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Old 06-19-2014, 09:11 AM   #1
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Flat Towing

We have a 2008 2WD ford escape which you can only tow with tow dolly. I don't feel too comfortable towing with dolly, plus it seems flat towing is less cumbersome. Any recommendations on best small SUV for flat towing? looking for one which you can just hook up your tow bar and get on the road

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Old 06-19-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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Jeep Wrangler is the way we went. I think any of the Chrysler/RAM vehicles are flat towable. Motorhome Magazine has a list of the towables if you Google it.

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Old 06-19-2014, 11:14 AM   #4
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Best 4-down towed,,, JEEP, always JEEP. Jeeps come in 3 flavors now days.
One: 2wd (Often purchased by the post office) can not be towed without major modification. (See list below).
Two: 4WD with manual transfer case.. THESE CAN BE TOWED WITH ONLY MINIMAL MODIFICATIONS (see list below)
Three: AWD, can not be towed

Minimum mod: Add base plat to hook up to, Brake system so it stops should it divorce itself from the motor home or so it can aid in stopping when you apply the brakes, and the required tow lights (Diode kit, add-a-lamp or aux tail lights)

Major mod: The above PLUS Remco LP-1 lube pump, Drive shaft disconnect or axle lock.

And in some cases there is a fuse you need to pull or add a cut out too (Roadmaster makes that kit).

The JEEP will always Be #1.. Other vehicles, FWD (Front) RWD (Rear) and 4WD can be towed as well, some need modification beyond the minimum listed above, some do not..

Store : Remco

When you find a canididate go to that page, enter the vehicle's specs on the left, read what's needed on the right,, You will always see tow bars, base plates lights and brakes listed,, If that's all, you are in business.
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Chevy HHR 3,200 lb. with auto transmission.
Put a switch on a 2 AMP fuse, put in in "N" start towing.
Gets good MPG, lot of rear storage. And Many used ones at a reasonable price.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:31 PM   #7
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Another Option to Consider!

Don't underestimate other options. Everyone believes only their 4X4 can haul stuff. Kia Soul with 2 ea. 10ft Kayaks with a 4 bike rack on the back. I can stuff just as much in the Kia as you full size gas hog SUV Toads can, but it cost me half as much towing half the weight. Road tested at 75 mph.
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With our Jeep, we simply switch the transfer case to Neutral using the procedure outlining in the owners manual (very simple 3 steps), then put the transmission into Park and pull the key.

Any Jeep with a Transfer Case that can be shifted to Neutral is Flat Towable. Any without this Transfer case cannot be flat towed.
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We really like our Subaru Forester with manual tranny. Looked hi and lo for a Jeep but too costly. Got a real good deal on the Subaru and very happy with it. Drives easy, tows well, and has been trouble free.
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Be careful if you buy a used Jeep Grand Cherokee or Commander from about 2005-2010. They had a recall that messed up the ability to put the transfer case into Neutral (and 4LO). A number of RV'ers have tried to put their Jeeps into neutral while on the road and got a 'Service 4WD System' message. The recall is N23.

Check out this other thread:
Jeep GC recall done - now xfer case won't shift into neutral
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Jeep .Liberty 4 down ,,, much better for us, than the Dolly 2 up ,, ..I'm to thick and long in the tooth , to keep that any more ..5 min, VS 30 min. to pull rear of drive shaft fasten it up after placing on Dolly.. and should I need to Back up its not long to unhook, turn & rehook.. Jeep 4wd for me thanks...

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