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Old 03-11-2013, 06:00 PM   #15
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We are both about 60, so I'm pretty sure that bicycles aren't useful for more than pleasure riding.
It's a matter of riding a lot a getting used to it. Bicycles are about the most useful and efficient means of transportation on the planet. I am 64 and ride 40-60 miles per week. I regularly ride 2 mile to the grocery store and can carry about 20-30lbs in by panniers easily. If I had to a ride of 10 miles to a store it would be no problem. Of course it takes some commitment and getting "into" bicycle culture and learning about bikes so that you have good equipment.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:17 AM   #16
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If you've got a vehicle that you can tow 4-down, then I would go that way. You can go with the ReadyBrute Elite tow bars with built-in ReadyBrake, install the base plate and lighting kit on the toad, and not spend much more money that you will spend for a tow dolly. Plus, it will be a lot easier and quicker to hook up and unhook. I can do mine in about 5 minutes!
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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Check with the dealer of the brand vehicle that you wish to tow, they would be the ones I would trust to give me the correct answer.
Anything a dealer SAYS is ephemeral, if they put it in writing, it's a little better but still might not be correct. I'd want to see it in the owner's manual and have it verified by the manufacturer before buying a car to use as a toad. Witness Ford's changing of their tow ability ratings on some of their recent models.
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Check with the dealer of the brand vehicle that you wish to tow, they would be the ones I would trust to give me the correct answer.
IMO, and based on getting the wrong answer from several dealers and service managers, this is the least dependable place to get the correct answer. The Owner's Manual is the only definitive choice - dealers typically do not know and may guess. If the Owner's Manual is mute on the subject, you can always call the manufacturer's tech center and get an informed answer.
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IMO, and based on getting the wrong answer from several dealers and service managers, this is the least dependable place to get the correct answer. The Owner's Manual is the only definitive choice - dealers typically do not know and may guess. If the Owner's Manual is mute on the subject, you can always call the manufacturer's tech center and get an informed answer.

FOR SURE ! Unless they person selling you the car is an RVer don't take their word for it. I had a guy tell me my Jeep Liberty was not towable...after I had been towing it for a year. I had to pull out the manual and show him the section on towing behind a recreational vehicle. His words, " I didn't know that". On one trip a fellow approached us and asked if we towed our Jeep (plate was RVTOWD) I said yes. He had towed his from Ohio to VA by placing it in neutral..on the advice of his salesman. Needless to say his transmission was toast I asked him if he read the manual where it says you have to go through a few other steps before the car could be towed. Bad on him for not reading, but he just took the word of his salesman.
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