Tagged: Towing a Mini
October 22, 2020 at 11:12 am #25540WiltonKingParticipant
I plan on towing my Mini convertible behind my motor home. Standard shift with tow system installed. Does the steering wheel lock? Does the key fob have to be in? Any info would be helpful before I do something wrong and damage the Mini.October 26, 2020 at 7:22 pm #25557kingshamanParticipant
No it does not lock. I tow mine all the time behind motorhomes. 2011 Clubman S. Just turn it off, put in neutral. Make sure hand brake is off. Remove key. I always lock my doors.
November 8, 2020 at 12:20 pm #25762
- This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by kingshaman.
I have a 2005 mini Cooper. The key Hass to be in and turned one click to unlock the steering. It also must be a neutral. I’ve got 160,000 miles on my Mini and I’ve towed it probably 15,000 miles Without issueNovember 9, 2020 at 3:12 am #25767
Sorry, I reread my post and decided to change it. But then could not figure out how to edit it. I have a 2005 mini Cooper. On mine, the key must to be in and turned one click to unlock the steering. It also must be in neutral. I’ve got 160,000 miles on my Mini and I’ve towed it probably15,000 miles without issue – except for the one time that I forgot to release the hand brake and smoked the rear tires for 1/2 mile. Also, keep in mind that you must have an auxillary braking system on your ‘toad’. I have a Brake Buddy that is easily installed and removed as needed.January 4, 2021 at 9:12 am #25883alanrmillerParticipant
WiltonKing, It really depends on what year MINI you have. Older (Gen 1) MINIs that have a regular key need the key in the slot. Newer ones with just a FOB may not. Like Tim, we have a Gen 1 MINI (2004) and have towed it for over 30,000 miles over the last 4 years without any issues.January 4, 2021 at 10:02 am #25885WiltonKingParticipant
Thanks. I have a 2015 Mini Base convertible with the key fob. Found that the steering wheel does not lock, even when the fob is not in. All I have to do is connect the tow bar and put it in neutral and go. Mine is a standard straight drive transmission.January 4, 2021 at 11:01 am #25886
Since posting in November, I sold my ’05 MINI. This is likely to be my last post on this forum. I will leave my contact information in this message so that, if others might have a question on this particular subject, I might be contacted. Otherwise, I’d like to say that, of all the cars I have owned in my 72+ years, the MINI Cooper has been my favorite ever since I drove it off the showroom floor nearly 16 years ago. I did regret not participating in this club’s functions and especially running the Tail of the Dragon. However, since we cannot tow a MINI with an automatic transmission with all 4 wheels on the ground, we decided to tow an SOB (Some Other Brand). Enjoy motoring on into 2021 and if you ever see some old guy waving at you and he’s not in a MINI, if just might be me (old habits are hard to break)!
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