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Old 03-11-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Need help with Towing choices...

Good Morning Friends,

You have all been extremely helpful with your advice thus-far and I need to pick your brains yet again...

Hubby has some ongoing health issues and has quite limited mobility and I need to decide on a towing system for our travels. We have a 2005 40 foot Revolution RV and I am trying to decide on a new vehicle for daily use on the job as well as a vehicle that I can bring with us when Rv'ing.

I have never towed a vehicle and I am frankly...terrified!! I am finally comfortable driving the big behomith, but I realize that now that I am driving the big monster, I need to attach a vehicle to bring along with us. My Hubby thinks that a tow dolly would work better but my back is not what it used to be and I am concerned about manuevering it once we hit a site and am thinking that four-down is the easiest way to go for me....a mid 50's tired old woman...LOL!!!

The Revolution has a 400 hp engine and I believe is quite capable of towing a multitude of vehicles. I am contemplating a Honda CRV because it is what many relatives are driving and I like the vehicle. I understand from the Remco site that it is a good vehicle to tow but would like all of your opinions as to what I need to do next... Tow bars, braking systems, etc.

Just when I think it has become easier...it gets more difficult. But I love RV'ing.....


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Old 03-11-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
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You are correct...CRV is one of the best. There is no doubt it can be towed four down, there are directions in the manual. Plus you get Honda economy, reliabilty, dependability, it's light, etc...can't lose with a CRV.

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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Hubby is mistaken - Four down towing is much easier and more convenient than dolly towing.

No need to be frightened of towing a car - you won't even know its there moving forward. Just don't get into a situation where you would need to back up, because toads do not back well at all. And tow bar manfacturers specify that it should not be done at all. So plan ahead!

A CRV would be an excellent choice, but there are many others as well. GMC Terrain or Acadia, Chevy Equinox or Traverse, Ford Edge, Chevy Malibu (sedan), etc. etc. etc. What type of vehicle would you LIKE to have - odds are there is something of that type available that can be towed.

Choice of tow bar is mostly preference - I like the Blue Ox Aventa LX or the Roadmaster All Terrain models (I have the Blue Ox myself). Braking system are your choice too, but for the simplest daily hook-up, I would suggest the SMI Air Force One or the US Gear Unified Tow Brake.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #4
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Hi fansill,
I agree with what Gary posted. As you look for a toad vehicle, always look in the owner's manual. That is the only place a manufacturer states, in writing, if the vehicle can be towed and what the procedure is to tow it. It may also state limitations. Depend on nobody he planet to tell you about the ability to tow a vehicle. The owners manual is the only place to be sure. I tow an 05 GMC ENVOY XUV 4WD. I use Blue Ox for the towing hardware and USGEAR for the braking system.

Look for a vehicle that suits your needs when not towing. There are many where nothing needs to be done (no fuses to pull, etc).
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I agree, four-down is easiest, by far (done them both). I would advise to make sure you get a tow bar that is easy to line-up when hitching to the MH. One that telescopes or easily swings into position, and requires the least amount of lifting/adjusting, and one that stays attached. Some are easier than others, some hard on your back. Given that they are all rated as safe for towing, in your situation, I suggest easier on the back is the most important criteria.
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We towed the CRV for seven years with no difficulties. Last year we replaced the CRV with the Jeep Unlimited for three reasons; first, we wore out the CRV, second, the CRV couldn't handle the off-road use we wanted, and third, the Jeep is easier to tow since we don't need to keep the key in the ignition and there is no speed or time limits on towing like the CRV has. Beside this we were able to have our two bikes travel inside the 2005 CRV and we could not do that with the new CRV. All that said, the CRV is still a very good choice.
We use the Blue Ox tow bar and the SMI Air-Force One supplemental braking system. For me that's the best towing set-up we have had in all our 36 years of RVing.
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steelheadbluesman mentioned something that is important and I'd like to state in another way. Go to places that sell different brands of tow bars. Have the sales person demonstrate the tow bar. Then you try to do the same tasks. Like steelheadbluesman posted, some tow bars require significantly more effort to get into position that other tow bars. It is important for you to try it before you buy it.
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As others point out... I agree with 4 down.

I use the stowmaster. Easy to attach. Most of the new setups are real easy. Just get close to aligned, attach then pull away to lock into place. Go with a good built in brake. With yur rig the driving will be no different. You won't know the toad is back there and yu wont need to adjust your driving habits. It will track right behind your rig.
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I sure agree with keeping things simple and LIGHT weight. I went with a BlueOx Aladdin tow bar because it is one of the lightest tow bars available. Also went with their base plate(tow bar attachment to the tow vehicle)which eliminates any need for a cross bar attachment for the tow bar and extra weight.

To keep things really simple as far as an aux. braking system, I went with the SMI system mentioned above. No lugging around a brake box every time you want to use the toad. These boxes are a little on the heavy side and it's my preference to be lazy. The SMI is completely out of sight, out of mind...hook the bar up to the toad, flip a switch on the controller and you're good to go. Now that I'm getting older, simplicity/ease is absolutely KING with me! Bob
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I am intersted in this as well.
What braking units can be attached to the car and don't have to be removed when trip is over? Are they reliable and unaffected even if there are a few months between trips. I would hate to wear it out. Those in the know please list some approp. units.
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Yes by all means tow four down. The CRV by Honda is very good. I tow the Honda Fit. It also can be towed four down, has planty of space for a small car and the fold down seats gives you a great amount of room. I use the Ready brake by Night Shift Auto. It has a surge brake built in and is a breeze to set up. My DW can do the whole thing by herself. Go luck with your search.

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