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Old 03-02-2021, 08:42 AM   #1
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Looking for a flat tow vehicle

I'm sure this question has been asked multiple times but I am in search of some personal honest opinions and advice. We have a 2004 Damon Daybreak 32 foot class A motorhome. We are looking for a towable vehicle that can be flat towed with minimal hassle and disconnects (battery, etc). Is there a vehicle that any of you tow that has worked well for you. I would appreciate any model info also. Thanks in advance.
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Your toad will also be one of your normal use vehicles. Start there. I have been towing Jeep Grand Cherokees for years. Then two years ago we went to a Wrangler. It is lighter and better for off reading. It is our favorite toad.
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As a relatively new member of the forum let me welcome you to the group! There are many great forum members willing to provide help anytime!

The sales brochure for the 2004 Damon Daybreak shows the hitch / towing capacity is limited to 3,200 lbs. max (see page 6 of the brochure) --> https://library.rvusa.com/brochure/2004_daybreak.pdf

This limited towing capacity will significantly limit the choice of vehicles that can be flat towed. Per FMCA's 2021 Towing Guide, the following 2021 model year vehicles have a curb weight less that 3,200 lbs. All of these vehicles must come equipped with manual transmissions to allow flat towing:

Honda Civic Hatchback = 2,900 lbs.
Hyundai Accent = 2,500 lbs.
Hyundai Veloster = 2,700 lbs.
Kia Forte = 2,700 lbs.
Kia Soul = 2,800 lbs.
Nissan Versa = 2,600 lbs.

With regards to simpler towing set-up, I have the Roadmaster Invisibrake supplemental braking system in my Jeep Wrangler. The Invisibrake system work well and allows a trickle charge from the motorhome to the Jeep battery which keeps life simpler.

Hope this info helps!
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hey daybreaker I tow a 2019 jeep trailhawk behind my DP and no problems Hook up and three easy steps and your good to go You will need a brake system also I use a brake buddy which is also an easy hookup
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I'm sure this question has been asked multiple times but I am in search of some personal honest opinions and advice. We have a 2004 Damon Daybreak 32 foot class A motorhome. We are looking for a towable vehicle that can be flat towed with minimal hassle and disconnects (battery, etc). Is there a vehicle that any of you tow that has worked well for you. I would appreciate any model info also. Thanks in advance.
Are you looking for a new or used toad? Check out the toad guides published by Motor Home magazines. They have the specs for most current available toads. You can also look up past years.
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I wouldn't go so far as to say I love my Fiat, but I do like it. 2400lbs soaking wet. Steering wheel doesn't lock so you don't have to pull fuses and all that. Hook and go. Enough power to pull my rig out of the mud if it gets stuck. Just kidding!! Fun to drive tho. Handles surprisingly well in snow, if that's your thing. Feels cheap. Which is fine. It is cheap.
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Looking for a used vehicle
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Fagnami, I sent you a pm. Thanks for your help
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I tow a 2007 VW New Beetle, 2,800#. So far in almost 20,000 miles over 2 years the only problem I had was a flat rear tire. Only standard shift VWs are flat towable. They are plentiful and pretty inexpensive. Setting it up to tow was also not bad.

Hook up the tow bar, safety cables, wiring harness and breakaway cable, put the key in, turn to first position to unlock the steering wheel, put in Neutral, release the parking brake, install/test the Brake Buddy, double check your setup, and away you go.
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Watch the local classifieds and check with local RV dealers to find one already set up.
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Thanks for all the help. We did find a car today, 2014 honda crv with only 28,000 miles and looks like new inside and outside. Were so excited to have rving with freedom now.
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We tow a 2008 Toyota Yaris 4 door sedan. Weighs 2400 pounds.
Works well for us.
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Congrats on the find, the Honda CRV is a popular TOAD and I think 2014 was the last year they were flat towable. Is it already set up for TOAD duty with base plate, etc.? or will you need to add those
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We will need to add those.
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