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Old 12 Jan 2011, 05:01 pm
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Default can i tow 1990 honda accord 4 wheels down behind a u-haul truck?

This will be a x-country trip of over 2200 miles for a move from WI to CA.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 05:16 pm
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If the car has a manual transmission then it will be fine. If it's an automatic transmission, you need to tow it with the front wheels off of the ground. Automatics don't really have a way of disengaging the transmission, so it's always forcing it to turn and can overheat and damage the transmission since there is no fluid circulating through the fluid cooler. Manual transmissions don't rely on a transmission fluid cooler, and putting it in neutral completely disengages the wheels from the engine. I'd consider the extra for a tow dolly if you're just not sure about it.

BTW: Towing with the drive (front) wheels up and the non-drive wheels down will not hurt anything. However, a "4-up" car dolly has brakes on it, so the added weight of the car and trailer isn't straining the brakes on the truck and your stopping distances will be quite a bit shorter.
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Old 12 Jan 2011, 05:31 pm
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Check the owner's manual. They often have instructions or recommendations about towing 4 down. Some automatics do have a disconnect function or may require an auxiliary trans pump or disconnecting the axles. It varies from model to model, but the manual should give some instruction or indication.

For a one time move, this method probably isn't going to be cost effective. You would have to buy additional equipment to tow 4 down. You would need a base plate kit that mounts to the Accord and a towbar to connect from the base plates to the truck. Towing 4-down is better suited for motorhome and RV owners that are constantly towing their car with them.

It would be far less costly to rent a tow dolly with the truck. A tow dolly will also get the drive wheels off the ground, eliminating the need to figure out how/if you can tow 4 down.
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