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Old 11-07-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Towing a vehicle behind a class B?

I've been researching what type of vehicle can be towed with all four wheels on the ground behind a class B motor home.

My questions are is a manual or automatic tranny make any difference these days? Problems? Suggestions?

What are the best vehicles in your opinion to tow and what make and model ?

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Old 11-07-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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I have been toeing a 1995 Saturn S-L2 every sense I bought it new in 1995.
It has 31,000 miles on the speed meter and I had toed it another 81,000 miles and it's being toed on all four.
I woud not have any other toe car.
Look around you may fine one.
Just a thought.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:45 AM   #3
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I have towed several vehicles behind my 40ft deisel pusher and tow weight was never an issue, however since I downsized, dingy weight became important. Lighter is better, I have two vehcles rigged for towing, A Malibu Max and a Smart Car. The Malibu weighs about 3400lbs and the Smarty about 1850 lbs. I have a B+ Leisure Van Libero with a Chev 6L V8. The GVWR is 12800lbs and the Combined Weight Rating is 16000 lbs. Class3 hitch has 5000lb rating. So I could theoretically tow 3200 lbs to be within specs, nonetheless I gave the Malibu a test to see how it would handle even though it was 200lbs overweight. The RV could pull it OK but I could really feel the drag. The Smart car posed no problem and is legal. So when I take a car, I only take Smarty. I use a Ready Brake, for addiktional.safety, even though I can stop within legal distance without it on when Smarty is in tow.

Bottom line - make certain whatever you get meets combined weight spec but lighter is better from an RV performance perspective.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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The biggest limitation will be the weight of the TOAD. You didn't mention what your Class B could handle. Hopefully it is at least 3,500 lbs, but look it up in the documentation.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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You need to locate the sticker in a closet or cabinet and pay attention to the numbers listed. GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating - the total weight of the loaded RV and towed vehicle. Your brakes and drive train can't handle more than this combined weight.

As to automatic or manual, today many automatic transmissions can be towed without modification. Check the owner's manual of the vehicle you're interested in. You can also check the Remco site, they have good information.

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Four wheel drive vehicles with a transfer case that can shift to neutral are mostly towable. Most all manual trans. can be towed, with a few exceptions. Again, check owner's manual and/or manufacturer for full information.

You also should check that a baseplate is available for whatever you are looking to buy. Here are two of the better known manufacturers:

Blue Ox Towing Products
Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:19 PM   #6
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I tow a Honda CRV thats automatic and light weight
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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I hooked my jeep cj-5 behind it and headed out

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Auto or stick makes little difference, except that most (not all) sticks will be towable as-is, while some autos may require lube pumps. But there are many automatics that are towable as-is, so thats not really a factor.

Weight is the key for towing with a smaller coach. As the others have said, you need to learn your coach tow capacity, which will be either a stated tow rating or calculated by subtracting actual coach weight from its GCWR. And, of course, the tow rating of the receiver hitch itself.
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Wrangler. 4 down. Xfer case in N, trans in P, lock and go. And then go off-road to see what regular tourists do not.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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honda fit 2008 and up automatic can be towed 4 down. 2600 lbs, easy setup with roadmaster base plate.
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Originally Posted by sdlcrazier View Post
honda fit 2008 and up automatic can be towed 4 down. 2600 lbs, easy setup with roadmaster base plate.
Honda now says the 2007 is towable four down also.
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A Smart Car is only 1840 pounds and is really fun to drive if you don't need more than a 2 seater. They are really roomier inside than you might think. I consider mine more the front half of a car rather than a half sized car.

My 2012 model has a standard transmission with an automatic clutch. Only 2 pedals, so anyone can drive it. It also came with a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty and roadside assistance plan.

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #13
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Wrangler. 4 down. Xfer case in N, trans in P, lock and go. And then go off-road to see what regular tourists do not.
Just sayin....
Yep!! Behind a 2012 Pleasure way Lexor!!

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