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Old 04-03-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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what vehicles are best for flat towing ?

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.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Go to Motohome magazine latest publication on towable vehicle's. this covers new models. You mostly have to search and ask sellers, which have little to no experience. Most Jeep products, most Ford products. Check Remco web site they have a reference starting point , but it is not totally accurate. Use the google search , right top corner there are many discussions and relative info for you to digest! Be sure of your towing capacity!!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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we pull our Chevy Equinox. Just put it in "N" and away you go. Great on gas too.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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We tow a 2009 Saturn View which is a great vehicle for towing. You have to pull one fuse which can be controlled by a switch. Run engine for 15 minutes at the beginning of your day and you will be a happy camper.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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The towds we see most frequently are Jeeps, Honda CRV, Saturn, and older Malibus. Larger DPs tend to tow heavier vehicles, full size pickups, Explorers, etc. Last summer we started seeing several Smart cars. Remember to make certain your rv can safely tow the vehicle you have in mind. Enjoy.
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We were researching the same to pull behind our 34' gasser with the 8.1 Chevy motor. Seems that almost all of the jeeps are flat towable, though considering their reliability ratings I'd personally opt for the Honda CRV.

I have 03, 04, 05, 07 and 11 Dinghy towing guides in .pdf format from Motorhome magazine. Not sure why the gaps in the years. I downloaded them from somewhere a while ago. Shoot me a pm if you'd like. I'd be happy to email then to you. Each one is less than 1mb in size.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:54 AM   #7
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That would be great. Our email is: steelewelles@frontier.com
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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.
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Hello,

I tow a Jeep as well, and prefer to use something not imported, its the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited version, and I average 18.5mpg city and 21mpg highway, it depends on what you want to do with your toad. I ghost town hunt and geocache and just enjoy desert driving, if you're not into that, then I would get something a bit more sedate. I dont understand about a Jeep being unreliable, I have over 85k miles on mine and have never had any repairs, just customary service.

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I tow a Honda Odyssey ...in process of setting up my 05 Odyssey for towing after totaling the 2000 model. We like all the enclosed cargo space for my recumbent cycles and the seats that fold into the floor so we can take the cycles out and still have seats for grandkids. Neither year model requires any fuse pulling. Just run the engine and shift the granny through all forward gears stopping in N while idling, and it is good for eight hours.
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we pull a subaru baja. Just hookup and go ; nothing else , of course its a stick shift.
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Toadies

I think the nicest small toad I ever towed was a Geo (Suzuki/Chevy) Tracker. It weighed about 2100 lbs and got 30 mpg. It was rugged enough to go down dirt trails and in snow. It had a sturdy front for the tow gear and best of all they are cheap. Mine was a manual 4WD. I don't know if towing an auto version is difficult or not. You can buy a nice used one under $5000 and you don't beat up your "nice" car with road debris.

I tow a Jeep Wrangler now and I love it but it is heavy (4500lbs) and the mileage isn't very good.
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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 am pulling an '08 Ford Ranger w/5speed manual transmission. The Ford owners manual (usually found in the glove compartment) even references 'towed' application. It is also 4WD which brings its weight up to about 4000lbs. which may be an issue in your case. I wanted a stripped down sand rail; the dw just laughed...
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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.
x2 on the Liberty. Ours is a 2012 and tow's easily. Our DP does not even feel it back there.

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