Owners who often travel by motor home or recreational vehicle like to pull a smaller vehicle behind their rig for agile economical transportation once they reach a destination. The smaller vehicle is called a “dinghy“, like a small boat carried on a yacht.
RV and motor home travelers will have an ideal “dinghy” towing a Yaris, Corolla, Scion or Matrix because of their size and weight. The easiest Toyotas to dinghy tow are front-wheel drive vehicles with manual transmission because they can be towed with all four wheels on the ground. The next easiest are front-wheel-drive Toyotas with automatic transmission. To avoid transmission damage only “dinghy tow” these vehicles with the front wheels riding on a dolly (a small, light two-wheel trailer).
Rear-wheel-drive Toyotas and four-wheel-drive Toyotas cannot be “dinghy towed”. This means Toyota trucks, SUV’s, Matrix AWD, and RAV4 4WD are not recommended dinghy vehicles….
Here is a Dinghy Towing Reference Guide:
VEHICLE TOW/MANUAL TRANS. TOW/AUTO.
Avalon N/A w/dolly only
Camry(incl. Solara,Hybrid) Yes w/dolly only
Celica Yes w/dolly only
Corolla Yes w/dolly only
Yaris/Echo Yes w/dolly only
Matrix Yes w/dolly only
Prius N/A w/dolly only
Rav4 Yes w/dolly only
Highlander(incl. Hybrid) N/A w/dolly only
Sienna (2WD) N/A w/dolly only(2WD Only)
Scion(Xd, Xb, &Tc) Yes w/dolly only
Precautions for Dinghy Towing:
- Manual Transmission gear lever must be in Neural for dinghy towing
- Ignition switch turned to ACC position to unlock steering wheel, 4 wheels down
- All accessories off
- Parking brake released
- After towing, start vehicle and let idle for 3 minutes before driving