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flat towing with driveshaft disconnect

I would like to install a driveshaft disconnect to tow my transit behind my motorhome. I have a 2015 350 xlt wagon 15 passenger. My concern is I have heard others comment that even with the rear wheels off the ground ford says to only tow at 50mph for a limited distance. Why? Will I damage something in the front end? I imagine I will have to leave the key in the ignition to disable the steering wheel lock but other than that and a driveshaft disconnect I think I should be good. Any thoughts?
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I have zero input for what would be needed to accomplish this, but I can't help but imagine this caravan of RV and Transit. That's a whole lotta weight. Goodness, good luck.

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I currently tow my suburban. transit is only 6 inches longer, and weighs less! I used to tow a much longer race car hauler.
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With a proper driveshaft disconnect, there is nothing that can be damaged....other than scrubbing of tires during turns.

The towing section in the owners manual describes scenarios for having the van towed by a wheel lift wrecker, which does not apply here.

With what you are doing, only thing you might run across is a dead battery.

Myself, being a cheapskate, I tow flat neutral and leave the engine running to lube the tranny. That saves the time and effort to drop the prop shaft, as the furthest I tow is about 100mi when I deliver a tractor. I care not about the wasted fuel, as it is minimal compared to the stress of getting on the cold wet ground to disco the prop.

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That would be a real site back in the $4/gallon days! I too (as I imagine there are many) have never seen a motorhome being towed by a motorhome! Please provide photos when you get that going.

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the ford manual for towing by a wrecker: http://www.fordservicecontent.com/fo...uide-Final.pdf

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the ford RV and Trailer towing guide: http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...e_r3_Oct19.pdf

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Finally managed to get it off my phone lol...
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How is that mechanical clutch strong enough to use during driving? Seems like a weak point.
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