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Old 08-23-2015, 09:38 AM   #1
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Need recommendation for toad

We have a solid offer on our house. We are going to be full-time RVers.
We have narrowed our purchase down to the Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH model.
BIG question for us now is trying to find a barely used TOAD - a towable Med size SUV that has VERY comfortable front seats and has plenty of leg room.
We are both tall and I have an extremely bad back and uncomfortable seats or limited leg room cause me so much pain.
Soft seats like the Tiffin would be perfect (dreaming - I know).
We think our best bet may be a GMC or Chevy. Also looking for ease in towing.
Tried the Jeep and legroom was limited and extremely uncomfortable.
Anyone have any suggestions to help us.
Thank you in advance for any advice that you can give us.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:46 AM   #2
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GMC and Chevy have several to pick from also Ford Edge or Flex, I towed a Edge for a while and think it was one of the best of the 15 toads we have towed , my wife has a 11 flex I had planed on towing but she informed me after I bought it that she would not have brackets on her car, so I still have a set of Roadmaster brackets in my shop for a Flex��
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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We have a solid offer on our house. We are going to be full-time RVers.
We have narrowed our purchase down to the Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH model.
BIG question for us now is trying to find a barely used TOAD - a towable Med size SUV that has VERY comfortable front seats and has plenty of leg room.
We are both tall and I have an extremely bad back and uncomfortable seats or limited leg room cause me so much pain.
Soft seats like the Tiffin would be perfect (dreaming - I know).
We think our best bet may be a GMC or Chevy. Also looking for ease in towing.
Tried the Jeep and legroom was limited and extremely uncomfortable.
Anyone have any suggestions to help us.
Thank you in advance for any advice that you can give us.

The Chevy/GMC twins are good toads. We have towed an '03 GMC Envoy since '04. It now has 160k miles on the clock and has been towed another 70k. We know we will have to replace it soon but it's so trouble free we aren't looking forward to it.


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Old 08-23-2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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When we are not towing our enclosed trailer, we tow a Chevy Avalanche. It's the best overall light truck I have owned. This is our third one, but unfortunately GM stopped building them in 2013. It weighs 6300#, but plenty of leg and head room. Plus we sit higher for better vision and a more comfortable position. I have seen a few '12 models with less than 25,000 miles.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:02 AM   #5
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Our GMC Acadia fits the bill. Comfortable, well equipped, and tows like a dream. We had a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but, like you, decided it wasn't right for us and moved on. Definitely the right decision!
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Just a suggestion: Make sure that the vehicle you want as a toad, CAN be towed. My buddy found out the hard way that his new '15 Jeep couldn't be towed because of an issue with his transfer case. Don't trust a dealer to have the "right" information. I intended to tow my '06 Chevy 2500HD and found that I can't without a tow dolly. Transmission won't lubricate correctly if in neutral and being towed be cause of the electronics involved. Just do your homework and get what best fits your needs.
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When we are not towing our enclosed trailer, we tow a Chevy Avalanche. It's the best overall light truck I have owned. This is our third one, but unfortunately GM stopped building them in 2013. It weighs 6300#, but plenty of leg and head room. Plus we sit higher for better vision and a more comfortable position. I have seen a few '12 models with less than 25,000 miles.
Same here. 2002 Chevy Avalanche 4WD. Puth ther boat on top and the bikes in the back rack.
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The Acadia/Enclave/Traverse SUV sisters from GMC/Buick/Chevy ought to suit your needs. Called a mid-size, but closer to "large" and quite roomy with nice seating. We've towed an '07 Acadia for about 45k miles. There was also a Saturn (the Outlook) back in '07. Slightly smaller are the GMC Terrain & Chevy Equinox, or the Ford Edge.

All are towable without mods, but on some you have to pull a fuse or two.
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We also have an Acadia that we could tow and although it has plenty of room, we both prefer sitting more upright and higher in the Avalanche. With your back issue, you might be more comfortable too. We also have the M&G toad braking system that worked and towed well with our Phaeton and even better with our Bus. From our experience in both vehicles, if I were looking for another toad, I would search out another low mileage Avalanche.
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options and choice

Your Options and choice will depend on whether you want to tow four wheels down, tow dolly, or drive shaft disconnect 4 down. Lots of good choices out there. I prefer 4 wheels down. so have a jeep liberty.
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If you use a blue ox hitch, you can cover the connector ends of the hitch when you are not towing. You will have to look very carefully to see the hitch. I tow a 2009 Saturn Vue
which is easy to tow and hook up.
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If you use a blue ox hitch, you can cover the connector ends of the hitch when you are not towing. You will have to look very carefully to see the hitch. I tow a 2009 Saturn Vue
which is easy to tow and hook up.
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2008 Ford Edge tows like a dream.
I have only towed 1600 miles so far, love it. Beauty is.... No problems with battery drain and had mine fitted with Air Force One brake with cylinder between firewall and pedal; nothing to move or connect inside. Hook up the air brake line from coach and have totally proportional braking. Lots of leg room, head room etc.in the Edge. TB
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