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Old 04-24-2016, 06:02 PM   #29
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Folks next to us in our last camping trip had a 2016 Equinox. Also seen Ford Escapes up to 2013 Sent from my iPhone using iRV2 - 2008 Monaco Camelot 40 PDQ
I'll look up the 2013. I know the newer ones are not.
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Need to finally buy a toad, tow bar. Any recommendations? Rated to 10k. Lighter the better, inexpensive or reasonable.


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The Honda CRV is hard to beat, unless you require something for off-road travel! We love our 2013 CRV with AWD!
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For what it is worth, we bought a 2016 Chevy Malibu, auto transmission. I would have rather had a stick, but it's my wife's primary car and she won't drive a stick. The owner's manual specifically says it is towable, all four wheels down, as long as the transmission is placed in neutral, and two fuses are removed (to avoid battery drain). This is the case only if you get the 1.5 liter engine.

We thought about a jeep, but I've done a lot of 4x4 driving in my life, and I'm ok with just getting on the roads that a two wheel drive vehicle can handle. I live in Colorado and you would be surprised at the places you can get that way. Plus, the Malibu is about 800 lbs. lighter than a jeep.

Since we're going to pick up our MH in the next few weeks, I've not actually towed it yet, but I'll let you know how it works out.
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How accurate is the FMCA towing publication?


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For a super fun toad we tow a Mini Cooper 5 speed..... Super fun to drive as a daily driver and tows like a dream... When we want to explore off-road, we simply rent a jeep....Click image for larger version

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I'll look up the 2013. I know the newer ones are not.
The last two generations of Escapes (2013 - 2016 and 2017 +) can not be flat towed if they are the AWD Escapes and must be towed using a tow dolly if FWD.
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The last two generations of Escapes (2013 - 2016 and 2017 +) can not be flat towed if they are the AWD Escapes and must be towed using a tow dolly if FWD.

I see it stopped at 2012?


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For a super fun toad we tow a Mini Cooper 5 speed..... Super fun to drive as a daily driver and tows like a dream... When we want to explore off-road, we simply rent a jeep....Attachment 126019

Nice MH and Copper! Would like to think so, we have had a 2008 MC Clubman S, Automatic. So here's the short story from Roadmaster, and Mini (BMW), it can be done, need a pump for trans., recommend removal of run flat tires for towing, the bonnet needs modified will take specific frames mounts for Clubman. Bottom line was the $3,976.00 price tag, minus the bonnet modifications from Mini.


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That's why I bought the manual transmission.... Road master has the tow set-up and there are no tranny pumps required or no fuses to pull... Hook it up, put it in neutral, leave key in and away we go.... Have pulled it for 1,000's of miles....
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Well looking at a few vehicles, Ford Edge, Equinox, haven't ruled out CRV. Maybe a Jeep Sport model if the price is right.


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I specifically looked for a Jeep because I knew they were towable. Ended up buying a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 5.7 Hemi. The vehicle performed flawlessly until I had the recall done for the transfer case free rolling issue which could occur even with the vehicle parked and key removed.

I took the Jeep in as soon as I got the recall notice, being a good citizen and all. My wife had an extended trip planned. The first time we tried to put it in neutral to pull it would go into neutral. Took it back to the dealer, they say "nothing wrong". Finally got it to go into neutral and off she went. Well, she was in NY in the Finger Lakes area and the same thing happen. She had to drive it to a dealership ~50 miles away and they reprogrammed the computer, this again was a temporary fix. Fast forward, my wife was in Florida parked at her sisters. Same thing, wouldn't go into neutral, she left it parked at her sisters and did the rest of her trip without a toad. I met her and we ended up driving the Jeep home to TN.

I contacted Jeep and they gave me the run around. At the time this started to become a known problem, I found posting on multiple websites. I filed a clam with the NHTSA, there were already a bunch posted.

I started doing some research and I found a work around, by pulling a fuse in one of the front fuse boxes it reset the computer and you could get the Jeep to go into neutral. We had to do this trick a bunch of times but at least never stranded.

Ultimately I got another recall notice and had the computer reprogrammed again.

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We got a recall notice but no date to fix as they said they were working on a cure. The recall stated that the vehicle could loose power at the ignition. We had not had any problems until one day all the dash gauges went dark, no radio or AC but the vehicle was still running. It progressively worse, one time it did at Highway speed, did it about 6 times in 15 miles, nerve racking. After ~9 months I finally got another notice to get it fixed, they installed a new ignition switch. I it seemed to fix the problem.

Recommend that any vehicle you think you might buy do a lot of research. Look at recalls on the NHTSA site. Do a general internet search, specifically for problems.

We finally got our Jeep working he way it should be it took way too long. I was completely frustrated with Jeep, their customer service was a joke. Because of this I would never recommend a Jeep to anyone.
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