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Old 06-23-2018, 04:02 PM
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I have flat (all 4 wheels on the pavement) towed 2 wheel drive small cars but not a Discovery or other 4 wheel drive vehicle.

I have some questions. Can I just put the transfer case in neutral and the gearbox out of gear or do I need to disconnect the driveshafts?

Also, is the bumper strong enough for me to bolt the tow bar mounts directly to it by drilling holes in it for the mounts.

I will be traveling about 1100 miles.

It is a 5 speed manual gearbox.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:15 PM
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According to the D1 manual under "Vehicle Recovery", towing on a flatbed is the best method. But it can be towed with both tranny and transfer case in neutral, diff lock unlocked, and steering unlocked.

If it were me, I'd only attach the tow bar to the frame
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:27 PM
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I have seen Defenders with tow bar mounts mounted directly to the bumper. The other vehicles I have towed I pulled the bumpers and mounted direct to the frame. Anyone know if there is a specific mount made to connect a generic tow bar to the Disco frame?

I have also disconnected the driveshafts but with the Disco I lose the parking brake if I do that.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:25 AM
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According to the D1 manual under "Vehicle Recovery", towing on a flatbed is the best method. But it can be towed with both tranny and transfer case in neutral, diff lock unlocked, and steering unlocked.

If it were me, I'd only attach the tow bar to the frame
Steering UNlocked? I suspect that is a typo.

Agreed on the rest.
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Not a typo. Steering has to be unlocked for flat towing
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:08 PM
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ahh.. right. my bad. disregard my dumb post.
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:40 PM
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I flat tow my D2 behind my RV all over and have for years now.


Move gear selector to Neutral, Put transfer case into Neutral, put gear selector back into Park. Leave steering unlocked and have charge wire coming from RV to keep battery charged (computers are on) while towing.


While I have a Auto trans, I would think it would be the same for a manual, but just leave the trans in Neutral too.


Tow Bar info -

http://www.hitchsource.com/roadmaste...e-p-28386.html


http://www.hitchsource.com/roadmaste...i-p-28382.html
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Also, is the bumper strong enough for me to bolt the tow bar mounts directly to it by drilling holes in it for the mounts.


Thanks in advance!

God No - the stock bumpers are thing cheap easily tweaked steel. May hold up to a 5 mph bump.
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:21 PM
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Thanks for all the comments and information. I am going to buy some square steel tube, mount it in place of the bumper, and attach my tow bar mounts to the tube. Everything posted here confirms towing with the transfer case and gearbox in neutral should be aok
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