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Old 02-21-2006, 08:34 PM   #1
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We have been using a Kar Kaddy to tow my 2001 Toyota Camry and have decided it is too much of a hassle. We want a car that can be towed four down and it has to have an automatic transmission. I know Saturns can be towed that way but we are over 120 miles from nearest Saturn dealer. I have read some previous posts but am still confused.

We certainly don't want to buy a car and then find out warranty is invalid because we want to tow. Any suggestions would be most welcome

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Old 02-21-2006, 08:34 PM   #2
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We have been using a Kar Kaddy to tow my 2001 Toyota Camry and have decided it is too much of a hassle. We want a car that can be towed four down and it has to have an automatic transmission. I know Saturns can be towed that way but we are over 120 miles from nearest Saturn dealer. I have read some previous posts but am still confused.

We certainly don't want to buy a car and then find out warranty is invalid because we want to tow. Any suggestions would be most welcome

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Old 02-22-2006, 03:41 AM   #3
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To; Mikeike;

Re; 4 wheel down with auto tranny toads;

Many available. We are waiting for our G6, Pontiac to arrive at dealers, now we tow a 96 Pontiac Sunfire, no GM problems in 10 years so we ordered another Pontiac. The G6 is the only auto ,flat towable Pontiac.

Chevy has the Cobalt and the Malibu
Chrysler has no flat towables with auto tranny, without outside modifications.
A few Chevy and GMC SUV's and trucks can be flat towed with auto trannies.
Dodge SUV
Ford SUV and trucks with dealer modifications.
Honda CR-V
Hummers
Izuzu
Jeep
Suzuki

There are quite a few, BUT, before you buy, read the owners manual, the salesman should be willing to let you read manual, if not, go to another dealer. Read the section on RV TOWING or
towing 4 wheels down.

In my opinion, the GM vehicles are the most user friendly, less things to do before towing, but you read manuals on your own to form your opinion.

I have the base-plate, cables, wiring and tow bar, all Blue Ox, purchased from RV UPGRADES, a sponser on IRV2, best prices I could find, About $1200.00 plus installation.

I hope this info is useful, any questions, please ask.

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Old 02-22-2006, 09:42 AM   #4
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There are some online guides: Towing Guides from Motorhome Magazine
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Old 02-23-2006, 05:13 AM   #5
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If you like your Camry, you could have it converted for 4-down towing. Check with Remco towing for the availability of conversion kits - I'm pretty sure they make one for the Camry. Whether it is worth the cost for a 5 year old car depends on how long you keep your vehicles.

REMCO is 1 800 228 2481.
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Give them a call and ask - they'll give you straight answers on your Camry or any other vehicle you may like.
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Old 02-23-2006, 06:34 AM   #6
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We tow a 03 Sunfire auto and previously towed a 2000 Cavalier and a 97 Saturn. All great vehicles to tow and no mileage registers and no fuses to pull. The new Cobalt/ Pontiac equilavent are also towable as is the new retro Chevy HHR.
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Old 02-23-2006, 10:42 AM   #7
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Jeep. A lot of MHers have Jeeps. They can all be towed four-down (4-wheel drive modelsS). I now have a Grand Cherokee, but we're going to get the Jeep Liberty as it's a tad smaller and less weight and we don't need as much room as the Cherokee gives us.

Just my humble opinion.
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Old 02-23-2006, 04:28 PM   #8
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Do a search on the forums. You will find all you ever wanted to know about toads.

BTW, My Jeep Grand Cherokee is green... does that make it a frog?
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Old 02-23-2006, 06:07 PM   #9
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We were looking at the Liberty thinking it was lighter than the Grand Cherokee.

Turns out it's ONLY about a 100 pounds lighter.

I'm told that's due to the new independent front suspension on the Liberty

That's less than a person. So we're going with GC.

Check out the Jeep web site and look at the curb weights for each.

Jeep website

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Good luck with your selection

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jim Martin PA:
We were looking at the Liberty thinking it was lighter than the Grand Cherokee. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I looked at the Liberty when they first hit the sales lots (just out of curiosity). I was surprised at how much smaller the interior was. The back seats have very little leg room and my "oh-so-little-&-tiny" 65Lb dog would have a hissy fit at the size of the cargo section (she thinks she too cramped now and wants the back seat dropped so she can stretch out... of course that means the kids can't "go" )
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Take a look at the Chevy HHR---the dog will fit in the back---and the kids can go too.
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Lorna: My Jeep is also, but its name is Eugene the Toad (you remember the comic character Jeep - name was Eugene). And, considering that it's a towed (toad), it got its name.

Jim: Thanks for that info. I went to the Jeep site and it convinced me that I don't want a Liberty. It is only about 1 foot shorter than the GC and I found the base weight was 44 lbs heavier. The GVWR was about 100 lbs. more for the GC.

So, I'm now convinced that I have the right vehicle and will stick with the GC 4x4.
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:24 PM   #13
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I have a Honda CRV, bought it new in 2000 and have over 40,000 towed miles on it. Never had a problem, automatic AWD. The new models are a little larger than mine so the dog would have lots of room.
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Have towed a 1999 Honda CRV 55,000 miles and now a 2005 Honda CRV 13,000 miles, 4 wheels on the ground and 4 wheel drive...its a no brainer, great tow vehicle
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