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Old 06-05-2007, 07:59 AM   #1
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I am seriously considering swapping out my Suzuki XL7 for a compact or mid sized crew cab pickup. When I go over MH magazine's towing guide, it seems the only truck in that category that's approved to tow four wheels down is the Chevy Colorado 4x4. Not a bad pickup, but it doesn't leave me much of a choice. I was hoping to go with something like a Toyota Tacoma.

My very first toad years ago was a Mazda 626. I wasn't "RV educated" much at that point, and went with the advice of a service rep. at CW, who told me that nearly all vehicles with a manual transmission were towable. RoadMaster supplied me with tow brackets for my 626, and I towed it for many happy miles without incident. Looking back now, the 626 was never on MH magazines approved tow guide list. Might the same hold true for a Toyota Tacoma or similar pickup?
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I am seriously considering swapping out my Suzuki XL7 for a compact or mid sized crew cab pickup. When I go over MH magazine's towing guide, it seems the only truck in that category that's approved to tow four wheels down is the Chevy Colorado 4x4. Not a bad pickup, but it doesn't leave me much of a choice. I was hoping to go with something like a Toyota Tacoma.

My very first toad years ago was a Mazda 626. I wasn't "RV educated" much at that point, and went with the advice of a service rep. at CW, who told me that nearly all vehicles with a manual transmission were towable. RoadMaster supplied me with tow brackets for my 626, and I towed it for many happy miles without incident. Looking back now, the 626 was never on MH magazines approved tow guide list. Might the same hold true for a Toyota Tacoma or similar pickup?
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Toyota's transmissions have never been known for towing without a disconnect or a lube pump. As you see in my signature I tow a Silverado 4x4 and it had done well. Good luck in your search and enjoy the summer.
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i have a 06 colorado 4 door 4x4.works good and with a buddy ramp i can load and haul my motorcyle with it.works good and good fuel mileage.good luck
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Craig,

many, but not all, 4x4 vehicles that have a neutral position in the transfer case, allow four wheels down towing.
my fulltime toad is a GMC Canyon 4x4 (twin to the Colorado) and I'm very happy with it. its a good fit for those who want pickup truck abilities when not being towed, rather than passenger hauling uses.
I also ocassionaly tow my F150 4x4 when I'm at my NM ranch, its a bit heavy for a fulltime toad and requires an extra step (disconnecting a vacuum line uner the hood) before towing wheels down.
Lots of good toad choices these days. In my mind, the deciding factor is what needs you have for using the toad when its not behind the motorhome. good luck and good travels

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Craig, when I first looked for a toad, I wanted a S-10 and almost bought one. It was straight drive and I called the local Chevy Dealer and they said it would be fine.
Called Remco and they said it would have to have a transmission cooler. They told me a Ford Ranger straight drive could be towed four down from year ?? to year??.
I would suggest giving them a call since this seems to be a ever changing thing. They were very helpful and yes, I bought my tow brackets from them.
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Understand that Ford Ranger with manual transmission tows fine with mileage not being rn up....
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:46 AM   #8
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All very good advice, thanks guys.

I've never looked at the Chevy Colorado or the GMC Canyon up close, but maybe it's time I test drive one. I'll give RoadMaster a call as well and get some advice from them. Thanks again.

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Craig,

I just got a Ford Sport Trac 4WD w/ nuetral tow kit and that is towable 4 down. Not sure if the 4' bed is large enough for your needs. Also the Nissan Frontier w/ manual transmission is towable 4 down.
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Dodge Dakota 4x4 with automatic transmission is also towable 4 down. See my sig. line.
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Since someone else alluded to it:

I have a 07 Ranger XLT 4X4 automatic that tows 4 down. Only modification needed was the neutral tow kit (consisting of a status light under the dash and computer reprogram).

it tows just fine and does not accumulate miles.
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All good input, thanks guys.

I did some research and one test drive over the past couple of days. All in all, I'm disappointed with the selection. I need a truck that will allow me to transport two adults and one teenager inside, with a bed large enough to haul a golf cart. That confines me to extended cab models. The choice is further limited to 4WD models only, since they are the only models approved for flat towing. Here's what I've come up with.

Dodge Dakota: Nice looking truck, but very heavy...weighs 10 lbs. more than a full size Chevy Silverado. That stopped me from looking any further.

Ford Ranger: Also a nice looking truck, but the tiny rear jump seats face inward instead of forward. My kid wouldn't last long at all back there. Again, I didn't bother with a test drive due to the inadequate rear seating.

Chevy Colorado: The ugliest truck of the three....sorry Chevy owners, just my personal opinion. The 2WD LT3 with the color keyed bumpers is a lot better looking than the standard body style, but according to Chevy, that option isn't available on the 4WD model. The interior is also very bland, but the rear jump seats do face forward. I did test drive this truck. The inline 5 cylinder engine is a potent little powerplant, but sadly doesn't get the greatest MPG rating.

My decision: I think I'll wait and see what the 2008 model year brings. I'm in no hurry. Maybe Ford will re-configure the rear jump seats, or perhaps the Colorado will get a body makeover. If neither truck is updated, I'll probably end up with a Colorado.

As you can see, I'm not brand loyal. I will go with the best truck for the money. I hope I didn't offend any loyal brand owners out there.
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Evening Craig: I'm a ford Ranger man myself, but have a friend that tows a Nissan Frontier 4dr standard. We use it when we travel together. Think your golf cart would fit just fine. Might be worth a look. Weight is about 5000lbs. but with your rig no problems. (Sound like a familuar rig jdoc) Good luck
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I'm a dead head die hard Chevy man. What do I tow, A Mazda Pickup! I'm not to sure but could be taken as a insult to Mazda and Ford but That little truck has a large endurance record and if they made Mazda Motorhomes, I'd own one!!! Each to your own!
I almost forgot, the newer models of Mazda pickups are Ford Rangers I beleave all are towable all wheels down. My 89 ranger was towable in 5-speed stick.
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