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Old 08-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hello all question on Toad hauling

I was wondering and trying to find out whats the best vehicle to haul behind my motorhome going to look into pulling something and trade in my other 2 vehicle one I can't pull unless on a flat bed I was told and other is a low clearance car. wife don't like driving my SUV anyways lol here is my specs's attached:
I have a 2000 ford Bounder V-10 gas, If anyone could give me some suggestion on what to be looking for because I asked acouple of dealers and all they want to do is put me in there newest most expensive cars and says yep you can pull it. my wife was ok with renting a car when we got to where we was going to but last acouple of times no rental place close to where we stayed, So I want to say Thanks for any that replys ahead of time.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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wife & I just bought a 2012 smart car today. We traded off our madza cx9 2008 witch could not be towed 4 down. Smart car can be towed 4 down only 1850 lbs We have a 1999 mountain aire 38 ft with a V10 this is the way to go 38 city 41 hwy cost is the best got it for 9550 factory warranty 50000 or 48 months just my 2 cents forgot blue-ox tow bar
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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So much depends on the type of vehicle you want to have. Is it going to be just for a toad or an everyday driver? I have a 35' Winnebago, same age, same motor. I used to pull a Suzuki Sidekick which was 4wheel drive and needed no mods to tow. It was very light and i hardly noticed it behind. I wanted a pickup for everyday, so sold the Sidekick and now pull a full size Ford F150 4x4. Again all it needed was the tow bar and baseplate to tow 4 down. Check out www.remcotowing.com You can check out what is required for any vehicle you might be looking at. Do you want to tow 4 down or use a dolly? Lots out there that you can tow!
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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We always rent a car if we need one at our destination. If there are no rental agencies close to our destination we make arrangements in advance to pick one up on our way. With the national chains you can drop it off at another location if you are not going back in the same direction where you rented the car.


If we were full time or already had a car that was towable then we would tow.

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:41 PM   #5
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The Honda CR-V or Fit are both towable four down according to Honda. Also lots of people tow Jeeps. We towed a '97 Jeep GC with full time 4WD for many 1,000's of miles with no problems. Be careful of the 2wd Jeeps, they usually can't be towed and a few of the 4wd ones also. They have to have a true neutral in the transfer case.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #6
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Not going to touch "best", but I will say there are a ton of people pulling CRV's and Jeeps.

That fact led us into checking out the CRV further, which led to our test drive and eventual purchase. It's the first non "Big 3" car I've ever owned and we both love it! We have no desire for anything but very tame off roading, and it allows us to get great gas mileage while out on our many day trips using the MH as a base camp.
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Ford Focus, 2012 or newer is a great daily driver.32 mpg every week. Manual or automatic. Manual is better, no tuning it through the gears everyday. No steering column lock either, just pull the key and put in neutral.
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I guess the toad issue is a lot like choice of motorhomes-depends on needs and likes. I see a lot of CRV's and Jeeps, relatively light and readily available In a wide price range. You mentioned one of your cars is too low to the ground? That might not be a limitation to towing unless there is a drive train issue. I have towed a car with an exceptionally low ground clearance for several years with no problems, but it was a standard shift. If that car is towable, that may be your least expensive option.
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I have been towing a Chev HHR, automatic transmission 4 down. 25 to 30 mpg. Just bought a Chev Equinox to replace the HHR getting Blue Ox base plate installed tomorrow. Both tow 4 down one fuse needs to be pulled when towing.
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We have towed the Honda Element for 3 seasons now, 2WD, no problems. Probably 24000 towed miles on her, just change the tx fluid per the manual. same drive train as the CRV. Only 3400 pounds.

They are no longer in production but a great vehicle. For me at 6'4" it is the ONLY small vehicle I can get in and out of easily. I think the ac will freeze meat in TX.

It also repairs well when oak tree limbs fall on its roof in old PA campgrounds.
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Honda CRV! The 2012/2013 model years have been significantly upgraded... closer to the Accord than the Civic. This is our third CRV Toad in 12 years and can HIGHLY recommend them!
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When we were researching vehicles to tow we found that the Subaru Outback and Forrester with 5 sp manual transmissions had good reliability ratings. They are also all wheel drive and lightweight.

No limits on speed or distance they can be towed according to FMCA.

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Old 08-27-2013, 09:21 PM   #13
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We tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport with a 5 speed and love it! Tons of room and it is also my DW's daily driver. Originally went to buy a CRV which is also a fantastic toad but spotted the Fit and went with it instead. No regrets on our decision and the gas mileage is awesome to boot. At 2500 pounds you don't even know it's back there.
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Recently purchased a 2013 toyota corolla S 5 speed. tows four down and gets terrific mileage when we arrive.
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