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    How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    I have a 987.1 Cayman S with 6-speed manual. I have a few questions on how to tow the vehicle.

    I know an enclosed or flat bed trailer is best. But, cost and storage of these when not in use would be a problem.

    Can I use a 2 wheel tow dolly, with the front wheels on the dolly, to pull the car in neutral? (Will this damage the transmission or drive axels?)

    Will a 2 wheel tow dolly rack up miles on the odometer? What if I disconnected the battery?

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    Are you towing for a single use or to the track?

    I race a spec Miata and rent a car hauler from Uhaul. About $55/day. I don’t have to worry about trailer storage or any of that.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    That's the problem. U-Haul has a weighted demand pricing. I need to go from Little Rock, AR to Vancleave, MS.

    U-Haul charged about $100 for a car hauler to get it here 3 months ago. They want almost $500 to go back the same way. About $250 for a tow dolly. I could rent one from them. Or, I could buy a used one for less than $1,000. I would then be able to take it wherever I want. But, I don't want to do it that way if it's a bad idea and I'll be sorry for it later.

    I have enough room to keep it at my house, if I do decide to buy one.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Depending on how often you have the need, look at just buying a flatbed to tow with and selling it at your destination. Good trailers don't really depreciate and you could easily pick one up for under $3k and turnaround and sell it for the same. Just a thought.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Is it safe to tow a rear wheel drive Porsche on a front wheel tow dolly?

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    OK. This discussion seems to have gone nowhere.

    Does anybody know if I would break the transmission and/or accrue mileage from towing a rear wheel drive, manual transmission Porsche on a front wheel tow dolly?

    I have read that in general, it is OK to tow a manual transmission car in neutral. But, are there any other concerns associated with a trans-axel set-up?

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Wish I could help. I am curious to see answers as well though.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    I don't think it would hurt anything mechanically to tow a manual transaxle car in neutral, but have you considered shipping the car one way? It should cost well under $1000 on an open transporter. I've used ship a car direct with good results.

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    My home is in Mississippi. I work on the road. I am regularly in other cities for months at a time.
    I have on three occasions rented a Uhaul 4 wheel trailer for around $100 to move the car. I like to have it with me, as I like to tinker on it.
    This time they want almost $500.
    It has to do with local demand pricing.
    Of course I could pay to rent the trailer, I could have it shipped, I could hire a driver, or any number of other methods for getting it home.
    I've considered buying a car hauler. But, that would be relatively expensive and a large item to keep at the house. I have 3 acres, so I could do it.
    I could rent the 2 wheel dolly for about $250 or buy a used one for about $1,000.
    Then I would own it and this issue may be solved.
    I have about two weeks before this project is over and I have to do something.
    Just asking if I will be sorry for renting or buying a dolly rather than a trailer.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    As I understand, as long as all 4 wheels are off the road when towing, it should be okay. I've had my Cayman towed using a flatbed (preferred) and using a wheel lift with dollies, with the front end lifted and the rears on the dollies. No issues either way.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Well, I think this idea has come to an end.
    I read a few more articles. None of them about towing a Porsche specifically. None of them seems to make solid statements that it is OK.

    I found a PDF of the owner's manual. It states on pg. 262 "The vehicle must be towed with all four wheels off the ground, otherwise damage to the vehicle may result."

    It doesn't say why or that having a manual or automatic makes any difference. This may be an abundance of caution on their part. But, this is a pretty clear statement.

    I found a 2017 to 2019 911 owner's manual that states you can tow the car for up to 30 miles at 30 mph as long as it is in neutral. (the PDK automatic is really a computer controlled manual transmission)

    It seems that long distance, highway speed towing with the drive wheels on the ground is not a good idea. Maybe heat build up or lubrication. (a traditional manual transmission doesn't have a oil pump, so...??? )

    I guess I just have to pay the price or find a flat bed car hauler for sale for a reasonable price.

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    I have towed both my 1987 944s and 2006 Cayman s without any issues on a tow dolly. You need a 2x10 x 5’ to get the car up and then need to be careful about the front end while in the wheel pockets. I had to fill the wheel pockets in for the Cayman so I didn’t scrape the front fascia.
    As far as the mechanics of it, I tow with the ignition key out, trans in neutral. Never had a problem going to tracks about 400 mi away, mileage doesn’t accumulate, no lights appear on dash. Let me know if you have questions

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    That is exactly the comment I was looking for. It seems like it should be OK. But, that would be a hard lesson to learn if it wasn't.

    Tow dolly back on the list. However, I just found a really good deal on a flat bed. So, ?????

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Quote Originally Posted by RJD View Post
    That is exactly the comment I was looking for. It seems like it should be OK. But, that would be a hard lesson to learn if it wasn't.

    Tow dolly back on the list. However, I just found a really good deal on a flat bed. So, ?????
    If you have room to store the flat bed when it's not in use, I'd recommend you choose it.

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    Found a "wholesaler " in Sheridan, AR.
    18' x 82", 2" steel drop deck w/ 2' dove tail, 5' ramps, 7,000 lb tongue jack, removal fender, stake pockets, spare tire, 2-3,500 lb axels, led lights, 7 pin trailer brakes, custom ordered for $2,650. 8 to 10 day delivery.

    Problem solved.

    I have a double axle 16' trailer at home that I will sell to offset about half the cost. Now, I can tow it to driving events without putting on 400 extra miles.

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Quote Originally Posted by RJD View Post
    Found a "wholesaler " in Sheridan, AR.
    18' x 82", 2" steel drop deck w/ 2' dove tail, 5' ramps, 7,000 lb tongue jack, removal fender, stake pockets, spare tire, 2-3,500 lb axels, led lights, 7 pin trailer brakes, custom ordered for $2,650. 8 to 10 day delivery.
    Could you post the information from this vendor, please? Thanks.
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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Quote Originally Posted by peloton View Post
    Could you post the information from this vendor, please? Thanks.
    Seriously. That's a great price.
    2012 Cayman S Black Edition (378/500)
    2008 Cayman S [SOLD]

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    Re: How to tow 987.1 Cayman S - Manual

    Yeah. That's what I thought. I couldn't find a used trailer for the prices he was advertising. Found him through Little Rock - Craigslist.

    It a little country store that looks a lot like a flea market inside. He says he sells about 40 trailers a week. That's a lot of volume for a small store in the middle of nowhere.

    I told him that I would probably be selling a few trailers by word of mouth.

    He doesn't have a website, just a Facebook page. Anyway....

    Cowtown Antiques & More
    6109 US-167, Sheridan, AR 72150
    501-414-2950

    Post back if you buy one.

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