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What Tow Dolly do You Recommend to Flat-Tow My 2021 Mini Cooper?


I was hoping you could direct me to an etrailer representative in Northern California that could sell and install the base plate and wiring to flat tow a Mini Cooper.


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I have an answer for you. From my research on your 2021 Mini Cooper, I confirmed with the owner's manual that you should not flat-tow your vehicle. The manual states that a 2021 Mini Cooper needs to be towed with the front wheels elevated whether you have the Steptronic transmission or the manual transmission. There are also pictures in the owner's manual that provide you with acceptable ways to tow. With that being said, it is always a good idea to abide by the manufacturers recommendations.

With this information, it is safest to transport your vehicle using a tow dolly. For this route, I recommend the Demco Kar Kaddy X Tow Dolly w/ Disc Brakes - Tilt Bed Frame - 4,800 lbs # DM9713093. The advantage of the Kar Kaddy X is that it comes with hydraulic brakes, so you do not need to worry about the headache of installing a 7-way wiring harness and brake controller. In order to flat-tow with the dolly, you need a 2-inch ball like the # 40038 (1-inch shank) or # A-90 (1-1/4 inch shank). Since the Kar Kaddy X's coupler sits at 18 inches high, you most likely need a rise/drop hitch to make the connection level. I went ahead and attached a product page that shows all of our rise/drop hitches for 2-inch hitches.

If you need assistance with any of the setup processes, there is a way to find our recommended installers in your area. Right under the product images and videos, there is text that says, "Need help with installation? Locate installers near me." From this text, you can click on the link and enter your zip code to find installers near you. I went ahead and attached a photo that shows you where this link is located on the product page.

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