Fran Butzberger
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I've been a smart owner since
March 12, 2008
Tucson, Arizona
My favorite things about smart
size, mileage,looks, love to drive it!,
About Me
retired, have a motor home , love to drive Smart and will tow it when they figure out a tow system.
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Towing Smart

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:21pm 0 Comments

We have recently purchased a Class B van/motorhome (Pleasure Way) as we can keep it up at our Summer home in the White Mountains of Northern Arizona.  We do not use our supplemental breaking system at this point as we have heard of too many dinghy breaks being ruined by a system that breaks in error.  We have had no problems towing our Smart.  I do not think that our Blue Ox tow bar will ever have a problem with our tow as the Smart is only 1850 lbs. and the tow bar is rated at at least…


Towing Smart

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Hi I recently had an inquiry about towing the Smart Car. We tow ours behind our Winnebago Via (26 ft motorhome) If you follow the instructions in the revised Smart Car manual, it is so easy. Make sure you go to a dealer that is familiar with Smart Cars for the installation. We have a Blue Ox towing system with the Patriot braking system. To be legal in all states and Canada, you DO have to have a breaking system. If you are ever in an accident, even if it was not your fault, you will be charged… Continue


Posted on February 26, 2010 at 12:13pm 7 Comments

We will be installing a Blue Ox towing system and the blue ox Patriot braking system. If I use a battery disconnect per the manual then I would need to install another 12volt outlet and have it connected directly to the battery so I can plug in the brake system.
Any suggestions and/or feedback would be appreciated. THANKS…


towing the smart behind a motor home

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 6:17pm 4 Comments

We just downsized and bought a Winnebago Via class A motor home. It is 26 feet long and will tow our Smart Car with no problems. We are looking for a dealer that has installed the base plate (either Blue-Ox or Roadmaster as they both have baseplates for Smart) on a Smart Car before. We are in Tucson , Arizona and it seems no one here has done a base plate on a Smart before. Also what are the steps to take in getting Smart ready to tow? Shift into neutral and disconnect the battery? Is that all?… Continue

Back from 4 month RV trip

Posted on October 18, 2008 at 12:23pm 2 Comments

Hi all you Smarties out there. Just a quick note if you have to leave your Smart sit for a while. We went on a 4 month RV trip with our motor home and left my Smart at home since we have not installed a tow package yet. I hooked the Smart up to a battery minder(not too hard to do, but you have to remove the passenger side floor to get to the battery) and put a bottle of Sta-Bil into the full gas tank. On our arrival home, I disconnected the battery minder and little Smart started right up. I… Continue

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At 9:03pm on December 11, 2011, Alan F. Webber Sr. said…

Hope this finds all OK.  Have a a Happy Christmas & New Year. 

At 12:41pm on May 18, 2010, WaltN said…

Thanks for the reply. Looks like that's the way I'll go, too. How did you route the wire for the break-away switch? Do you just go through the window/door, or did you route it into the cockpit via the front "hood" area?

Thanks, again,

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