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Old 01-13-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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small car to pull

It is now time for me to purchase a vehicle to pull behind my MH and i am interested in getting the smallest car i can get that will pull with 4 wheels down that is available without a bunch of modifications. Is there something out there that is available and it does not have to be new, as long as it is in good shape. The former owner of the MH has a Falcon (puller) as i will call it. I think it is an all-terrain if that means anything. Trying to get ready for the spring and summer travels. I would like to say that you members of this forum have been so helpful to this Pilgrim to the MH world, and i thank you. I am sure i will have many more Questions. Thanks. Rivrduk
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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Motorhome magazine has their Dihngy towing guide on their website that lists vehicle that are towable. It even includes any speed and distance restrictions for each one. They also have older guides from the past years.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:30 PM   #3
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I would recommend a Chevy HHR, roomy, fun to drive and can be towed four down without modification.
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Can you drive a manual transmission vehicle? If so, you may want to look at a Toyota Yaris sedan or hatchback or a Scion X/A or X/D. Lots of features at a reasonable price, great fuel mileage and small size. However, only the manual transmission models are towable 4 down.
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Saturns are towable 4 down and you can pick them up fairly cheap as they are no longer made. They are still servicable at GM dealerships.
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You did say smallest. I may be mistaken but I think the Smart for two is about as small as you can get followed by Honda Fit. Both towable 4 down.

Smart for two:
smart USA - open your mind to the car that challenges the status quo

And it is small!!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #7
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Saturn is the darling of the 'toad' vehicles. Too bad they are no longer manufactured, but they are still out there in the used market.

We tow a Chevy HHR and it too is a 'darling' to tow. About 3100 lbs.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:03 PM   #8
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There are several to choose from - We looked at three, finally purchasing a 2010 Honda CRV, mainly because friends who also have a CRV as their toad.
We installed the Blue Ox brackets, blend right in barely can see them unless you know what to look for. Had to point them out to a couple of people.
After hook up, start engine, place in gear - move gear shift thru all gears - then back to neutral - leave switch key in accessory position, which does not lock front steering. Honda states you can travel up to 8 hours before needing to repeat the start, run thru gears, etc. We generally try to stop at approximately 200 - 250 mile intervals.
Well pleased, plus the CRV is comfortable, averages about 25 mpg.
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The Honda Fit comes in at 2,500 # and can be towed four down.

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You did say smallest. I may be mistaken but I think the Smart for two is about as small as you can get followed by Honda Fit. Both towable 4 down.

Smart for two:
smart USA - open your mind to the car that challenges the status quo

And it is small!!!!
Reviewers in auto magazines remark that the Smart Car is junk. (Their words...not mine) The Toyota Prius, admittedly at twice the price of the Smart Car, actually gets better MPG and is much larger and a quality product. I believe the Smart Car gets 41MPG and the Prius is 51 city and 48 highway. Isn't it strange that that little car has worse MPG than the Toyota? The only reason I replied is that all the auto reviews seem to say the same bad things about the Smart Coffin. Happy Travels no matter what toad you buy. Joe
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But the Prius isn't towable, so it is irrelevant.
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But the Prius isn't towable, so it is irrelevant.
OOOPS! I didn't check that part out. Thanks for the info. That's my first mistake for 2011. I don't want to talk about 2010. Joe
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We own both a Prius and Smart Car. We use a tow dolly for the Prius but the Smart can be towed 4 down, although we put ours in a enclosed trailer with the Goldwing TriCar. The Smart has been a great car for us mpg are in the low 40s and it has lots and lots of creature comforts. New they are not even expensive as cars go.
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We too own a Smart Cabriolet and love it. It's the diesel model that was available until 2006 and we get 60+mpg (Imperial). We tow it in an aluminium enclosed trailer along with our Yamaha RS Venture.
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