Advice Q&A Towing and Towed Vehicles
Below are E-mail questions and answers submitted to us during the time
frame (shown below) and the answers that are related to towed vehicles
and towing vehicles. You can send your question(s) using the form at the
bottom of any of our Q&A pages.
This page last updated October 5, 2016
containing letters emailed to Pete from January 7th - September 24th.
Looking for a list of towable
vehicles? Check our FAQs
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
Yes, as long as you can put your transfer case in neutral.
August 13, 2016 Robert of Portland, Oregon writes regarding flat towing 1998 Dodge Dakota five
Can I flat tow all 4 wheels down a 1998 Dodge Dakota 5
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.
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.
The people are telling you right.
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?
The automatic two wheel drive Tahoe will need a lube pump or drive shaft disconnect to tow it four wheels
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
You should be able to, yes. I believe 2006 was the last year Honda recognized towing it four
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
If so, are there any restrictions?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
Yes, the 2001 Mazda Miata can be towed four wheels down.
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?
Install an auxiliary braking system. I would suggest the M&G Engineering or the SMI Air Force 1 brake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
do we need to test, and how?
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.
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
If it's a front wheel drive car, yes.
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?
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.
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?
Can you, not legally. Would you get a ticket for it, probably not. Would I recommend it, no.
Do you have a question
for RV Advice?
If you have a towed or tow vehicle question select this link to fill
out the email form to submit to RV Advice: RV
Advice Towed and Towing Vehicle Questions
If you'd like to receive email
notification when the categories you read often have new postings added
to them then fill out our
Advice Notification Form.
Searching for something in particular
on our web site? Utilize our search engine:
The opinions expressed herein are solely those
of Peter Scalf and may not be the opinions of any sponsor of these pages.
This web page created, hosted and maintained by Liz Curtis, Elizabethton, TN