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Old 06-23-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
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Newbie here I have read lots of posts re towing my 2007 Honda 4 cy liner automatic seems 4 down is a headache
So now considering full car trailer or 2 up?
Appreciate all feedback. We will probably tow with older Beaver 36 DP.

Don't have it yet but in 12 months when DR retires
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There is no easy way to RV. I analyze everything. When it comes to RV'ing you just have to deal with all the downside. If you get a cargo trailer that is just one more thing you need to insure, license store it some place plus try to keep it clean. On the positive side the Honda will be clean and protected while traveling.

Again, no easy way to do it.

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Tow dolly for us...the list of cars that can safely flat tow seems to shrink everyday. And we were never going to risk what the car maker was saying after so many cars were toasted that the factory said could flat tow.

Plus we can change cars, and we do, with no cost. Dolly requires no license or insurance for most of North American states and the car is safe up high away from rock strikes and free of the miles on the lower drive line of the car.

Ours (Acme EZE tow) has no moving parts (except the tires) so weighs only just over 300lb and has totally automatic built-in surge disc brakes. Slides right under the RV at the destination.

Best luck
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4 down here. Don't want to deal with handling, storing at home or campsite, or maintenance, of a dolly or trailer. 4 down is way easy to connect / disconnect. Takes literally a couple minutes to do.
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4 down Honda CRV. For us. Hands down easiest for us!
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4 down HHR .. no way I'd trailer .
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Good flat towables...
Some Jeeps, old CRVs (no not the newer models) and old HHRs.
Yes, these will flat tow with little to no car modification...

I think the old Saturn Vue is another option...

But probably not the OP's Honda, nor my Ford...nor many, many other cars.
If you can buy a car just as a toad, great! We were not in that situation.

Safe travels

P.S. Whatever you tow, hope there are auxiliary brakes on the toad. Too many go without brakes and it's legal in many places. But having brakes is much safer.
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Hi
Newbie here I have read lots of posts re towing my 2007 Honda 4 cy liner automatic seems 4 down is a headache
So now considering full car trailer or 2 up?
Appreciate all feedback. We will probably tow with older Beaver 36 DP.

Don't have it yet but in 12 months when DR retires
TKS
MICHAEL
Not sure what you read but towing a CRV is definetly Not a headache when you compare it to a dolly or trailer. Yes, there are certain steps such as a tow bar, base plate, braking system and lights but once that is in place you are Far Better off that trailering or dolly. Speaking from many miles of experience....
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The only thing hard about towing a CRV 4 down would be the expense of setting it up. Much easier to get ready to go and no trailer or dolly to deal with.
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Would much rather tow 4 down than either dolly or trailer. Much easier setup and breakdown.
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I drove from storage to home with our 2016 forester toad. 1997 airstream ly 30, blue ox towbar,base plate and patriot bs. It freaks me out! How much can this set up take? Railroad tracks, bumpy bridges, pot holes and steep driveway entries. I am trusting my hardware, right? I just realized I am not trusting my God.
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Tow dolly for us...the list of cars that can safely flat tow seems to shrink everyday. And we were never going to risk what the car maker was saying after so many cars were toasted that the factory said could flat tow.

Plus we can change cars, and we do, with no cost. Dolly requires no license or insurance for most of North American states and the car is safe up high away from rock strikes and free of the miles on the lower drive line of the car.

Ours (Acme EZE tow) has no moving parts (except the tires) so weighs only just over 300lb and has totally automatic built-in surge disc brakes. Slides right under the RV at the destination.

Best luck
We bought a tow dolly back in '97 to tow our '95 Odyssey on. Sold it later when we got a AWD Jeep to tow. Bought a KK-460 AFTER Honda disallowed towing the new '05 Ody we bought. But now we're back to towing the Ody 4 down and have been for some 6 years. Going to keep the KK-460 just in case we need to tow the '08 Civic or other new non four down towable vehicle.
Our '05 Ody has 107,000 miles on it and another 30,000 or so being towed with no troubles other than forgetting to release the parking brake!
There are also advantages (and disadvantages) to a dolly. Personally I think it's a wash, better for the vehicle but a little more trouble to store.
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