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RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

Older manual transmission Subarus were towable, I have read, according to the Owner's Manual. Newer Subarus are not, even manual transmission models. Regardless of the vehicle you are interested in, always find "Recreational Towing" (or something similar) in the Owners Manual, read and follow the instructions. Generally speaking: No vehicle that has a CVT is towable. Manual transmission does not necessarily mean it is towable. Automatic transmission does not necessarily mean it is not towable. If there is no warranty, anything can be towed, if you are willing to accept the fact that the transmission might be destroyed due to lack of lubrication (it might take a while, but eventually it will probably happen). If there is a warranty, but the Manual says "do not tow with all wheels on the ground", but you do it anyway, the warranty on the transmission will likely be void. As for "best towed", I don't believe there is a "best". There is only what YOU like. For instance, years ago the most common "towed" was a Volkswagen Beetle, the original. Very light vehicle, fun to drive, inexpensive towbar readily available, just hook it up, put the tranny in Neutral, and go. No limitations. Good luck in your search for YOUR "best toad".
mowermech 11/23/19 07:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: The best Wranglers for towing?

My 2005 Wrangler Unlimited has a 6 speed manual. I had an earlier Wrangler (don't remember what year, it was long ago) that had a 5 speed manual. Other than that, I do not know for sure.
mowermech 11/22/19 08:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Worrisome, to say the least!
mowermech 11/20/19 08:38am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I am assuming ro_sie must have a problem of some kind. It is the not knowing that is making me worry. whether it is of a personal nature, or Art's condition, or what... I just don't know.
mowermech 11/11/19 01:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The weather station is still inop. Customer Service says the rechargeable battery may be dead, turn the sensor off and wait at least 24 hours before turning it back on. I consider that to mean at least three days of sunshine (solar cell recharge). But, then I got a letter from the company stating that there may be a software problem with the display, call and they will send a new one. That call has been made, the new display should be here this week. When I hook it up, I will turn the sensor back on and see what happens. If it still doesn't work, I will consider that $80 wasted and buy a different model from a different company! Another Canadian visitor moved in Saturday night, cold and snow (the remains of the last front all melted). the temp this morning is hovering near zero degrees, and there is about 2 inches of pretty, shiney, dangerous new snow. Roadways are, shall we say, interesting. Later in the week, the temps are supposed to be seasonal average or better, so this will be gone soon. I sure wish ro_sie would come back and let us know what has happened...
mowermech 11/11/19 06:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The snow we got on the 4th melted, but now we have fresh stuff. I haven't been outside to look at a thermometer (it is cold out there!), and my nice new "weather station" seems to have had a failure, so I don't know what the temp is. IIRC, the forecast said the high for today was to be in the mid 20's. but it will moderate ("they" say) tomorrow through Saturday, so the snow will be gone soon. "Self-shoveling snow". I love it!
mowermech 11/06/19 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: How big is the market for Dinghy Towing?

Probably somewhere in the mid 90% range of motorhomes have a toad...Particularly as you get above 25ft. I do believe that is pretty close.
mowermech 11/05/19 05:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

More snow this AM. Wet, sticky, sloppy stuff. It will probably melt off soon.
mowermech 11/04/19 07:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I think they will make it. Seeing as how they have three weeks to do about 4 days actual work, and the parts are already ordered and on hand... Well, we'll see.
mowermech 11/02/19 09:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Towing a Ram 3500 manual ?

First, visit a scale and weigh the 3500 in the configuration you will be towing it. Then, see what the towing capacity of the vehicle you plan to use to tow it is. If that matches, then find a towbar of the necessary capacity. Based on the known weight of my 2500 (about 7900 lbs.), you will quite likely need a towbar with 10,000 pound capacity. Before you buy the towbar, shop around for a driveshaft disconnect for your truck. If such a disconnect is not available, it is possible to get under there, remove the driveshaft from the differential yoke, wrap the U-joint with tape to hold the bearing caps in place, and tie the shaft firmly out of the way. I did that years ago, when towing a Datsun pickup. It took about five minutes to remove the shaft before towing and replacing the shaft when ready to drive the truck.
mowermech 11/01/19 07:47am Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The motorhome is at the shop. They say the parts arrived Monday. I hope they can get it in and start the repairs; we have company coming sometime around Thanksgiving, need the extra bedroom! they know they only have three weeks, they think they can get it done. Including the windshields! THAT would be wonderful, having all the work done leaving nothing to do in the spring. I like that idea.
mowermech 10/31/19 06:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

+1 degree F., with a slight breeze, for a wind chill of -6. Whoops, changed already. Now -2, with a 2 MPH breeze, for a wind chill of -2. All side roads are glare ice, but much of the freeway is clear. Still spotty ice out there, though.
mowermech 10/29/19 06:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yall can keep that white stuff...... I wish we didn't have it. Just heard a report on the 2-meter radio that Hwy 312 is solid ice all the way, Worden to Billings. I don't think the motorhome is going to the dealer tomorrow (or today either, for that matter!). It may just sit where it is until after Thanksgiving, in hopes that the weather will moderate in December.
mowermech 10/28/19 01:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

16 degrees F. and cloudy. If it doesn't snow too much today, perhaps tomorrow the roads will be ok for taking the motorhome in for repairs. I have to tow the Jeep so I have a way home, and there again, not fond of that idea on slick roads. Oh, well, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Oh, yeah, I have to put the towbar back on the Jeep today. I hope it warms up a little...
mowermech 10/27/19 07:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yes, Jim is missed, for sure! If there was anything I did NOT need today or this coming week, cold and snow would be at the top of the list, along with snowpacked roadways. It is snowing. 32 degrees. The motorhome is supposed to go in Tuesday for storm damage repairs (finally). If the roads are snow packed and icy, it just ain't gonna happen until it warms up enough to clear that stuff off!
mowermech 10/26/19 08:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Hey, welcome back, fullmoon! Sounds like your trip went well in spite of the oil change problem. We had big plans for in-state trips last summer, but it seems something always came up to prevent it from happening. I did make it to the 85th consecutive year of the Glacier/Waterton Hamfest in July, though. I do wish some vendors would attend like they used to... Almost forgot, went to Cody, WY also, visited Meeteetsee and Powell museums, and the Greybull Museum of Aerial fire fighting, stayed in the Cody KOA. Hopefully, next summer will be better for making trips. Just going to Forest Service campgrounds and drowning worms in the creek would be great! The weather didn't miss the chance. Rained about half an inch last night! No snow, thank goodness!
mowermech 10/20/19 12:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

If it doesn't rain or snow tonight it will sure miss a heck of a good chance! Clouds are building, temp is dropping. I need the heavy snow to wait until Thanksgiving. I have to take the MoHo to the shop clear across town the end of this month, then bring it home after they get the storm damage repaired (about a week, I hope). I do not like the idea of driving that thing on snowpacked or icy roads! Certainly don't want to tow the Jeep under those conditions.
mowermech 10/19/19 05:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Glad to see you back, cummins. I woke up my old cummins yesterday and hauled a bunch of ferrous scrap to the scrap yard. Made $9 on that trip! Actually paid for the fuel with a little left over! Now I need to gather the copper scrap (except for potential antenna wire), the aluminum cans, and the "dirty" aluminum and haul it in. I have to look at the "dirty" aluminum first, and make sure there is nothing there that would make a good ham antenna... I also fired up the old garden tractor and beat the weeds in the pasture down the other day.
mowermech 10/16/19 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Jeep towed discharged when towing. This is new.

The first thing you need to do is check/verify that your Jeep has a steering wheel lock. If it does, you need to have the switch in the "ACC" position to unlock the steering (Jeep, in their infinite wisdom, removed the "OFF, not locked" position from the switch after 2006 or 2007). If there is no steering lock (I do not remember what year they stopped installing them), there is no need to leave the switch in the "ACC" position, no matter what the Book says. It seems the writers of the Book didn't keep up with the changes made in the vehicle! To make it easy to verify the steering lock (or lack thereof), jack up the front wheels, both of them, with the parking brake set. Turn the ignition switch OFF, and remove the key. Now, try to turn the steering wheel lock to lock and back to center. If you can, you do not have a steering lock, and you do not have to leave the switch in the "ACC" position when towing. If the wheel stops after 1/4 or 1/2 a turn, and you can not move it until you insert the key and turn the ignition ON, you have a steering lock, and you must put the switch in the "ACC" position to tow the vehicle. If the lock is installed, removing the pin is a fairly easy job for a good mechanic. Google it. Once that is done, the switch position problem goes away, forever.
mowermech 10/14/19 06:29pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Can a 2017 VW Jetta manual transmission be towed?

Then again, a potential buyer may see the base plate installation and think "Oh, wow, just what I have been looking for!" A somewhat interesting side note, the PT Cruiser, the Subaru Forester, and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited were sitting in a row, West to East, when two hail storms came through a while back. The hail was pea size up to ping pong ball size. The PT Cruiser suffered a few dents. The Subaru now looks like a golf ball. The Jeep has very few barely noticeable dents, although the windshield was broken. IMO, that is a good commentary on the metal they are made from! Finding a good used Jeep for a toad is an excellent idea. I am partial to the '06 and older. The '07 and newer were redesigned, and I don't care for the body lines or the engines. Some of us Jeep fans don't care if it gets chipped or scratched. "It is a Jeep, it is supposed to be chipped, scratched, and dented. That's why they call that trail near Moab, UT, Metal Masher!" Yeah, I been there.... Not with the current Jeep, though.
mowermech 10/13/19 07:07am Dinghy Towing
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