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Can a 4 Wheel Drive 2014 Ram 3500 be Flat Towed Behind RV

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If I put the trans in neutral and transfer case in neutral will it hurt the tranny or will it just freewheel. We are going to tow long distances 2,000 miles

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The final authority on whether a vehicle can be flat towed or not is the owners manual. I was able to pull up the owners manual of your vehicle and found that you can flat tow the 4WD versions of the 2014 RAM 3500 if you follow their recommended procedures.

Automatic transmission in PARK, transfer case in neutral. Manual transmission in GEAR, transfer case in neutral.

For a base plate kit you'd then want the part # RM-296-2 which is a confirmed fit for your truck. Then for a tow bar the Sterling part # RM-576 would be a great option as it has an 8k capacity and includes safety cables.

For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR, that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow bar will be level when you are flat towing. I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry.

I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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The final authority on whether a vehicle can be flat towed or not is the owners manual. I was able to pull up the owners manual of your vehicle and found that you can flat tow the 4WD versions of the 2014 RAM 3500 if you follow their recommended procedures. Automatic transmission in PARK, transfer case in neutral. Manual transmission in GEAR, transfer case in neutral. For a base plate kit you'd then want the part # RM-296-2 which is a confirmed fit for your truck. Then for a tow bar the Sterling part # RM-576 would be a great option as it has an 8k capacity and includes safety cables. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV. And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR, that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles. Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow bar will be level when you are flat towing. I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry. I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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Expert Reply:

The transmission being in neutral is for the safety of the transmission. The key position is what allows the steering wheel to turn freely as needed.

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