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Old 12-22-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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Smile Need information on the best cars to dingy flat tow.

Hi, we have a new Tiffin Allegro and need to have some recommendations on the best cars, please include year model and car model, from which to select a dingy to flat tow.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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Don't know what the best will be for you but a 2003 CRV did just fine by me for the past 10 years. Would have tried a 2012 Honda Element or a 2014 CRV (last production year for the Element and last towable year for the CRV) but this new to us 2012 Jeep Liberty Jet caught my DW eye. No arguement from me. Good Luck
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:18 PM   #3
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There seems to be a number of vehicles available for 4-wheel down towing. We have a Saturn Vue, which is no longer manufactured, but if you are looking at buying used, there are a number of Saturns available.

If you want new, most GM cars are towable. The Chevy Equinox is the equivalent of the Saturn Vue, and tows easily. Others include the Buick and GMC lines. Hondas are no longer towable beginning with the 2015 models.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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Do a google search for RV Towing Guide or something similar and keep in mind it is year specific as some models will be towable one year and not the next. Also pay close attention to the transmission etc. There are specifics and can impact whether its a 4 down tow or not.

Personally, I've got the 2014 Jeep Patriot, manual transmission for a flat tow and love it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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You can still find new 2014 CR-Vs. The 2015 model is not flat towable.

I recently bought a 2012 CR-V and am very pleased with the way it tows, and the way it works for me in day-to-day use. I think you need to start with thinking through what you want in the vehicle - I was tempted by the Jeep Wrangler and had fantasies about off-road driving, until I interrogated myself about how often I would actually do that.

Fortunately there are a lot of options available, depending on your intended use. As mentioned, the RV Towing Guide by Motorhome magazine is an excellent resource.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #6
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The best vehicle for towing four down is the one that you like to drive when not towing and which "can" be towed four down. Check out Motorhomes Dingy Towing Guide. It lists cars, trucks, and SUVs that are able to be towed.
You will most likely be using it as a daily driver so make sure it fits you daily needs first.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:04 PM   #8
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We towed a Saturn Vue for 7 years and just got a Chevy Equinox which is also easy to tow and drives much better. Love it as our drive around as well.
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There is a reason you see a ton of Jeeps being towed. See if they fit your life style I know my dw loves ours and towing is way to easy.

Year and make below
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I love a Jeep Grand Cherokee. We have the 2002 GC Ltd. It is the last of the line that have the solid front axle, with the Quadra Drive 11. This means the transfer case and the differentials can put power to any wheel with traction. We like to drive the tamer backroads- we are getting older and don't enjoy the mud bogging and such. At a little over 4,000 lbs it is reasonably light, and there is room in the back for wifes dogs.
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Towables

You can look up past years here. The FMCA 2015 lists comes out in the January magazine.

Towing Guides - Lichtsinn Motors - Forest City Iowa Dealer
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I purchased a 2014 Capitva. This is the TRUE equivalent of the old Saturn Vue - Not the Equinox as stated. in fact go over to the Blue Ox web site and download the base plate instructions for the Captiva. It is also titled for the Vue. I have the LTZ trim. Great car to tow and ride in.

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I purchased a 2014 Capitva. This is the TRUE equivalent of the old Saturn Vue - Not the Equinox as stated. in fact go over to the Blue Ox web site and download the base plate instructions for the Captiva. It is also titled for the Vue. I have the LTZ trim. Great car to tow and ride in.

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Dutch Master -- I have the same car -- very nice. You're right. It is essentially the Vue, but it has the same running gear as the Equinox.

Ours has a Stay-in-Play brake system with the Blue Ox tow setup. It also has a fuse switch. Tows great. I like it so much that I tend to use it around home while my Yukon sits. You can bet that never happened with the old Cavalier!
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