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    Thank you from BT Senior Wrench of the forum Old Rugged Crosser's Avatar
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    Flat towing ?

    Can I hear the pro's and con's on flat towing? I can disconnect my front axles so that is no problem. But what about the transfer case? I have a D20 behind my Th 400.
    I can disconnect the trans. by putting the xfer case in neutral. Wouldn't that be all that is necessary for a several hundred mile tow? Heard some roomers that the xfer case will not be picking up the oil properly. How can that be?

    Would you guys please fill me in?
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    If you have front unlocking hubs, unlock them.

    Take the 8mm socket and remove the DS on the rear, tape the u-joint in a sandwich bag and tie the DS up on the frame. Put everything in neutral and no worries.

    Safest way.
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    The Model 20 will flat tow just fine in neutral. The gears inside spin and keep everything lubed. I flat towed mine hundreds of miles before I bought a trailer. The Dana 300 is another story, when you put a 300 in neutral, nothing inside spins except the output shaft, which requires splash oiling. A 300 will burn up the rear output shaft bearings if towed long distances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufcj View Post
    The Model 20 will flat tow just fine in neutral. The gears inside spin and keep everything lubed. I flat towed mine hundreds of miles before I bought a trailer. The Dana 300 is another story, when you put a 300 in neutral, nothing inside spins except the output shaft, which requires splash oiling. A 300 will burn up the rear output shaft bearings if towed long distances.

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    Thanks Bob. That's good news! I'm planning on flat towing it to go out to the Florance Oregon sand dunes and meet up with the North plains Drifter this summer.
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    That's good news! I always wondered that too as I used to flat tow mine.

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