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Old 09-12-2016, 06:17 AM   #1
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Search for 4 Down Toad

I have a Winnebago View and searching for toad. Looking at 1990's Wrangler because of parts availability and wear on toad towing. Also new Cherokee or late model CRV that is towable 4 down.

Can anyone share experiences and thoughts on this approach?

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Old 09-12-2016, 07:07 AM   #2
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What year is your View? Some only have a 3500 lb towing capability.

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Old 09-12-2016, 07:10 AM   #3
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Good question. It is 2015 with 5000 lbs capacity. I am concerned the CRV and Cherokee are approaching the limit. I just like not to go right to the limit and have a safety factor.
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Did a lot of research with my View. Jeep Wrangler was a little heavy and not much storage. Settled on a Subaru Crosstrek manual trans. More car like but still 4 wheel drive, no rock hopping but mountain dirt roads are no problem. Good back seats and fold down flat for storage ( outdoor chairs, fold up table, rug ) and dogs ( 2 80# goldens ) Roof rack carries kayak and SUP. Tows great 4 down.
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We love our 2013 Honda CRV AWD! Just remember you can't flat-tow the CRV's starting with the 2015 models!
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Thanks for your experiences.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #7
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Chevy Equinox is roomy and can be towed 4 down.
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FWIW, the 5000# towing rating has a safety factor built into it. If your coach and toad do not exceed the GCVW rating, you could tow 5000# all around the country without a failure due the weight. It has probably been tested with 50% more weight without a failure. Buy the toad with your daily driving in mind and if you find one you like at 5000# or less, buy it. You will drive it a lot more than you will tow it.
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It has been stated many times over that you can't light load the RV in order to tow a heavier towed but the manufacturers themselves. Nor should you tow more than the rated weight. Some will advise you otherwise but the factories have a reason for the ratings.
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I think I am leaning toward a 2014 Jeep Cherokee with the Active Drive 2. The Active Drive 2 seems more available on other models than just the Trailhawk trim. Any experiences or words of warning greatly appreciated.

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