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Old 04-11-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Primary car as toad?

Is it a good or bad idea to set up our primary vehicle as a toad? I know that the baseplates are unobtrusive as possible but there are still connections in the grill. I am looking at the ready brute system. I have read good reviews on the system. It looks simple to set up and use. It almost seems too simple!

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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We've never had anything but a primary vehicle as a toad.

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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We've never had anything but a primary vehicle as a toad.

OP, what seems to be your concern about using your "primary" vehicle as a toad?
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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We never had sufficient resources to have a car for tow only. We used to think about getting a dune buggy as a primary tow vehicle but never got around to it. Both our primary home vehicles are set up to be towed behind the RV and when not towed they are our transportation.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:20 PM   #5
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We're full-timers. Our only car is primary and toad.

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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We turned my Acadia into our tow vehicle and nobody has even noticed that it has the tow equipment on front of it. The only thing that shows is the light plug and it tows very well. A little unhandy to have to unhook the battery but DH doesn't mind.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:30 PM   #7
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Ditto what the others have said; our toad is my hubby's daily driver (Jeep). Frankly, I don't even notice the towing equipment on the vehicle.

And...I highly recommend the ReadyBrute Elite setup; it works great and is the best value out there, IMO.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:30 PM   #8
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My 08 Wrangler is also my daily driver to work and back. Gets much more use as a daily driver than a toad. The towing "equipment" is hardly noticeable, and as far as I'm concerned, it looks like it "belongs" on the front of the Jeep, considering all the mods people do to their Jeeps. Like the others, I don't have the money to keep a car around as "just" a toad.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #9
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The Ready Brute tow system is GREAT! I've never heard one negative comment so I bought it for my new toad. Cheapest and easiest tow system there is! I reccommend a Demco baseplate if you want as little as possible to show. It's one piece, unlike some others, and nothing to assemble or come loose.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:02 PM   #10
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We bought our CR-V to give it a try for our use as a fairly light toad/daily driver. I had never owned a compact or "foreign" car my entire adult driving career. To keep this short, it's all but replaced my pickup, which is now only rarely driven.

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