehicle and set you up with a complete ready-to-drive towing system. Costs vary, so shop around to find the best deal.

About Mark Nemeth

In 1997, Mark quit his aerospace engineering job and became a full-time RVer. For almost five years he traveled the country while maintaining his website, Mark’s Fulltime RV Adventure (www.marxrv.com) posting monthly travel logs. Mark now travels part-time and works as the RV Safety Education Director for Escapees RV Club providing technical training at Escapees Boot Camp seminars, as well as assisting in many other areas of the club. He is also technical advisor for Escapees magazine. Learn more about Escapees RV Club at www.escapees.com.

One comment

  1. All good information….but it comes across as pontificating, for the author didn’t actually answer the question that the reader asked. If the person just wanted to learn how to find the info, they’d have asked that question

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