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Old 09-21-2017, 04:54 PM   #1
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Flat Tow Convertible

Which make of auto (convertible) can be easily outfitted to toe behind our 01 HR Imperial? I'm really tired of my tow dolly.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:16 PM   #2
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Any car/truck that is capable of being towed 4 down can be outfitted to be towed by your HR. We are all limited as to what vehicle we can use. Throwing 'convertible' into that mix will limit you to a brand and year range, if at all.

Here is a 4 down vehicle towing guide. You can also check with your local dealers and ask.

http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/
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Jeep Wranglers are very popular toad vehicles that can be fitted with "convertible" soft tops. Additionally, the hard top version of the four door Wrangler has easily removable panels directly over the driver and front passengers that make it a "convertible" top as well.

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Jeep Wranglers are very popular toad vehicles that can be fitted with "convertible" soft tops. Additionally, the hard top version of the four door Wrangler has easily removable panels directly over the driver and front passengers that make it a "convertible" top as well.

Just a thought

That is route we went to get a soft top but have found it's a PITA to put back up/on. Far worse than the old manual tops with boots like my old TR7 had. Still like the Wrangler overall but that top is just not all that great for a convertible esp coming from cars where the top could be put up going 20mph...

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Old 09-25-2017, 08:57 AM   #5
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This is a good site for information on what you can tow
Store : Remco
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Check most Chev 2wd can flat tow impala malibu you can even tow std trans vette if you can afford it. I tow a pickup and captiva and no issues limit to less than 70 mph
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Remove the wrangler top with pulleys that lift it and drive out from under it!

Like this

or even betta !
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And here's their site --> https://www.topliftpros.com/
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We purchased and got setup our first tow vehicle about 2 months ago after reading up and analyzing the subject greatly. Flat tow seemed the best way to go, a little more money spent on the towing gear seemed to also be best, and then the type of vehicle was pretty open so we put a couple of qualifiers on that decision to help narrow it down. Some sort of convertible was ideal, over 30mpg required, the lighter the better, and no special equipment to allow it to be towed (ie transmission pumps, etc)

We finally settled on a Mini Cooper convertible and couldn't be happier. Purchased on a Sunday and had it in the shop to get setup for towing that next Friday. The key doesn't have to be in the ignition to have the steering wheel free, all lights are powered by the RV, we're using the RV air brakes to power the brake unit that attaches to the Mini's brake pedal. I can't tell while driving the RV in performance or drag that the car is even back there, and while tooling around our destination with the top down in the car, I'm getting 30mpg and a fun car to drive. Hook up is a breeze and if I need to wiggle the car a little forward or back I just give it a shove since its light enough to do it. We have hookup and unhook down to 3 minutes when working as a team (wife and I). I then check her work, she checks mine.

Here is a list of everything that went into the setup:
Description
Part Number
Retail Price
Our Price
Cash Discount
Bracket
521879-1A
$429.00
$399.00
-$50.00
Sterling All Terrain
576
$1,142.00
$965.00
-$66.00
Combo Kit
9284-2
$234.22
$199.00
-$10.00
BrakeMaster ~ Air
9160
$883.85
$799.00
-$20.00
Seat Adaptor
88279
$55.00
$55.00
-$55.00
Diodes/Stoplight Switch/Relay
751469
$40.41
$35.00






Discount



-$201.00
Subtotal Parts

$2,784.48
$2,452.00
$2,251.00





Labor to Install Bracket

$330.00
$200.00

Labor to Wire Tow Vehicle

$220.00
$150.00

Labor to Install BrakeMaster ~ Air

$600.00
$400.00






Subtotal Labor

$1,150.00
$750.00






Total Parts & Labor

$3,934.48
$3,202.00

Total After Discount


$3,001.00



I had a 10% lower quote from a different place but the place we went to in Portland Oregon (Todd's Auto and RV) was 5 star with 17 Google reviews so I went to the best rated and the experience was fantastic. Not shown in the item listing but shown in the picture was the Guardian shield that we also got.

When the tow bar on the front of the car is removed, you really have to be looking to realize its setup for towing, everything is so well hidden.

Only thing I would do different is I would get the new LED lite up tow bar. We're a mostly black rig and that's a whole lot of distance with not much lighting in between nose to tail. Oh well.

Good luck in your search.
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No drop hitch needed? If so what size? 4-6-8? Thanks! about to do an identical mini setup myself. Identical mini that is, not rig. I'm not that awesome yet. =)
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No drop hitch needed... another plus

Plus I forgot to mention, the car doesn't record miles while free wheeling, the key has to be in the ignition for that.
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