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Old 05-18-2008, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a donor S10 4 door Blazer to finish my Jimmy project. The trans was shot, so I decided to get a tow bar and drag it home behind my truck. I have a picture but it's on my phone. I was impressed with how the 2.8 performed, it held 60 in 5th gear most of the way. Anyone else ever flat tow with their truck?
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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dumb question, whats flat towing??
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Flat towing is pulling a vehicle that has all four tires on the ground. The term is most commonly used in the RV world. When you see an RV pulling a car without a dolly or trailer, that's flat towing.

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Old 05-19-2008, 10:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Flat towing is pulling a vehicle that has all four tires on the ground. The term is most commonly used in the RV world. When you see an RV pulling a car without a dolly or trailer, that's flat towing.

oh, ok. seen it before but never knew what it was called. Learn something new everytime. Thanks
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Great way to rack up miles on your runabout vehicle.
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My Grandparents bought a Canyon 4wd to pull behind their RV and it doesn't rack up any miles at all when they flat tow it.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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interesting didnt know it as called flat towing
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If a 4 x 4 (auto trans), and if equipped with a neutral on the 2 x, 4 lo,4 hi controls, press the 2 x and the 4 hi buttons at the same time, until the neutral light blinks and comes on. With the tranny in Park, the rig is ready to tow. A fuse can be pulled under the hood, to eliminate any mileage build-up.
If you have a 2 wd, a manual trans, or a unit without the neutral light, u r on your own....who knows??????
I have a 99 blazer and an 08 colorado and both are set up to be towed behind the motorhome. The blazer has maybe 5000 miles of towing under its belt, w/o any problems.

I think with a 2 wd and manual transmission, one just has to put the trans in neutral and make sure the front wheels arent locked by steering or ignition switch.
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. . . press the 2 x and the 4 hi buttons at the same time, until the neutral light blinks and comes on. . .
That's, "press the 2x and the 4 LO buttons at the same time . . ." (See manual). If you try the 2x & 4 HI at the same time, all it will do is shift from one to the other, not Neutral.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Very correct. I noticed the error of my ways while in the truck today. I was shooting from the hip and shot myself in the foot...lol
Anyway, its pretty **** obvious and self explanatory , if ya look at the markings at the/on the control button panel.
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