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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Flat tow on a budget...

Since I travel every year 3000 miles with my RV it was time to buy a toad...

So far I am still in "honeymoon" with my Smart...

To flat tow my Smart I bought following parts already:

Demco #9518256 Classic Baseplate NEW 281.95
Roadmaster Falcon2 Towbar Craigslist 100.00
Safety Cables Craigslist 20.00
Roadmaster to Demco Adapter #034 NEW 40.22
Hopkins Flex-Coil 7 pin RV Blade to 4 -Wire Flat Adapter with Nite-Glow NEW 25.00
Roadmaster Universal Wiring-Kit #154 NEW 63.50
530.67 $


All prices include shipping...


I will make photos when I install the base-plate to my Smart.
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I adore your smart, your RV, and your cheap engineering spirit!!

Quick question, do you disconnect your battery before rolling out? There are horror stories here about cars that somehow get into gear then burn themselves out while getting towed.
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RV with the tag axle and everything... that's the real deal!
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You did good my friend. After getting my 2012 Passion with less then 8000 miles for a decent price I went for my lungs to get it set up. There are pros and cons about disconnecting the battery, I played it safe and installed a disconnect switch. You can find pictures and instructions somewhere on this forum.
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A disconnect battery switch is a must so is a 32" bungee cord that you run trough your steering wheel and attach it to the undersides of the driver's seat; the bungee cord will prevent the front wheels from going crazy after a sharp turn.
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I use a 42" called "flat strap 2 pak", bought at WM for about 6 bucks. Strong plastic hooks and nice and flat so it doesn't dig into the wheel. color coded gold and black is 42" I put one end in hole in the seat frame near the drivers door wrap around the bottom of the steering wheel and putthe other end over the passenger seat and into a hole in the seat frame by the passenger door, works for me.
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I use a 42" called "flat strap 2 pak", bought at WM for about 6 bucks. Strong plastic hooks and nice and flat so it doesn't dig into the wheel. color coded gold and black is 42" I put one end in hole in the seat frame near the drivers door wrap around the bottom of the steering wheel and putthe other end over the passenger seat and into a hole in the seat frame by the passenger door, works for me.
I'm using a 32" and passing it at the bottom of the steering wheel and attaching both ends on each side of the driver's seat frame; while travelling, I lower the passenger's backseat and use the space for cargo.
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I tow a 2014 ex-Car2Go 451 behind an Airstream Sprinter-based Interstate.

I installed a Blue-OX baseplate myself in two days. The Blue Ox instructions could be a lot better, but there are numerous videos on the web of how to remove the front clip to make the installation. Worst problem was getting up and down at 84 years old and bad knees.

I use a Ready Brake surge brake and wireless tow lights. It is necessary to use a special 7-pin adapter for the wireless transmitter or else the Smart thinks there are burned out bulbs and does not light the turn signals. The $11 adapter solves the problem.

I do not use a battery disconnect switch. I simply follow the instructions in the owner's manual.

I have made 400-mile tows with no problem at all except about 2 mpg penalty. Without the camera, I would never know the Smart is back there.
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I think you tempting fate without the battery cutoff.
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Hello, I recently purchased a 2009 Smart that was already setup for towing. The previous owner went through all the steps with me and we pulled it home after purchasing. There is no battery cutoff switch, I just left the key in the ignition and eventually the dash goes blank. I'd be interested in better understanding the risk of not having a battery cutoff. The only trouble we had on the way home from our purchase is the hood popping off and dangling by the chord. Surprisingly, the hood was still functional though about 2-3 inches were ground off one corner, now I know why that strap is on there. Here's a pic from our trip home from upper Michigan.
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