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Old 03-10-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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Has anyone went from towing 4 down to using a trailer

We have always towed 4 down since our first motorhome. We are now on motorhome #3.

It is time to purchase a new vehicle and with 3 kids it will most likely be an SUV. While there are some that can be towed 4 down, the pickings are slim.

I have tossed around the idea of buying an aluminum car trailer compared to having to purchase an SUV that can be flat towed.

Has anyone went this direction and if so, do you regret it?

I would be able to move / park the trailer with the SUV that we towed when we go to the campground.

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Old 03-10-2016, 10:33 AM   #2
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If you have a 10K pulling limit. A big SUV and a trailer may be close to being over that limit.

A Lincoln MKX 3.7L /2.7L EcoBoostŪ (FWD/AWD) can be towed 4 down.
Also the Ford Explorer & Expedition 3.5L

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Old 03-10-2016, 11:12 AM   #3
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There a lot more choices for towing 4 down then ever. There are several sites available that will tell you the makes and models that can be flat towed. The FMCA site has a list that come out every year that list them all by manufacturer. Just do a web search and you'll find plenty of them.

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I do both. I like using the trailer because I can backup as far as I want, and it rolls easier than most 4 down vehicles. Finding a long pull through site is not always possible which is why I flat tow sometimes. I always trailer the Wrangler and mostly flat tow the Grand Cherokee. On my two setups the overall towing length is only 1/2" different.
You need to know your weights and capacities before you do anything.
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I've towed 4 down most of the time but for a trip last year to Alaska I bought an enclosed trailer and hauled a Honda CRV, Polaris ATV, extra tires and "junk". When I got back I sold that trailer - it towed well and was no problem on the road or at any RV park we stayed. It did take more space on turns, specifically tight turns in camp grounds. I don't miss that trailer but am thinking of a trailer to haul my older El Camino. If you think it'll work for you go for it - you can always change your mind.
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