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Old 01-25-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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Small 4X4 crew cab PU for Toad

In reading the new FMCA 2012 towables guide it looks like for a small 4x4 crew cab PU with auto tranny the only choices are Chev Colorado/GMC Canyon. No listing for Ford, Nissan, or Toyota small 4x4 PUs with automatic trannys to be used as a Toad. Am I missing something here, I thought anything with 4x4 and transfer case can be flat down towed?

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:41 AM   #2
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as for ford they no longer make a small pu (ranger) for sale in the U.S.
we toad a jeep wrangler 4 dr and love i
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In reading the new FMCA 2012 towables guide it looks like for a small 4x4 crew cab PU with auto tranny the only choices are Chev Colorado/GMC Canyon. No listing for Ford, Nissan, or Toyota small 4x4 PUs with automatic trannys to be used as a Toad. Am I missing something here, I thought anything with 4x4 and transfer case can be flat down towed?

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Did a little research myself and the pickings are thin.

Both Dodge and Ford discontinued their small pickup lines in 2011, which leaves 3 choices; the Chev Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier.

If an automatic is needed, the Nissan will need a drive shaft disconnect from Remco.

You might need to find a 2011 or earlier truck that is still on the dealers lot, or a used truck.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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Just because a 4x4 has a transfer case does not mean it can be towed.

My 1990 Mazda 4x4 has to be towed in 2WH and the 5spd in Neutral. The automatic cannot be towed. The reason is when the transfer case is moved out of 2wd it locks the front & rear drive lines together. According to Mazda towing this way will cause damage. Never risked testing it.
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We towed a Colorado 4x4 Crew for over 50,000 trouble free miles. It's a great little truck. Ours had the Z71 package and weighed 4200 lb. W/o the Z71 it should be just under 4000.
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Usually any 4x4 with neutral in the transfer case can be towed flat.
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We towed a Colorado 4x4 Crew for over 50,000 trouble free miles. It's a great little truck. Ours had the Z71 package and weighed 4200 lb. W/o the Z71 it should be just under 4000.
I bought a used 2006 Colorado 2x4 crew cab Z71 in 2008 just to be used as an around town vehicle with some highway traveling and within 3 months received a recall service bulletin notice from GM about problems with the engine valves and later another notice concerning the brake lights. This was my first GM vehicle since 1985 and was certainly disappointed with GM, again.

Currently have been towing a Jeep Wrangler since 2001 and was hoping to get a different Toad that would ride a little more comfortable with more passenger room, and the PU bed for hauling wouldn't hurt anything either. This way I could have one vehicle do the work of two now. Looks like I'm out of luck in that department.

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I bought a used 2006 Colorado 2x4 crew cab Z71 in 2008 just to be used as an around town vehicle with some highway traveling and within 3 months received a recall service bulletin notice from GM about problems with the engine valves and later another notice concerning the brake lights. This was my first GM vehicle since 1985 and was certainly disappointed with GM, again.

Currently have been towing a Jeep Wrangler since 2001 and was hoping to get a different Toad that would ride a little more comfortable with more passenger room, and the PU bed for hauling wouldn't hurt anything either. This way I could have one vehicle do the work of two now. Looks like I'm out of luck in that department.

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try a new wrangler 4 dr
it ride real well it has coils in all 4 corners
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You can go to remcotowing.com and input the vehicle your looking at and see if it can be towed four down. If it cannot they will provide you with the mods that may be necessary to allow it to be.
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I also heard that GM was going to discontinue the colorada and canyon.
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Interesting article on the 2012 Ford Ranger seems it not a "compact truck" anymore and will not be sold in the US.
All-New 2012 Ford Ranger Not Coming To The U.S.: Here's Why
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I also heard that GM was going to discontinue the colorada and canyon.
Great, they discontinued the Olds and Pontiacs (which were my favorite cars back in the 50's-80's before their quality went down the tube) and now one of the few smaller PUs on the market. Not that I'm any fan of theirs today but it looks like they are losing some section of the market place. Guess they are like Wal Mart, quantity sales is all that counts.

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You also need to be careful with GM vehicles now. As of 2010 (I believe) they have two different electronic transfer case options. a 1speed and a 2 speed transfer case. If you only get a vehicle with the 1 speed transfer case you lose the 4wd low option and more inportantly the Neutral option which means you cant disengage trasfer case and tow. Jon
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we recently purchased 2012 F150 that can be flat towed. New this year has a way to set it for 4 wheel down tow by sequencing the 4x4 switch. It's not really small, but it is a Ford.
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