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Old 06-24-2019, 04:19 PM   #1
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Toad Selection

Beginner with 32' class C with Ford V10, trying to choose best flat tow vehicle. Doesn't have to be large, but easy to hook up and use. See 2014 & older Honda CR-V AWD are popular so am considering. Am over 70 with sore knees so don't want to craw around more than needed. Will appreciate any suggestions. Thanks

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:35 PM   #2
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We have a 2010 Equinox and it has been easy to tow. We are looking to get a newer vehicle and flat tow is a must have. Our choices are down to a newer Equinox, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk or Grand Cherokee. 2024 CRV are getting hard to find.

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Old 06-24-2019, 08:17 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by jmck1737 View Post
We have a 2010 Equinox and it has been easy to tow. We are looking to get a newer vehicle and flat tow is a must have. Our choices are down to a newer Equinox, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk or Grand Cherokee. 2024 CRV are getting hard to find.
On our spring trip to California we needed something checked on the CRV. On a Sunday we drove by the local Honda dealership to get an idea where it was located. An eager beaver salesman literally ran over to the car and asked if we wanted to trade-in or sell the CRV. We spoke with him for a few minutes and gave him the bad news, not selling.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:38 AM   #4
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Ease of hook-up has little to do with the choice of toad - mostly choice of tow bar. A high end model such as Blue Ox Alpha/Avail or Roadmaster All Terrain model makes the job as easy as can be managed.

Pre-2015 CRVs are a nice toad, but so are GMC Terrain, Chevy Equinox, Spark or Malibu; Ford Fiesta & Focus & Fusion; Jeep Cherokee & Wrangler, etc.
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We recently purchased a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and set it up with a Roadmaster Nighthawk and an Air Force One brake system. It works perfectly!
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What is your budget, what are your needs (grocery getting, off road, ...) , will this also double as a daily driver, is a manual transmission an option (opens up the choices), ....
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As said, there are many small cars and trucks that are great to tow. Just pick one that best fits your needs. For example, over the last sixteen years we have towed a 2003 Honda CRV, 2004 4x4 Chev Trailblazer, 2008 Ford Ranger 4x4, 2014 Jeep Rubicon, and 2019 Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup.
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All CR-V's through 2014 are towable four down, not just the AWD. I bought my front wheel only drive from a friend that was quitting RV'ing in his motorhome. Supposedly it was all set to go with all professionally installed equip. I ended up redoing all the installation due to finding missing parts in the aux braking system.
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To follow up on Isaac's post, when we bought our first toad weight was a major park to the equation. We looked at the Suzuiki Sidekick but most of them were ragged out by that point. We happened on a used Corolla with the tow plate already installed. I liked it, was handy little 5 speed. Driver hated it. When we bought the current motor home the Corolla was sold to someone else looking for a ready to tow and we bought a tow dolly. Not long after our first trip with the tow dolly, we went looking to trade my Rav4 and bought the 2014 CRV.
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We got ours last year. As stated it all depends on price point, use, etc.

We ended up with a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra sport six speed. Just put in neutral, release emergency brake, turn in stay and play braking and go.

Gets great gas mileage too and fun to drive the six speed as well.

Went new since we plan on keeping it a long time.

Weighs less than 3k lbs. Hardly notice it is there behind our Forester.

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