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Old 03-11-2015, 10:58 PM   #281
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We have a 2011 Escape FWD. The owners manual states that you can tow 4down if you obey the rules, not over 500 miles, not over 60MPH. I have toasted 2 transmissions obeying the rules. After the first one I had a very expensive trans pump installed buy Ford. I still toasted another transmission (after only 117 miles). What they do not tell you is do not tow the Escape if the temperature is over 90.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:33 PM   #282
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I tow a Dodge Ram 2014 1500 4X4 Laramie with Blue Ox Baseplate. It is a Crew Cab with a Cap on the 5 1/2 foot bed.

Tows great and allows me to carry a lot of other stuff.

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We have a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 as well. The extra weight makes our non-tag axle coach drive with more stability down the road. We don't even notice it most the time and can still pass semi trucks going up steep grades. Like having my truck with me. But if I were to do it over from the start, and the wife did not have any say, I'd probably get a jeep.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:37 PM   #283
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I just bought a used 2003 Honda Element which is already rigged for toad duty. I haven't towed it yet but I'm certain that I'll be happy with it based on reports from others.
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Flat tow a 2011 Ford Fiesta. Easy connections with Roadmaster All-Terrain and Air Force One braking. It is comfortable, gets 37 mph, and is a light tow. We don't need a 4WD Jeep, but some certainly do.
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We are towing a 2014 Nissan Frontier pu. It is a manual transmission and we can tow it flat. We wanted a Toyota, but the company will void their warranty on any Toyota that is towed flat. My Nissan tows well and weighing in at about 3500 pounds is light. The advantage for me is I have a pickup.
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New RVer with 2015 Thor Vegas towing a 2006 Mini Cooper with roadmaster tow gear. Towing four down, just turn off key and leave in ignition to unlock steering, put in neutral take off brake and go. Put on about 2700 miles last month with no trouble. Great car for running around seeing the sights.
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Old 03-15-2015, 04:58 PM   #287
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That's a big "thumbs up" on towing a Mini Cooper.... We've been towing a 2003 Mini for a few years now (over 5,600 miles on a trip in 2012) It's a sweetheart to tow - I use a Roadmaster set up and it works perfectly.... We plan on taking off for 2-3 months this summer and it'll be following along right behind us.....
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:11 PM   #288
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I've towed a 2002 Saturn SL2 for the past 10 years, great toad. But it is getting retired to the Granddaughter for her first car. I traded in my 2005 Sierra 1500 for a 2010 Chevy Crew Cab Colorado 4 X 4 and just finished putting in the Hopkins plug in light wiring system, Blue Ox base plate and the SMI Air Force Aux braking system so we will see. Did it all myself and saved about $2000. Doubles the toad weight, but much more room.
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I am new to this process so if I do something wrong let me apologize in advance.


I have a 2000 jeep wrangler and will begin towing in a few weeks.


I want to know if I need a auxiliary brake sys.
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I am new to this process so if I do something wrong let me apologize in advance.


I have a 2000 jeep wrangler and will begin towing in a few weeks.


I want to know if I need a auxiliary brake sys.

Refer to post #266 not sure of the data source.
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I am new to this process so if I do something wrong let me apologize in advance.


I have a 2000 jeep wrangler and will begin towing in a few weeks.


I want to know if I need a auxiliary brake sys.
IMHO yes. I towed the Saturn without one but that toad only weighs 2000 pounds and the coach brakes never noticed it was back there. I think if you go over that weight it is a must have. If your rig is gas I definitely say it's a must have. Just the safety factor of the break away emergency brake is a huge advantage.
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We have towed a 2006 Chev HHR since it was new. Put it in neutral, pull one fuse and go. We have a M&G air brake system on the HHR so the braking is proportional to the air brake pressure in the coach. Love both of them.

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