Originally Posted by rpasetto
@grandriver125: Thanks for the info. Keep us apprised of your towing experiences.
My Dodge Dakota takes a lot more than 4 sec to shift out or in to neutral... when surroundings are quiet the shift can be heard. With every toad I've had, I always try to rollit a bit by hand; when on-the-flat I can usually push it back and lock at least one side of the towbar. Regardless of that I always have the DW watch it move the first few yards after double checking the hookup and signal lights.
Today I did something similar. Our driveway is on a slope - enough so that we can't even run the fridge on propane or electricity for a day before departing. Today I backed the Cherokee up to the garage, followed the process to put the transfer case in Neutral, put the transmission in reverse gear as they state, and it rolled forward and I stopped it after about 10 ft - so I knew it was successfully in N. I then backed the MH up the drive to connect. So as we departed I felt comfortable that we were OK.
It has been years since I drove a military jeep (1950s). I seem to rememberer the process was much simpler. Put the manual transmission lever in neutral, put the transfer case lever in neutral, and that was it. Would be nice if it were that simple now. I explained the process to my wife this afternoon when we took it out of N. Her eyes glazed over and I knew I'd never ask her to handle this task.
OH, one other thing I did. I turned the easy exit feature off. We have it set to move the seat back when the engine is turned off and forward and up when the ignition is turned on. That will play hell with the Brake Buddy so on our list is a reminder to turn it off when towing.
ps. My engineer son had a Dodge Dakota and he still praises it (it was 2WD though). He had it for about five years (company vehicle) and put over 150,000 miles on it and other than brake servicing and tires nothing else had to be done.