Can a smart car be towed behind an RV on all four wheels?
We own an RV and are thinking about towing our smart car behind it so that we have more fuel-efficient transportation when staying in one place for a day or few.
Can a smart car be safely towed behind an RV on all four wheels?Answer:
The short answer to this question is, yes, smart cars can be flat towed behind other vehicles, although smart USA's recommended towing method is all 4 wheels up on a trailer
. Check your owner's manual for the details (on page 190 of the PDF version for my 2009 model
; might be different for yours).
Be aware though that some owners have reported "wheel wobble" in the front wheels when towing. Also, even though your smart is not powered on, there will be wear and tear from all the miles traveled behind the RV. Specifically, towing the car will put wear and tear on the tires, axles, joints and bearings.
If you DO decide to flat tow, then there are a number of precautions you must follow to avoid damage to your smart fortwo car. These are detailed in the owner's manual. But here is a recap of some of the main points:
- Never attach towing cables or other devices to the chassis... only use a properly installed proprietary towing eye bolt (which is stored under the carpet in the passenger footwell)
- Put the car into neutral gear & then shut the ignition off
- Using a towbar is recommended for maximum control
Hope that helps! For the latest wisdom on this topic, you may want to contact your smart dealership.
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