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Old 05-07-2016, 12:57 AM   #1
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Buying a Toad!

I have looked through the search and did not find anything on using the Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd car which is a 4dr with Hatchback making it 5 doors. Has 4x4 with dash operations and a automatic. Big problem since 2006 they changed how these cars operate verses the previous years of Suzuki G.V. and Sidekick.
Up and until 2005 you could just put the automatic in park and the 4wd in Neutral, hook up and install brake system and plug in and do not forget the battery charge system u installed so as not to get somewhere and have to either charge battery or hook motor start battery to toad battery to get it going and charged again.
What I want to know have any of our fellow members used this Car as a toad? used from 2005 backwards is okay but what about 2006 to 2016, it says that u have to stop every 200 miles and restart the toad for 5-6 minutes to get all the juices moving again. What I want to know is why not just do the days drive and when stopped for the evening do the Toad start and let it run for 5-6 minutes and every thing should be okay?
Nothing is cheap these days and My Wife wants to make sure she has a Automatic toad as she does not like clutches! So what else is out there that she can drive as a Toad and still be operated with a automatic, (big problem is how to FLAT TOW with a automatic)?
I did like that one where someone uses a Kia Soul but I think it must be a manual with a clutch to flat tow anything and that is a no, no. Jeeps are so expensive and the only one I think is good would be the Cherokee as one can tow with it and flat tow but just to pricey. By the way u can tow 3000#'s with a Suzuki loaded but most vehicles today have the CVT Transmissions which make it possible like the Jeep Patriot to only tow 500#'s tops verses a Suzuki can tow 3000#'s. Heck our Ford Escape can only tow 1500#'s not much when everything out there weighs more than that, plus you cannot flat tow the Escape due to the crappy trannies they use these days.
Any help from the Gods of RVing would be a great help as we have only been Class A'ing for a few years and toading with a 1996 Suzuki X90 built for 2 for same 3 years, great Little Kar for 2 we crossed the USA into Maine last year this time then NB, NS, NL, and back through Canada with Little Kar just joggin it;s way right behind us, we used it to get around everywhere we went. Must of put 3000 miles in NL similar in NS, 1000 miles in PEI, 500 in Old Quebec City and area, We sure got a lot of thumbs up for our little Clown car not many people have ever seen a car this small.

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Old 05-07-2016, 03:38 AM   #2
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Here is a link to a Google search of iRV2 posts with the term "Vitara" in them.

Motorhome Magazine publishes an annual guide to four-down towable vehicles. Here's a link to the Web page.

Note: Take the information in the Guide as guidance; the manufacturer (usually via the owner's manual) has the final word on whether or not a particular toad is towable from his viewpoint.

Note: Some vehicles can be successfully towed even if the manufacturers say they can't.
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