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Old 11-21-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
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Question Advice on a good toad for 37 ft Itasca gasser

We are newbies and still trying to decide if we want to get a toad and would like advice on what to get. Our car is currently a Surburban.
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:44 PM   #2
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Personal opinion, but I don't think you can go wrong with a Jeep Wrangler. They are extremely easy to hook up for towing and tow easily. I pulled one with a 36' Itasca gasser for years. The other most popular alternative seems to be a pre 2015 Honda CRV because 2015 and newer can't be towed four down.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:18 PM   #3
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Yes Jeep Wranglers are hard to beat as a toad

As stated easy to hook up, will let you travel on any paved, gravel, sand or dirt road on your vacation, convertible & great in any weather/climate.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:28 PM   #4
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I would agree with the two previous posts. We've towed our 2004 Jeep Wrangler over 120,000 miles behind our 2001 and 2013 Adventurers. We started towing a Buick LeSabre on a dolly behind the 2001. It was a great riding car, but didn't handle off roading very well. After a couple years of hauling it half way across the country then leaving it in a parking lot while we rented a Jeep we decided to buy our own Jeep.

The Jeep doesn't ride like the Buick or a Suburban, but it does a fine job both on and off the road. After 160,000+ miles I just put on new shocks. It now rides more like the Buick than it did when it was new.
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:18 PM   #5
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Yes, towed our 4 dr jeep with a 38' Georgetown and now with our DP. It's easy to hook up and will go anyplace my old bones will go.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:53 PM   #6
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Jeep Wrangler and Honda CRV for us.
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Lots of options out there for you to consider. Main thing is to stay under 5000lbs. Look at Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Towing Guide, it will list currently made vehicles that are towable along with the weights, transmission, and other info that will help you narrow down the choices. There is also a lot of towable vehicles no longer made or vehicles that were towable at one time but no longer that you can do a search of this website and get information about.
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Lots of options out there for you to consider. Main thing is to stay under 5000lbs. Look at Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Towing Guide, it will list currently made vehicles that are towable along with the weights, transmission, and other info that will help you narrow down the choices. There is also a lot of towable vehicles no longer made or vehicles that were towable at one time but no longer that you can do a search of this website and get information about.

Excellent advice.

Jeeps are by far the most common toad, for a good reason. But....you need to keep in mind what you want to do with your toad once it is disconnected. If you want to go off road, Jeep is perfect, but if you want comfort, a quiet ride, high mpg and reliability, you might want to look at others.

With a gasser, you'll have a (as mentioned) a max of 5000 tow limit. 2016 Jeep wranglers weigh anywhere from a little over3800 lbs to more than 4900 lbs...depending upon the type and accessories. Earlier models may weigh less.

2014 (and below) Honda CRVs are another excellent toad and very popular with the mh crowd.

Both GM and Ford offer several models that can be towed 4-down, and are less than 5000 lbs.

So, let us know what you would "like" in a toad, and you'll get some better answers.

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We tow a 2011 Ford Edge Limited. Only AWD models can be flat towed.

Weight is 4200
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Ours is a older Jeep Liberty and it does great. Hooks/unhooks really fast, 4 doors, 4x4 and the rear light assemblies have a red lens that's not used so all I had to do was run wires to the back, drill a hole in the back of each light assembly and install sockets and bulbs. Hooking up the lights is simply connecting the outlet from the coach to the jeep.
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If you don't have anything in mind for usage model, might watch the classified sales ads here and elsewhere for something already setup to tow that strikes your fancy.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:51 AM   #13
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A Small crv would probably be better for us. Don't think we would do any off roading
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As others have already said, it really depends on your priorities as there are many good choices. 2014 and older Honda Fit is another potentially economical and reliable choice. If you like manual transmissions, Subaru and Kia Soul are worth considering. IF you want to have fun with the top down, maybe do a little off roading, well that's why we just settled on a nice used, clean 08 Wrangler with 6spd manual. In our case, we already have two nice vehicles as daily drivers but wanted something different and FUN, hence the red Jeep.
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