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Old 06-23-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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Is a small Pick-up a good "Toad" or a bad idea?

I need to purchase a vehicle for use as a "Toad" and was thinking of a small Pick up truck (Ranger, S20 Mazda sor similar instead of a car. I was thinking of trading a bit of comfort for usuable hauling space eg a pare of scotters in the truck bed. Does anyone have any comments Is this a Good or Bad idea?

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Old 06-23-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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We pulled a 4WD Toyota w/camper shell for years. Recently upgraded to a new Nissan Frontier and added a topper that is about 5" higher than the cab. Great room up front w/the club cab setup & the short suicide doors behind the main doors. Great room & lockable in back w/the shell. The new rigs are a bit wider than the original "small" pickups. Very nice toad.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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I think it is a great idea. You get a trailer/toad.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:49 AM   #4
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I towed three different trucks in the last 5 years. The first was a 2007 Dodge Dakota 4x4 CrewCab with an automatic. You just put it in 4 wheel neutral to tow.

The second truck was a 2010 Nissan Frontie 4x4 Crew Cab with an automatic. It required a Remco driveshaft disconnect that worked well.

Just two weeks ago, I bought a 2012 Chevrolet Crew Cab, 4x4 with an automatic. Again, you just put it into 4 wheel neutral.

Chevrolet full size 4x4 trucks and Chevrolet compact 4x4 trucks can all be easily towed with an automatic and 4x4. Dodge trucks are the same. The Ram and Dakota 4x4 automatics can be towed.

Both Nissan and Toyota don't recommend towing their trucks, but they seem to work well as toads. Both can be towed with standard transmissions. They can also be towed with a Remco driveshaft disconnect, except a couple of Nissan models with certain driveshafts.

The Ford trucks have had a few that a special component could be added by the dealer to make them towable. The Trailer Life tow guide is one of your best sources for vehocles that can be towed. The Remco driveshaft disconnect worked well on my Nissan after I reworked their mounting brackets. It's adds an additional cost of about $1000.00.

I just traded in a REALLY nice Nissan Frontier LE 4x4 with only 15000 miles to a local dealer. It still has the driveshaft disconnect on it!
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wondering if anyone towed a mini pickup. or something.. for my case, i just need a very basic transportation going in town for grocery when camping out, but it needs to be highway permissible.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:07 AM   #6
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Great idea! Whatever works for you is the best toad.

I have two cars I tow, depending on what my needs will be at my destination.
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I currently tow a Ford Ranger. I haul my firewood and dog crate in the bed.
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My CR-V and my Ranger PU are equipt to tow. We like the CR-V when we are away for the winter but this summer we will tow the pick up to haul some things to our daughters home in Ohio. So the truck is a trailer and a toad. Very convenient and sensible depending on your circumstances.
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I tow a Dodge Dakota for years. I carry an ATV most of the time. So it has been a good idea for me.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:00 AM   #10
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I have a Nissan Frontier, with a manual transmission. Miss having a useable back seat. But as others have said great utility vehicle, load the back with what ever, and off you go. I am please with mpg, and vehicle quality.
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I towed a2008 Colorado 4x4 ,5speed manual 4 cylinder. It was a standard cab , pulled great it was just too small and lacked power. I now pull 2011 Dakota4x4 ext. Cab, like it alot more
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My previous toad was a 2005 Dakota, my current toad is a 2008 Dakota. Both 4x4's, and automatic trans. Put the transfer case in neutral, the tranny in park and leave the key in the unlock position. That was/is the only part that is a hassle when this done you have to remove the negative battery cable otherwise with the key left on the dash lights remain on and will drain the battery. It is my understanding that the 2012 Dakota is not towable 4 down.

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I use a toad charger and the toad battery charges off of the mh
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wondering if anyone towed a mini pickup. or something.. for my case, i just need a very basic transportation going in town for grocery when camping out, but it needs to be highway permissible.
The RV dealer I worked for had a Nissan pickup (5 sp) I would use when picking up or delivering a motor home, it worked great.
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