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Old 04-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #15
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We have a 30' Rexhall American Clipper MH. We are new RVers and would like to flat tow a vehicle and have no clue what vehicle to start looking for. We are not wanting to buy new or expensive vehicle.
I would sugest any small car that is of standard transmission, IE stick shift. I had everything from car trailer to tow dolly, and the tow bar on my 2001 mazda is the best. Hook up is a snap, put the shifter in nuteral, Turn the engine off but don"t lock the steering and go. No braking is needed because the car is not that heavy. Hope this helps you out.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #16
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What you choose to tow kinda depends on where your gonna be going and what your gonna do when you get there.
Is the toad going to be a dual purpose vehicle? How many folks does it need to carry? There are different vehicles out there for different needs. You have to ask what are your needs, and go from there.
We tow convertible(s) because we are, like it says on our Winnebago, Sightseers, and you can see more of the sights without a piece of steel over your head. If that is something of interest to you, Solaras, VW's and PTCruiser converts can be towed 4 down if you can find a stick, and if you are a little more adventurous you can always pick up a Wrangler. We can speak to econo-boxes or SUV's because it is not our thing.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #17
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That would be great. Our email is: steelewelles@frontier.com
Thanks
Just sent you all the ones I have. Hope they're helpful.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:48 PM   #18
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I tow a Jeep Liberty. It is light, has plenty of storage in the back (seats fold down flat), seats 4 or 5, and it is 4-wheel drive. The only downside is that it doesn't get the best mpg. Simply hook up, shift the transaxle into neutral and drive away. Probably one of the most easy vehicles to tow.
That's awesome! Glad you're getting good service out the Jeep product. I only mentioned them as having a reputation for unreliability because of what I've read on consumer reports and what I've heard from friends that owned Jeeps. It's only my opinion. It's not necessarily accurate for every Jeep owner.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:00 PM   #19
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It's funny how experiences differ from owner to owner.
I've owned a CJ5 (with a V-8), a Cherokee when they were BIG SUV's and now another 2 door Wrangler.
Hopefully I never have any problems with it as I never had any problems with my other Jeep products.
Jeeps are some of the more popular toads.
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That's awesome! Glad you're getting good service out the Jeep product. I only mentioned them as having a reputation for unreliability because of what I've read on consumer reports and what I've heard from friends that owned Jeeps. It's only my opinion. It's not necessarily accurate for every Jeep owner.
Before my Jeep Liberty, I towed a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. I put over 200,000 miles on it. And before that I towed a 1985 Wrangler. I changed now to a Liberty because it is easier to get in and out of, especially the rear, has the hatch back for storing our foldable bicycles, and it's more comfortable for us. It has power windows and door locks, air and cruise, and many of the options which most Wranglers doesn't have. Jeeps are one of the few vehicles which keep their value and are still on the road (or off-road) for decades.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:03 AM   #22
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Had a Honda CRV auto. Put it in N and tow away. Easy to tow, smooth to drive,hated the car.
Now have a Jeep Wrangler automatic. Put the 4WD into N and transmission into P and tow away. Limited space, rougher ride but its a fun car.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #23
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Be careful. do plenty of research. Do NOT take anyones word that a vehicle is towable. look at the vehicle mfg manual. Many Saturn's wwere toable, but then they changed the transmission and one of two years they were NOT towable. same goes for jeeps, most are towable , but some are not. We towed a jeep wrangler for a while. Towed Ok, but rode like a buckboard. Now we tow a 2003 Honda element. Honda says they are not towable and the manual had a misprint. well, we have towed the element over 25,000 miles with NO problems. Honda CRV's are very poplar toads. Motorhome Mag publishers list every year, but mfg may add of delete vehicles on their list. Demco has been a good guide of towables for years. Almost any vehicle can be towed 4 wheels down if you are willing to make modifications such as aux trans pump, drive shaft disconnect etc. you'll see virtually all makes and models being towed. good luck, when you find that perfect toad let me know and I'll buy one too. ed
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I have towed a 1996 Geo Tracker 2 WD stick shift for 10 Years. In My humble opinion I could not have made a better choice. Remember You said best to tow. Some might not like the little car for comfort and style, I My Wife and two dogs love it on all counts. FUN TO DRIVE! 30+ MPG, easy to hook up with My homemade tow rig, no brake to worry about it can't push 37' Blue Bird very far. I wired it so all needed lights (converted to LED bulbs) are on one plug and watch it with an infrared camera which is in the bus and looks through the rear window.
If You find one and want to tow It I highly recommend spending the money for the aftermarket hard top.
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I would not say that the Jeep Liberty is "light". My '06 weighs about 4400 lbs. Behind a diesel, no problem. Behind my 38 foot gasser, my experience has taught me I'd rather have something at least 1,000 lbs lighter.

RV Pulls and breaks ok, but I don't enjoy the mountains towing it.

As to reliability, all good except for having most of the power window regulators fail and replaced twice, or more. So much so, that jeep has offered me lifetime, unlimited warranty on them.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:20 PM   #26
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New Subaru Crosstrek

Just picked up a new Crosstrek a month ago. Just sourcing baseplates for it, diode setup for the taillights. With a 5sp manual it tows four-down, wieghs just over 3K lbs, all-wheel drive. Should make for a fantastic toad.


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My 2007 Chevy Malibu tows easy. I wired the 2 amp "ignition Sense" fuse to a toggle switch so that the battery doesn't run down. Put the key to ACC, Put it in neutral, flip the switch, tow.
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We like our Ford Edge. No modifications are necessary to tow it...no fuses to pull. Look for a used 2010.
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