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Old 11-25-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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First off, happy thanksgiving all.

I need the experts advice again! I bought my wife a jeep liberty 2x without doing due diligence and found out that I can't tow it 4 down.. Costly mistake! I'm going to trade it in next week and I need vehicle options to tow 4 down.

I have a large crew, so we would like a med. SUV. maybe toyota highlander, nissan x terra, hyndai santa fe. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks Josh.

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Check out Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Towing guide for towable vehicles.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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if you need room, the GMC Acadia has 3 seats, seats 8 very comfortable . we use with no isssues at all
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:33 AM   #4
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Josh, I don't think any of the vehicles you mention are towable without modification. Check the Dinghy Towing Guide as Route 66 suggests. The suggestion by majfrizz of the GMC Acadia (or the sister vehicle the Chevy Traverse) is a good one. These vehicles are both available with 3 rows of seats and both are towable 4 down. They are available as FWD or AWD, and they have a long list of options.

For something a little smaller check out the 2010 GMC Terrain or Chevy Equinox. Caution: The Equinox may or may not be towable in prior model years.

As always, check the owners manual to make sure any vehicle is towable. Don't take the salesman's word for it. Look for a section called "Recreational Towing."
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on the Acadia and the 2010 Equoinox, all you have to do is pull one fuse and go. currently there is no factory incentives on the Equinox being it is new and selling good.
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First off, happy thanksgiving all.

I need the experts advice again! I bought my wife a jeep liberty 2x without doing due diligence and found out that I can't tow it 4 down.. Costly mistake! I'm going to trade it in next week and I need vehicle options to tow 4 down.

I have a large crew, so we would like a med. SUV. maybe toyota highlander, nissan x terra, hyndai santa fe. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks Josh.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you also,
I am on my second Jeep Wrangler and I love the new JK unlimited (4 door) which I purchased in March of this year. Since it does not have steering lock you can tow 4 down without the key or pulling fuses (2009 models). It tows great and what my wife and I like about the 4 door is it has room and rides alot better that the 2 door. We like to Fly fish and explore and we can go just about anywere we want in comfort.
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If you like Jeeps, how about the Commander. Make sure you get the proper 4 wheel drive system. They have three but only two can be towed 4 down. We have a Commander but tow a Colorado Crew because it's lighter.
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Thanks for the reply's. We spent all night last night on the dinghy reviews. Great information. We like the ford explorer and will call friday to find out how much the newtral tow kit costs. Also the nissan x terra, but hard to find the manual trans. Then we have the saturn vue awd.

Friday will be a long day. Thanks for all the replys. Josh
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We like the ford explorer and will call friday to find out how much the newtral tow kit costs.
No more than $150 or you're getting hosed,

It takes 1 hour total..
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The 4 dr Jeep 4 wheel drive series are great. My roadmaster towing setup, all terain alum tow bar, cabling, Jeep brackets, tow shield, etc cost a little less than $1000. M&G air brake system with break away about $1200. Plenty of room for 2 adults and 3 grandkids in car seats, with cargo space left over.
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Tale a look at the Ford Flex. Lots of room, very comfortable, three rows of seats and with the third row of seats folded down, a great place for the dogs. The Flex is towable with no modification other than the addition of a base plate and tail light wiring.

We've towed our about 10,000 miles with absolutely no problems. Easy to tow - hook it up, transmission in neutral and key in accessory. We also had a US Gear toad braking system installed. Works great.
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glennb100, does the miles rack up on the speedo?
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Hi Desert RV. I have the 2009 with 12000 mi. driven and 5000 mi. towed. I use the blue ox for towing and the US gear brake. Great combination. No problems towing.

The miles do not rack up on the speedo. The 2010 comes with a Eco booster for more power and better mileage.

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If you like the Liberty enough to buy it in the first place, why not get a 4WD Liberty? No mods needed to tow one of those.

Ford Edge is another good SUV toad - no mods or fuses to pull.
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