[DML] Re: Towing the DMC
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[DML] Re: Towing the DMC

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Videobob Moseley" <videobob@xxxx> 
> Does anyone have any experience towing a DeLorean?
> Mine is an automatic, I would love to be able to simply tow it with 
a pull 
> bar,
> you know where it rides on it's own wheels with an attacthed bar 
> behind
> the tow vehicle. I see a lot of RV's pulling cars this way.
> I figure I could just put it in nuetral right?
> I need to pull it with my car, a Dodge Magnum, which claims to only 
> about 3800 pounds.
> Since the DMC is 2800, that only leaves about 1000 pounds for a cau 
> which is pushing it.
> If I could pull just the car itself it would be a huge relief.
> Any suggestions?
> - Videobob

Just put your D on a car hauler and haul it with your magnum. It 
should be fine especially if you've opted for one of the 'good' ones 
with a hemi.  Rated tow capactites are generally just 'guidelines' 
set by the manufacturer. Just like max gross vehicle weight. 
Generally vehicles are capable of alot more than they're rated for. 
The stated numbers are generally just a CYA from the auto 
manufacturers so if you exceed them and have an accident or 
something, you can't sue them. 

The most important aspects of towing loads safely are 1) hitch 
loading, 2) braking power, and 3) torque. 

1) You allways want the proper weight distrobution on the trailer, 
with the proper load on the hitch that it's rated for. (Think it's 
300-400lbs or so on most good heavy duty hitches) Basicly you want 
enough weight it can't possibly bounce off, but not so much your 
taxing the rear suspension on the tow vehicle. 

2) Stopping power is really the most important thing and is the main 
thing that sets tow limits. Just used a good 4wheel car hauler with 
trailer brakes, and get a brake controller and hook to your 
brakelights on your magnum to control them and you won't have a bit 
of problem with this. 

3) Well torque isn't really needed for safety, but if you have to 
deal with any hills, the more the merrier. If you have a hemi you 
won't have any issues with this. Even if you have the V6 then you'll 
still probably be ok, just don't plan on doing much fast 
accelerating. :)

Also.. drive like your pulling a trailer.. not like your late for an 
appointment somewhere.. You allways have to remember your dealing 
with twice the length (or more) and twice the mass.. There is no 
stopping in a hurry or squeezing between cars in the other lane and 
the like... 


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