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Old 04-25-2013, 12:18 PM   #29
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it would drive me nuts having those brackets sticking out like that.
Two of those pics ...first and last ...are Blue Ox base plates with removeable tow tabs. They would not be there/be visible when not towing. The center I am guessing is a Roadmaster baseplate w/o the additional piece required for towing. I agree the last one in particular is poorly done. I don't like the electric plug out front in the first pic ...interesting on the second pic that there is no visible electric plug at all on the same model car. That was one reason I did mine myself, so I could better control what the finished product looked like. Of course, each model car is somewhat unique as to how well everything can be/will be concealed. We tow a lot, on the road 5-6 months a year, so don't want to mess with a dolly or trailer.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:27 PM   #30
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:53 PM   #31
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The 1994 Honda Accord DX Coupe weighs 2750 lbs., DX Sedan 2800 lbs., as reported by the manufacturer. Even the 1994 Honda Civic CX Hatchback weighs 2100 lbs.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:16 PM   #32
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2012 Ford Focus Hatchback... 3000 lbs behind our old 275 hp v10.. The baseplate and ReadyBrute brake cable make for great conversation starters..
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:10 PM   #33
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Two of those pics ...first and last ...are Blue Ox base plates with removeable tow tabs. They would not be there/be visible when not towing. The center I am guessing is a Roadmaster baseplate w/o the additional piece required for towing. I agree the last one in particular is poorly done. I don't like the electric plug out front in the first pic ...interesting on the second pic that there is no visible electric plug at all on the same model car. That was one reason I did mine myself, so I could better control what the finished product looked like. Of course, each model car is somewhat unique as to how well everything can be/will be concealed. We tow a lot, on the road 5-6 months a year, so don't want to mess with a dolly or trailer.

Im surprised the pics i found did not represent that. Im ok with a dolly though. This gives me options for either vehicle or a different one if i sell one or the other.
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Another Honda Fit here. 2013 Honda Fit Sport w/ manual tranny. Towing it with a 2013 Jayco Redhawk with the Ford V10. Haven't actually towed it yet. Just got the base plate installed. It would be good to know how much of a MPG drop people get while towing cars. I am hoping for only a 1 MPG drop! I know wishful thinking...
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:07 PM   #36
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[QUOTE=daveshan;1542401]I'll bet some folks would be shocked at what their toad weighs, unless it's been on a scale most folks guess way low.

I agree with the above. A good example is there is someone with a Jeep Rubicon which he says weighs about 5,000 pounds. Then there is someone with a 2006 Jeep Rubicon at "about 3800 pounds". Oftentimes people do not consider extras - especially on Jeeps. oversize tires, winches, jacks, other things that you just carry as though the toad is a trailer.

Another point is look at the picture of the Mini Cooper. Be careful to get a toad where the hitch will be about the same height as the hitch on the motorhome. You do not want a toad where the hitch is way off level because of the problem with an emergency stop. The toad will go right under the motorhome bumper.
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We tow a 2010 Honda CRV which weighs in at 3365 pounds. Phaeton has the 8.3 ISC with 380hp. The CRV follows me like a puppy !

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Well, just got home and was plesantly surprised with the gas mileage of my motorhome (2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 35N, Ford V10) The fiesta was on a tow dolly and likely all up weight was around 3K pounds. With 112 gal of water on board and empty on the way back, averaged 8 MPG. I was expecting worse around 7.
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Jeep Cherokee, loaded with what ever we can fit in there it's 4000 lbs. total gcwr is 26,000 lbs pretty much bang on, it tows fine can't really tell its back there. Jeep has 290,000km on it, about 180,000 mi and have never had an issue with it.
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This is for DRINDONE with the mini-cooper.

It looks like you need a 2" - 4" drop down receiver. Your tow bar is supposed to be horizontal when towing.
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We've got a little red 2003 Dodge Durango 4X4 caboose.Pulled with a 200 38' DutchStar with a 330 Cat. Wieghs in about 4500lb. heavy little bugger,for no bigger than it is.It follows me around like it isn't even there,except on I-10 across Louisiana . You can feel it bucking up& down across those wavy concrete slabs.
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According to my Blue Ox papers that came with tow bar and base plate the MH end can be as much as six inch's higher than the base plate end. All of which was bought new six weeks ago.
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