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Old 05-14-2014, 09:09 AM   #1
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Deciding which vehicle/How to tow

Hello All,

I have two vehicles, a Chevy Avalanche 4WD which can be towed 4 down. And a Mini Cooper Clubman which cannot (Automatic transmission). I am trying to decide which vehicle to set up to tow.

Options I'm looking at are:

Avalanche: 4 Down with Roadmaster Blackhawk towbar and Invisibrake.

-or- Avalnche with ReafyBrute Elite (Surge Brakes)

Mini: CarKaddy SS Dolly or other type of dolly.

-or- A dedicated small car trailer (Alumilite or similar).

So, please share your wisdom/experience. Given these choices, what would you choose? Or is there a better option than listed above?

Towing with a 40 ft DP, 350 HP Cummins 6.7L, 10,000 lb. hitch.

Thanks! Need to make a decision soon!

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Old 05-14-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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Hi alpha99,
The answer depends on what activities you plan on doing with the toad. I tow with a dolly and 4 down (not at the same time ). The method of towing is not relevant to the decision. For me, I'd go with the Avalanche. 4X4 comes in handy from time to time. The larger vehicle means a more comfortable ride. There is storage space in the Avalanche. The Avalanche provides more choices.

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Old 05-14-2014, 09:54 AM   #3
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the mini with the dolly it rides so good behind. It pushes the motor home at such clip. no effect on mileage.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:01 AM   #4
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This is a personal decision based on which you prefer to drive. The Cooper will get good mileage making it cheap to operate. However the avalache is 4wd and will give you more opportunities for exploring. I also like towing 4 down. It is easier to set up and unhitch. Using a dolly or a trailer will work and many in here use them. I find however, that some campgrounds don't have room for a dolly at your site or don't permit them, so you have to take it to an area for temp parking (a hassle). JMO
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I vote for the Chevy Avalanche. Flat-towing is ever so much more convenient that towing a dolly or trailer. Flat-towing does have one restriction, you cannot back-up attached to the car. Buy a air braking system by M&G Engineering for the Chevy and everything is seamless towing and braking. There is nothing to move, setup, adjust, pull fuses, etc.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:54 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. Looks like I'll be going with the Avalanche. Roadmaster Blackhawk towbar (rated at 10,000 lbs), Roadmaster Base Plate, and Invisibrake. Had a bit of sticker shock when I saw this is going to cost $3,700 installed (9 hrs labor + parts). Definitely the more expensive option, but I want to have the 4WD and room in truck to put a small boat or motorcycle and a bike rack on the back of it.

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We're trying to get our 2005 Mini Convertible automatic to fit on a tow dolly. We seem to have a problem with the front spoiler beiing too low to clear the ramps. Anyone else have this problem with a solution?

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