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Old 03-26-2022, 07:39 PM   #15
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To the OP, we at first thought about doing what youíre wanting to do. But instead, after thinking about extra insurance, upkeep, etc., we decided to make a Jeep our daily driver. Turned out great. DW loves it.
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Old 03-28-2022, 06:46 AM   #16
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We bought a cheap, light weight TOAD car last summer, it is a 2007 Toyota Yaris 3 door hatchback with manual transmission (they also built 5 door, and sedan models), easy to tow, barely know its back there weighing in at only about 2,300 pounds. Price was only $2,400 already set up for flat towing (I have done about $500 in freshening, new tail lights to replaced the aged cracked ones, brake pads, removed old window tint, LED headlights, ...), just had to add our own braking system, it was a 1 owner car bought for TOAD duty, found it on Facebook market about 75 miles away. Overall I find the Yaris to a great often overlooked basic grocery getter TOAD, pretty much I can answer any question about the Yaris with, it is not as bad as I thought it would be (Easy to get into, Has enough performance, seating comfort, ...). Towing setup is hook up the tow bar, safety chains, electrical umbilical, .. (same on all TOADs), put it in netral, release the parking brake, and leave key in ignition after turning off engine (keeps steering wheel unlocked), attach braking system and go. Way simpler than pushing all the buttons, switches,etc for getting my wife's 2017 Jeep Cherokee into TOW mode, a process that takes 2-3 minutes. There is also something incredibly freeing about dragging a $2,400 car around, not worrying about dings, dents, etc.


Keep in mind in addition to the car, if it is not setup for towing, you will be looking at between $2,000 - $5,000 to convert most cars to flat towing, depending on what equipment you select and if you DIY the install. With DIY and buying some used components you might shave that down to $1,500, but $2,000 is more realistic. Here is a rough breakdown:


$350 used good condition tow bar ($650-$800 new assuming sub 5,000 car), be ware there is lots or warn out junk out there.


Braking system drop in unit like Brake Buddy, Even Brake, RVI brake, $400-$600 used, $1,000 - $1,500 new. Again lots of paperweight junk out there on the used market, make sure to buy current production model that you can get parts /service on, some of the companies have flat rate $200-$300 repair / refurb service on current models, just watch out on serial number ranges, etc. This can make a $200 as is ebay deal a real deal.


$400 assorted other stuff, tail light wiring, battery charge line connection, ...


p.s. insurance is an issue, we are spending about $800 per year on the Yaris for basic insurance in Louisiana, though we are also saying close to and extra $300 in added discounts across our home, auto, and RV policies with multi car discounts, etc. all through one agent.
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Old 03-28-2022, 08:09 AM   #17
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Here's a plug for a Honda Fit with automatic transmission (Pre 2014). Put it in drive, put it neutral and turn off the motor. I forget it's back there and I'm pulling with only a 6.7L Cummins.
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Old 03-28-2022, 09:17 AM   #18
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Since the fall of 2003 I had only two TOADS.

1. 2004 Jeep Liberty Columbia edition MRSP =$24,995 pulled 110,000+ miles
2. 2022 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited MRSP= $47,900 pulled so far 1700 miles

Equipment added
1. Alladin tow bar, brake buddy with break away , tail light kit =$2,500 installed Oct 2003
2. Ascent tow bar, Blue Ox Patriot 3 with breakaway, tail light kit, and a charge line, needed a 12volt hot cigarette plug installed since the new Jeep's front 12volt plug is dead when it’s off for towing = $5,000 installed Feb 2022

I added a tireminder TPMS to the new Jeep for $215.
Also, added a second 12volt plug up front in the new one for a dash cam while towing.

All I can say there is a reason why Jeep is the most popular TOAD.

Jeep needs to keep its factory installed 12volt plug up front hot when off. The 2004 Liberty was hot. Something the engineers can think about if they read my post.
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Old 03-28-2022, 10:25 AM   #19
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As others have stated, the Honda CRV is a great vehicle for flat towing, up through the 2014 models! We love our 2013 CRV!
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Old 03-28-2022, 12:57 PM   #20
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A couple of years ago we purchased a 2016 Fiat 500 that was already setup for towing including the tow bar. The Fiat 500 is light weight and fun to drive but is on the small end of options available.
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Hybrids made by Ford Motor Company have been towable 4 wheels down for many years. And the recent Fusion and Escape models (hybrid and plug-in hybrids) are the easiest yet to put into towing mode using the rotary transmission selector. Anytime the transmission is put in neutral a message appears on the dash; "Select "L" to confirm Stay in Neutral mode". Then pressing "L" brings up the message "Neutral tow mode engaged". Turn off the ignition and you're good to go. After arriving at your destination and unhooking the toad, just turn on the ignition, select "D" or "R" and the transmission comes out of neutral tow mode. Couldn't be any easier!

Other positive considerations for purchasing a Ford hybrid are the excellent fuel economy as well as good ride characteristics of these vehicles. I have now owned 4 hybrids over the past 15 years and have been very satisfied with all of them.
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Old 03-29-2022, 10:06 AM   #22
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1991.5 Dodge 2500 Cummins 4x4.
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To tow either, shift the trans-fer case into 'Neutral' and leave a key in the unlocked steering.
That is the entire procedure of towing.
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Oh, and release the park-brake.
The locked two rear tires create an amazing amount of drag.
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