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Old 02-11-2020, 11:14 AM   #1
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Choosing a Toad - Is there a Website?

Anybody know if there is a website where I can submit my needs, and it will spit out what vehicles (and years/models) I can tow?

Like, needs to seat 6, weigh under 5k, etc...
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:17 AM   #2
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Never heard of one.


Best bet is to search for Dinghy Tow Guides. They have them for each production year.
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Not exactly what your looking for, but FMCA puts out its list of vehicles that can be towed four down in January every year. I think they also list vehicles that can be towed with modifications. Find the vehicles on there that your interested in and research their weights, passengers, etc.
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If you don't see what you like in the towing guides you can dolly tow just about any front wheel drive vehicle.

Bottom line, determine what you want and then decide how it can be towed (flat, dolly, trailer).
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This your best bet. Just look for autos you are interested in and see if they are towable. The final authority on any vehicle will be the actual owner's manual, not any information from outside sources.
https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides
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There are some hints in this one.
https://www.etrailer.com/faq-best-ve...behind-rv.aspx
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I would spend some time looking at the Dingy Towing Guides to see what vehicles are usually towable.

For example, most RWD and FWD vehicles are not unless they have a transfer case that can be put in neutral. So you might as well cancel these off your wish list.

Another good source is the manufactures operating manual, most are available on line. Usually the key words are "Recreational Towing" and it will say whether the vehicle can be towed 4 down or not.

I've been contemplating upgrading my vehicle to a Suburban, Tahoe, or Yukon type. Some of these are towable if they are AWD or 4WD and have the transfer case. You have to check.



Don't buy anything until you confirm.
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I would spend some time looking at the Dingy Towing Guides to see what vehicles are usually towable.

For example, most RWD and FWD vehicles are not unless they have a transfer case that can be put in neutral. So you might as well cancel these off your wish list.

Another good source is the manufactures operating manual, most are available on line. Usually the key words are "Recreational Towing" and it will say whether the vehicle can be towed 4 down or not.

I've been contemplating upgrading my vehicle to a Suburban, Tahoe, or Yukon type. Some of these are towable if they are AWD or 4WD and have the transfer case. You have to check.

Don't buy anything until you confirm.

Gotta take that with a grain of salt. Lotsa 2WD front or rear drive, manual or automatic can be towed 4 down. Owners manual is always the final authority though.
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Thank you for the quick replies everyone.
That's pretty much what I figured -- I just didn't want to go by the Dinghy Guides, which are written year-by-year as opposed to an all in one guide.
Anyhow - with the 40' fifth-wheel in the shop with frame issues, and the truck smashed up last week by a telephone pole hitting us -- we may be looking to move into the Class-A market...depending on the outcome of these two.
So, I am just doing some preliminary research.
Thanks much!
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Anybody know if there is a website where I can submit my needs, and it will spit out what vehicles (and years/models) I can tow?

Like, needs to seat 6, weigh under 5k, etc...
I'm personally going to go with a mini-van with stow and go. This way I can carry my bikes inside and not have to worry about them.

Chrysler T&C just under 5k pounds
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Thank you for the quick replies everyone.
That's pretty much what I figured -- I just didn't want to go by the Dinghy Guides, which are written year-by-year as opposed to an all in one guide.
Anyhow - with the 40' fifth-wheel in the shop with frame issues, and the truck smashed up last week by a telephone pole hitting us -- we may be looking to move into the Class-A market...depending on the outcome of these two.
So, I am just doing some preliminary research.
Thanks much!
The towing capacity of the Class A will also determine what you can tow. A lot of gas powered class A motorhomes are limited to 4,000 pounds or less. A couple of the smaller class a diesel pushers are the same way. In this case I'd say the process should be

Determine what motorhome you want and its towing capacity
Determine your needs and desires in a towed vehicle
Determine how the vehicle can be towed

One thing you can do in your search is rule out any front or all wheel drive vehicle with a CVT transmission from flat towing. FWD can be dolly towed but not flat towed. The Ford eCVT can be flat towed as a general rule of thumb.

Happy hunting.
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Sounds like a business opportunity to me. And lots of vehicles can be made towable 4 down with the addition of pumps and disconnects it just costs more.
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