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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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I agree Gardner, I hate dragging things along behind and never want to see my toad in traffic without me at the wheel.

I don't know if we can deal with/fit in a Smart Car yet, but I thought it would be easy to safely lift and hold tight, allowing some backing

We bought a short bus to make U-turns and parking easier so in my fantasy there's a tiny car stuck to the back of the bus like a bug but I am willing to start with only two wheels off the ground.

I'll have to study that air lift idea.
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This would be my first choice.
Feasible? (Picture found on web, not my coach / car).
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I think you will find that most Smart Cars measure longer than 8 1/2 feet.
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I think you will find that most Smart Cars measure longer than 8 1/2 feet.
Yes.
Only the earliest model of the ForTwo is short enough (98.4 in) for this type of setup.
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I agree Gardner, I hate dragging things along behind and never want to see my toad in traffic without me at the wheel. I don't know if we can deal with/fit in a Smart Car yet, but I thought it would be easy to safely lift and hold tight, allowing some backing. We bought a short bus to make U-turns and parking easier so in my fantasy there's a tiny car stuck to the back of the bus like a bug but I am willing to start with only two wheels off the ground. I'll have to study that air lift idea.
Can’t imagine any two-axle coach having the CC to add 2,000# plus to the rear moment like that shown in the picture. And that huge rear overhang shouts dire consequences to me.

Have “dragged” a micro-small Fiat 500 Pop around for 4 years. Not bug/Smart sized (11’6” & 2,300#), but close. I too started out thinking I wanted a Smart. However unlike a Smart, the Fiat feels like a real car with comfortable front seats and surprising rear cargo cabability (rear seat down). When backing might be needed say to extricate myself out of a “boxed in” situation, I unhook instead. With no steering lock that’s a simple 2 min process & 2 min to rehook. As to U-turns, hard abouts are no problem (even a Short Bus turns outside a M380) and there is no discernible difference in coach performance or mpg with or without our toad in trail. It’s almost impossible to tell there’s a toad back there. Without a rear cam you’ll never see or feel it “in traffic”, so it does stick to the back of the couch “like a bug”. Lastly, Smart is NOT factory approved for flat towing. But my Fiat owners manual shows a motorhome 4 down flat towing a Pop and there are ZERO manufacturer restrictions when doing so. After 4 years I’d buy another Pop in a second, especially if they made it off-road capable...
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A dolly can tow any car
No, it cannot.
Some rear wheel drive cars will need driveshaft disconnected.
Full time four wheel drive, like my Honda CR-V, cannot be on dolly at all.
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I'm thinking i want to be on hand when someone/anyone tries to backup a smart car thats hanging on a tongue jack with a motorhome.
Not that it can't be done,but the very short wheelbase of the smart car and the very long wheelbase of the motorhone,plus the overhang behind the wheels of the motorhome will make that a tricky maneuver,to say the least!
It may be better than a baot ramp on sunday afternoon!
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Boat ramp on Sunday afternoon....now that's funny.

You can see that in most campgrounds too.
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Boat ramp on Sunday afternoon....now that's funny.

You can see that in most campgrounds too.

Ys,i agree.
the ideal spot would be a campsite next to a boat ramp with free beer on sunday!
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No, it cannot.
Some rear wheel drive cars will need driveshaft disconnected.
Full time four wheel drive, like my Honda CR-V, cannot be on dolly at all.
and some cars cant be towed at all, the point is you dont have to commit to one car with a substantial cost, which i have done in the past, only to move on one day. A dolly is a good low buck option. My E350 van cost $3500 to tow four down, my dolly was $500 bucks and it can tow my car or my girls with zero modification to either. Massachusetts requires no title, registration or exices tax on a dolly so it is a major win in my world.
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