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Old 06-16-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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towable cars

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i am getting mixed info on the best cars to tow behind rv. please let me know...some say 4wd others say no...even the rv dealer seems confused...
don't want to trailer...just want to hook it up and go...please help
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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Check out Motorhome Magazine's towing guide, probably the best reference.
Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine
We have a 2012 Subaru Impreza, Manual AWD, haven't set it up yet for towing but will soon.
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I've been towing a 2001 PT Cruiser for 12 years with for wheels down. I think it's the best way. Never had a problem.
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Don't forget to investigate a braking system for your toad when you get it.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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Check out Motorhome Magazine's towing guide, probably the best reference.
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We have a 2012 Subaru Impeza, Manual, haven't set it up yet for towing but will soon.
We use a 1998 Outback with the 5 spd manual. Probably over 10,000 miles towing. All manual transmission Subaru's are towable 4 down. The full-time All Wheel Drive (AWD) works really great for those backroads and wet (rainy) highways. Our other car is a 2008 Subaru Tribeca with an automatic which is not towable (bummer!).

We use an original Brake Buddy for that emergency braking power.
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We went Honda CRV as it seemed to be the best fit for us. It's an automatic, and has the part time 4WD/AWD (whatever...) we thought we might need for doing some light off road (2 track) exploring, yet is plenty comfortable enough to travel for any longer distances.

When not in toad service, it's a great second car as well....

As it's a fairly popular toad, parts and support for pulling it easy to come by.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:45 AM   #7
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Asking what is the "best" towd is kind of like asking how long is a piece of string. Best is relative based on your needs and wants. You will see towds ranging from tiny smart cars and minis to Hummers, Suburbans, and full sized trucks. Honda CR-V, Chevy HHR, and Jeep Wranglers are the models we see most often. What do you want the car to do, in addition to being towed? Do you need 4WD? How many people must ride in it? How much weight can you tow? My suggestion would be to first calculate how much the towed car can weigh, find something suitable for your needs within that weight and then check REMCO and the owner's manual (never trust what a salesman tells you-they probably do not know) and see if it can be towed four down.

We tow a 2WD CR-V and are extremely satisfied with it. Good luck with your search.
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We use a 1998 Outback with the 5 spd manual. Probably over 10,000 miles towing. All manual transmission Subaru's are towable 4 down. The full-time All Wheel Drive (AWD) works really great for those backroads and wet (rainy) highways. Our other car is a 2008 Subaru Tribeca with an automatic which is not towable (bummer!).

We use an original Brake Buddy for that emergency braking power.
I read in a thread someplace that Subaru is the worst Toad to use for towing. Had something to do with the front end of the Subaru.
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Ford and GM have a number of cars with automatic transmissions that can be towed 4 down. Honda has the CR-V and Fit with automatic transmission which can be towed 4 down. Most FWD manual transmission cars can be towed 4 down. Most 4WD Jeeps can be towed 4 down.

It all depends on what you want to spend your money on.
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Flat Towing

We did a lot of research before buying the Ford Fiesta we now have. It is an automatic that we have been flat towing. Once you learn the "process" that Ford recommends, towing has not been a problem at all.
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It is confusing because there are no black & white answers as to what vehicles are twoable. Many 4WD drive vehcles are towable, but not all. A few AWD drive vehicles are towable, but many are not. A few FWD vehicles are towable without mods and most of the test can be towed with the addition of a lube pump. And so on.

The Motorhome Magazine DinghyTopwing Guides are the best listing of vehicles that are towable without making and modifications such asa lube pump. Start there and see if any of those vehicles suit your needs and the tow capability of your coach. If you don't like those choices, be prepared to spend $1000+ to modify some other vehicle for towing.
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SeattlePirat,

We towed a 1999 Subaru Outback for 8 years, four of which were full timing, then we towed a 2008 Outback for 2-3 years. The ONLY reason we now tow an Edge is because DW got tired of shifting. If I had my way, we would now be towing a Subaru WRX so I could have the power I like.

We never had any problems with the Subarus. They were the most trouble free cars we ever owned and were simple to tow. No ritual to go through. Simply hook it up, put it in neutral, turn the key to the right notch, brake off and go. No speed limits, no starting it every so often - just go. But, you can only flat tow a manual Subaru, not an automatic. And, as far as I know, there is no way to change that with lube pumps, disconnects, etc.

Our two Subarus were probably towed a total of 80,000 miles without a problem. So, that thread may have just been someones isolated bad experience - or sour grapes.
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We just started towing a 2003 Chevy tracker (Suzuki Grand Vitara). 4 wheel drive, 4 door, automatic, 2,900 pounds. Tows like a dream.
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I can think of a couple cheap and highly versatile toads. For those that don't mind it a little rough, air cooled VW beatles and things are light, dependable, and can be fixed by just about anybody. They also have high ground clearance and when baha'd out, can go almost anywhere you can go in a jeep that doesn't require a winch. Forget fancy tow bar setups, just use an a-frame with the appropriate coupler. NO AC though!

For folks that need A/C, the first and second generation VW Rabbitt/Golf is pretty hard to beat. Again, really light and extremely dependable.

One nice thing about an old toad is you aren't heartbroken when it gets road rash.
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