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Old 12-13-2006, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default Towing another car using the rear tow hook?

Is it safe to tow another vehicle a short distance (about 1/2 mile) using a tow rope attached to the rear tow hook? That car that needs towing is a '94 Camry (around 3000 lbs). Of course, we'd be traveling at very low speed and with someone in the Camry working the brakes and steering wheel. The other end of the tow rope would go the front tow hook on the Camry.
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:40 PM   #2
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I'm guessing no, but I'm interested to what other say.
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Old 12-13-2006, 05:54 PM   #3
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Well, the tow hook in the car is capable of towing a ~3200lb WRX wagon uphill a short distance (otherwise it'd be useless for pulling the car up onto a flat bed).

Once both cars are moving, there's not going to be a whole lot of load on the hook - just enough to overcome friction to keep the towed car rolling.
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:51 PM   #4
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1/2 mile, at lower speeds... go for it. avoid starts/stops as much as possible, even if you have to take a longer route. essentially ANY car is fine to tow like that for a short distance.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:38 PM   #5
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It's a dancing act. The tow car has to keep moving and be very slow on acceleration. The towed car has to keep the tenson on the chain / rope by riding the brakes as nessesary.

If the Camey is an automatic, pay for the tow. If the tranny pump is engine driven you run the risk of trashing the gear box.
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:28 AM   #6
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Ive towed:

Toyota 4-runner, out of the last stage at the Sno*Drift rally... Bout 2-5miles....

Ford F150- 2-3miles in downtown detroit.

Ford E350 Cargo Van -- Was stuck in an icy/snow, hadent moved in 4months. Four quick tugs and it was free. (Uphill too)

Ford escort - same kinda thing.
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