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Old 03-09-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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Want to pull a car

Okay so what is cheapest way and save? If I was to buy a car what is the right one? I know that is a personal choice but what have you all found out!

Thanks for all the help
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:15 AM   #2
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Pulling a car with a Class C is a weight challenge. Check the difference between the GVWR and the GCWR plus the rating of your receiver hitch to see what will work for your RV.

Also, the Toads and Motorhome Related Towing - iRV2 Forums Forum might be a better place to ask for others with experience specific to your needs...just be sure to describe your RV in the question, since you haven't set-up a signature line about that stuff...yet.

Cheapest will probably be acquiring a used dolly and pulling an inexpensive small front wheel drive car.
A dolly would allow you to get one with brakes for little money more than one without.

Flat towing would require mods to a car that can be towed flat incl base plate, tow bar, and lights. These can be found used too...just more parts to find.

Which ever you decide to do, please get brakes for the toad. It is not required by law in many places, but is smart and safer.

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Old 03-10-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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I flat tow Chevy Colorado 4x4 with a 32 ft Class C using a Ready Brute Elite tow bar and brake system. It works great. The MH performs just fine
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We pull a Ford Flex.

Check GS/FMCA for a free list of towable vehicles.
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ReadyBrute elite tow bar + Blue OX baseplate + Diodes for rear lights = $1550

The baseplate took 4 hours to install, the diodes 1 hour, running the braking cable and setup another 2 hours. Call it 8 hours of my time but none of it was very complicated. Oh the toad is a 08 Hyundai Elantra 35 MPG, 2900 lbs.

Just FYI, even if you don't go with the ready brute surge brake their tow bar is the best I've ever used and I highly endorse it.
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If you do decide to set up a vehicle to flat tow, check out Hitchtrader.com as a source of used base plates and tow bars and braking systems. Personally I am partial to Jeep vehicles. A Wrangler is light enough and very easy to set up.
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Okay so what is cheapest way and save?
Ummm - define "cheap". $3000? $13000? $23,000?

I bought an older Jeep Cherokee that had been used as a toad. Already had the frame brackets and a nice folding towbar. Paid $1500 but had to put a few hundred more into it. I went with the Cherokee since it has the transfer case with Neutral and they are known for E-Z towing. Bought new safety cables off eBay, $50. Braking system was DIY using vacuum line from the coach engine to a cruise control unit mounted in the Jeep that pulls the brake pedal. Add some wiring, hose and assorted check valves. Less than $100 for everything.

For Plug and Play, the ReadyBrute package is probably the least expensive system that is a complete setup.
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From strictly a financial aspect, a tow dolly would be less expensive than a 4 down towing setup. However, then you have to do something with the tow dolly at each park you visit. There have been many discussions on Tow dolly versus 4 down towing.

Many of us like towing Jeeps 4 down because most of the Jeep models have a transfer case that can be shifted to neutral. In these cases we shift the transfer case to Neutral, put the transmission into Park and remove the keys.
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We purchased our MH first for fulltiming and just bought a 2013 Honda Fit to pull behind the"beast" 4 wheels down. Although we could pull up to 10,000lbs we wanted a vehicle that was fairly light less than 3,000lbs, a 4 door vehicle and of course manufactured approved to pull 4 wheels down. Cost for a new vehicle was a consideration and we wanted a vehicle that when we were site seeing, etc got high gas mileage that would help offset the lousy mileage the "beast" got.

We are now looking for a hitch, braking system and of course the base plate for the Honda Fit. I am leaning towards the Blue OX tow bar and base plate but have read so much on all the brake systems my head just keeps spinning. Do you want to attach a box to your brake pedal every time you move vs. a system that is virtually hands free once installed? Not sure what I want to do. Not installing an auxilliary braking system is not an option for me.

Good luck on your vehicle and set up purchases and let us know what you decide.
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ReadyBrute elite tow bar + Blue OX baseplate + Diodes for rear lights = $1550 The baseplate took 4 hours to install, the diodes 1 hour, running the braking cable and setup another 2 hours. Call it 8 hours of my time but none of it was very complicated. Oh the toad is a 08 Hyundai Elantra 35 MPG, 2900 lbs. Just FYI, even if you don't go with the ready brute surge brake their tow bar is the best I've ever used and I highly endorse it.
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