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Old 06-07-2017, 06:36 AM   #1
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Suggestions for a Cheap Toad

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Just got a Class A and want to try out a dinghy. We are a family of 3 just want to try a simple, light and older car/suv (fwd or 4wd/awd)that can be bought for less than 4k to see if it works for us. I am new to this but heard I will need base plate and tow bar, lights and brake hook up but I thought I read if less than 3K weight I won't need supplemental brakes. This MH already has tow bars attached to hitch I believe.
Any suggestions?
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It should still have some kind of emergency brake away brake. Heaven for bid it comes loose from your rig going down the highway!
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Watch the used car ad section here. Something will come along that is already setup with base plate and maybe more already included.
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4K ? unfortunately, most of that will be eaten up by the towing hardware needed.

in some states ANY towed vehicle needs supplemental braking ...
I guess they figure your rv's brake are designed only enough for the weight it can carry and not a 'trailer' ?!?

good idea to watch the IRV2 classified here
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From the IRV2 classifieds;

http://www.irv2.com/rvclassifieds/sh...006-hhr&cat=22

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All any 4XX Jeep Liberty will do you well. Just check to make sure you can put the transfer case into "N". Check the Owners Manual. These also make for a good off road and beach cruiser. They seat 4 and are very easy to setup for Toad duty.
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We have a 2013 Chevy Sonic with auto transmission. Book says around 2,700 lbs as delivered. Very easy to hook up, installled a fuse switch to eliminate need to pull the required fuse. Barely know it's there. Most states say you need a breaking system even under 3k. I bought a used system off eBay for dirt cheap. Works well.
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I towed a early 2000 model Honda Accord. The automatic was flat towable. They're a good reliable cheap car. A good trick is to try and find the owners manual online to see what it says about towing behind an RV.
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Hello
Just got a Class A and want to try out a dinghy. We are a family of 3 just want to try a simple, light and older car/suv (fwd or 4wd/awd)that can be bought for less than 4k to see if it works for us. I am new to this but heard I will need base plate and tow bar, lights and brake hook up but I thought I read if less than 3K weight I won't need supplemental brakes. This MH already has tow bars attached to hitch I believe.
Any suggestions?
We tow a 2007 Chevy HHR. It is a dream toad. Put car in neutral, and pull one fuse. I installed a fuse switch, so it only takes seconds to set it up to tow.

I'm guessing you can find a used HHR for around $5K or under (our's is NOT for sale).

YES, you will require auxiliary braking. Most states require anything towed behind a coach over 2000 lbs MUST have auxiliary braking. Be safe.
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