Is it advisable to tow a Toyota Tacoma Truck with all four wheels on the ground behind our Motor Home?

Asked by Apr 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM about the 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Question type: General

RV magazines are saying that it is possible to tow a Toyota Tacoma Truck with all 4 wheels on the ground (without a dolly) behind an RV, and that no damage will occur to your vehicle's drive train.  Is this accurate?  Does the truck need to be 4x4?  What else can you recommend?

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The straight up answer is NO. When towing a vehicle, the drive wheels should not be on the ground, that is why sometimes you see people tow with 2 wheels off the ground, this allows the non-drive wheels to roll freely and the drive wheels remain in lock position off the ground. Anytime the drive wheel is rolling, the drive shaft is spinning the transmission and this can cause internal damage to your transmission gears, which is very bad and expensive to fix. The only time that people tow all four wheels on the ground is when they have disengaged all the drive wheels from the drive shaft, which require some special modification on the vehicle itself prior to towing, consult with your mechanic or dealer. In your case, you have a Tacoma, which is a rear wheel drive truck, you can tow it with the rear wheels off the ground only and make sure you have the steering wheel locked in a straight position so it will not turn while towing which may cause your truck to turn wildly, similar to driving on reverse and turn the steering wheel. Your other option is get under the truck and remove the U-joints and the drive shaft, that that alone require a lot of work. Good luck.

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The above is not an accurate answer since there are way too many variables to cover in one reply. Today many vehicles both automatic and standard are able to be towed with all four wheels down. Plus many 4x4's and most standard shift cars can be put in neutral and towed. Saturn automatics where very popular in the past with Motorhome owners and low mileage ones are still around. Today Honda, Cadillac, Chevy, Buick and many others make Automatic cars that can be towed four down. Most vehicles have this information in the owners manual but Remco is company that builds kits for most vehicles that allow them to be towed and if a specific kit is not needed to tow with all four down, then they will say so in their website. Check the Remco site and Motorhome magazine website to find the details. Hope this helps.

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