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Tow plate for Mini Cooper S 2010 UK

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Hello We are trying to find an option for our Mercedes Sprinter to tow our Mini Cooper S. We are based in the UK and are being told that due to the Mini Cooper S having a front crossbar made of Aluminium, a tow plate cant be used on this vehicle. Do you know of any options for this car to be towed safely behind a motorhome, without using a full on trailer? Any information would be gratefully received.

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Before flat towing any vehicles I highly recommend reviewing the towing section of your owner's manual and check all state and local laws regarding flat towing for any area you're planning on towing through.

I looked through the manual and if you have a manual transmission you'll be able to flat tow (all 4 wheels on the ground) the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Item # BX1307 would be a confirmed fit for a North American model Mini Cooper. You'll also need the following items:

Tow Bar: Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs Item # BX7380

Tow Bar Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs Item # RM-155

Braking System: Brake Buddy Stealth Supplemental Braking System - Proportional Item # HM39530

Safety Cables: Safety cables are included with the two bar I recommended.

Battery Charger: If you want to ensure that your battery won't die while you're towing you can use the BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Charge Kit Item # BB54FR.

If you have an automatic transmission then you will not be able to flat tow because leaving the front two wheels on the ground can damage your transmission. Instead you'll have to either use a flat bed trailer or you can dolly tow with the Demco Kar Kaddy SS Tow Dolly with Disc Brakes - Foldable - 4,800 lbs Item # DM9713045.


I've attached install videos for you as well.

Mini Towing Rules
Mini Towing Rules
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