Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Towing or packing a Smart Car on the back of a Class A
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Class A Motorhomes

Open Roads Forum  >  Class A Motorhomes  >  General Topics

 > Towing or packing a Smart Car on the back of a Class A

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next
RustyMacIntosh

Fresno, Cal

Full Member

Joined: 10/24/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 06:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK, I bought a Smart Car. Love it actually. Hella a gocart that haul ass.

Three ideas being floated on how to pack this baby. Either, build a rack for the back of my Class A--glorified handicapped scooter type carrier that connects to the hitch, etc.

The Smart weights about 1800.

A trailer. I looked at Lowes. Since the Smart weights about 1800, and is about 5x8ish, a 6x9 or so flatbed type would work. Maybe.

Or tow bar. Roadmaster builds for about $400 a setup that mounts to the subframe of the front of the Smart. I'd then have to buy the tow bar setup, but that is extra.

My inclination is to build a rack. Such as in this picture that is attached.

[image]

https://imgur.com/f9b08Wb

ferndaleflyer

everywhere

Senior Member

Joined: 03/31/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had a Smart since 2014 and have towed it all over the country on a dolly. This works for me as I can also tow our Honda CRV or DWs Camry if I choose. Last year I bought a Featherlite trailer so I can now take our Mercedes or F-150. You will never know the Smart is there unless you look. I originally bought the Smart to take with me to the Drag Races because it fits in the same space in my 32ft enclosed trailer as a golf cart and unlike the golf cart has a/c and tags so I can drive it to town if I wish.

RustyMacIntosh

Fresno, Cal

Full Member

Joined: 10/24/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 07:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I looked at ToyHaulers (or am looking at ToyHaulers) since I upgraded my Suburban to an Excursion V-10, but the motorhome, I think its best to buy a Lowes trailer...some of the other stuff I saw online is pushing 5-8grand for a platform.

ferndaleflyer

everywhere

Senior Member

Joined: 03/31/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dolly is a lot simpler than a trailer and since smart is so light you don't need brakes on the dolly

CA Traveler

The Western States

Senior Member

Joined: 01/03/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you consider a swivel wheel dolly which would place most of the weight on the dolly wheels?

Just curious but nice job!


2009 Holiday Rambler 42' Scepter with ISL 400 Cummins
750 Watts Solar Morningstar MPPT 60 Controller
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Bob


valhalla360

No paticular place.

Senior Member

Joined: 08/19/2009

View Profile



Posted: 06/14/20 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What's the Class A and how much excess payload do you have? CoG for 1800lb 15ft behind the rear axle might add 3000lb to the rear axle(s). Plus a lift for something that big is going to be at least a few hundred pounds more.

If you have a big bus based diesel pusher with 2 rear axles, that might be viable. If you have a lower end gas MH with a single rear axle, that gets iffy.

A dolly or swivel wheel trailer would likely make more sense and be a heck of a lot cheaper.


Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2008 Copper Canyon 5er
Catalac Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and 5er


Lwiddis

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is there a way to test 2000 pounds on the very rear of your MH? Otherwise a smart car is an interesting idea.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watts solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL pole for flags. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560)


CA Traveler

The Western States

Senior Member

Joined: 01/03/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

A dolly or swivel wheel trailer would likely make more sense and be a heck of a lot cheaper.
I was wondering about the swivel wheel cost comparison considering it was a DIY project.

RedRollingRoadblock

Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 11/26/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/14/20 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 106" length to the Smart Car loaded like the picture would be over width. Standard is 102".

Seattle Steve

Tucson

Senior Member

Joined: 09/18/2010

View Profile



Posted: 06/14/20 10:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I considered it at one point. Kendon makes a trailer specifically for the Smart car that can be stood on end to take up less space when not being used.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Class A Motorhomes  >  General Topics

 > Towing or packing a Smart Car on the back of a Class A
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Class A Motorhomes


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.