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Old 07-08-2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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Since we are new motorhome owners - (long time campers, but purchased a used 2004 Winnebago Sightseer in March!) - we are looking at purchasing a Blue Ox and a small car to tow. My husband would like a small manual trans Toyota, but all I see people tow are jeeps! What other types of small cars would you recommend we look at purchasing? This vehicle will also be his "work vehicle" and must get good mileage. Thank you in advance for your imput!
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:20 AM   #2
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Since we are new motorhome owners - (long time campers, but purchased a used 2004 Winnebago Sightseer in March!) - we are looking at purchasing a Blue Ox and a small car to tow. My husband would like a small manual trans Toyota, but all I see people tow are jeeps! What other types of small cars would you recommend we look at purchasing? This vehicle will also be his "work vehicle" and must get good mileage. Thank you in advance for your imput!
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:38 AM   #3
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Jeeps and many other 4WD vehicles are popular because they are ready to tow just by putting the transfer case in neutral.

One important question is, what is the towing capacity or tow rating of your Sightseer?

That will determine how heavy of a vehicle you can tow.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:33 AM   #4
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Lots of people tow Saturns. They can be towed with all four wheels on the ground and have an accessory key location on the ignition just for towing. We have two Saturns, a VUE and an Sc2. We tow the Sc2 because it's lighter and is all we need when traveling. Hope you find just what you are looking for!
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Old 07-08-2007, 12:10 PM   #5
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I see lot's of Saturns and Jeep vehicles. Basically, most any two wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission is 4 wheel down towable and, as noted, many 4 wheel drive vehicles are towable. I can certainly recommend the Ford Focus...we towed a 2002 Focus with manual tranny and it was easy to tow, and a great small car. Used Focus are cheaper to buy than same model year Toyota's and Honda's.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:06 PM   #6
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There are many online RV resources for towed vehicles that list vehicle weights, whether they can be toad "flat" or on dollies, maximum towable speed, whether an auxiliary transmission pump is required, or believe it or not, if you have to disconnect the drive shaft in order to flat tow. Manual transmissions and/or 4wd with transfer case that you can place in neutral generally work easiest. You also want to have an auxiliary 12 volt outlet that operates w/o having the igition all the way to "on" [just in the position to free the steering wheel] so that you don't electronically actuate the odometer and log miles while you tow even when you are not running the engine.
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:52 AM   #7
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The reason that you see so many Jeeps Toads, is that many of us want to be able to get off-road and go anywhere that we want.

You need to consider:
Weight that your MH can tow.
How you want to use the toad when unhooked.
How easy to setup to tow. Jeeps are very easy.
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Take a look at the Scions . . . made by Toyota, great mpg. Will have to be a manual transmission. Our xA weighs only 2,340 lbs. "out of the box" (2,500 lbs. with base plate, tow bar, etc.).
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We just upgraded our toad to a Chevy HHR w/ auto tranny. Haven't put the towbar faceplate on yet, but that's the next task.

Our old toad (which is now for sale) is a 2001 Saturn SW2 wagon w/ auto tranny. Tows like a dream.
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Some pics of Blue Ox on a Wrangler at this link BOx Jeep
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Take a look at the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Towing Guide for a list of vehicles that can be towed without modifications. Many, many more automatic transmission vehicles can be towed with the addition of a driveshaft disconnect or transmission lube pump from Remco Towing. Lots of choices.
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I tow an 06 Suzuki Grand Vitari 4x4. It's easy to tow and I like driving it.
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We pull an automatic transmission Saturn Vue. At about 3100 lbs. its one of the lighter SUV types. It tows 4-down like a charm and with the seat folded makes a pretty good enclosed trailer for those bulky items we all need to occationally take along. The Chevy HHR is mostly the same vehicle with a different look. The jeeps are nice but heavier. If the Saturn Vue meets your wants and needs. We sure give it "two thumbs up".
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