Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Toyota Corolla with Manual Transmission Behind Another Vehicle

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I own a 2016 toyota corolla and Im not sure if I can tow it behind a U- haul. What would you suggest?

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The online owner's manual for your 2016 Toyota Corolla indicates on pages 162-163 that the version with manual transmission CAN be flat towed behind another vehicle but that the automatic transmission version CANNOT be towed 4-wheels-down.

For the towable manual model the procedure to prepare the car for this process is noted on page 163. I suggest checking your own printed manual just in case it offers different and/or additional information. Check the index under "T" to find the towing section, then check the "dinghy towing" section for specifics.

There are a few components needed to safely flat tow a vehicle behind another vehicle. The linked article details each of these items, which include a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, a high-low hitch adapter, and base plates and a braking system on the towed car.

For base plates I suggest the Roadmaster EZ5 kit # RM-521194-5, their Falcon 2 tow bar # RM-520 which installs in the hitch on the tow vehicle, safety cables # RM-643, a diode lighting kit like # RM-15247 or a simple magnetic light kit like # EZT20B, and a braking system like the excellent Blue Ox portable and wireless Patriot braking system # BRK2019 which is simple to install and easily moveable to your next vehicle.

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