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Old 01-05-2012, 11:02 AM   #15
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #16
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Hen.....My brother-in-law towed a Chevy Colorado 4x4 for several years. Last year the #5 cylinder (at about 80000 miles) had an issue that is covered under a recall. He had other problems with the truck and replaced it with the basic Toyota extended cab with a manual transmission.

I never cared for the 5 cyl engine in the GM's and I went with a new 2007 Dodge Dakota 4X4. It worked great as a tow vehicle with a small block V-8, but got terrible mileage. It's very heavy, but very roomy.

I eventually sold the Dakota and bought a 2010 Nissan Frontier 4X4 4 door. I was really leery about buying a driveshaft disconnect and did my homework before I purchased the truck. The disconnect works well (after I made adjustments to some of their mounting designs). It weighs in at about 4500 lbs.

Your choices with an auto transmission are two...the GM, large and small and the Dodge's, large and small.

In a previous thread, it was reported that Ford was now making their 2012 vehicles towable. I would have been interested in the Colorado and Canyon, but the five cyclinder engine and poor overall power and handling ratings turned me off. Maybe the new GM and Ford small trucks coming out this year will be nice/powerful V-6 trucks with descent mileage.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #17
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There is a clear lack of vehicles that can be towed w/o mod.. Jeeps (with 4wd) generally can (There is at least one exception) And not all Manual Transmissions like to be towed.

That said, most any Rear Wheel Drive (Which includes all pickups) can be easily modified by addition of a Remco Towing Drive shaft disconnect.. I think one option is to get the full, already modified drive shaft. Doing it that way (And replacing the U-Joints at the same time) is no harder than replacing the U-Joints.
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Our 2009 Dodge Dakota 4 X 4 is towable 4 down, as is our 2005 Honda Pilot.

If you go to the Family Motor Coach Association website, they list the vehicles that are tow able for most years.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:50 PM   #19
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Some of the 4x4 Dakota's are flat towable. Mine is I know ('06 w/AWD) - but it's pretty heavy (pushing 5000), and thinking the Colorado will be as well? Even the older ones are well over 4000lbs. empty - which is why we went with a CRV.
Dear ahicks: How long have you been towing the CRV, and how do you find it while towing. Did you have any difficulty finding a front plate that for the bar, etc. Thanks, Hen.
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I just purchased a 07 Ford Ranger Sport, automatic & 4wheel drive. Part of the sales agreement was that they would install the neutral tow switch. Basic its programing the computer to shift the transfer case to neutral and a light that tells you that it has done so. 1 day to get the kit and a couple of hour or less to install. The truck weight is approx 4500 lbs. It did take a while to find what I wanted. I'm a happy camper. PS this was through a Ford dealer
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Dear ahicks: How long have you been towing the CRV, and how do you find it while towing. Did you have any difficulty finding a front plate that for the bar, etc. Thanks, Hen.
The CR-V has been great. We've had it in back of a 34' gas rig, and now the 37' DP. Neither of them, especially the diesel, know it's even there.

Originally, when we first decided to do the class A thing early last year, we were torn about even pulling a toad. After reading everything I could get my hands on, and mixing that info with much soul searching, we decided to just bite the bullet and give it a try. As I mentioned, we were shy of the heavier toad, wanting to do our best to do this right. Others were claiming the CR-V was great, so after MORE research on that, we threw in the towel on all the research and bought a used one to try out. Turns out it was a great choice. We both absolutely love it. We not only enjoy driving it as a daily driver, having it with us when on trips has proven invaluable. We had it all last season, put maybe 7000 miles on the motor home, and probably that many more actually driving the CR-V. It's REALLY contributed more than it's fair share when looking at the enjoyment we get from this rig when we're out on the road.

As it's one of the most popular toads out there, finding the base plate was a non event. I actually bought it direct on a close out when Blue Ox was changing the design slightly to fit the next generation CR-V. Installed it myself using their instructions, in maybe 3 hours. The plate, a used Blue OX tow bar purchased on craigslist, and the Ready Brake adapter was less than 1000. I installed it all myself.

I would do this all again in a heart beat - with no changes. -Al
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The CR-V has been great. We've had it in back of a 34' gas rig, and now the 37' DP. Neither of them, especially the diesel, know it's even there.

Originally, when we first decided to do the class A thing early last year, we were torn about even pulling a toad. After reading everything I could get my hands on, and mixing that info with much soul searching, we decided to just bite the bullet and give it a try. As I mentioned, we were shy of the heavier toad, wanting to do our best to do this right. Others were claiming the CR-V was great, so after MORE research on that, we threw in the towel on all the research and bought a used one to try out. Turns out it was a great choice. We both absolutely love it. We not only enjoy driving it as a daily driver, having it with us when on trips has proven invaluable. We had it all last season, put maybe 7000 miles on the motor home, and probably that many more actually driving the CR-V. It's REALLY contributed more than it's fair share when looking at the enjoyment we get from this rig when we're out on the road.

As it's one of the most popular toads out there, finding the base plate was a non event. I actually bought it direct on a close out when Blue Ox was changing the design slightly to fit the next generation CR-V. Installed it myself using their instructions, in maybe 3 hours. The plate, a used Blue OX tow bar purchased on craigslist, and the Ready Brake adapter was less than 1000. I installed it all myself.

I would do this all again in a heart beat - with no changes. -Al

I definitely agree on the CRV. We towed a 2000 Tacoma stretch cab 4wd standard shift with manual hubs for years and many thousands of miles. The desire for more than 2 seats led me on a search for a towable SUV with some off road capability. After much time on the internet and talking with individuals, I decided to look for a used 1999 CRV (99 seemed to be the best year for $ value). I found one on Craigs List with only 140K on it in excellent shape and purchased same. It has been a joy to tow, comfortable to drive and the back seat leg room accommodates my 6 foot frame. Installing the tow bracket was easy and I used a diode pack for the tail lights. Being able to seat four and having the enclosed storage area is great.
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