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Old 11-08-2018, 07:02 AM   #1
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Dedicated 4 down toad?

Hi all,

Coming close to purchasing a toad.
Neither of our daily drivers are suitable for towing.

For a while I was thinking of a sporty hatch back as could drive it to work during the summer. Then I was thinking a small 4wd would be better.

As its a dedicated toad budget is about 10k all in. Needs to be able to carry Kayaks on roof. Also once setup for towing would plan to keep it 5 years at least.

Use is primarily in Michigan State parks and forests.

Both our daily drivers are 4x4 and AWD.

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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I would try to find a Jeep Wrangler of some flavor. A 10k budget may be a challenge but if you take your time and shop around you can probably find something. A Jeep will give you decent off road capability which is always nice when camping and since it will not be a daily driver you can go for a pretty spartan trim level. Jeeps are also very easy to set up for flat towing.
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Thanks Blue Ridge,

The 10k includes setting up for towing.

Most of our trips are less than 3hours from so my wife has been following in my SUV with the Kayaks.
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I see 2004 Wranglers on Autotrader for 8k.
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I see 2004 Wranglers on Autotrader for 8k.


A Jeep Wrangler can be set up as a toad for about $1300 and that includes everything, brand new. Installation would be extra but installation is simple and takes nothing more than a few simple hand tools and a drill. About 1 hour for the complete installation. Maybe another hour for the brake system feedback lights installed in the dash.

I love the Wrangler. Its a perfect vehicle for us but its not for everyone. Fuel economy is about 15 on average. The ride is a little bumpy but not bad.

Take one for a test ride before you buy. They are very capable off road but not the best on road commuter.
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I tow a 4WD Chevy Colorado crew cab. You should be able to find a first gen ('04 to '12, I believe) within your budget.
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Both our daily drivers are 4x4 and AWD.


So the 4x4 isn’t suitable for 4 down towing? Many are.
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Thanks Tom,

Thats good to know its that cheap. I will make sure to test drive one first.

Thanks Kevin,

The Colorado could be a propect.

Hi Pasdad,

My Toyota Sequoia 4wd is far too heavy to tow.

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Thanks Tom,

Thats good to know its that cheap. I will make sure to test drive one first.

Thanks Kevin,

The Colorado could be a propect.

Hi Pasdad,

My Toyota Sequoia 4wd is far too heavy to tow.

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Your Toyota is only 1500lbs heavier then a Jeep Cherokee, and well within towing limits of a lot of RVs
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Hi Clomok,

Its a out 1000lb over my coaches 5000lb tow capacity.
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10K all in maybe hard to do as the set up including base plate, hitch, tow bar, lights, brake system and install can easily run you 4K or more.
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Hi Clomok,

Its a out 1000lb over my coaches 5000lb tow capacity.


Yep. As you already know the published curb weight of a vehicle often varies considerably from what it actually weighs once its set up and behind your coach. My 2006 Wrangler Rubicon has a published curb weight of 3860lbs. Mine has aftermarket bumpers, a winch, some recovery gear, a small lift and slightly bigger tires. Mine scaled at exactly 4200lbs with 1/2 a tank of fuel.

All set up and towing with my bikes, bike rack, a cooler and a couple of things in the back seat it scaled 4440 on the Cat Scale. So its easy for a toad to be 600lbs over its curb weight without even loading it up much.

A Wrangler will easily stay under your 5000 towing capacity but if you load it up with all kinds of stuff that doesn’t fit in the basements it could push up near 5000lbs.
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For 10 grand your best bet is a Suzuki Gran Vitara 2010 to 2012. Make sure it has the selector switch to shift the transfer to neutral for towing. The car should run about $8000 for a nice one with $2000 for towing setup. Nice toad well under 5000 lbs for towing.
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Hi Momdoc,

I was budgeting about 7k for the toad and 3k to setup a Ready Brute Elite.

Hi Tom,

I hear you on curb weight creep, I have to take in to account roof racks and 2 Kayaks.

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