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Old 08-20-2016, 07:59 PM   #1
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What car to flat tow

We just bought a 2016 Winnebago 24J View, love it so far, but looking forward to more travel next summer. We would like to know what the best car to flat tow, so that we are not accumulating miles on it. What cars would you suggest. We know many suggest the Jeep Wrangler, but are there others that would work?

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Old 08-20-2016, 08:13 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by swade67 View Post
but are there others that would work?
Sure, there are LOTS of cars that will work for many of US.

For example, I tow a supercharged Miata.

It fits OUR needs.

It would help to know what YOUR needs are.


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Old 08-21-2016, 06:16 AM   #3
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Have you had a Motorhome prior to this one?

A lot of people, myself included, with smaller (also 24' in my case) find they have very little need for a toad. I can go anywhere and park anywhere a cube van can.

In fact I drove a crew cab dually for years so park mine anywhere I go with no problem at.
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Love my manual transmission Subaru. I got the outback for the ground clearance if needed in parks exploring ... The turbo for fun
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:44 AM   #5
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Fmca and Remco web sites have listings of towable rides. To provide input knowing what you want in a car would help. Economy car, SUV, truck, etc.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:28 AM   #6
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We tow a Ford C-MAX. Did a lot of research and narrowed it down to the C-MAX or a Jeep. We selected the C-MAX as it was a nicer commuting car (it's primary use) when not being towed. We now have (as of this post) about 5800 towed miles on it...tows like it's not even there (at least with our MH).

Link to thread: Ford C-MAX Towing Experience

It was funny yesterday...I took the car into Discount Tire (where we have purchased the tire rotate/balance/warranty) to get the tires rotated/balanced. The manager said no need to balance as we only had put 2000 miles on it. I explained that that's 2000 *powered* miles, and that we had put 5800 *towed* miles (still "miles on the tires"). He then remembered that I also had a MH (I purchased the lifetime rotate/balance/warranty the day after I picked up the MH from the dealer), and then it "clicked" for him.

So whatever towed vehicle you get, be sure to add *towed miles* to whatever tire wear-and-tear you have.
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We LOOOOVE our Mini Cooper.... Fun to drive and great as a tow....
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As stated, it depends on your needs.
We dolly towed a Camry for several years, it was the car we had.
When it died, we opted for the Wrangler. Good all weather vehicle and we wanted to do the "Jeep" thing.
Already done some Missouri Off road parks and a Washington mountain trail run.
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Few, if any, cars accumulate mileage when towed any more. That problem largely disappeared when electronic speedometers became the norm.

You need to consider tow things:
1.The weight your coach can tow (max tow rating and hitch rating)
2. What sort of vehicle will suit your driving needs (SUV, sedan, off-road capability, etc)

There are actually quite a few vehicles that can be towed 4-down without mods, and many, many more that can be modified for towing, or can be dolly towed without mods. Review the Dinghy (toad) guides from Motorhome Magazine or Good Sam for ideas.

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The Honda CRV is a very popular toad! We have the 2013 and really love it. They can be towed 4-down through the 2014 models, NOT 2015 and later!
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I bought a Chevy Sonic with automatic for the purpose of being a toad. Light weight, flat towable, and the wife can drive it.
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Ford Edge, great toad.
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Keep it at 3000 lbs. We tow a Subaru Forester manual trans and it works out great. We also have a Jeep trailhawk but will not be towing as it's 1000 lbs heavier.
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I'm kind of with F117plt,

My car is a 2008 Lincoln MKX. It is basically a Ford Edge with a nice seat and a good radio...

Mine tows great, but I have only a couple hundred miles on it.

My car is close to 5000 pounds however. A bit heavy as a toad...

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