Towing a car that is idling is equal to putting it in neutral going down hill. I don't think that doing that would cause a brake problem or we would all have heard about it.
You may be correct, but I'm not willing to bet my $26K vehicle on it.
Also, I can get a "chip" for cheap that will shift my transfer case to neutral in my Ranger. I have a 5 speed so that doesn't matter to me but those with autos can do 4 down for $20 or $30, I am told. The chip goes in the electric selector shift circuit for the 4 wheel drive.
Yeah, that's the neutral tow kit. We have it installed in our Explorer. It was a little over $20 for the part, but it has to be installed by the dealer so they can hook up their diagnostic equipment to make sure it's working properly and the transfer case shifts properly. It's about an hour and a half labor. Total cost to install it was about $85, but that was at the dealer in a small NE town where labor rates were reasonable, not the excessive rates of the Twin Cities area. It works great. It only became available for the Ranger on the 2007 model. It's not available for the Expedition.
I am all in favor of "to each.....". What are your reservations about the toad running while underway? Do you know if it is not legal in some states or Canada?
Don't know anything about the legality of it. Wouldn't expect it to be illegal as long as the vehicle is attached properly to the bus. I personally wouldn't do it. I just think there's too much at risk, should the engine die or the
braking system decide to do it's thing.