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Old 08-06-2007, 09:57 AM   #15
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Campernut2, I currently have had the car in neutral and in ACC position for last 20 hours and the battery has dropped from 12.55 to 12.20 volts. Of course, I don't have Brake Buddy etc. set up and being activated. However, the test was to see how much voltage drop I would get over a period of time. I suspect Toad-Charge may not be needed if you start and run the car after a day of towing.
For what it is worth, my car weight is 3975 according to the title. It has everything on it except the sun roof.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:45 PM   #16
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Went by the Ford place this morning and looked at the new Taurus X, yep just the Freestyle with a different name. Nice ride with seating for 6 or 7. The sales folks were a little in the dark about the capabilities of being a toad. Later called Blue Ox since nothing is listed for this car or the 07 Freestyle. The base plate is now being developed and should be available end of this month. They said they've gotten a lot of calls on this car and the Edge.
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Thanks Marv, good to know. Mine does have the sunroof so that might account for the difference in weight.
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The GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave have the 6 speed automatic that GM & Ford developed jointly and is used in the Edge as well as the Lincoln MKX.

For what its worth, GMC and Saturn have many vehicles, both cars and SUVs, that are towable - not just those mentioned above. So does Chevrolet.
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:40 AM   #19
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I still prefer GM products and yes I'm aware of the towability of many GM products. Still thinking hard about the VUE. Guess my question is why haven't they put the new tranny in the Equinox or Uplander mini-van. These can only be towed with the lube pump as I understand it. Got to get rid of the Grand Cherokee before it $$breaks us. Will still keep our other toad, 98Blazer w/Remco disconnect, you know the commercial, "Like A Rock".
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Campernut2, after 24 hours with the car in ACC the voltage drop was from 12.55 volts to 11.89 or .66 volts.
Currently checking voltage drop with car parked as normal. After 4 hours, no drop. Will report when done.
Hopefully, we will not need Toad-Charge.
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Thanks Marv, much appreciated! BTW I am going to vegas tonight so I won't be responding for the weekend
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Campernut, I found no voltage drop in the car after 24 hours with the car turned off as normal.
I don't know if I said before but, you can remove the battery and there is a big rubber grommet that can be used for entry into the car. Wires drop directly inside which is great. Used this method to hook up my Brake Buddy.
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thanks Marv....my base plate is on now and the wiring is done for the brake buddy. I am not sure where they brought the wiring through but it comes out just above my brake peddle in the car. Probably won't be trying it for a couple of months. I did win in Vegas!!! Helped pay for my base plate. (won $700). Total cost if install $1000 with brake buddy wiring. Thanks for your help!
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