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Old 04-21-2016, 08:42 PM   #1
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Towed vehicle?

Hell0 fellow motorhomers...My SO and I are looking for our first class A in years! I know a lot has changed since we had our '85 Holiday Rambler, so one of our questions is what type of vehicle should we consider buying for a towed vehicle. We plan on long extended trips over the next few years across the US. We don't have to have the latest and greatest and we'll tow with a DP. Your suggestions will be helpful!

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We bought a '05 Honda Odyssey in late Dec '04 with Honda's blessing to tow it four down (in writing, on Honda letterhead). Still towing it with no troubles, had to 105,000 mile service done in Jan so we're good to go for another 100,000 miles.
We also had a '97 Jeep GC AWD that was a good vehicle to tow since it had a true neutral in the transfer case.
Really wanted to get a new CR-V but the '15's and newer aren't towable four down now.

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Old 04-21-2016, 09:01 PM   #3
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I highly recommend a 2014 or earlier Honda Fit. Lots of room, great gas mileage and good price.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:05 PM   #4
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Well, much of it depends on what you plan on doing with this "toad". If it's going to be a daily driver, not so often, what? Or, would you like to do a tad bit of exploration here and there while you're cruising around the country? If so, the Jeep TJ wrangler and, JK Wrangler are both authorized to be flat towed. And, neither one is costly to setup for towing. We've owned many of them and, while not the most economical vehicles, they are quite versatile.

The TJ models were made from '97 to '06 and, are abundant out there for the choosing. The JK models are the later ones and, depending on the model you choose, can be fairly high priced, even in the used market.

There are thousands of RVers out there towing Jeeps all over the U.S. Some use them off road and, some don't. They just like the practicalness of them. Good luck on your search.,
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Other than a Jeep 4x4, Ford is the most tow friendly manufacturer. Quite a few models that are automatics can be flat towed in Neutral with very little extra to do (Run engine 5 min, etc). GM/Chevy requires multiple fuses be removed, etc. That seems like a pain in the ***. Always check on line for the owners manual of whatever you are looking at to verify it's towing nature. The Motorhome Dinghy Guide is NOT the last word on toads.

Many automatics are no longer able to be flat towed as manufacturers move to CVT transmissions (no neutral, per say). Honda says that no vehicle in it's lineup now can be flat towed. Toyota only offers a couple manual transmission cars suitable. It's a shrinking selection that's for sure.
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:09 AM   #6
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Chevy sonic with auto can be towed 4 down (not the turbo model)
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:38 AM   #7
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If you want a "Fun" car for a Toad and don't mind driving a "Stick", we tow a 2015 Mini Cooper S! As long as it's the manual Trans, there is no problem...
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A lot depends on how you plan to use the towed vehicle. If you will only be on paved roads the choice is almost limitless. If, however you like to explore a little and might take it down some park trails then go with a 4X4. In his category by far most used is Jeep. Wrangler is light, and tows easily, and is most rugged off road. Grand Cherokee has a nice overall ride, and will do almost as much as a Wrangler.

Good luck with your search!
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A Chevy Colorado is also a good choice for 4 down towing. Plus offer additional storage space in the bed.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:31 AM   #10
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A lot depends on how you plan to use the towed vehicle.
Good luck with your search!

A '07 Saturn ION 4 door sedan, with an automatic transmission, has worked for us since 2010, (for over 45,000 towed miles).
Previous to that we towed a '97 Saturn 5 speed, (for over 90,000 miles),
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Any Honda CRV '14 year or earlier. The advantages of a small SUV plus Honda dependability and economy.
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I highly recommend a 2014 or earlier Honda Fit. Lots of room, great gas mileage and good price.
I second this motion.
The CRV is an excellent toad. Requires an update to a larger battery but that's a minor issue. Overall, it's a great car. Must be Pre 2015 because the 2015 and beyond cannot be towed 4 down.
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Thank you all for the great advice. I think well have fun shopping!! Fever
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Thank you all for the great advice. I think well have fun shopping!! Fever
We are looking for a toad right now, something automatic, able to tow 4 down and not a sedan because we can't get in and out of it easy. I have researched petty carefully and have narrowed it down to 2007-2009 Saturn Vue, 2010,2011 Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain. All can be towed 4 down, 65 mph which we don't do and little to no prep the day of travel. ( no crazy pre drive shifting deal ) Only problem is finding them with low mileage and in our budget.

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