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Old 08-01-2016, 06:19 PM   #1
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But we have a few requirements that need to be met.

1. Must weight 5000b or less (tow capacity of our RV)
2. Must be able to tow 3500b or more
3. Must be able to flat tow it

Jeep Cherokee, Ford Explorer meet these as far as I can tell. Any other options out there to consider?

Not really considered in a wrangler at this time.

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Our '05 Odyssey meets your spec's but does need a TT towing kit added.
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Avoid anything with electric power steering. That includes newer jeep Cherokee.
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Avoid anything with electric power steering. That includes newer jeep Cherokee.
Thee is nothing wrong with electric power steering. I've been towing mine for 2 years without any issues, besides almost all of the newer stuff is electric power steering anyway so get used to it.

Jeep has a fix for the issue with the electric power steering, I just got it installed because they sent out an addendum to the manual that states you have to have it. I have towed for over 10k miles in all types of conditions and had no problems. I do keep the tires inflated properly and a good alignment on the jeep. I also installed a quiet hitch brace on the tow bar to insure it was good an tight and doesn't wiggle or bounce.
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My Chevy Captiva with the V6 meets your requirements.
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Colorado or Canyon pickup. Fantastic trucks.
Wasn't clear if your preferrence was a car, but most cars these days can't tow.

Even the 4cyl Colorado can tow 3500 - that's what I have. The V6 up to 7K lbs.

Available as a crew-cab 4-door as well as the extended cab.

It has a 2-speed transfercase in the 4 wheel drive model that will shift into neutral allowing flat towing.

Mine is a year old, 13K miles, just fantastic. Baseplate arrives tomorrow, finally setting it up for towing. It's my car during the week, very quiet and comfortable.

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We tow a late model Ford Focus automatic. Approved by Ford for towing 4 down with only battery disconnect.
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Chris what does the Chevy Colorado weigh in the 4 Wheel Drive model?....Thanks
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Chris what does the Chevy Colorado weigh in the 4 Wheel Drive model?....Thanks
All specs are here: http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/chev...2015.tab1.html

Mine is 4140 with extended cab I4 automatic. It goes up with 4 doors and the V6 motor, but even then they are just under 4500. About a 140lbs more for the V6 and about 140 more for four doors. The transfercase is included here, base weight for 2wd is about a hundred less.

The extra features cost more too, they're not cheapo trucks. Mine was $32K and change, they go to almost fifty grand if you load them up. Four wheel drive alone is about $3200 ouch! Add about $1200 for the four door, and about the same amount for the V6.

The I4 works fine but most people choose the V6, especially if they are going to tow anything. I tow a 2500lb boat and it does just fine. In fact it goes up grades like you can't believe. But it's maxed at 3500 whereas the V6 with the trailer package is rated to 7000lbs.

I wanted least cost and least weight with my gas coach. It's about 900lbs heavier than the Subaru, about the same as a previous boat, and it towed those without issue.

We are planning a Zion trip in October, perhaps a couple of shorter trips beforehand. I'm sure it will be fine. I already had a BrakeBuddy and a BlueOx towbar. In fact, I wrote the install manual for them for the Subaru Crosstrek. I really like the BlueOx stuff.

The Colorado was Motortrend truck of the year last year, and then again this year for the diesel. Ford was PO'd!! Especially with their new aluminum body'd truck.

I'll get a picture soon with it setup as a toad.

We towed this back from Sacramento last year, about 450 miles. It went over the grapevine pass in 3rd gear at 55mph. And we got about 18 towing. It gets about 25 on the hiway unladen.

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BTW, here's the big thread here on IRV2 on these trucks and setting them up for towing - probly a pic or two there if them as 'toads'.
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And a just-released first segment of a long-term review from MotorTrend on the new duramax diesel version: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Diesel Review - Long-Term Arrival
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Hi Chris, I don't want to steal this thread but I just noticed you also have a Sunrise, we like ours a lot, but we never see any around our area. It's good to see another Sunrise owner.
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