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Here is the answer from Mister smart LA in an earlier thread.

Sorry, missed this thread until now. The answer is NO for the electric versions if the plan is beyond 30 miles and 30 miles per hour maximum speed.
The answer is YES for the 451 and 453 gas versions, following a very specific set of instructions without any exceptions or you run risk of damaging or destroying the transmissions in those vehicles
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flat towing

so were does a person find these instructions for flat towing a 451 (208-2016). I want to replace the Toad behind my motorhome and want a Smart
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Start by glancing through the link I put on the reply. click on the blue words below the reply and it will take you to a section about towing smarts. you will find more links with instructions from owners that tow on a regular basis

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You can find the instructions for towing in the owners manual. I flat tow my 2014 Smart behind my Trend MH with no problems. There is a tread on flat towing and what to do to help keep the front wheels pointing straight ahead while towing. Use the search function for this tread.

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1999-2007 is a 450 model, 2008-2015 is a 451 model, 2016-present is a 45 model, owners manual will say if they can be towed flat. which model do you have or are thinking about
 

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Another option is to trailer them. We trailer our 2012 on an Aluma 6810H trailer. The main reason was I wanted to be free to back up without having to disconnect. The other plus is that there is zero wear on the car and it's better protected from road debris. There is a little work fussing with the trailer in campgrounds but it really not that big of a deal. You also don't need a baseplate, tow bar, or light diode kit when you trailer.
 

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flat towing

I considered that option of trailer towing. I most likely will opt for that. What does the Smart weigh in at?
 

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been thinking of purchasing a Smart 2015 to tow behind my 17 Mercedes Sprinter MH. The weight is perfect for this and I see many of them towed in FL. I have however read all sorts of articles regarding flat towing of the Smart and all of them contradict each other. Were can I find a manufacturers manual that would address the issue. Peter
If you could, please send reply directly to me
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I have a 2008 Smart Passion, and a 38' Holiday Rambler Navigator. I have pulled my Smart over 20,000 miles with no problems whatsoever. My car was the model car for Blue Ox to make a base plate back in Feb of 2008. I hook up the tow bar and the lights cable, put the car in neutral, turn off the key ( it only goes part way), and pull it away. At first, when I went around a tight turn, the steering on the Smart would hunt back and forth lock to lock, a very unsettling feeling, even for a big heavy bus like mine. So, I put a bungee cord through the steering wheel and attached it on each side to the seat rack, and presto, problem solved.
 

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towing a smart

Some reply's make the process sound quite easy. But I would hate to purchase a Smart only to find it to be the wrong model to tow. I read through the manual for a 2015 Smart but it was not definitive in the do and don'ts. It's quite a process to continue normal driving of the Smart after towing.
 

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I have towed my 2013 Smart behind my 2010 Navion, Sprinter based motor home for about 10,000 miles with no problems. Don't understand the comments about hookup and unhook. Takes me about 5 to 10 minutes, depending how accurate I get with placing the car behind the motor home, too hookup or unhook. I avoid making sharp turns and to date have not used a bungee cord.
 

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flat tow a smart

Lowell, does that go for all Smart cars? There is a 2016 for sale in my area that can be had for a reasonable $$
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mloganusda,
Glad I ran across your post about flat towing a Smart with a Trend. We bought a 2017 Trend 23D last year, at first didn't consider towing a car at all given the 2000 lb. towing limit. Our future travel dictates otherwise and so last week bought a 2015 Pure, 31K miles. We've been reading/researching flat towing Smarts for a few months now. I am wondering about your experience, particularly with the Trend, regarding:

1. Weight of the Smart. How much does your 2014 weigh when ready to tow?
2. How is the Trend performance impacted by towing the Smart?
3. Do you use an auxiliary brake system? Some Trend owners do, some don't. If you're near the max for towing load, seems like the Trend probably needs help stopping it. On the other hand, how much does the aux brake really help?

Thanks!
 
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