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Old 02-26-2015, 11:33 PM   #1
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Best Toad?

Hi Everybody.

We are new to Motorhomes, but long-time RVers. We had travel trailers (3) from 2001 to this year. The last TT, I calculated we pulled it with our diesel Ford Excursion over 60K miles in the 7 years we owned it. We have now made the plunge and own a 2015 Palazzo 33.3.

We are already thinking about the best 'toad' for our needs (and wants). I presently have the 2005 Ford Excursion (180K miles) and a 2005 BMW 330i (unfortunately an automatic) with 100K miles. Ideally, the 'toad' would replace one or both of these vehicles.

The Excursion is pretty hard to compare to, but is way too heavy to be a 'toad'. Heck, it weighs 8,050 lb with just me and a full tank of fuel. The BMW is nearly perfect, but cannot be towed four down with an automatic tranny.

I've been considering the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.0L diesel engine. Anybody out there with this combination?
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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The GVWR on your 2015 Thor Palazzo 33.3 is 26K and the GCWR is 30K.
So it can only tow 4K lb

The curb weight of the 3.0L is 5,436 lb

You need to look for a lighter weight toad.
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Welcome to the forums!

If you decide to go lighter, we towed Jeep Wranglers for many years without any problems. After an injury forced us to find something a bit smoother, we went with our current 2004 Jeep Liberty. Although it is smoother, we still prefer the Wranglers. Both will meet your weight specs, too. Very simple to tow, and will take you wherever you need to go.

Good luck with your search.

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There are lots of good toads out there. Check out Motorhomes Dingy Towing Guide. It lists most all of the autos and light trucks that can be towed four down, the procedures for towing, and what mods if any are required.
The Jeep family and CRV (not the 2015) are probably the most popular but you should chose what fits you. Remember you will be driving it much more than towing it.
In short get what you like as a daily driver that can still be towed without a lot of modification.
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The GVWR on your 2015 Thor Palazzo 33.3 is 26K and the GCWR is 30K.
So it can only tow 4K lb

The curb weight of the 3.0L is 5,436 lb

You need to look for a lighter weight toad.
I agree to a point. This assumes that we load the coach to GVWR. When delivered, our Palazzo weighed 22,160 lb with full fuel, no water and only me on board. We are taking it fully loaded (water, cargo, full fuel, 5 passengers, food, luggage) to Florida in 2 weeks. I'll weigh it again in this condition. Assuming it weighs no more than 24,500 lb, I can still keep it under GCWR while towing 5436 lb.

There are quite a few folks with Palazzos towing the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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