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I would like to tow my automatic front wheel drive Jetta behind my motorhome. Can i do this without buying a dolly?

Asked by faye (17817points) February 14th, 2010

I have an older motorhome with a tow ball and a 1990 jetta. Can this be done?

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FireMadeFlesh's avatar

No. No automatic car should be moved with its driving wheels on the ground unless it is actually driving, not even in neutral. The difference in rotation speeds between the different shafts in the transmission will cause it to burn out, and you will need a new or a reconditioned transmission.

faye's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh aah, a camper, what do I do then?

Cruiser's avatar

I do believe you can do it….check your owners manual and other sites for detailed info. This one covers a lot of issues with great links…En your journey.joy
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/tow-bars/self-aligning-motorhome-mounted-tow-bars.htm/printable

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@faye I’m not really a camper (at least I haven’t been camping since I’ve had my licence), but I am a car enthusiast. A Jetta is front wheel drive, so you will need to have some sort of bracket that will lift the front wheels off the ground and attach to the towball of the camper van. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them around, but you’ll have to ask a dealer who sells campers to point you in the right direction.

UScitizen's avatar

Of course you can. Rent a tow dolly.

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