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Towing A10 on a Trailer

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Does anyone tow their A10 (auto transmission) on a trailer to and from track events? I am busy purchasing a trailer but have a 22 Mach1 A10. I was wondering if it was okay to leave the vehicle in "Park" once it has been tied down. If I understand correctly, the manual says in the event of a breakdown for towing, to remove the gear shift panel and hit a switch to put it in 'neutral'. But this seems overkill every time one has to load your car onto a trailer when visiting the tracks frequently. I also doubt that they do this when transporting automatics on the car haulers. The local Ford dealerships are not much help in this information.
 
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Does anyone tow their A10 (auto transmission) on a trailer to and from track events? I am busy purchasing a trailer but have a 22 Mach1 A10. I was wondering if it was okay to leave the vehicle in "Park" once it has been tied down. If I understand correctly, the manual says in the event of a breakdown for towing, to remove the gear shift panel and hit a switch to put it in 'neutral'. But this seems overkill every time one has to load your car onto a trailer when visiting the tracks frequently. I also doubt that they do this when transporting automatics on the car haulers. The local Ford dealerships are not much help in this information.
Even though I have a manual, I haul any car, including autos, in neutral and no parking brake.
 
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I found this stuff a while back. I'm DCT with a 21 GT500, which claims "tire mount" (for Mach 1, but that is as close as they get
to a GT500), but I just went 4 hour round trip to Pocono and back last week, using hooks/straps in the factory frame tow point holes. My trailer is 26 foot, so
my angle is very shallow (especially with CFTP car).


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I did also find the 350 (in 17MY guide), but being man trans, probably has nothing to do with either of our cars.

 
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I glue it down, in gear (or park), and at least 4 straps, and wheel chocks. In most automatics, there is a " parking pawl" that keeps the car from moving. When you slam the rental car in park at about 30mph you can hear this trying to engage, it's the rapid click..click..click ( or so I've been told). Since the trans I've built are of the C4, C6, Turbo 350 and 400 series, I'm sure they are similar, but you should check.
 
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Mine is probably different than y’all’s…I strap it down by the suspension…crossed…in neutral. Then I put it in a gear…usually first or second, whichever it wants to go into easiest.
The reason for strapping down the suspension is that it allows the body freedom of movement, and argument could possibly be made that tying down the body and binding the suspension, the shocks n springs could be damaged.
..especially in roads around Michigan..
 

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When I was trailering my '16 I used the factory shipping point holes. I bought tie down straps that had the correct hooks to go into the slots that Ford puts there to ensure the car would not get damaged in shipment from the factory.
I figure if that is the way Ford does it, then it's probably the right way. The tie down straps were rated at 10,000 lbs, each.

Ford has a shipping guide for their cars, I posted it in this thread.

 
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When I was trailering my '16 I used the factory shipping point holes. I bought tie down straps that had the correct hooks to go into the slots that Ford puts there to ensure the car would not get damaged in shipment from the factory.
I figure if that is the way Ford does it, then it's probably the right way. The tie down straps were rated at 10,000 lbs, each.

Ford has a shipping guide for their cars, I posted it in this thread.

Somehow, they pounded holes into the floor of my trailer. The extra hold downs somehow beat the floor to where the extra hardware actually went through the floor. I'm completely baffled how this happened as I checked the load several times and the straps were all tight.

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Gotcha.
My straps have 3 different hooks on the car end to accommodate different hole configurations. The two loose hooks just hung there and under the right circumstances one of those hooks could wedge and it would start to wear the bed of the trailer. I ended up taping the two unused hooks to the strap and that solved the problem. I wonder if you have something similar happening?

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Gotcha.
My straps have 3 different hooks on the car end to accommodate different hole configurations. The two loose hooks just hung there and under the right circumstances one of those hooks could wedge and it would start to wear the bed of the trailer. I ended up taping the two unused hooks to the strap and that solved the problem. I wonder if you have something similar happening?

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That's what I thought was happening, but it didn't make sense to me, at least someone else experienced it, thanks.
 

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That's what I thought was happening, but it didn't make sense to me, at least someone else experienced it, thanks.
Happened to me as well when I trailered my C8 using the "hook bundle".
 
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I trailer my ‘22 Mach 1 A10 a couple of times a month (2 hours each way) on a Trailex open trailer. I leave it in park. No emergency brake. I tie down through the wheels. That was all at the recommendation of the trailer shop where I bought it. Been doing that for two years now and everything is working fine that way. I check my straps a couple of times during the trips - never had any issues. Longest trip I’ve done was from Philly area down to VIR - about eight hours - again, no issues.
 

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