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Old 01-01-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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My 2008 4Runner is bumming me out!

Well...I did not know back then that we would have a Thor Astoria 40KT. I have begun the long search for a decent Toad looking at the Tow-Dinghy pubs as far back as I can find them!

I am thinking about a Geo Tracker or a Honda CRV...and of course a jeep can be towed 4 down...

Looking for something used but still in decent shape!

Anybody out there have any ideas or magic bullets that might help us?
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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We towed a Suzuki Sidekick years back. Not enough room, and felt like driving a roller skate. Went to a Jeep Liberty. Pulled and road very well, but still a little short on room for an old fat guy. Now tow a Chev Tahoe 4x4. Love it. A little heavy at 5100 #, but tows very well.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:43 AM   #3
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Thanks! I had one of those two before the 4runner! I can and will tow my Chevy 2500 duramax...but also want something smaller...the bright side of that is that the wife can only buy so much stuff that will fit in it...
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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Get the Remco driveshaft disconnect and tow the 4Runner
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Wrangler. 4 down. Easy.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:38 PM   #6
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Jeep TJ. Tow 4 down... HOWEVER... make sure that your key is in position 1 so that the steering is fully unlocked.... fail to do that, and you'll only get about 100 miles before you're having to replace tires on the toad...... (part of the story of our shakedown cruise)

Other than that, the other 1,400 miles was GREAT fun, plus we can take the soft-top down for great cruising weather!
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Well...I did not know back then that we would have a Thor Astoria 40KT. I have begun the long search for a decent Toad looking at the Tow-Dinghy pubs as far back as I can find them!

I am thinking about a Geo Tracker or a Honda CRV...and of course a jeep can be towed 4 down...

Looking for something used but still in decent shape!

Anybody out there have any ideas or magic bullets that might help us?
I can sure tell you what not to buy ,any Ford product.
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Jeep TJ. Tow 4 down... HOWEVER... make sure that your key is in position 1 so that the steering is fully unlocked.... fail to do that, and you'll only get about 100 miles before you're having to replace tires on the toad...... (part of the story of our shakedown cruise)

Other than that, the other 1,400 miles was GREAT fun, plus we can take the soft-top down for great cruising weather!
This depends on what year the Jeep is. Our 2012 does not have locking steering.
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We used to tow a 04 TJ and I removed a small spring in the steering column. No more locking steering. The 2013 Rubicon steering doesn't lock.
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I would say Jeep too.. but I tow my 97 4runner just fine. I have to remove the driveline and then just drive around in front wheel drive. Remco makes a driveshaft disconnect but I didn't want to spend the money. This latest trip, saw an FJ... didn't get a chance to talk to the owner, but he would have to have some kind of Driveshaft disconnect.



This FJ has a very similar drivetrain to your 2008 4runner.
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Remember that you are going to be driving it far more than you will be towing it. Find one that you like to drive for what you are willing to pay. There is a large selection of vehicles that can be towed 4 down. Check out the Motorhomes Magazine Towing Guide for the years your are looking at.
Remember also that there is an expense for making any toad, towable.
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