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 11/13/2009 9:17 AM
 

I have looked over the Motorhome magazine dingy towing guide, but there is no mention of minivans good bad or otherwise. Are there any towable minivans with 4 down? What about the Dodge Caravan or the Chrysler Town&Country? How about full size passenger vans?

Thanks

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 11/13/2009 8:53 PM
 

Howdy:

While on the road, you see lots of minivans being used as toads.

However, most of them are not four-down-compatible without modification.

Most folks seem to like the various Remco modifications--axle disconnect, transmission pump, or (for rear-wheel drive minivans--if there are any--a driveshaft disconnect).

Remco has a good web site that will give you lots of good info--but none of the changes come very cheaply.

Yes, you can tow minivans four-down -- but not out-the-door.

Cheers and Happy Travels,

s/Mike

www.backroadtravelers.com


Cheers and happy travels, Mike www.backroadtravelers.com
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 11/14/2009 8:25 PM
 

Up until about 2005 Honda Odysseys could be towed four-down with no modifications. I THINK that with the 2006 models Honda said no tow but people are still towing them, without the official blessing of Honda. A good used Odyssey, 04 or 05, would be my choice were I interested in towing a mini van. Always check the owner's manual.


Dutch '07 Allegro Bay 34' '09 Honda Fit Sport Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly
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 11/16/2009 5:58 AM
 

I did modify a 99 Dodge Caravan. I had the Remco pump added and have towed the van for 4 years with no problem. I now tow a GM produce with out the pump and no problem. I have towed the Malibub Maxx over 30,000 miles. According to Chrysler they have a bearing in the top of the transmission that must be lubricated. Without the pump that bearing is not lubricated while towing. Most Salesmen can tell you if their product can be towed without a pump. If he does not know if his vehicle can or cannot be towed I suggest you walk and find a salesman that know his vehicles. The owners manual should tell you if you can or cannot tow 4 down.

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 11/16/2009 8:52 AM
 

bje03,

Sounds like you have some good experiences towing, although you are the first to give advice, recommending what a saleman says as the Gospel.

They 're in business to sell and make a commission. I would be very careful about using their advice unless you have known them for a long time or someone reccommended them to you.

Over the years I have heard more bad stories of the saleman's record than good.

There isn't a fifth wheel trailer out there that all saleman's say your pickup can haul it?????

It's your life and your transmission.

Do your own research


Big Bad John & Runaround Sue & Paris *Hammock,Florida* *97 Dutch Star Diesel* *76 VW Bay Window Bus* *91 Classic Harley Davidson* *1949 Ford Lead Sled* *2012 HD LSV
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 11/16/2009 2:40 PM
 

Amen to John Churn's advice. Salesmen may know their products but most of them do not, alas. Before buying the prospective buyer needs to do his/her homework and know at least as much as the salesman. If you find a vehicle that a salesman says can be towed flat, ask to see the owner's manual. If you find a vehicle that you think can be towed and the salesman says it cannot, ask to see the owner's manual. When we bought our previous Honda, a 2003 CR-V both the salesman and the service manager said that it could not be towed. The owner's manual, the Honda web site and the RV publications clearly said that it could. We towed it for well over 60,000 miles with no problems except on one occasion a dead battery.


Dutch '07 Allegro Bay 34' '09 Honda Fit Sport Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly
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 11/16/2009 3:14 PM
 

The REMCO website allows you to search for various vehicles, and provides solutions for those not towable. Every time I've called them, I've found them to be very helpful and knowledgeable. Good luck. - Dave

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