towing a Miata

Asked by Jul 18, 2013 at 09:20 AM

Question type: Car Customization

I have a 2002 Miata, and would like to tow it behind a class C R/V, or a F-150 super cab, I have looked into a Tow-Bar system which is somewhat expensive, Would like to get some feed back using a 2-wheel toe dolly, which cost less.  With the car being rear wheel drive using a tow dolly the front wheels would be on the road. Any good luck using this way?  Please contact me  Thanks

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No Dolly. They are nothing but trouble with the small wheels. Tow it backward, with the rear wheels (of the car) off the ground. There are tow bar kits that come with a little hand winch that will raise it to hook to trailer ball and stow nicely in RV. You will need a light bar, not too terribly expensive and you don't have to worry about locking the steering wheel, but regardless, even though the drive wheels are off the ground, tow in neutral. Best is a trailer, but that is horribly inconvenient at your destination. Happy Traveling!


I agree with David, trailer is best especially with a Miata due to ground clearance, you could be dragging the nose if you put it on a dolly.


As a MX-5 Miata owner, I can tell you that you should definitely NOT even consider towing it with a 2 wheel dolly (If you care anything about the car, that is). Think about how low this car is to the ground to begin with...NOW factor in that you want to attempt towing it with the front end at an angle toward the ground. This is a lose-lose situation for the tranny, the tires, and you will likely do some damage to the front end of the car. Hit ONE decent size pothole and that's a wrap! PLEASE spend a little more $$ and use a flatbed trailer of some sort with ALL wheels off the ground. I believe U-Haul rents these. I'm glad you thought to ask before you attempted this! Good luck and safe travels! :)

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I have to agree with Racer_X all the way. Especially if it's a one- time thing. Still, those trailers aren't that expensive compared to a torn up transmission(s) or a torn up car. If you get one large enough, you can stow stuff on it.

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