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Butch50

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Posted: 08/05/22 09:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone here towed a rear wheel drive car with the rear wheels on a tow dolly? I have a rear drive that I would like to start towing but it is not rated for four down. I would make it so front wheels would be unable to turn from side to side.

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Posted: 08/05/22 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is make, model and type of transmission?


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Posted: 08/05/22 09:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen wrote:

What is make, model and type of transmission?


It is a 2013 Scion FRS manual, it says it can't be flat towed.

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From seeing your other post it seems to be a pretty cool little car with very low miles. I suppose you could tow it backwards on a dolly, but two potential problems I see are low ground clearance- smacking the air dam on the ground, etc, and that car might have directional tires that are designed to spin in only one direction. I would trailer a car like that.

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Posted: 08/05/22 10:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rjstractor wrote:

From seeing your other post it seems to be a pretty cool little car with very low miles. I suppose you could tow it backwards on a dolly, but two potential problems I see are low ground clearance- smacking the air dam on the ground, etc, and that car might have directional tires that are designed to spin in only one direction. I would trailer a car like that.


That is what I'm thinking. I just didn't want hassle of stowing a trailer at a campground. I have no problem handling a trailer after towing 5ers for years.

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If it’s rwd and it says no towing 4 down then that is due to the trans not being able to handle it (generally from a lubrication standpoint). So your only options are driveshaft disconnect which isn’t viable or trailer it.


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If you Google search around on this issue, you'll probably find out that this is a Lawyer created issue, not a technical issue, and that many RVers are successfully flat towing the Scion.... the 2013 FRS included.
PS: the 2014 Flat Tow guide shows it as flat towable.....


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Posted: 08/05/22 11:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take it from a guy who's been in the car business 30+ years -- DO NOT tow a RWD car backwards on a tow dolly.

If you've got to take it with you, use a full trailer.


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Posted: 08/05/22 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer only option for your Scion!

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