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Old 01-11-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Best toads to pull and what needed to hookup

I am new rver and wondering what hardware (tow bars etc) you would suggest for hooking up a toad and what are the best (or worst) toad vehicles for a 450-500 hp tag 42-45 ft MH and other important info. Thanks
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:20 AM   #2
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You might want to do a search through the forum as this topic has been discussed in several threads.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:31 AM   #3
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Hi !!!

I would suggest a Jeep Wrangler, and an NSA Ready Brute Towbar with the surge break action to slow your toad.

Cheers !!!
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I am new rver and wondering what hardware (tow bars etc) you would suggest for hooking up a toad and what are the best (or worst) toad vehicles for a 450-500 hp tag 42-45 ft MH and other important info. Thanks
If you're not already a member of the Family Motor Coaching Association FMCA you may want to consider joining. They put out an annual guide that lists all of the vehicles that can be towed and information about any limitations they may have. Some vehicles have limits on speed and distance between stops among other things.
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I am new rver and wondering what hardware (tow bars etc) you would suggest for hooking up a toad and what are the best (or worst) toad vehicles for a 450-500 hp tag 42-45 ft MH and other important info. Thanks
There is no way to tell "you" what is best for "you". If you are an avid 4Wheeler and want to do some off-roading than a Jeep wrangler "might" be best but if you care more about a nice cushy, quiet ride and would never dream of getting dirt on your car than a Jeep would not work.

I will say that out of all of the tow bars I have used (4 different ones) The ready brute two bar is at the top of my list, although all the tow bars do what they are supposed to do. As far as the ready brute surge braking system it's ok but with your rig I would probably get a unit called the "Air Force One"
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Easy. Jeeps are best. (-:
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We have towed Jeep Grand Cherokees for about 12 years. Traveler comfort, trail rated, carry 5 plus cargo, and will tow 6000 lbs itself.

Fuel mileage, however, sucks.....
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Jeeps are great, they look good on back of a rig, you don't have to worry if they're dirty and they go darn near anywhere. But this may not be for you. We also pull a Miata when we don't plan to off-road and want a more fuel efficient vehicle with us.

Lots to choose from, make a list of vehicles that you want to consider and ask on IRV2 if it can be towed. Good luck with your search.
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There is no "one best" toad because everyone's needs, wants, and style are different. Two of the most popular are CRV and Wrangler. However there are lots more that can be towed four down. Check out Motorhomes Dingy Towing Guide as well as the Remco site. Both have information on what can be towed and what is needed to tow them.
When choosing a toad remember that you will be driving it a LOT more than you will be towing it so make sure it fits your everyday needs as well as the ability to tow.
A jeep may be a very good tow vehicle but if you don't like driving a short wheel base, stiff suspension, boony basher every day it's not going to be the best for you.
If on the other hand you want to do some serious off roading there is probably not much that will beat a Jeep Rubicon.
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Subaru outback Manual tranny

1) It costs far less than a jeep.
2) It's all wheel drive.
3) the ground clearance is only about 2 inches shy of a stock jeep
4) it's light (3000 lbs)
5) it's cheap to insure (i pay 87 a month full coverage)
6) everything maint wise is a snap, and inexpensive.
7) it's a lot of fun to drive!
8) I get 24 MPG in town 33 on the highway - WITH my yakima rack on top.
9) hitching and towing is a snap, plus the ignition has a tow position just before off.
10) the subie has as much room in the back as my range rover did, hard to believe but true.
11) I picked up my 2010 for under 16k and I would take just about any place I would take a stock jeep. but I'm also not hardcore off roader, and even in a jeep, I'd be too nervous to rock climb in the thing
12) they look snnaazzzyyy
13) It's zippy as all get out, and corners like crazy.

I'm not sure why the subie isn't on the "norm" list like the CR-V, which seems like a hassle to me to tow if I have to stop every 300 miles and turn it on, and run it through gears, no spanks. I think Subaru makes an awesome car, and I didn't think that way until I bought one specifically for towing and it met my other criteria. After owning it for a while now, I totally understand why subaru nuts are subaru nuts
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OH and the subie rarely breaks, unlike the bad luck people report with the, what I consider overpriced, grand cherokee.
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The Honda Fit makes for a great Toad. We have a 2013 and I just finished installing the base plate. There are 5 sub-systems to consider for towing 4 down. 1. Baseplate. 2. Towbar, 3. Tow Lights, 4. Supplemental Braking system. 5 Emergency Break Away system. For my setup I dropped about 1600 on the entire setup with my own labor. Roadmaster - Base Plate, Tow bar, Brakemaster with Emergency break away and TrailerMate tow lighting.
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A Miata, you can drive as fast as you want it will keep up with you

It's a fun car when you get where you're going.

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Jeep Liberty with a StowMaster tow bar and RViBrake2. Enough said!
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