Best small car tow behind RV
Now although the question seems as simple as, “Whatever you want!”, or "Get a lightweight car", there can be a little bit more to the decision than just that. If you pull a vehicle with an automatic, it must have the drive wheels off the ground or disconnected (by removing the driveshaft), unless it is a 4wd where you can put the transfer case in neutral.
If the drive wheels are on the ground and you simply put the automatic transmission in neutral, the transmission still turns inside and since the motor is not running and spinning the trans pump, there is no lubricant being circulated inside the transmission and the parts are wearing against one another.
In a 4wd system, the transfer case doesn’t use a pump to lubricate the internal components, this is done through sloshing the lubricant on the gears by their spinning action, but the transfer case being in neutral totally disconnects the driveshaft from the transmission, therefore the tranmission doesn’t spin.
In general, a car with manual transmission can be flat towed farther than one with automatic transmission. Also, 4WD cars tend to do better than front- or rear-wheel drive cars. Be sure to look into information from your car’s manufacturer before you try to flat tow your car. Many manuals have step-by-step instructions to help you set your car up the right way. The Suzuki Samurai with manual transmission is an example of a good tow car. Light weight and easy to tow.
OK....2009-12-03 15:43:34 by dan_herbison
A sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a generic marketing term for a vehicle similar to a station wagon, but built on a light-truck chassis. Usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road ability, and with some pretension or ability to be used as an off-road vehicle, some SUVs include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan. Since SUVs are considered light trucks and often share the same platforms of pick-ups, they are regulated less strictly than passenger cars under the two laws in the United States, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act for fuel economy, and the Clean Air Act for emissions