Towing a Club Car golf cart can be a simple and straightforward process, but it’s crucial to follow the proper steps to avoid causing damage to your cart. Whether you’re moving your golf cart short distances or over longer distances, these guidelines will help you tow your Club Car safely and efficiently.
- Tow strap or tow bar
- Towing vehicle (truck, SUV, or another appropriate vehicle)
- Wheel chocks (optional)
Prepare the golf cart for towing:
- Make sure the golf cart is parked on a level surface with the parking brake engaged.
- Switch the cart’s ignition to the ‘OFF’ position.
- If your Club Car has a tow/run switch, turn it to the ‘TOW’ position. This will disengage the motor brake and prevent potential damage to the electric motor or transaxle.
- Ensure the cart’s key is removed from the ignition.
- If you have a gas-powered Club Car, close the fuel vent on the fuel tank.
Secure the tow strap or tow bar:
- For a tow strap, attach one end to a secure point on the front of your golf cart, typically to the frame or front suspension. Avoid attaching it to the bumper, as it may not be strong enough to withstand the towing force.
- For a tow bar, attach it to the front of the golf cart following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the tow bar is securely locked in place.
- Connect the other end of the tow strap or tow bar to the towing vehicle, either to the hitch or another strong and secure point.
Position the towing vehicle:
- Slowly back up the towing vehicle until the tow strap or tow bar is taut.
- Make sure the towing vehicle and the golf cart are properly aligned to prevent any side-to-side movement during towing.
- If necessary, use wheel chocks on the golf cart to ensure it stays in place as you connect the tow strap or tow bar.
Towing the golf cart:
- Release the parking brake on the golf cart.
- Double-check that the tow strap or tow bar is securely fastened at both ends.
- Drive slowly and carefully, as the golf cart will not have its own brakes during the towing process. Avoid making any sudden stops, sharp turns, or rapid accelerations.
- Always obey traffic laws and regulations while towing your golf cart.
Unloading the golf cart:
- Once you’ve reached your destination, park the towing vehicle and engage its parking brake.
- Set the parking brake on the golf cart. c. Carefully disconnect the tow strap or tow bar from both the golf cart and the towing vehicle.
- If your golf cart has a tow/run switch, turn it back to the ‘RUN’ position.
- If you have a gas-powered Club Car, open the fuel vent on the fuel tank.
Basic Information on Towing a Club Car Golf Cart
|S.No||Model||Weight (lbs)||Towing Method||Towing Speed Limit (mph)|
|1||Precedent i2||930||Flatbed Tow||15|
|2||Onward 2 Pass||960||Flatbed Tow||15|
|3||Onward 4 Pass||1140||Flatbed Tow||15|
|4||Villager 2||1040||Flatbed Tow||15|
|5||Tempo 2||950||Flatbed Tow||15|
|6||Tempo 4||1100||Flatbed Tow||15|
|7||Tempo 6||1300||Flatbed Tow||15|
|8||Onward 6 Pass||1320||Flatbed Tow||15|
|9||Precedent i3||920||Flatbed Tow||15|
|10||Villager 4||1140||Flatbed Tow||15|
Required Equipment for Towing
|1||Tow Dolly||Support the golf cart’s front wheels||1|
|2||Ratchet Straps||Secure the golf cart to the tow dolly||2||At least 500 lb capacity|
|3||Flatbed Truck or Trailer||Transport the golf cart||1|
|4||Wheel Chocks||Prevent the golf cart from rolling||2|
|5||Tow Hitch||Connect the towing vehicle to the tow dolly||1||Match the towing vehicle|
|S.No||Step||Description||Time Required (min)|
|1||Position Tow Dolly||Align the tow dolly with the golf cart’s front wheels||5|
|2||Load Golf Cart||Drive or push the golf cart onto the tow dolly or flatbed||10|
|3||Secure Golf Cart||Use ratchet straps to secure the golf cart to the tow dolly or flatbed||10|
|4||Check Wheel Chocks||Ensure wheel chocks are in place to prevent the golf cart from rolling||2|
|5||Connect Tow Hitch||Attach the tow hitch to the towing vehicle and the tow dolly||5|
|6||Test Brakes and Signals||Check that the towing vehicle’s brakes and signals are working properly||5|
Safety Tips for Towing
|1||Check Tire Pressure||Ensure that the golf cart’s and tow dolly’s tires are properly inflated|
|2||Drive Slowly||Maintain a safe speed while towing (15 mph or below|
|3||Use Caution in Traffic||Be extra cautious when merging, changing lanes, and approaching intersections while towing|
|4||Take Wider Turns||Make wider turns to accommodate the tow dolly or flatbed and avoid hitting curbs or obstacles|
|5||Keep a Safe Following Distance||Increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to allow for safe braking|
Troubleshooting Common Towing Issues
|1||Golf cart shifting on tow dolly||Insufficiently tightened ratchet straps||Stop and tighten ratchet straps to secure the cart|
|2||Excessive swaying during towing||Imbalanced load distribution||Ensure golf cart is centered on the tow dolly or flatbed|
|3||Difficulty steering or braking||Overloaded towing vehicle||Check towing capacity and ensure it’s within limits|
|4||Tow dolly or flatbed making noise||Loose connections or damaged components||Stop and inspect the tow dolly, hitch, and connections|
|5||Golf cart wheels not rolling on tow dolly||Brake is engaged or wheels are locked||Release the brake and ensure wheels can roll freely|
Towing a Club Car golf cart can be a safe and easy process if you follow the proper steps and precautions. Be sure to use appropriate equipment and techniques, and always prioritize the safety of yourself and others on the road. Happy towing!