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Old 04-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #15
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Having a 4 wheel drive really opens up your possibilities for exploring when you are camping. We have been in some wonderful spots on 4 wheel drive only roads. Last summer we were surrounded by a herd of buffalo in Custer National Park while the 2 wheels drivers had to watch from a distance from the road.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:23 PM   #16
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We've towed a Jeep Grand Cherokee and now a Ford Explorer. Both towed fine but we far preferred the Jeep.

Ditto on the 4x4 benefits. Last summer we had an evening picnic in the midst of a buffalo heard... probably the same trail Lindsay was speaking of in Custer State Park.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #17
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The link below leads to that buffalo herd photos. They are really good to eat too. My wife ate so much buffalo on that trip, she was starting to develop a hump on her back.


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Old 04-22-2012, 03:00 PM   #18
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Do I need a Brake Buddy???

Love this thread...!!!

We are also exploring options for towing a vehicle. We have never towed a vehicle but now we feel the need to have a smaller vehicle with us for emergencies and travel for disabled Hubby.

I was focused on the CRV for the reliabilty and weight, but I have started to evauate the Jeep Liberty. I hate to purchase new....(heck...I want someone else to take the hit on depreciation...LOL!!!) and I am finding that the CRV cannot be purchased pre-owned at any huge savings...but the Jeep vehicle is more readily available, pre-enjoyed in my area. The Jeep also seems to be a tad heavier and is 6 cylinders which may or not be a benifit to me at some point to attach a plow for my home in the winter. Our RV is capable of towing a heavier vehicle so weight is not an issue.

I am now trying to convince myself that I can drive a 40 foot behomith with another vehicle dragging along behind us. I need to practice to be comfortable with this arrangement.

But that brings another question to mind....How many of you have an auxialary braking system...such as Brake Buddy? And is this something else that I need to think about???

Thanks for all of these great opinions and posts...

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Old 04-22-2012, 03:03 PM   #19
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:16 PM   #20
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Many states have laws requiring a braking system. Somebody will post a link to the list. If you don't have one and get in an accident, a clever lawyer will make it your fault even if it is not. Bottom line, is you should have one. There are many kinds and many opinions. I love the Toad Stop which has everything located under the hood of the truck and has no setup time. I especially like it when I set up in the rain and watch somebody with a cheaper braking system on one knee in a puddle and their wife holding an umbrella half over both of them while they set up their braking system between the seat and the brake peddle.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:29 PM   #21
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I`ve towed a Saturn ,Chevy metro and now a CR-V ..Like the CR-V it tows great and also have SMI Stay-n-Play duo braking system easy setup just hook up tow bar and wiring flip a switch drive away
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When we were thinking about RVing, we noticed a lot of Wranglers being towed by 'A's and I'd always thought I'd like a Jeep. That's what we opted for and it has opened up a whole new world in the places we've visited. We've been in areas and seen places and wildlife we would have missed ordinarily. We are not 'rock crushers' but we sure enjoy getting a little dirt on the tires.

We use the BlueOx base plate, Aladdin Tow bar and the SMI Duo Stay N Play aux braking system...easy to hook up, out of the way and tows great. Bob
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We tow a Chevy HHR (no longer produced after 2011). It's a dream to tow. Put it in neutral, remove fuse #8 (I have installed a fuse switch, so just flick the switch) and GO!

Many of the newer cars rated for 4-down towing require lots more, like run the engine and tranny thru the gears every 6 hours or so, etc. No such restrictions on the HHR.

The HHR weighs about 3200 lbs, 4 cyl, and is a wagon for the pooch and all our stuff.

I hope it lasts me a long time.

PS I also use the SMI AFO braking system. Would not tow without an aux braking system.
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Just bought the new Subaru Impreza which we plan on towing. It has a 5 speed manual and AWD. Blue Ox just released the baseplate which I will order soon.
We have a ReadyBrute towbar and braking system.
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Having a 4 wheel drive really opens up your possibilities for exploring when you are camping. We have been in some wonderful spots on 4 wheel drive only roads. Last summer we were surrounded by a herd of buffalo in Custer National Park while the 2 wheels drivers had to watch from a distance from the road.
I will second Lindsay's comment. Without 4WD or AWD you are just cheating yourself. There are many great attractions off the beaten path that are best accessed by high ground clearance vehicles. We have watched folks trying to negotiate their way to some of the exhibits offered by the National Forest Service that are 15+ miles in on NFS roads with their low ground clearance cars and had to just wince at what would surely come under the heading of equipment abuse.

Faith, it may be worth your while to take a ride out to Ware and visit Guzik Motor Sales | New Jeep dealership in Ware, MA 01082. They are a small family run dealership with little to no overhaed and will offer you a great deal. We visited all of the usual suspects in Worcester and Middlesex Counties and then went to visit Guzik's. It was like a breath of fresh air.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:56 PM   #26
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We have a PT Cruiser which I guess you really don't see a lot of being towed. We like ours but would appreciate having a bit more room for stuff when we go shopping. I'm kinda looking at an HHR but we'll see.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:07 PM   #27
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We have a midsized Nissan V-6 pickup 4 wheel drive crew cab with a camper shell for storage. If I had to do it again, I would get the same, but a full 4 door cab. It tows 4 wheel down which is critical also. Check the owners manual to be sure of the flat towing. A salesman will tell you anything.
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We have towed a Suzuki Sidekick, a Jeep Liberty and now a Tahoe 4x4. Zuk was about 2300#, Liberty about 4100# and the Tahoe is about 5200. Couldn't tell a lot of difference behind a 40 ft. DP. Always used an M&G Airbrake System. Tahoe has a lot more room and more comfortable for us and hairy little monsters.
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