New Vehicles for Flat Towing

    Looking for a car, truck or SUV to tow behind your motor home? 

If you don't like navigating your motor home through the tourist attractions, sightseeing spots, and parking lots you've probably considered dinghy or flat towing. 

Many people wouldn't even think of traveling in their motor home without a dinghy. A dinghy is a vehicle that is towed behind a motor home. (Also referred to as flat towing, four-down towing, and recreational towing).

At Airport Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Orlando we offer many vehicles that are suitable for dinghy towing. Vehicles that are generally acceptable for dinghy towing are FWD with manual transmissions and 4WD with manual transfer cases. Some FWD vehicles with automatic transmissions are also flat-towable. 

Before purchasing a vehicle for dinghy towing ask to read the owner's manual to confirm that the vehicle is approved by the manufacturer for flat towing.


Before finalizing the purchase confirm that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain or otherwise voiding the manufacturer's warranty. 


JEEP - 2016 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Cherokee 4WD

4,046

None

N/A

Yes

Models with 2-Speed Power Transfer Unit only. 

Only 4x4 models with 2-Speed Power Transfer Unit may be towed. The Power Transfer Unit must be shifted into NEUTRAL and the transmission must be in PARK.

Compass 4WD

3,354

None

Yes

No

Only 4x4 models with 2-Speed Power Transfer Unit may be towed. The Power Transfer Unit must be shifted into NEUTRAL and the transmission must be in PARK.

Grand Cherokee

4,677

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD vehicles equipped with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II systems are towable. The transfer case must be shifted into NEUTRAL and the transmission must be in PARK.

Patriot 2WD

3,133

None

Yes

No

Transmission in Neutral. Key in the ACC position.

Patriot 4WD

3,290

None

Yes

No

Transmission in Neutral. Key in the ACC position.

Wrangler 4WD

3,760

None

Yes

Yes

Models with 2-Speed Power Transfer Unit only. 

Automatic transmission in PARK. Manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL). Transfer case in NEUTRAL.

Wrangler Unlimited 4WD

4,075

None

Yes

Yes

Automatic transmission in PARK. Manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL). Transfer case in NEUTRAL.


DODGE - 2016 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Dart

*1.4-liter turbo engine with DDCT automatic transmission only.

3,122

None

Yes

No

Transmission must be in NEUTRAL.

Durango R/T AWD 5.7-L V-8

*All-wheel-drive models with single speed transfer case only.

5,331

None

N/A

Yes

Buyer must choose two-speed transfer case option. Transmission in PARK, transfer case must be set to NEUTRAL.


RAM - 2015 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Ram 1500 4WD

4,750

None

N/A

Yes

Automatic transmission in PARK, transfer case in NUTRAL.

Ram 2500 4WD

6,321

None

Yes

Yes

Automatic transmission in PARK, manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL), transfer case in NEUTRAL.

Ram 3500 4WD

6,370

None

Yes

Yes

Automatic transmission in PARK, manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL), transfer case in NEUTRAL.


*"2016 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2016

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