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Topic: Anyone flat tow behind RV?
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bullet Topic: Anyone flat tow behind RV?
    Posted: 28 February 2006 at 8:21pm
I have a pair of 521's, and want to flat tow one of them behind my camper.  Is there any reason I can't place the tranny in neutral, hook up a towbar and lights and go?  Or, would I need to disconnect the drive shaft, or use a dolly?  I know that some vehicles can't be flat towed due to lack of oil circulation in the tranny, or other reasons.
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bullet Posted: 06 March 2006 at 6:47pm

As I understand it, the transmission is of the type that requires the engine to run for lubrication.  That said, I have towed my 520 30 miles at a time back and forth to the track without any noticable failure. The driveshaft should be easy enough to remove, but as I don't use my truck for transport I'm not too worried.

I use a towbar to tow the truck, and the bumper-to-frame mount failed fairly early (drag chains are good).  If you plan to flat pull your 521, I suggest you mount a dedicated attachment to the frame.


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bullet Posted: 06 March 2006 at 7:20pm
Tow dolly is no better than flat tow on the tranny since the rear wheels are still on the ground.

That being said, it'd be BEST to disconnect the driveshaft on long trips but I towed my '76 KC all the way across Washington with no ill effects with the driveshaft hooked up. 300 miles, 70MPH-ish towed.

When I towed my 4X4 I pulled the rear shaft (front was up on a dolly). That was a 3-State tow.
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bullet Posted: 06 March 2006 at 11:48pm

being that you only need to pull the drive line if the rig you are towing is an automatic .... your 4 or 5 speed stickshift will self lub. while being towed in neutral...... I towed my 620 to kansas and back to Ore with no problems........

I needed to sell it........
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