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This page last updated October 5, 2016 containing letters emailed to Pete from January 7th - September 24th.
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September 24, 2016 Mike of Edgerton, Missouri writes regarding problems with brake controller


Having trouble with my Chevy brake controller. Checked the wiring from the plug into the trailer and read 2.6 ohms. Don't know if this is correct or not.
answer Dear Mike,
Check your output voltage from the brake controller.
Where are you reading the OHMs from; brake wire to ground or another terminal on the plug?

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September 18, 2016 Dan of Maumee, Ohio writes regarding towing 2001 automatic Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS behind class A


Can this be towed wheels down?
answer Dear Dan,
I'm not sure on that 2001 transmission on the Monte Carlo but if the transmission is not tow able four wheels down, then you can get a lube pump to make it tow able four wheels down.
In fact, I might have a used Roadmaster bracket kit for it. Monte Carlos and Malibu's in 2001 were popular tow cars but I can't say I ever saw an SS being towed.

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September 18, 2016 Jan of Salt Lake City, Utah writes regarding towing 2000 Nissan Frontier crew cab 4x4 behind motor home


Can I flat tow 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4X4 Automatic Manual Transfer Case behind my RV?
answer Dear Jan,
Yes, as long as you can put your transfer case in neutral.

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August 13, 2016 Robert of Portland, Oregon writes regarding flat towing 1998 Dodge Dakota five speed


Can I flat tow all 4 wheels down a 1998 Dodge Dakota 5 speed manual?
answer Dear Robert,
Not sure, I would check the owner's manual. You probably can; the manual shift Chrysler PT Cruiser is towable four wheels down. I have rigged up a few Dakotas to tow, but I can't remember off the top of my head if they were four wheel drive or two wheel drive.

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July 15, 2016 Karen of Bristol, Connecticut writes regarding towing automatic VW four wheels down


Can you tow a automatic transmission VW behind a motor home? People say it will blow the tranny.
answer Dear Karen,
The people are telling you right.

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July 10, 2016 Willie of Petawawa, Ontario writes regarding if 1989 automatic two wheel drive S10 Tahoe can be towed four wheels down


Can this be towed all wheels down?
answer Dear Willie,
The automatic two wheel drive Tahoe will need a lube pump or drive shaft disconnect to tow it four wheels down.

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June 27, 2016 Scott of Colorado Springs, Colorado writes regarding "bucking and grabbing" while towing 2007 Pioneer Spirit


I am experiencing a "grabbing" or "bucking" while towing my trailer. I have heard the brakes applied, without applying the brakes at all. The pin on the emergency brake cable is in. However, the cable itself has two significant pinches to it.
I have disconnected the trailer brake and 7 pin connection between the truck and trailer. It still does the same thing. My trailer brakes and wheel bearings were done by trailer shop just last season. So those should be good.
Could I have a bad connection or short from the emergency cable box? Or do you think the pinches in the cable itself could cause this? Really not sure what to think, but I certainly can't tow it like this.
answer Dear Scott,
The pinch in the cable shouldn't cause the problem; but if the brakes are getting power without the cord plugged to the truck, it has to be through the brake away switch or a shorted pig tail.

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June 13, 2016 Steve of Minnesota writes regarding if he can his Sebring behind his motor home


Can I tow my 2003 Chrysler Sebring, automatic, behind my motor home with all four wheels on the ground?
answer Dear Steve,
If you can get a lube pump installed, but I don't think the lube pump is applicable with your 2003 Sebring; it will probably require a dolly.

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May 24, 2016 Jerry of Westport, New York writes regarding towing 2006 Honda Accord automatic four wheels down


Can this be towed w/o damage to transmission?
answer Dear Jerry,
You should be able to, yes. I believe 2006 was the last year Honda recognized towing it four wheels down.

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May 17, 2016 Bobby of Beford, Virginia writes regarding towing 2006 Honda Accord behind motor home


Can I safely tow my '06 Honda Accord 4 cyl behind my motor home?
If so, are there any restrictions?
answer Dear Bobby,
Yes, you can tow your 2006 Honda Accord behind your motor home; 2006 was really the last year before Honda started saying, "no".

There should be the procedure to follow in your Honda's owner's manual.


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April 30, 2016 Don of Catoosa, Oklahoma writes regarding towing 2001 Chevy pickup 1500 automatic four wheels down


I have a 2001 Chevy 1500 pickup, automatic transmission, can it towed four wheels down?
answer Dear Don,
You can install a drive shaft disconnect or a Remco lube pump and tow it four wheels down. I am assuming it's 2wd, as the 4wd is towable without drive line modifications.

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April 25, 2016 Joe of Rio Rancho, New Mexico writes regarding towing manual transmission 1991 Honda Accord four wheels down


Can my 1991 Honda Accord with manual transmission be towed 4down?
answer Dear Joe,
Yes.

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April 22, 2016 John of Waynesville, North Carolina writes regarding whether 2001 Mazda Miata can be towed four wheels down


Can a 2001 Mazda Miata be flat towed?
answer
Yes, the 2001 Mazda Miata can be towed four wheels down.

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April 14, 2016 Ronnie of Dublin, Georgia writes regarding towing 2005 diesel Dodge Ram 4WD quad cab four wheels down


What do I need to do be able to tow this Dodge in order to have brakes on it?
answer Dear Ronnie,
Install an auxiliary braking system. I would suggest the M&G Engineering or the SMI Air Force 1 brake.

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March 27, 2016 Matt of Shelby, North Carolina writes regarding type of pre-installed bed rails he has on newly purchased 2500 GMC


I purchased a 2500hd GMC about two years ago and the bed rails were already installed. My rails go from front to back instead of side to side. I have asked a lot of people what kind of hitch I can use? No one has been able to answer this for me. Called B&W and Pullrite. Pullrite says it looks like theirs but mine doesn't have loops.
answer Dear Matt,
It could be a lot of different type hitches that would fit it. How old is the truck? I have some used hitches. You might try pulling a rail and look for a part number to identify it.

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March 17, 2016 Hollis or Rock Hill, South Carolina writes regarding wiring for hitch power cord at junction box at kingpin on 2008 Montana


I have a fifth wheel and I pulled the hitch power cord from the junction box at kingpin loose, did not unhook.
My truck connector is a standard seven pin plug in to truck with 6 color coded wires but there are ten wires coming from the camper junction box.
answer Dear Hollis,
If you're talking extra wires at the junction box and back, they might be for your brake away switch, ground and possibly charge line or back up light.
Maybe Thor's customer service or Keystone' can supply you a wiring diagram.

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March 15, 2016 Reda of Kingsport, Tennessee writes regarding hearing clicking sound at hitch end of 2004 Forest River Salem


I am hearing a clicking sound at the hitch end of my trailer. It clicks on and off. If the electric is plugged in when it clicks the power converter comes on with the first click and kicks off with the second click. If I unplug the electricity it is still clicking and only stops when I disconnect the battery.
There is a silver box that the cables go into under the frame and that is where the clicking seems to be coming from.
Is there any help you can give me on this?
answer Dear Reda,
Sounds like you're describing the brake away switch for your trailer brakes. I would open up the junction box and make sure there is no thermal breakers in there.

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February 26, 2016 Michael of Gettysburg, Ohio writes regarding installing Gear Vendor in 33' class C Jayco with Ford E450 Triton V-10


I'm installing a Gear Vendor over/under drive. I need to know if a special tool is required to compress the spring on the emergency brake cable in order to disconnect the cable from the drive line housing.
This unit has the drive line emergency brake. I'm referring to the spring on the actual cable, not the spring holding tension on the brake lever.
answer Dear Michael,
The cable slips into the housing on the rear of the transmission and is spring locked.
You can take a screw driver keep tension on the cable housing pulling it out and push the spring pins in one at a time and pull cable and housing from the transmission.

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February 20, 2016 Marvin of Bethany, Missouri writes regarding problems with fifth wheel lights not working when hooked up to truck


We have had both the 5th wheel camper, and the 1997 Dodge Pickup truck's wiring checked by mechanics, and both check out ok.
But, when we hook them up together, the tail lights, brake lights will not work on the camper. The clearance lights flash on the camper when the blinkers are on the pickup.
Could this be a problem with the ground? If so, why does it test ok?
What else do we need to test, and how?
answer Dear Marvin,
Sounds like a ground on the truck side, could be trailer. It's easy to test a ground and light a test light or show a ground on an ohm meter; but it's kind of hard to see what it holds under load.

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January 28, 2016 Pamela of Mesa, Arizona writes regarding using a two wheel dolly to tow 2015 Honda Accord


Can I use a 2-wheel tow dolly to tow my 2015 Honda Accord?
answer Dear Pamela,
If it's a front wheel drive car, yes.

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January 28, 2016 Larry of McComb, Ohio writes regarding problems with electric brake controller in 2000 Pace Arrow Vision


I have installed an electric brake controller, have it connected to existing wiring harness under dash. When I apply the brake control, have juice coming out of red wire. My present plug on rear has no wire for brakes. I found the red wire going to the actual brake lights. Do not think I can use this for trailer brakes, shouldn't there be another wire at rear?
answer Dear Larry,
You are right you can't use the brake light wire.
Trace the wires back to the plug from the main wiring harness along the frame rail at the rear of the frame, if extra wires were run they could be typed up there at the end of the harness.
If it's in the main harness you can use an amp meter and have someone apply the brakes to find the wire for the brake.

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January 7, 2016 Louie of Albany, New York writes regarding towing 2013 F150 SuperCrew with 2013 class C


Can 2013 Ford F150 SuperCrew be towed by 2013 Class C Forest River Sunseeker motor home?
answer Dear Louie,
Can you, not legally. Would you get a ticket for it, probably not. Would I recommend it, no.

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