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Old 09-28-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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I am a motorhome newby. Just switching from a 5th wheel to a motorhome with a 5000 lb. towing limit.
I need advice on purchase of a dinghy. It needs to be under 5,00 lbs. and preferably 4 wheel drive. I don't intend to do serious boon docking and it will have to be a second car at home.
Any advice will be appreciated

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Old 09-28-2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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I pull a Ford Explorer with the electronic switch to put the transfer case into neutral for 4 down towing. I would look for something a little lighter - say a Santa Fe 4x4? I'm using readybreak for the break system. What are the details on your MH?

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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The Honda CRV can be towed 4 down, is quite common as a toad, and most owners seem pleased with it. The Honda Element likewise, although production stopped in 2011, so they're getting hard to find.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:29 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Mac4ever View Post
It needs to be under 5,00 lbs. and preferably 4 wheel drive. I don't intend to do serious boon docking and it will have to be a second car at home.
I've been towing a Subaru Outback for a few years and it's a great second car at home. It's well under your 5,000 lbs. limit.

One caveat...only the MANUAL transmission equipped Outback is towable 4 down.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:38 PM   #5
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Somebody will probably post a link to a vehicle guide but anything I see of interest I would run through:

Remco : The Towing Experts

If it's towable Remco will know what you need and probably sell it. There are a lot of under 4000 lb vehicles out there so you just need to see what looks interesting and do some checking.
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Check out Motorhome magazine's Dinghy Towing Guide. It lists most of the easily towable vehicles available from most of the manufacturers. By easily towable I mean with all 4 wheels on the road. The guide also tells you if the vehicle is towable with automatic transmission or manual, and the approximate weight of the vehicle. It 's a good place to start when thinking of a toad.
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Old 09-29-2014, 04:04 PM   #7
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Honda CR-V. We have one which serves also as our every day car. No complaints 30K towing 105K driving miles. It has all wheel drive but I do not consider it an off road vehicle.

The Jeep Wrangler is a perennial favorite if 4 wheel drive is extremely important to you. These two vehicles probably makeup the highest percentage for four down tow vehicles.

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