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Old 12-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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Our toad is a 2011 smart car. It only weighs 1800 lbs so it tows like it's not there. No auxiliary brakes as they are not required in most states. We don't off road but we do many roads that are gravel or dirt with no problem. It Carries the two of us and two dogs in the back and gets 45 mpg running around and cost only 10500 msrp. This is a good little toad.
Yes ours is 80000 miles and hauled on trailer
We have nothing bad to say about us being so smart
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #16
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Our toad is a 2011 smart car. It only weighs 1800 lbs so it tows like it's not there. No auxiliary brakes as they are not required in most states. We don't off road but we do many roads that are gravel or dirt with no problem. It Carries the two of us and two dogs in the back and gets 45 mpg running around and cost only 10500 msrp. This is a good little toad.
This reminds me of last summer while sitting at a stop light in my 64 deville convert what pulls along side of me a gentleman in a smart car. We looked at each other with big smiles, I wish I could have had a picture of the 2 cars. I'll bet 3 of them will fit along side of the 64 maybe 4 What is the length of your smart car? My 64 is 19'6. and gets maybe 8 miles to the gallon but what a mile.Thank you GM
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I bought a Smart for the sole purpose of towing it. (I also have a Malibu Max rigged for towing but I wanted something lighter with my present RV). My Smart is 8'8" (106.1in) long per the spec (never measured it). I hardly know it is there from a performance perspective. I agree with those who say lighter is better for towing. As someone said, in most jurisdictions, toad brakes are not required for a vehicle weighing less than 2000lbs and my Rig, with the Smart, can stop within the distance cited in the CA regs. Nontheless, I got a readybrake for additional safety. It has been a great toad, albeit it is limited to 2 persons, Dog, groceries, golf clubs etc, go in the back, (Not all at once).

For most gassers, weight is critical. My GCVW is 16000 lbs and my GVWR is 12400 lbs, so if I was at my GVWR, I could only tow 3600 lbs. Yes my tow system is rated for 5000lbs tow and 500Lbs tounge wt. My Malibu weighs about 3300 Lbs. So I am OK with it but it is getting close. I most always travel with full tanks when I can and in our road configuration we are close to the GVWR. I suspect most gassers have a similar situations.

Never had these issues with my DPs.
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The smarty is 8 ft long
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:30 PM   #19
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Just to share...no tow bar and no tow dolly needed

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One of our fellow members does this and her Outlaw is on the classified's...but it's not an 8.1L (it's got a Cummins FRED)
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How cool that is. I saw a picture on line a few years ago that the MH lower part opened and a Benz compressor convert was under it and it slid out and the compressor drive off. It was a German made mh. What a garage that is.
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We tow a Chevy Captiva, and at about 3700lbs it is great to tow on the level and ok when going up hill, but we do notice it's back there then. No problem going down the hill though!
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moving and stopping well be ok but you well find more 5820 lbs hard to turn with go slow on making your turns give your tow time for the wheels to follow you
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We tow a 2012 Subaru Impreza 5 speed manual behind our Winnebago Aspect 26A. Hardly even know it's there.
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We go with a SMART for two as well. It makes a perfect car for two people to use as a toad. We tow with a 8.1 liter with an aluminum tilt bed trailer. Total weight with trailer is 2300 lbs. Tows great.

We have a hitch on the SMART that we can tow the aluminum trailer for rounding up fire wood and whatever.

Bought the 2013 SMART used for $12 grand.
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Nice setup. What is the total weight of the trailer & tongue wt with no load? And what hitch do you have on the Smarty?

Do not see in picture, but perhaps this is before you mounted one. I suspect you just used the tow bolt holes to mount the Hitch.
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I dunno, my Subaru outback is pretty darn perfect if you ask me

It's light at 3000 lbs, it's roomy as heck inside, it has 63 cubic feet of storage with the seats laid down, it drives real nice, it was cheap to buy (under 16k), tow bar was a snap to install, it's all wheel drive with awesome ground clearance, it's simple and cheap to repair, decent gas mileage, hook up and tow is ridiculously simple - just put in neutral, unlock the wheel and go, and it looks really snazzy with a yakima mega warrior roof basket on it, which gives me another 52 x 48 inches of space on top for in town cargo, bikes, kayaks, whatever

I bought mine with 34k miles on it, 3 years old
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We tow a GMC Canyon pickup. It is like the Colorado and tows very nice. It has a crew cab, automatic 4 wheel drive. Don't have to do anything to the truck which is nice. I think it is approx. 3,200 lbs.
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We tow a GMC Canyon pickup. It is like the Colorado and tows very nice. It has a crew cab, automatic 4 wheel drive. Don't have to do anything to the truck which is nice. I think it is approx. 3,200 lbs.
Your Canyon is more like 4200 pounds curb weight. I can only tow 4000 pounds and my Canyon Crew Cab weighs 4200 plus so I tow a CRV.
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