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Old 11-09-2016, 05:46 PM   #1
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Smile Toad - Dinghy Ideas?

We need some ideas on the best vehicles to tow behind our Winnebago Vista LX. All suggestions are appreciated.


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Old 11-09-2016, 05:54 PM   #2
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That's tough question as many people have their own preferences. You will see that Jeeps are very common. I purchased a Ford Focus just because it was light, small, easy to flat town, and good gas mileage. Personally, I would look at what type of vehicles you like then see if they can be flat towed and work on your list from there.
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Erich's right.
You'll get a lot of different responses to your question.
We towed a Jeep Wrangler for a while, then a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Recently traded the Jeep Grand Cherokee for a GMC Terrain. Very pleased with the simple setup on the Terrain and really like the vehicle in general. We use a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar.
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Jeep. I'm biased, yes. Jeep.
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Toad - Dinghy Ideas?

If you know how much you want to budget I would start there and work your way down. Is it going to be a full time commuter too or just a toad and part time commuter?





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2014 and older CR-V's, both front wheel and all wheel drive are towable four down and very popular.
I've towed a 95 Odyssey on a dolly, a '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee four down and now a '05 Odyssey both on a dolly (Demco KK-460) and four down.
Trying to buy a friends 2014 CR-V if he ever slows down enough to get together!
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A lot of cars can be towed if modified. Remco will tell you about any car you are interested in towing.
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I tow a 2014 CRV with my Vista/Sunstar. It ties great and most of the time I don't know it's there. I have a roadmaster tow system, including fuse master, which disconnects the recommended fuse with a flip of a switch.
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Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine

This goes back to 2000 on all manufacturer approved 4 down towed(ad) vehicles.

You can start there and see if anything you like is on it.
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In your profile (or signature) you don't indicate the year of your coach. Here are some specs for a 2017 Vista LX 35F:

GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating): 26,000 pounds
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): 22,000 pounds
Hitch Rating: 5,000 pounds

GCWR - GVWR = 26,000 - 22,000 = 4,000 pounds

All other things being equal, you should aim for a vehicle that weighs 4,000 pounds or less. NOTE: Posted curb weight for a vehicle is probably lower than the actual weight, which includes options and contents.

If you have questions about the terms above, review the "Loading the Vehicle" and "Car or Trailer Towing" sections in your coach's owner's manual.
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That's tough question as many people have their own preferences. You will see that Jeeps are very common. I purchased a Ford Focus just because it was light, small, easy to flat town, and good gas mileage. Personally, I would look at what type of vehicles you like then see if they can be flat towed and work on your list from there.
2x Agreed with Techn0. Check your GVWR, GCWR, hitch ratings etc. Focus is light. Jeeps are much heavier.
Downsides of the Focus are must disconnect the battery and it is low to the ground. That is awesome as a fun car to drive but need to be aware if you intend on any boondocking.
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7000 towing miles on 2010 Ford Edge AWD with Roadmaster gear. No problems at all.

Per the manual: Trans in N, key in ACC, lights in Auto, and brake off. As a technique we select Recirc to keep any fumes out. No pulling of fuses required. Just select the Coach lights to Park or On and the Toad battery charges.
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The best dinghy to tow is one that suits your vehicle needs and preferences. For example, don't get a sedan if what you really want/need is an SUV, and don't buy a Jeep Wrangler just because somebody else likes to travel off-road. While not every vehicle is 4-down towable, there are enough choices to get what suits your needs and your cost & weight budget. The "weight budget" is what your Vista LX is rated to tow, so keep that parameter firmly in mind.

Using a tow dolly isn't as convenient as 4-down, but it opens up the choice of vehicles considerably.
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The best dinghy to tow is one that suits your vehicle needs and preferences. For example, don't get a sedan if what you really want/need is an SUV, and don't buy a Jeep Wrangler just because somebody else likes to travel off-road. While not every vehicle is 4-down towable, there are enough choices to get what suits your needs and your cost & weight budget. The "weight budget" is what your Vista LX is rated to tow, so keep that parameter firmly in mind.

Using a tow dolly isn't as convenient as 4-down, but it opens up the choice of vehicles considerably.
I kind of wanted a Jeep again, but then I realized I was never going to go "off roading" anyway so a very reliable, non-four wheel drive would be better for me. Got my friends CR-V since it was already set up to tow and only had 6,080 miles on the odometer, but it's been towed to Alaska and back so more miles towing then driving.
Used a KK-460 dolly for a while, but went back to four down once we found the '05 Ody was towable even though Honda claimed it wasn't.
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