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Old 07-16-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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Towing small pick-up

I have been rving for about 15 years but am about to take delivery on my first MH. The question I have is about wanting to tow a small pickup so that I can also put my motorcycle in in the bed of the pickup.

Thoughts on this? Can it be done? Should it be done?

Let me know what you think.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #2
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Check with the manufacturer of the P/U you want to tow.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
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I bought a new 1993 mazda B2300 pickup, straight shift. I pulled it for ten years with no problems. approx. 75,000 miles.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:44 AM   #4
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The Chevy Colorado and Canyon GMC 4x4's are towable as is the Dodge Dakota and Ford but the 2X2's are not! That is the info as I read it. I tow a Ford Explorer and they have a small Explorer with a 5ft box that should be towable. Good luck!
This is info that I have researched, I have only towed the Explorer.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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jazzguy,

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I don't have a motorcycle but I do tow the Ford Explorer Sport Trac that has a small cargo bed. IMO, if I can properly secure a load, to include a motorcycle, I'll do it as long as it does not exceed the cargo capacity of the Explorer or the tongue weight, the tow bar capacity, the hitch capacity and/or the gross combined weight. Having said that I'd prefer my toad to be as light as possible.
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Have towed a 5 speed Toyota Tacoma Pickup through 4 sets of tires. Mine is a 4X4. I just stick the transfer case and main box into neutral, put the key in the first click so the front wheels will turn and off we go. I understand the 6 speed Tacoma needs help from Remco. Auto transmissions are another story, you can also check at Remco. com to be sure.

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Old 07-17-2011, 02:54 PM   #7
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I tow a Ford Ranger 4x4 and done long trips with three large dirt bikes, no problems. As others have stated make sure the pickup is towable and you are within weight limits and you're good to go.
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I tow a 2011 Dakota 4x4 automatic equipt with a Brake Buddy and a Harley Electraglide Ultra in the bed behind my 2006 Journey. The bike is carried on a Blue Ox Sport Loader in the truck bed. The only difference I have found in towing this combo instead of the Jeep Wrangler I used to have is a drop of about 2/10 of a mile per gallon (well worth the cost to have the bike). Just make sure you are not exceeding the recommended gross vehicle weight for your motorhome and of course make sure you have a braking device for the toad. Good luck and great travels.
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We tow a Toyota Tundra with our Suzuki Boulevard in the back. The bike weighs about 750lbs and is loaded and carried using a Cruiser-ramp system. The whole thing works extremely well.
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I have been rving for about 15 years but am about to take delivery on my first MH. The question I have is about wanting to tow a small pickup so that I can also put my motorcycle in in the bed of the pickup.

Thoughts on this? Can it be done? Should it be done?

Let me know what you think.
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I used to own a 1984 Pathfinder 34 ft class A 454 carbed engine.
I towed a 30 ft high deck heavy equipment trlr with a Toyota micro mini RV on it.
I pulled it 600 miles from 50 ft to 3500 ft elev started North of Sacramento Cali down the I-5 up into the mojave desert out of bakersfield .. Two long 6-8% grades and ended in PalmSprings. i had no problems whatsoever.
mainly due to not exceeding 50 mph and other misc driving habits.So, what do I think of you pulling a pickup with a motorcycle. I youre question is referring to weight,well, you know by my post.
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A buddy of mine tows his Dodge Dakota 4x4 with his bike in the back. Another tows a ChevyColorado 4x4.
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I'm considering towing a 2011 Ford Ranger 4x4 with Automatic trans. with the factory installed neutral tow kit. Any comments will be appreciated.
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I have been rving for about 15 years but am about to take delivery on my first MH. The question I have is about wanting to tow a small pickup so that I can also put my motorcycle in in the bed of the pickup.

Thoughts on this? Can it be done? Should it be done?

Let me know what you think.
Can it?
Heck, yes!
A motorcycle and three pontoon boats is the minimum load my husband and his fishing buddy put in the Ranger behind the Class C.

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Please do make sure you have a brake controller in the towed truck, though
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