I have a 2017 Duster 4x4 and want to tow it behind my motorhome on a trailer dolly which holds the front wheels. The rear wheels will still turn so I was concerned this may damage the 4 wheel drive system.

  • It's probably NOT ok to tow this vehicle with wheels on the ground without removing the front-to-rear driveshaft. But as noted, the Owner's Manual should provide towing information.
    – jwh20
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 10:13
  • Are you stuck with the Duster? You might be better to sell it and buy a front-wheel drive vehicle, which is much more likely to work with your doilly.
    – Criggie
    Commented Feb 23, 2023 at 1:06
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    @Criggie I wouldn't sell the Duster but rather the dolly and get a full-size vehicle trailer. Probably more bang for buck.
    – arne
    Commented Feb 23, 2023 at 6:34
  • Thanks for that Commented Feb 24, 2023 at 0:04

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I found this in the owners manual for the vehicle, which says that it must not be towed with any wheels on the ground -

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    When towing 4WD vehicles with one axle on the ground (further than "out of the ditch"), it's necessary to disconnect the driveshaft (as jwh20 noted. That's usually not done in a breakdown recovery, and probably isn't practical for doing behind an RV where the dingy is expected to be used daily. It could be practical for a long journey where it won't be used for days/weeks.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 17:50
  • Excellent thanks Commented Feb 24, 2023 at 0:02

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