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I have only had my new Crew for a few weeks now and haven't had the occasion to trailer it anywhere yet. I have seen several on trailers though and noticed many are towing this unit backwards on the trailer... just wondering if this is the best way to haul them, and why. Engine on the tongue end for weight distribution maybe?

How do you tow yours? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Bill
 

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I think most tow forward. The ones that are backward likely are that way because of fitment issues on the trailer. Backed on the read bed and can overhang on the front of a trailer that has a gate and fit on a shorter trailer. Hauling backward increases the chances of blowing a front windshield out too. Always tie down by the ties or wheel and don't try to pull the suspension down. The people that do just have not towed one far enough over the right road to see what bad can happen doing that. Do not use the winch to tie down.
 

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Ditto on what Expat said about towing backward. I tried towing backward and during the 75mph test tow, no problems with the front windshield. Later during a 65 mph trip, the windshield had popped loose at the center bottom attachment posts. Lesson learned.

I have read many posts here on tie-down preferences and there are obviously varying opinions, many echoing the risk of tie downs coming loose on a large bump in the road when compressing the suspension downward with ratchet straps. Almost all who chose another option rather than tire tie downs suggest secured horizontal tie downs to accommodate the normal suspension flex when towing.

For now, I don't tow often or long distances, but for those times, I am trying out the LA Guard Dog (trailer version) hitch attachment, and added a front hitch receiver to get away from towing backward. Some states require four points of attachment, and while not disputing themanufactor's claims; I am in the process of adding at least two safety chains on the back end for a three point tie down system. My normal "home to farm, and back" trips often involve unpaved and sometimes muddy roads and I wanted something other than muddy and gritty ratchet straps. Sorry I don't have it completed yet to furnish a photo, but the search feature can provide several earlier threads and schools of thought on tie down and towing options.

Also, although I thought it would be a big factor, the rear engine weight being on the front -or- the rear of the trailer had no detectable difference in towing experience.
 
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