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Old December 15th, 2006, 01:15 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about selling my flatbed trailer and just flat towing my TJ. But to be legal (and safe) the towed vehicle is supposed to have some kind of break-away brake system. Does anyone make such an addon brake system that also could be used with the towing vehicle's brake controller to aid when braking in general?
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Old December 15th, 2006, 01:42 PM   #2
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Found some from BrakeBuddy and BlueOx.

Does anyone have experience with any of these products?
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you may have better luck on a RV board or something.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 09:34 PM   #4
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i didn't think Michigan required the brake
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:32 AM   #5
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i didn't think Michigan required the brake
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Never heard of a vehical being flat towed needing brakes.. ?
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why bother towing it at all? if you break, IE: tire, axle, trans it's gonna suck to flat tow. and if you have a smaller spare on flat towing is out.
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why bother towing it at all? if you break, IE: tire, axle, trans it's gonna suck to flat tow. and if you have a smaller spare on flat towing is out.
x2 if you break a axle very common on a d35 (if thats what you have) how are you going to flat tow it with 3 wheels. If it's an automatic you need to remove your rear driveshaft.

i have used both tow bars and trailers and would recommend sticking with the trailer.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 10:27 AM   #8
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If it's an automatic you need to remove your rear driveshaft.
Not true.

Onlt have to pull driveshafts if he is locked front and rear.
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Not true.

Onlt have to pull driveshafts if he is locked front and rear.
well if it was mine and it was an auto i would pull the rear driveshaft. for the few minutes of work it's better to be safe than sorry
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Ever read the owner's manual? Says put it in park, shift tcase to neutral, flat tow.

What's not to be safe there? Automatic can't turn in park. Even with a manual you are supposed to put it in gear with the tcase in neutral.
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Ever read the owner's manual? Says put it in park, shift tcase to neutral, flat tow.

What's not to be safe there? Automatic can't turn in park. Even with a manual you are supposed to put it in gear with the tcase in neutral.
True. I flat towed my 98 TJ behind my motorhome for over 15,000 mile and never had any trouble. I never pulled the driveshaft.
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I've only towed mine a total of 30 miles, just put the trans in gear, t-case in neutral and unlocked the steering column....
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My father flat towes his ford sport-trac behind his motorhome. He uses one of those brake units, and likes it. He has pulled it with and without and it works good. One bonus is, if the vehicle comes unhooked, the brakes are supposed to be applied.
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BlueOx is a nice unit. I know of 3 people that use it and all are happy.
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Almost any vehicle made in the last 10 years can be flat-towed safely without removing driveshafts, just look in the owners manual. RVing makes up a big enough portion of potential customers that it is worth the time to engineer the powertrain to be flat towed.
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Very few 2wd automatics can be flat towed, saturn is one of the few...

On to 4wd, anything with a tcase can be flat towed... put it in neutral...

In terms of the brake system, some of the people we camp with use blueox and have had excellent luck. If you pick up a recent copy of motorhome magazine, there are several units in it that work. Also later tonite, i will pull out my motorhome tow guide, it most likely lists brake assist units in it...
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