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Old March 22nd, 2014, 01:18 PM
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D-90 tow bar...

Does anyone have experience flat towing a Defender? What make and model tow bar did you use? Thanks.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 09:03 PM
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I flat towed my 110 from Montreal to Toronto when I bought it back in 06. Tow bar we used was home made, fabricated by a blacksmith friend of mine, Tom Tollefson. It's affectionately know as Tollefson Mark II. Disconnected both drive shafts at the the axles and away we went. 550 kms behind a Sprinter van.



That tow bar has hauled a lot of Series trucks around southern Ontario over the years.

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Old March 22nd, 2014, 09:23 PM
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I have one made by Curt towing I've used a lot. Just put your transfer box in neutral and your trans in park, make sure your steering wheel can move freely and away you go.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 09:31 AM
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What do you mean by Transfer in park? My 110 2.5 diesel has a 5-speed manual trans. Do I put it in neutral and then the gear box in neutral?

I've others say you have to unlink the drive shafts which seems like a lot of effort?
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Think he mean Neutral for both stick shift gear box and transfer box.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:36 AM
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If you have an automatic transmission it should be in park and the transfer case in neutral
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Old April 15th, 2014, 11:39 AM
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Ah. Ok. With my Range Rover Sport. (07) which is automatic, instructions say not park but neutral with key in accessory mode. In park the front wheels are locked and would not turn. Must be the older models.

I'm glad to hear just putting both gear and transfer in neutral is the option. I wonder if it's the same for towing with a dolly (front wheels up)? Seems like it would be but rear tires will spin while front would not. Is that a problem?
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Old April 15th, 2014, 11:45 AM
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I was referring to towing a RR classic, defender or disco 1. I never flat towed anything newer than that.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 11:51 AM
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I wonder if it's the same for towing with a dolly (front wheels up)? Seems like it would be but rear tires will spin while front would not. Is that a problem?
You can NEVER tow with only two wheels on the ground unless the driveshaft is removed.
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Ah. Ok. With my Range Rover Sport. (07) which is automatic, instructions say not park but neutral with key in accessory mode. In park the front wheels are locked and would not turn. Must be the older models.

I'm glad to hear just putting both gear and transfer in neutral is the option. I wonder if it's the same for towing with a dolly (front wheels up)? Seems like it would be but rear tires will spin while front would not. Is that a problem?
Cannot really tow a LR3 or RRS flat for any sort of extended time. There isn't really anyway to put the transfer case in neutral.

From the LR3 owners manual, "If the following conditions are met, the vehicle may only be towed for a distance of 50 km (30 miles) at a maximum speed of 50 km/h (30 mph)."
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Old April 15th, 2014, 12:03 PM
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Yes. Thanks. So not to confuse things. I'm trying to figure out towing for my 1987 Defender 110 2.5 diesel RHD. I do appreciate all the input. I've got my 110 running nicely now and last thing I want to do is tow it 50 miles and find I've I've destroyed something.
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