Place exhaust deflector in center position on both sides during towing operation.
An observer must be used to assist driver when rigging vehicle and during towing operations.
Personnel must not ride on or in an M1MBT while it is being towed.
Avoid sudden stops or turns. Make a wide gradual turn in 1st gear.
During normal M1MBT towing operations, use same procedures used for cross-country towing. Use
of third vehicle as a holdback vehicle is required even when using tow bar for extended hauling. This
helps prevent heavier M1MBT from pushing M88A1 to side or jackknifing when stopped.
These speeds are for good conditions. Go slow if ground is unsafe.
The M88A1 is authorized to tow only one vehicle at a time.
Towing speeds. When towing another vehicle, following speeds should be maintained:
10 to 13 mph
Hard, level surface (tow bar used)
(16 to 21 km/h)
Hard, level, smooth road (tow bar
and braking vehicle used) towing M1MBT
Hilly or level cross-country (tow cables used)
These figures are only averages. You might have to go slower for safe traveling. Check with operator's
manual of vehicle being towed.
Connecting tow bar. Use tow bar when traveling over level ground. Tow cables must be used when towing
over rough ground or cross-country.