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Old 11-23-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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I just purchased a used Winnebage 35J Class A Motorhome on a Workhorse chassis. I'm look for a tow vehicle tha will fit a family of five.
If i have to buy a driveshaft disconnect that's ok but if i can save the money that would be better. Any recommendations? Also does TOAD stand for something or does it just reference to a toe vehicle.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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I just purchased a used Winnebage 35J Class A Motorhome on a Workhorse chassis. I'm look for a tow vehicle tha will fit a family of five.
If i have to buy a driveshaft disconnect that's ok but if i can save the money that would be better. Any recommendations? Also does TOAD stand for something or does it just reference to a toe vehicle.
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Old 11-23-2008, 03:09 PM   #3
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Steve, welcome to iRV2.

Toad = towed.

MOTORHOME MAGAZINE has a list of vehicles that can be towed without modification and their weight.

Be sure your toad does not exceed the hitch capacity or the towing capacity of your MH.
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Old 11-23-2008, 03:38 PM   #4
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In addition to what Dirk posted, consider purchasing a tow vehicle that works best for your family in the stand alone configuration. The vehicle should meet your family's needs when it is not being towed.

The only exception to this is all wheel drive vehicles. Many can not be towed except on a trailer.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:31 PM   #5
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Honda CRV-great toad!!
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:18 AM   #6
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Do not dismiss a Ford Edge before you have a look at one. Ours is AWD, is easy to tow and has been a great TOAD/family car.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:46 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Reply </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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I like the Jeep Cherokee Sport, tow's 4 down, 1990's run from 3 to 5 Thousand. I put the base plate on myself. We like it, hauls five and 4 wheel drive. good luck. Lued
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:53 AM   #8
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Take a look at the Chevrolet HHR great little car that seats five.
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:41 AM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lued:
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I like the Jeep Cherokee Sport, tow's 4 down, 1990's run from 3 to 5 Thousand. I put the base plate on myself. We like it, hauls five and 4 wheel drive. good luck. Lued </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If I were looking for a low cost toad the Cherokee would be my choice. Easy to work on plenty of parts and aftermarket accessories available at reasonable prices. Cons, big guys find the seat a little thin in padding a shoulder room can get tight with 5 adults. But one that has been reasonably maintained and rust free should prove to be a good choice.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:05 AM   #10
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We have a Ford Edge AWD. We love it and you don't have to do anything special to tow it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">We have a Ford Edge AWD. We love it and you don't have to do anything special to tow it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We have a Ford Escape Hybrid AWD. We love it and you don't have to do anything special to tow it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">In addition to what Dirk posted, consider purchasing a tow vehicle that works best for your family in the stand alone configuration. The vehicle should meet your family's needs when it is not being towed. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Good advice from Dirk & Gary. Get one that fits and is comfortable. I'm one of those persons that tries a vehicle on rather than try it out.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:58 PM   #13
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I just weighed my friends 07 Ford F 150 crew cab and its weight was 5200lbs. I know thats 2oolbs over the maximum tow limit. I know its a bit big to tow behind my motorhome but do you see any problems doing it? Would this put a strain on my engine and trans. I have a family of five and when i get to my desination i like to have a big vehicle to drive in. The other car i was looking at is a Toyota 4 runner i know it weighs less but i dont know its weight.
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Do NOT get the I4 Vue. It is a dog of a car. Way under powered and only has a 4 speed transmission married up to it. Sometimes it shifts down to 2nd on a moderate hill at 65 or 70 mph.

We had an '04 Vue with V6 and really loved it. It was totaled in a rear end, so moved to the '08. What a mistake!
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