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Dave Smith Motors ™

210 N Division St
Kellogg, ID 83837

  • Sales: 800-635-8000

2014 Dinghy Towing Guide

  
Do you need a car or SUV to tow behind your motorhome? If you don't like navigating your motorhome through the tourist attractions, sightseeing spots, and parking lots you've probably considered dinghy towing. 

Many people wouldn't even think of traveling in their motorhome without a dinghy. A Dinghy is a vehicle that is towed behind a motorhome. It is also referred to as flat towing, four-down towing, and recreational towing. 

At Dave Smith Motors we offer several vehicles that are suitable for dinghy towing. Vehicles that are generally acceptable for dinghy towing are FWD with manual transmissions and 4WD with manual transfer cases. Some FWD vehicles with automatic transmissions are also flat-towable. 

Before purchasing a vehicle for dinghy towing ask to read the owner's manual to confirm that the vehicle is approved by the manufacturer for flat towing. Before finalizing the purchase confirm that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain or otherwise voiding the manufacturer's warranty. 

CHEVY - 2014 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Cruze

3,093

None

Yes

No


Colorado 4WD
(2015 Model)

N/A

None

No

Yes

Only 4WD models equipped with a two-speed automatic transfer case are towable.


Equinox

3,777

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Equinox AWD

3,922

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Malibu

3,393

None

N/A

Yes*

*For models without eAssist only. Shift transmission to NEUTRAL. Place the ignition in the ACC/ACCESSORY position. Remove fuse 8,22 (Key Access only), and 24 from the instrument panel fuse block.


Silverado 1500 4WD

4,587

None

N/A

Yes


Silverado 2500 HD 4WD

5,962

None

N/A

Yes

Shift transmission to PARK. Turn engine off and set parking brake. Shift transfer case to NEUTRAL. Release parking brake only after the vehicle being towed is ?rmly attached to the motorhome. Turn ignition to LOCK/OFF and remove key. Steering wheel will still turn.


Silverado 3500 HD 4WD

6,092

None

N/A

Yes

Shift transmission to PARK. Turn engine off and set parking brake. Shift transfer case to NEUTRAL. Release parking brake only after the vehicle being towed is ?rmly attached to the motorhome. Turn ignition to LOCK/OFF and remove key. Steering wheel will still turn.

Sonic

2,690

65mph/ None

Yes

Yes*

Remove fuse DLIS. *1.8 model only.

Spark

2,269

None

Yes

No


Suburban 1500 4WD

5,824

None

N/A

Yes

Requires optional Active, 2-Speed Transfer Case.

Tahoe 4WD

5,567

None

N/A

Yes

Requires optional Active, 2-Speed Transfer Case.

Traverse

4,713

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 15-amp ECM and OnStar fuses, and 50-amp BATT1 fuse.

Traverse

4,713

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 50-amp BATT1 fuse while towing.

Traverse AWD

4,956

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at the beginning of each day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 50-amp BATT1 fuse while towing.

*"2014 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2014

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that  the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.


JEEP - 2014 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Cherokee 4WD

4,044

None

N/A

Yes

Transfer case must be shifted into NEUTRAL and transmission in PARK for recreational towing. The

NEUTRAL selection button is adjacent to the transfer case selector switch. Shifts into and out of the transfer case NEUTRAL can take place with selector switch in any position. See owner's manual for details.

Compass

3,095

None

Yes

No


Compass 4WD

3,260

None

Yes

No


Grand Cherokee 4WD

4,632

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD vehicles with Quadra-Trac II (V-6 models) and Quadra-Drive II systems (V-8 models) are towable. Press brake pedal, turn ignition key on, engine off, shift transmission into NEUTRAL, shift transfer case into NEUTRAL, start engine, shift transmission into DRIVE, release brake pedal, shut engine off, shift transmission to PARK.

Patriot 2WD

3,149

None

Yes

No


Patriot 4WD

3,293

None

Yes

No


Wrangler 4WD

3,760

None

Yes

Yes

Put automatic transmission into PARK. Manual transmission in gear  (not in NEUTRAL). Transfer case in

NEUTRAL. Follow detailed procedure in owner's manual for shifting transfer case into NEUTRAL.


Wrangler Unlimited 4WD

4,075

None

Yes

Yes

Put automatic transmission into PARK. Manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL). Transfer case in

NEUTRAL. Follow detailed procedure in owner's manual for shifting transfer case into NEUTRAL.

*"2014 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2014

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



GMC - 2014 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Acadia FWD/AWD

4,656/ 4,850

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 50-amp BATT1 fuse.

Canyon 4WD (2015 model)

N/A

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD models equipped with a two-speed transfer case are towable.

Sierra 1500 4WD

4,587

None

N/A

Yes


Sierra 2500 HD 4WD

5,962

None

N/A

Yes

Shift transmission to PARK. Turn engine off and set parking brake.  Shift transfer case to NEUTRAL. Release parking brake only after the vehicle being towed is ?rmly

attached to the motorhome. Turn ignition to LOCK/OFF and remove key. Steering wheel will still turn.


Sierra 3500 HD 4WD

6,092

None

N/A

Yes

Shift transmission to PARK. Turn engine off and set parking brake.  Shift transfer case to NEUTRAL. Release parking brake only after the vehicle being towed is ?rmly

attached to the motorhome. Turn ignition to LOCK/OFF and remove key. Steering wheel will still turn.

Terrain FWD/AWD

3,853

65 MPH/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of each day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32 while towing.

Yukon 4WD

5,567

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD models equipped with a 2-speed automatic transfer case are towable.

Yukon XL 1500 4WD

5,824

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD models equipped with a two-speed automatic transfer case are towable.

*"2014 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2014

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



DODGE - 2014 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Challenger

3,834

65mph/
None

Yes

No

Transmission in NEUTRAL.

Dart

3,186

None

Yes

No

Transmission in NEUTRAL.

Durango 4WD

6,500

None

N/A

Yes (a)

Transmission in PARK, transfer case must be set to NEUTRAL. (a) 4x4 V-8 only.


*"2014 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2014

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



RAM - 2014 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Ram 1500 4WD

4,731

None

N/A

Yes


Ram 2500 4WD

6,632

None

Yes

Yes

For models with manual shift

transfer case, shut engine off, press brake pedal, shift transmission into NEUTRAL, shift transfer case lever to NEUTRAL, start engine, shift transmission into REVERSE,  release brake pedal for 5 seconds, shift transmission into DRIVE, release brake pedal for 5 seconds, turn engine off, shift transmission to PARK.


Ram 3500 4WD

7,667

None

No

Yes

For models with manual shift

transfer case, shut engine off, press brake pedal, shift transmission into NEUTRAL, shift transfer case lever to NEUTRAL, start engine, shift transmission into REVERSE,  release brake pedal for 5 seconds, shift transmission into DRIVE, release brake pedal for 5 seconds, turn engine off, shift transmission to PARK.

*"2014 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2014

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



BUICK - 2014 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Enclave FWD/AWD

4,724
4,922

65mph/
None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of

day and at each fuel stop for

5 minutes. Remove  50-amp BATT1 fuse while towing.

Regal GS FWD

3,725

60mph/ None

Yes

No

Run engine at beginning of

day and at each fuel stop for

5 minutes.

*"2014 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2014

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.





CHEVY - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Avalanche 4WD

5,803

None

N/A

Yes

Requires optional Active, 2 Speed Transfer Case.

Cruze

3,102

65mph/ None

Yes

No

Remove fuses 22, 23, 24 and 25 from fuse block.

Equinox

3,777

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Equinox AWD

3,922

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32.

Silverado 1500 4WD

4,892

None

N/A

Yes


Sonic

2,690

65mph/ None

Yes

Yes*

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse DLIS. *1.8 model only.

Spark

2,269

55mph/ None

Yes

No


Suburban 1500 4WD

5,824

None

N/A

Yes

Requires optional Active, 2-Speed Transfer Case.

Tahoe 4WD

5,567

None

N/A

Yes

Requires optional Active, 2-Speed Transfer Case.

Traverse

4,713

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 15-amp ECM and OnStar fuses, and 50-amp BATT1 fuse.

Traverse AWD

4,956

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 15-amp ECM and OnStar fuses, and 50-amp BATT1 fuse.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.


JEEP - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Compass

3,101

None

Yes

No


Compass 4WD

3,216

None

Yes

No


Grand Cherokee Limited & Overland

4,850

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD vehicles with Quadra-Trac II (V-6 models) and Quadra-Drive II systems (V-8 models) are towable. Shift transfer case to NEUTRAL, transmission must be in PARK.  See "Shifting Into Neutral," in owner's manual.

Patriot 2WD

3,111

None

Yes

No


Patriot 4WD

3,263

None

Yes

No


Wrangler 4WD

3,760

None

Yes

Yes

With engine off, press brake pedal, shift automatic transmission into NEUTRAL or press clutch pedal on manual transmission, shift transfer  case lever into NEUTRAL, start engine. Shift transmission into REVERSE, release brake pedal (and clutch pedal on manual transmissions) for 5 seconds, shift automatic transmission in DRIVE or manual transmission in first gear, release brake pedal (and clutch pedal on manual transmissions) for 5 seconds. Turn engine off, apply parking brake, shift transmission into

PARK or place manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL), hook up vehicle to tow bar, release parking brake.

Wrangler Unlimited 4WD

4,075

None

Yes

Yes

With engine off, press brake pedal, shift automatic transmission into NEUTRAL or press clutch pedal on manual transmission, shift transfer

case lever into NEUTRAL, start

engine. Shift transmission into REVERSE, release brake pedal (and clutch pedal on manual transmissions) for 5 seconds, shift automatic transmission in DRIVE or manual transmission in first gear, release brake pedal (and clutch pedal on manual transmissions) for 5 seconds.Turn engine off, apply parking brake, shift transmission into PARK or place manual transmission in gear (not in NEUTRAL), hook up vehicle to tow bar, release parking brake.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that  the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



GMC - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Acadia FWD/AWD

4,656/ 4,850

65mph/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove 15-amp ECM and OnStar fuses, and 50-amp BATT1 fuse.

Sierra 1500 4WD

4,877

None

N/A

Yes

Transfer case must be set to NEUTRAL.

Terrain FWD/AWD

3,853

65 MPH/ None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of each day and at each fuel stop for 5 minutes. Remove fuse 32. After towing, let engine idle for more than 3 minutes before driving vehicle.

Yukon 4WD

5,567

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD models equipped with a 2-speed automatic transfer case are towable.

Yukon XL 1500 4WD

5,824

None

N/A

Yes

Only 4WD models equipped with a two-speed automatic transfer case are towable.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



DODGE - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Challenger

4,082

65mph/
None

Yes

No

Transmission in NEUTRAL.

Dart

3,186

None

Yes

No

Transmission in NEUTRAL.

Durango R/T
AWD 5.7 V-8

5,330

None

N/A

Yes

Requires 2-Speed Transfer

AWD 5.7-L V-8 Case. Transmission in PARK, transfer case set to NEUTRAL.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



RAM - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Ram 1500 4WD

4,893

None

N/A

Yes

Transmission in PARK, transfer case set to NEUTRAL.

Ram 2500 4WD

5,997

None

Yes

Yes

For automatic transmissions, shift into PARK; manual transmissions place in gear, not NEUTRAL. Manual and electronic shift transfer cases must be in NEUTRAL: See "Shifting Into Neutral," in owner's manual.

Ram 3500 4WD

7,152

None

No

Yes

For automatic transmissions, shift into PARK; manual transmissions place in gear, not NEUTRAL. Manual and electronic shift transfer cases must be in NEUTRAL: See "Shifting Into Neutral," in owner's manual.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.



BUICK - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

Enclave FWD/AWD

4,724
4,922

65mph/
None

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of

day and at each fuel stop for

5 minutes. Remove 15-amp

ECM and OnStar fuses, and

50-amp BATT1 fuse.

Regal

3,600
3,671

60mph/ None

Yes

No

Run engine at beginning of

day and at each fuel stop for

5 minutes.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.


CADILLAC - 2013 Model Year


Make/ Model

Base Curb Weight

Speed/ Distance Limits

Towable w/manual

Trans

Towable w/auto

Trans

Special Procedures

SRX FWD/AWD

4,277/

4,442

65mph/

none

N/A

Yes

Run engine at beginning of

day and at each fuel stop for

5 minutes. Remove shift lever

boot. Press and hold manual

release button.

*"2013 Guide to Dinghy Towing" MotorHome April 2013

Confirm flat towability by reading the owner's manual before the purchase is finalized. It is the customer's responsibility to confirm 

that the vehicle can be towed without causing damage to the drivetrain, transmission or otherwise voiding the warranty.




Call 1-800-635-8000 and let our Experts help 
you find a vehicle to tow behind your motorhome.