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Old 06-17-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Looking for a new toad, suggestions please

My grandson is about to "inherit" my Dodge Challenger for his senior year in high school. I'll be looking for a new "toad". Under consideration at this time: Ford Flex, Buick Enclave, Jeep Wrangler & Unlimited, Pickups (Ford, GMC and Dodge (excuse me - Rams) I had a GMC Serria PU that I liked before the Challenger (sold it because of the wife's health). What else should I be looking at. I'm not impressed with the Honda's or their dealers.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:55 PM   #2
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I love my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the Air-Force One supplemental brake system. It's a breeze to tow; put the automatic transmission in Park and the transfer case in Neutral, remove the key (our 2011 has no steering wheel lock) and away you go. We lower the back seat and have our two bikes upright inside.
Our Jeep is the Sahara model. The high road clearance with 18" wheels may make it difficult for some folks to step up into the vehicle.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:02 PM   #3
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I'm looking also. Really like the Jeep Rubicon, but it's heavy. I think that's why the Honda CRV is so popular, I think it's about a thousand pounds lighter.
I currently tow a Chev Trailblazer, it's a bit heavy too, but easy to tow, transfer case in neutral and off we go.


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I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee rigged for towing. They're both easy to set up and each make great toads. If you want to play in the dirt, the Wrangler is best, but if you want comfort, the Grand Cherokee is much more refined.
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I like our 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab 4x4 although it is heavy. The newer 4x4's ride very well and we can take 2 or 3 persons along. The best part is that it can be towed 4 down without any modifications.
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If you're considering an Enclave (or it's twins - Arcadia or Traverse), then you should be considering a Grand Cherokee as well. The GC is easier to tow (real transfer case neutral, no fuse to pull), and is almost as larger inside as the Enclave.
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This subject comes up at least once a week if not more, do a search on towed vehicles and you'll get more information and opinions than you'll be able to read during the rest of your life! Good luck and have fun checking all the different choices out.
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Love towing (and driving) my Ram. The bed also makes a good spot for storing things that either get too dirty or are too big to go in the MH.
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I just bought a 2005 with 49,000 miles on it yesterday for a toad. Now is when the fun starts installing all the goodies to make it towable. I found a couple that were already set up to tow but by the time I called on them they were gone. Bought mine from a little old lady that only used it once a week to go to the beauty shop. Yea right just kidding.
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A friend just bought a new Buick Enclave and he has to pull 3 fuses, one is 50 amps and the others are 20 amp or lower.
We love our CRV.
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We picked up a used (1 owner) 2001 PT Cruiser that had been loved and babied by its owner. It already had the stowmaster towing hitch and a brake buddy with rock guard installed. All we had to do was hook it up to our MH. We found it on Craigslist.
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A friend just bought a new Buick Enclave and he has to pull 3 fuses, one is 50 amps and the others are 20 amp or lower.
We love our CRV.
We have a 20120 GMC Acadia (same engine/electrical/transmission system as an Enclave). I installed a switch to "remove" the 50A fuse - no other fuses need be removed. To tow, I flip one switch. Done. Love the Acadia!
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We tow a Chevy Equinox. It is easy to hook up and tows well. I have tower approx 6 different cars and suv. I liked the Jeep Wrangler, wife likes the Equinox better.
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