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Old 01-19-2020, 08:50 AM   #1
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We are towing our 1986 Toyota Pickup behind our 35' Damon Intruder. Works out well but when we visit friends and want to take them somewhere it is a tight fit for 4 people in the front seat. We are looking for a towable that seats 4 but will still let me take the dirtbike into riding areas. Is there a list somewhere that shows what vehicles/years are towable 4-down? It would make this search easier.
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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Here is one link, there are many on the internet
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Sounds like you need a crew cab midsize pickup. Chevy Canyon/GMC Colorado might be what you need.
Search for the Motorhome magazine tow charts for a few different years to see.
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A big Ditto: Motorhome magazine tow charts
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:10 PM   #5
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Instead of searching the year-by-year dingy towing guides, you might get a broader perspective by looking at Roadmaster and/or BlueOx base plate offerings. If they sell a baseplate for a vehicle, must be some flavor of it towable four down. Just a thought. Might not be “the answer,” but sure could conjure up more questions
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If you're looking at a late model but not brand new small pickup with a "crew" cab --one with four doors and a back seat, I agree that the most logical choice would be a Colorado/Canyon.

I don't think you'd want to use a full-sized 1/2-ton pickup as I'm pretty sure you'd want to keep your weight down.

If you're looking for an older truck, the Nissan Frontier crew cab is towable without modification with a manual transmission ...and I believe still are. The third generation Ford Rangers I believe were towable with a manual tranny but only had small extended cab available with a rather useless rear seat.

If looking for a brand new pickup --it doesn't sound as if you are-- the Colorado/Canyon, 4th gen' Ford Ranger, and the Jeep Gladiator are all towable with their auto transmissions.

But as other have said, you can look through the Motorhome Magazine dinghy towing guides for a list of vehicles that their manufacturers officially sanction for flat towing as I was just summarizing from what I can remember.

I've linked the page that will give you the lists from 1990 to 2019. The 2020 guide will be out in March or April(?) as a supplement to their April 2020 issue.

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OP may have a budget that doesn't include a brand new pickup.
The Jeep Gladiator is over priced IMHO and has a pretty small bed. It's a Durango chassis I think.
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Remco will tell you how to make any car 4 down towable if it's possible.
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We've carried his n hers Honda CT 90s on both ends of our '92 Tracker for years while towing all over the country, but they only weigh about 200 lb each. The Tracker is 4wd and only limited by ground clearance. It seats 4, but leg room is not the best.

I was thinking that you may be able to carry your dirt bike on the back (hitch) of something like that, depending on weight and hitch limitations.

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