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Old 07-09-2019, 08:45 AM   #113
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Bought a 1997 Suzuki Sidekick, Automatic, 4WD that came with a towbar and the diode package already installed. I think it's going to work well on 1997 RexAir.

We are working day and night to try and get our house on the market so we haven't even camped once this year, but have a 2 week trip planned in July to the Oregon coast, so that might be our 1st test.

This thing is in excellent shape, no rust, no frills either (crank up windows) but has AC! So as time allows I'll be checking on the important things and making sure it's ready for the trip.

Probably not much help, but the price was right and most everything we needed to tow was included.

Good luck!
And here's what it looks like attached to the RV!! (Just got it working on the 4th)
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:31 PM   #114
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2019 Chevy Equinox, auto transmission, tows 4 down with no issues. 3500#, well under my 5,000# limit.

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Old 07-09-2019, 09:54 PM   #115
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I'm in search for a toad other than a Jeep, which are a little pricey. I'm looking for an affordable and reliable toad. Any suggestions?

I'm in the process of purchasing a DP, 400 ISL, with tag axle. My car is not towable and I feel it's to low to the ground anyways.
This year 2019, we selected a ford focus 2017 SE model. Purchased the vehicle for $10,000 from Hertz car rental. The vehicle is in good shape and show's well. We just completed a 4100 mile trip with this vehicle and had no issues with our tow vehicle. Our trip consisted of 14 days of towing without any problems.
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Old 07-10-2019, 12:38 AM   #116
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Read thru all the comments, and the CRV is hands down the most popular! After Jeep, but the OP did not want a Jeep!
No one mentioned the manual transmission PT Cruiser, I have one for my toad, a 2001, 5 speed, and it is easy, fast to hook up and unhook, light, (under 3000 lbs) and is a great toad! No special requirements, just put it in neutral, key to the first click, and go! It is a very cheap, reliable, toad! I bought a Demco baseplate and Excaliber tow bar from PPL!
The seats fold flat to the backs of the front seats, so you have plenty of room to haul just about anything you want to! Easy to get in and out of too! Seat belts for 5! Very comfortable for 4 big adults! Plenty of leg room too!

Also, if you want 4WD, all Subaru manual transmission model's are 4 down towable! Also Chevy Trackers, Suzuki Grand Vitara (sister) are towable 4 down in both auto and stick models!
Most 4WD with a manual shift transfer case are towable in auto and manual transmissions! Check the tow guides to make sure! Rail!
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2019 Chevy Equinox, auto transmission, tows 4 down with no issues. 3500#, well under my 5,000# limit.
Keep an eye on that towed. The 4 cyl models have steer by "wire". Thus, no mechanical linkage between the wheel and the steering linkage. The have been known to oscillate severely under certain conditions. This was addressed to GM by FMCA and as a result, GM no longer recommends these vehicles be flat towed. The discontinued V6 models had zero issues.

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