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Old July 5th, 2011, 10:38 PM
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So I would like to take my D90 on vacation w/ me to Florida. I would prefer to tow it either on a car trailer or something else. I heard somewhere that you can't tow four wheel drive vehicles with a tow bar or with two wheels being on the road as it can damage the transmission or transfer case, is this true? Are there options for towing a D90 or will I just have to rent a car hauler/trailer?
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Old July 5th, 2011, 10:50 PM
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If you want to tow the 90 with a bar, you could disconnect both drive shafts. However, IMO a trailer would be much nicer/easier.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 10:58 PM
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flat tow

I flat tow our Defender all the, time set the main gearbox and transfer box in neutral, differential lock in the unlocked position.
Unlock the steering by turning ignition key to the first position and disengage the parking brake.
Away you go.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 03:10 AM
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So after doing some D-90.com research it seems that you can safely tow a D90 with a bar wherein the front tires are off the road when you disconnect the rear driveshaft from the rear diff/transfer case. Can someone confirm this for me? I'm going to Florida for two weeks on Sunday and cannot imagine being without my D90 for that long, especially in that environment. If this set up works I would be towing behind an 07 Yukon XL, anybody know of any issues in that regard? Also any recommendations as to where to buy a tow bar appropriate for towing a D90 in this sort of situation would be appreciated. Also fyi, I live in Dallas and hope to tow my D90 about 800 miles to Florida.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 03:23 AM
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Check out U-haul for towing trailer ideas.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 06:17 AM
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Any particular reason not to just drive the D90 to FL?
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Old May 17th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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A flat tow is possibly the easiest but will work both axles, not that that is a problem. A tow dolly that raises the front will put some weight on the tow vehicle and again you will wok an axle gearing. In both of these cases you are using the tow vehicles brakes to stop everything. Again not a problem but it will work the brakes on the tow vehicle and extend your braking distances. The best option is to have a trailer with brakes. No wear and tear on the Defender, easier on the tow vehicle and better braking distances. If you have time you might be able to find a used tow dolly that would be cheaper than renting. A car hauler can cost, new, any where from $2,500.00 on up. But always watch the trailer rating. The Defenders are not light.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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Mainly because I'm getting pretty close to 90,000 on the odometer and I'm in denial about my truck ever having more than that amount of miles on it. Also 800 miles in a ST D90 would not be the most comfortable/quiet drive, still though part of me thinks it would be fun. And I don't want to have a break down or have something go wrong. Oh and it would take about 4.5 tanks of gas. But I'll look into towing options so thanks, maybe I'll have to wait till another time I go.
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flat tow it, no problems..
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it amazes me the length we sometimes go for these silly trucks

have a great trip
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I haven't driven my D90 that far, but my Lightweight a lot farther, both with and without the top. I've never thought of it as an ordeal. But I guess it's all relative.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:03 PM
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If you decide to flat tow without disconnecting the drive shafts will you still accrue the miles on the odometer provided the TC is in neutral?
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Mainly because I'm getting pretty close to 90,000 on the odometer and I'm in denial about my truck ever having more than that amount of miles on it. Also 800 miles in a ST D90 would not be the most comfortable/quiet drive, still though part of me thinks it would be fun. And I don't want to have a break down or have something go wrong. Oh and it would take about 4.5 tanks of gas. But I'll look into towing options so thanks, maybe I'll have to wait till another time I go.
Just leave the top and the windows at hone and bring extra ear plugs!

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I assure you it can't be louder than my 90 with Mud Rover tires, surrey top, I believe a 1.6 gear box, and some crazy diff gearing which runs me at 3500rpms @ 75mph and just shy of 4000 @ 80. It's crazy loud. And I just drove 425 miles to NY. Of course, I recommend purchasing the Sony noise canceling earbuds...they worked great!
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Just rent a uhaul trailer for 100 bucks each way. They have surge brakes and your truck can tow 3 defenders.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 07:59 AM
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The ST was meant to be driven! You're going to miss out!!! You could just get ear plugs. I drove my ST(now sold) from LAX to RIC in February 2011 and took a side trip through Ohio...man was it cold!! but would do it all again. You have a great 800 mile trip where youre going. Good Luck!!
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