Originally Posted by clown
Can you really tow with a smart car? What is the weight capacity you can tow?
Or is this towing forum for cars smart cars being towed?
If you look in my garage you'll see the hitch-based tow bar on the front of my 09 Passion and on the back of my RV.
Here is a link to the 2009 owners manual: http://owners.smartusa.com/userfiles...2009,%20V2.pdf
PDF page 192 is devoted to flat towing. The car weighs 1,800 pounds. My RV's hitch is rated for 5,000 pounds. Most states (not all) do not require supplemental brakes on the towed vehicle/trailer if it weighs less than 2,000 pounds.
My RV is a Ford E450 with a 6.8L triton V10 gas vampire. I can't feel the car behind me when I'm towing it - not even when braking. The car is so small that I can't see it unless I'm turning - and because of that I'm planning on adding a camera to the back of the coach just so that I can have eyes on the car.
The only recommendation that I have is to install a manual battery disconnect (also shown in my garage) instead of an automatic battery disconnect.
I spoke with the folks at Roadmaster in Vancouver, WA about recommended tow bars. Along with the Falcon 2 (not the all-terrain version), they recommended installing their automatic battery disconnect. I was at smart center Portland
at the time that I was talking to the folks at Roadmaster and the staff overheard my conversation and poo poo'd it - saying that they've seen cars with fried electronics because of the automatic battery disconnect. I have also read anecdotal reports of anti-lock brakes having engaged on cars with the automatic battery disconnect. How true is this? I don't know. I played it safe and had the dealer install their manual battery disconnect. I then when online and bought several spare keys for the battery disconnect.