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Old 06-03-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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I have a 03, XL-7 Suzuki. It has been driven over 90,000 and towed an additional 150,000 plus. Just had the front wheel bearings done. Battery and brakes about 50,000 miles back. I installed Michelin Premium tires aproximately 80,000 miles back and show no signes of unusual wear. Still looks like I'll get another 20,000 before replacement. I do change oil in the differentials and transfer case after approximately 75,000 miles of combined travel and rotate the tires frequently. IMHO a great toad.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:45 PM   #16
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I have a 1995 Saturn SL-2 and I tow it in back of my 1997 36' M.H. for 81,000 miles.
The Saturn it self has 135,000 on it.
I could not ask for a better tow car.

Just a thought.

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Old 06-04-2013, 12:00 AM   #17
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Tires could wear faster, CV joints could wear out faster, brakes (assuming you have towed brakes as you should) will wear faster. Alignment may get knocked out more often (happened to us) then the tires really wear. Transmission could be damaged and, if the vehicle isn't approved for four down towing, you could void the running gear/engine warranty. I know Honda dealers look for stuff like brackets on vehicles other than the Fit and CR-V. We even had the local dealer tell us the bad radio reception in our Odyssey was due to the interference from the wiring I had installed. Turns out there was a magazine test that also highlighted the bad antenna cable. I made a copy and showed it to them, they were still doubtful so I told them to replace the wire, if it didn't cure the problem I'd pay for it. Problem solved.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:39 AM   #18
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I have towed a 2000 Mazda Miata for five years. This is a standard transmission model and yet towing four down is not recommended, but not sure why. I install a front protective bra to protect the paint, as the car has an excellent paint job and looks great. I remove the bra often and remove any trash that gets under it. I have had a rock break a fog light once which Mazda charged me over $100 to replace. I protect those lenses now with sticky foil. No unusual tire wear. They just get real dirty when towing, especially in bad weather.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:03 AM   #19
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We towed a Chev Silverado pick-up for 7-8 years, probably 75k miles towing and another 150k driving it. We experienced no significant problems other than some modest front tire wear and we had to replace the u-joints on the drive shaft before another member of the family took it over. Three years later and the truck is still going strong for them. We now pull a new Silverado and get the same tire wear. Could be linked to the tow bar set up but tow angle and all other install specs seem to be ok--we live with it. Only other issue is rock dings--we put a small air deflector on the leading edge of the hood and eventually crafted a home-made rock shield [horizontal] between the coach and the trucks--no more rock dings.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:10 AM   #20
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I had a eenie-weenie-teeny-tiny Saturn and now a Wrangler. About 60,000 toading the Saturn, about 12,000 on the Jeep.
Other than normal tire wear, absolutely no problems.
Sold the Saturn with 135,000 on the odometer. So, almost 200,000 overall. Never required an alignment, no CV joint issues, no undue brake wear, nothing, nothing, nothing.

And I have standard mudflaps behind the duals. And no chips. No bra. No nothing.

Nothing is a really good thing!

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Old 06-04-2013, 10:46 AM   #21
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Our '12 Wrangler Unlimited only has about 4 o 5 thousand miles as a toad and less than 20k driven. Our '05 Rubicon Unlimited, however, had 30k plus miles as a toad and over 80k driven before some idiot woman hit me from the rear doing 50mph and totaled it. It required no service other than what you'd consider normal, it even had the original tires on it when totaled (not sure why some report going through 3 or 4 sets of tires over a similar distance, or less).

If set up properly, and maintained, you should experience no adverse affects from being towed 4 down.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #22
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Just started this year with a toad. I found in my CRV manual that CRV owners manual says:

If you tow your vehicle behind a motorhome, the
transmission fluid must be changed every 2 years or
30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.

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