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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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Old 02-16-2018
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New product that allows you to tow a front wheel drive without a dolly...

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My thought is that after a few thousand miles of bad roads the doors on the toad would not open or close right anymore.

Unibody cars are not designed to sustain those kinds of forces.
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This has been done before.
Dale B tows a chevy blazer or something behind an FC like that.
I built a hitch like that years ago too,i used a snowplow pump and cylinder to lift mine,mine was also a wheel lift type of thing,i never had time to perfect it and i scrapped it when i sold my Fl shop.
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I'd be real nervous about that.
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It sure took a long time to hook up.
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A dolly can tow any car
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We operated a tow truck company for years. One of the advantages of a wheel lift is that the suspension of the towed vehicle is still absorbing the road shock. A tow dolly also does that as well as flat towing will. This unit is rigidly mounted to the frame of the car. Seems like the structure of the car will take a heck of a beating that it wasn't designed for.
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Its interesting that the Cadillac he tows is towable 4 down.
A towbar was all he needed.
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My Brother was in the Mobile home business for years and saw them go from 8' wide to 16' wide. And towing trucks change. and in there some where, flag cars became necessary, and the need and way to tow them back. Some foreign small trucks would tow in neutral. Full sized Chevy did not. But they discovered they could tow it backwards and simply lift the rear with a backward hitch. These were all single cab, 8' beds, that is all there was back then. Any way, a dealer my brother worked for bought a new chevy pickup and started towing it the same way he had an exact same Chevy pickup of the previous year. I can't remember what year, maybe 74, but they had lighted the frame up enough the frame bend exactly between the cab and bed.

Point is, the hitch on the caddy is doing the same thing. Not exactly just lifting some weight, but changing the moment of stress. May work, but could be a very big gamble on a uni body car.
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Here's my $.02 worth of thoughts:

1. The hitch on the tow vehicle might not be designed for that amount of tongue weight with a lever arm that long. It might also cause a weight shift that would overload one of the rear axles on the tow vehicle.

2. There are some vehicles (Honda all wheel drive before 2014 for example) that can be flat towed but cannot be towed with the front lifted and rears down. The manual for my 2003 Pilot in particular mentions this specifically and cautions against it. There are other 4WD/AWD that cannot be towed in this manner.

3. You would still need an auxiliary brake system and lights for the towed car just as if it were being flat towed. The legal requirements don't change just because the tow method does.

4. The baseplate design would be an interesting engineering problem. You'd have to find attachment points on the towed vehicle with sufficient strength and position the receiver so that it doesn't compromise front ground clearance. It would be more difficult than a standard baseplate because of the vertical stresses, lever arm to the hitch, and the low attachment point

5. Looks like a nice solution for something like a Corolla that can't be flat towed. It would certainly open up your choices for what you could drag along.
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