If I am towing with a Remco Lube Pump System and I get a Red Light and an alarm, can I keep towing?
No! If you receive a Red Light and an alarm, Remco recommends that you pull over as soon as possible and tow the car with the engine idling until you are able to get to a Remco Dealer where the pump system can be looked at. When towing with the engine idling, Remco advises that you stop and check to make sure the vehicle is still running about every 50 miles or so. If the engine fails to continue idling, you may be damaging your Transmission so you will want to check as often as your trip distance allows. You will burn gas using this method, but it will protect your Transmission until you are able to see a Remco Dealer.
How can I make sure my pump system lasts?
Typically most of Remco’s customers only tow 3 to 4 times a year. In between trips it is a good idea to exercise your pump, especially if it will not be used for 3-6 months. Remco recommends that a user run the pump once a month for 15-20 minutes just to give it some exercise as this tends to give the pump longer life. Simply connect a 12-Volt power source to the pump (you can jump from the vehicle’s battery if needed) and run the pump. If needed, Remco offers an Off SeasonRun Kit to aide in exercising the pump. Call Remco if you would like more details.
Do I need a Braking System on my toad if I am going to flat tow?
Lawfully, yes you do. Every state in the Union and every Province in Canada has braking system laws on the books. Weight amounts where a Braking System is required varies from State to State (i.e. California anything over 1,500 lbs requires a braking system), but in most states these laws are not heavily enforced. In some cases your Motor Homes’ brakes will be sufficient to stop the toad, but in other cases the toad will push your Motor Home down the road and a braking system will be needed. Remco always advises our customers to follow the braking laws in the states they travel through. Remco sells the Patriot Braking System by Blue Ox to allow our customers to tow safely and legally.
Can I tow my Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Manual Transmission 5-Speed behind my RV? I don't see my vehicle on your website?
Any Front Wheel Drive, Manual Transmission 5-Speed vehicle can be flat towed safely behind a Motor Home. Remco has not formally tested most of these vehicles, but we have accumulated this data throughout our over 30 years of flat towing experience. You are safe to tow a Manual Transmission vehicle behind your RV as long as it is a Front-Wheel Drive with a 5-Speed Manual Transmission.
I see on your website that you say my Honda Automatic Transmission vehicle can be flat towed, but I spoke to my Car Dealer and Honda says no, why can I not get a straight answer?
Remco has tried to get an answer from Honda as to whether or not their Automatic Transmission vehicles can be flat towed. We still have not been able to get confirmation. Remco states that these vehicles can be flat towed, because in our experience they can be flat towed without modification. Officially, from both Honda and Remco, Honda’s Automatic Transmission vehicles cannot be flat towed behind a Motor Home. There are a few exceptions where Honda does make it clear in the Owner’s Manual that a vehicle can be flat towed (i.e. 2009-2014 Honda CR-V’s), but by and large they will state that it cannot be flat towed except in an emergency.
A person can flat tow a Honda Automatic Transmission vehicle behind their Motor Home if they follow the “Emergency Towing “procedures in the Owner’s Manual. Remco recommends that they follow these procedures each and every time they tow. The restriction states that you cannot flat tow the vehicle in an Emergency situation for more than 50 miles at 35 mph. Please note that if you cannot find the Emergency Procedures in the Owner’s Manual you can find them online by searching for “Honda Flat Towing Procedures” or searching at an online forum like RV.net.
Please be advised that if you choose to flat tow your Honda Automatic Transmission vehicle, and incur any transmission damage as a result, you will have to pay for that expense out of pocket. It is nothing that Honda will warranty. The responsibility of the transmission is yours. Remco does not sell a Lube Pump for these vehicles.
Do you make the Drive Shaft Coupling (Disconnect) that I can use to tow my Rear-Wheel (RWD) or Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) vehicle?
No. Remco sold that product line in 2008 and we no longer are involved in the manufacturing or sales of that product. If you are interested in a Drive Shaft Coupling (Disconnect) please contact either Drive Shaft King in Dallas, TX at 800-442-6329 or Just for Towing in Yuma, AZ at 928-782-3611.
Can I tow my Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) or All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle on a Tow Dolly?
For specific information about Dolly towing Remco recommends that you contact a Tow Dolly reseller as we are not experts in “Dolly Towing”. However, Remco never recommends Dolly towing any Four-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive vehicle. Flat towing of the vehicle is the most convenient, but if the vehicle cannot be flat towed from the manufacturer and if it is determined that a Lube Pump system will not work on the vehicle, then Remco recommends that the vehicle be towed with a Trailer as all four wheels will need to be off the ground.
The salesman at my auto dealership says my vehicle can be flat towed, yet you say it cannot be flat towed, who is right?
Most auto manufactures will not give you a straight answer about towing their vehicles because they haven’t done any testing. They may give you a negative or wrong answer because they are afraid of a lawsuit. When Remco lists a vehicle as towable on their website that is because we have determined that the vehicle is towable through research, testing and experience. Ultimately, the decision to tow the vehicle rests with the end user as they have to take personal responsibility when towing a vehicle if damage occurs. Remco strives to give our customers the very best information in regards to towing, but the responsibility of that vehicle and that vehicle’s transmission falls on the consumer.
I spoke with my auto manufacturer and they say my vehicle cannot be flat towed, yet you say it can be flat towed, who is right?
Most auto manufactures will not give you a straight answer about towing their vehicles because they haven’t done any testing. They may give you a negative or wrong answer because they are afraid of a lawsuit. When Remco lists a vehicle as towable on their website that is because we have determined that that vehicle is towable through research, testing and experience. Ultimately, the decision to tow the vehicle rests with the end user as they have to take personal responsibility when towing a vehicle if damage occurs. Remco strives to give our customers the very best information in regards to towing, but the responsibility of that vehicle and that vehicle’s transmission falls on the consumer.
Does Remco offer a warranty on the Lube Pump Systems?
Yes, Remco covers all parts and the transmission for 1-year from manufactures' date (or date of installation, if proof of installation date can be provided) or 10,000miles, whichever comes first. We do not cover the Transmission on any vehicle with over 40,000 miles on it. Please read our full Limited Warranty for the Lube Pump Kits and fill out a warranty registration card for the warranty to be valid.
How fast can I tow with your Lube Pump?
You can tow as fast and as far as you want with our Lube Pump system. Please obey posted speed limits.
Do I need Safety Cables when flat towing?
Yes! Always use safety cables between the towed vehicle and the Motor Home in case the Tow Bar separates from the toad. Always attach the safety cables to the frame of the Motor Home and the frame of the toad.
Can I flat tow my 4WD vehicle with a Manual Transmission?
Most 4WD Vehicles with a manual Transmission and a manual transfer case and manual lock out hubs can be towed with all four wheels on the ground safely with no problems. Vehicles that do not have manual lockout hubs and/or a manual transfer case cannot be flat towed without modification to the drive shaft.
Can I back up when flat towing a vehicle?
No, never back up when flat towing as the toad could jackknife quickly and you will be unable to respond to it. This could also damage the tow bar and mounting brackets.
Is it okay to tow in snow and ice?
No. Never tow in snow and ice.
Can I tow in thick gravel or sand?
Yes, but be extremely careful! Sometimes the front tires on your toad will turn in the opposite direction you are headed and you will be dragging the vehicle through the sand or gravel. The only way to prevent the dragging once it occurs is to get out of the Motor Home and turn the steering wheel in the towed vehicle in the direction you are heading.
What class of tow bar should I use when flat towing?
Remco recommends that you use a Class III (5,000 lbs.) tow bar or more. If you don’t know for sure contact the manufactures of the hitch or the Motor Home.
My toad is too low and I cannot see it when towing. What should I do?
Get a CB antenna from Radio Shack; put it on your trunk lid with a red flag and you will have something to watch through your Motor Home’s rear view mirror or camera.
Are their any vehicles that can be flat towed that Remco does not recommend?
Yes, Remco does not recommend you tow a Subaru prior to 1993 because they do not track well. Subaru has a different alignment setup in the pre 1993 vehicles that doesn’t allow it to track well behind a Motor Home. Newer Subaru’s seem to do just fine though.
Their seems to be big difference in height between my tow bar and my base plate on my toad. Is this a problem?
Potentially yes, The Tow Bar should be as level as possible to the ground. If you have a height difference that is more than 2 inches this may cause problems with the vehicle tracking behind the Motor Home and may cause other issues like uneven tire wear. In order to prevent this from happening and to get the tow bar more level to the ground Remco recommends a purchase of a drop/rise receiver to correct the problem.