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Old 06-11-2019, 03:54 PM   #1
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Seeking input for a Toad

Seriously thinking about buy a 30ish’ class A RV powered with the Ford V10
Looking for recommendations and information about reasonable choices.
What are you folks towing? TIA
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Seriously thinking about buy a 30ish’ class A RV powered with the Ford V10
Looking for recommendations and information about reasonable choices.
What are you folks towing? TIA
There are fewer and fewer choices as the years go on.

I just bought a Ford Taurus SHO (man this thing is fast), which I will be towing. I like my nice cars, so I was limited on what I could get. I really wanted the KIA Stinger, but like many cars..could not be towed 4 down.

I'm assuming you want to tow 4 down. Most Fords can be. Most imports can not.

Obviously, Jeep is a popular choice. for reference, REMCO has a great site that you can plug any make of car and it will tell you if you can tow it.
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We like our jeeps. Just make sure they have the proper equipment.
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There are fewer and fewer choices as the years go on.

I just bought a Ford Taurus SHO (man this thing is fast). I like my nice cars, so I was limited on what I could get. I really wanted the KIA Stinger, but like many cars..could not be towed 4 down.

I'm assuming you want to tow 4 down. Most Fords can be. Most imports can not.

Well that's an answer full of inaccuracies. Many GM vehicles and imports can be towed 4 down and the number of automatics that can be towed 4 down continues to increase. Used to be if it was an automatic it could not be towed 4 down; not anymore.

Always check the owners manual for the definitive answer on any vehicle you may be considering.
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Towing 4-down Chevy Sonic (automatic). Blue Ox tow bar with brake controller. No need to pull fuses, hook-up and take-off in 5ish minutes.

My power plant is a Ford E450 V10.

Easy tow, neat little get around car, big trunk, and car gets 50 MPG.
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Well that's an answer full of inaccuracies. Many GM vehicles and imports can be towed 4 down and the number of automatics that can be towed 4 down continues to increase. Used to be if it was an automatic it could not be towed 4 down; not anymore.

Always check the owners manual for the definitive answer on any vehicle you may be considering.
Well smart-a$$, what part of my post was inaccurate? My post was very accurate. Lord knows I spent countless hours researching (cars WITHOUT modifications) on what could be towed. Even manual transmission cars are becoming fewer and fewer. Gm has FOUR cars that can be flat towed -Sonic, Spark, Cruze and Malibu but only IF it has the 1.5l

No Buicks
No Cadillacs

No Dodges except Durango (with many stipulations)

Honda - just the HRV - but not with the auto

No European

Etc

Again..I was speaking cars, not trucks or SUV's.

Here's your reference for perusal:https://images.goodsam.com/newmotorh...inghyGuide.pdf
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We towed a 2016 Jeep Trailhawk cross country behind a 33' Class A gasser and it towed great and without issues. It actually towed much better than our previous VW New Beetle. The Trailhawk did require an additional fuse and switch but Jeep has the kit needed and we used a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar. We also towed a 1995 Geo Tracker behind the same coach for awhile as well, no issues.
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I have a 30' MH with the V10 and tow a Ford C-Max with Roadmaster towbar and Invis-a-Brake. The only way I know the car is back there is the camera or when I brake as the braking action of the car is set a little too firm right now. The car is surprisingly roomy on the interior and has been a great car for exploring or going out for supplies. Just came back from a week in New England and the car got a real workout with day trips to Newport, Boston, and all of Rhode Island. The car averages 45+ MPG. Mounting the tow plate and installing the brake system was rather intense, but worth the effort. I considered a Jeep, but they were all too pricey for a car that I won't be using as my everyday driver. Because of the investment in all the towing gear, my plan is to limit the use of the C-Max to only RV trips. I previously used a tow dolly, but the convenience of flat towing cannot be overstated. The dolly still is in the driveway just in case because it doesn't cost anything to feed it, but I don't see many trips anytime soon for it. Good luck with your selections and hope to see you out there soon!
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Depends on what you want. If you like driving and exploring back country a 4X4. If you dont like that sort of thing a small car. Personally I have a fondness for Suzukis. The Sidekick is cheap, light, reliable as heck. Jeeps are way more expensive, are somewhat reliable, but also heavier.
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I tow a 2007 VW New Beetle 5 speed manual. Tows and tracks great and weighs just 3,000#.
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We tow a '13 Honda CR-V. We bought it 2 years ago with 48k miles on it and with a complete towing package including a Ready-Brake system for $16k. It is nice as it is AWD so if we are in Michigan for some of the winter it gets around great for the wife as it's her DD. It could be a little more comfortable and have a little less road noise but overall we are happy with it. CR-V's are flat towable up to and including 2014.
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Not too many people seem to consider the GCWR of the motorhome. Our Bounder has a 5000 lb hitch but we only have 4000 lbs of toad weight after subtracting the motorhome weight. That can eliminate many vehicles.

The Chevrolet Equinox come in at 3400 lbs and the 6 speed transmission is 4-down towable.
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Well smart-a$$, what part of my post was inaccurate? My post was very accurate. Lord knows I spent countless hours researching (cars WITHOUT modifications) on what could be towed. Even manual transmission cars are becoming fewer and fewer. Gm has FOUR cars that can be flat towed -Sonic, Spark, Cruze and Malibu but only IF it has the 1.5l

No Buicks
No Cadillacs

No Dodges except Durango (with many stipulations)

Honda - just the HRV - but not with the auto

No European

Etc

Again..I was speaking cars, not trucks or SUV's.

Here's your reference for perusal:https://images.goodsam.com/newmotorh...inghyGuide.pdf
The OP was talking TOADS. That does not limit the choice to CARS. Cars (specifically Ford among others) are headed to the dinosaur lot; will no longer be made.
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I have a 30' MH with the V10 and tow a Ford C-Max with Roadmaster towbar and Invis-a-Brake. The only way I know the car is back there is the camera or when I brake as the braking action of the car is set a little too firm right now. The car is surprisingly roomy on the interior and has been a great car for exploring or going out for supplies. Just came back from a week in New England and the car got a real workout with day trips to Newport, Boston, and all of Rhode Island. The car averages 45+ MPG. Mounting the tow plate and installing the brake system was rather intense, but worth the effort. I considered a Jeep, but they were all too pricey for a car that I won't be using as my everyday driver. Because of the investment in all the towing gear, my plan is to limit the use of the C-Max to only RV trips. I previously used a tow dolly, but the convenience of flat towing cannot be overstated. The dolly still is in the driveway just in case because it doesn't cost anything to feed it, but I don't see many trips anytime soon for it. Good luck with your selections and hope to see you out there soon!
Wow does this sound familiar! We have a Class A V10/F53 and went through the same process. Tried a tow dolly, but that quickly convinced us to get a flat towable car. Looked at Jeeps but they are over priced (my opinion, please don't hate me Jeep fans!) end up with a C-Max energi (plug in hybrid). Makes a great toad. Easy to pull and comfortable to drive. There are lots of options out there and you need to decide how you will be using the toad and then start looking at the ones that will meet your requirements.
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