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Old 05-01-2018, 06:46 AM   #15
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I think he means 2014 is the last year of CRV that can be towed 4 down. Hope so anyway!
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:20 AM   #16
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No matter what you choose to tow consider that it will be a fairly log term decision given the cost of installing the baseplate and wiring or buying a trailer/Dolly. A tow bar and some brake systems are easily moved from vehicle to vehicle. Hondas pre 2015 and Jeeps are common flat tow choices, if you plan to tow anything newer then consult the towing guides, the flat tow choices are getting fewer with newer cars.
So decide on the vehicle that meets you foreseeable needs, maybe you already own it. I own a Prius and I want it with me when I'm south for months so my only option is a dolly.
Flat or Trailer/Dolly will depend on the vehicle you want to tow and there are pros and cons to each choice....many threads with opinions on flat versus dolly.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:01 PM   #17
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But that demonstrates how the list of flat towable cars is getting shorter and shorter each year.
I had to trade in my 2011 Ford Expedition for a 2016 Ford Expedition so I could tow it 4 down. I think many new Fords are also towable.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:10 PM   #18
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many Fords are easily towable, especially the Fiesta and Focus - just put into neutral and tow. Read the owners manual to know for sure.
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Nice car to live with. Easy to tow. No hassle setup.
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And ya'know next year, Ford is ending production of the Fiesta, Fusion, and Focus - except a Chinese built "Focus Active."

So the list of towable cars gets shorter and shorter
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In 2015 Honda changed the CRV transmission. 2015 to present model year are no longer flat towable.
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All I can offer is my reasoning for my present toad, 2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4X4.

My toad has to be my daily drive.

Must be towable 4 down.

Has to be a truck, we fish a lot and carry a lot of gear. Also I love trucks.

Has to be a 4X4. Some of the places we fish 4 wheel drive is a must.

Must seat at least 4.

Must have automatic transmission.

Must weigh less than 5,000 lbs. Colorado barely does.

At the time in late 2014 the new 2015 Colorado/Canyon was the only vehicle that met those requirements.

I like jeeps but a 4 door jeep will not carry all of our gear and 4 people. And it is not a truck.

Determine what you will use the toad for when not actually towing. There is no "best" toad.


Iíve heard rumors that Jeep May be coming out with a ďtruckĒ version of the Wrangler. Not a 19, but maybe a 2020. It would not be a true truck, just a small bed on the back end.
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We tow my 2015 Ford Explorer four down. Just put it in neutral and go. Problem is that it takes quite a bit of modification to install the base plate, but you'll have that problem with most any vehicle you select.

The Explorer is all wheel drive and has third row seating that can lay flat for hauling things.

Previously we towed a 2012 VW Passat with a tow dolly. Lots of folks say they would never use a dolly, but for us it worked quite well and it required no modification of the vehicle.

So it just depends on what your needs are, how much you want to spend, and how much weight you can tow.
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We tow my 2015 Ford Explorer four down. Just put it in neutral and go. Problem is that it takes quite a bit of modification to install the base plate, but you'll have that problem with most any vehicle you select.
Are there any vehicles that can be modified more easily or less costly than others?
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The Blue Ox base plates for the Colorado is a bolt on mod, no drilling. It does require removal of the front fascia and trimming of some plastic. As far as cost they are all about the same. Base plates, tow bar, aux braking and lights $2500 - $3000 + install unless you do it yourself. Since Blue Ox did mine for free I do not know the install cost.
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We have towed a 2004 Jeep TJ for over 120,000 miles and put another 60,000 on the odometer. In the 14 years we've had it the total maintenance has amounted to fluid changes, a tune up, tires, and a set of universal joints on the rear drive shaft.

It was fairly simple to setup. We use a Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain tow bar and base plates. We also use the Roadmaster Brake Master 9060 for braking. The brake setup was a bit more complicated, but we wanted a system that didn't have much to install, remove, or store. There are quite a number of braking systems on the market today that are easier to install and don't take up much room.

Should this Jeep ever wear out it will be replaced by another.
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And ya'know next year, Ford is ending production of the Fiesta, Fusion, and Focus - except a Chinese built "Focus Active."

So the list of towable cars gets shorter and shorter
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/26/ford...ar-behind.html
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We went 4 down and Wrangler for following reasons.

Easy to get in tow mode.
Short keeping our OAL under 65ft.
Wife and I both drive AWD as our daily drivers and had no desire to get rid of either one. That dropped using a dolly. Then a trailer is just something else to park once camped and restricts campsites more.

We went new because of how well they keep their value. New was not much more than recent model. Plus we could get what we wanted rather than what we could find.

Drawbacks to wrangler:
Top is hard to get up/down/store but don’t know about new model.
Small so really only good for the two of us.
Soft top makes storage access a bit hard.
Not a luxury vehicle in any sense.
Heavy for size. If you have a gas coach be sure to check weights!

Pluses for Wrangler:
Short
Good for running around town
4WD
Been relative cheap to repair thus far. (Been hit once towing, once in parking lot (no damage), hit driving, and wife hit another Jeep.)
Can be modded to meet a lot of desires. In our case just AMP moving running boards.
Takes all of a min. to get ready to tow or drive after towing.
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