Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-14-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
Junior Member
hal-3 gunner's Avatar
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 13
I've just purchased a used 2004 Storm on a F-53 chassis. After 30 years of 5th wheeling I'd like some advice on gear for the toad. I plan on getting a low milage Ford Ranger, extended cab, 4x2 with an automatic. It looks like I'll need a Remco driveshaft decoupler for the auto. I just purchased a new US Gear Unified brake kit for $350 from Monaco. Hints on tow bar, mounting plate & lights????
Jan & Donna/Missy & Maya
Springfield, Oregon
2004 Storm 31A & 2004 Ford Ranger toad
hal-3 gunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-14-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
doc's Avatar
Appalachian Campers
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Dixie !! (north Georgia) USA
Posts: 4,027
Couple or three words of advice > Check things twice!! (before you start the trip)
doc is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2009, 02:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Fulltime/ SE Minnesota
Posts: 3,081
Just another thought. You may want to consider getting a (4x4) automatic. 2005 and newer can be towed with the neutral tow kit installed by Ford. I tow a 2008 Ranger (4x4) auto. Tow kit was only $156.00 installed by my local Ford garage. No need for Remco. I installed Blue Ox brackets myself and separate bulb sockets in tail lights, both were an easy install on the ranger.
08 Foretravel Nimbus 40 ft tag axle / 1000 watts of solar
2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Hemi 4x4
becks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2009, 12:15 PM   #4
Junior Member
hal-3 gunner's Avatar
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 13
What kind of milage?
Jan & Donna/Missy & Maya
Springfield, Oregon
2004 Storm 31A & 2004 Ford Ranger toad
hal-3 gunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2009, 12:49 PM   #5
Senior Member
porscheracer's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Back at the stix'n'brix - East End, AR.
Posts: 553
A couple of other options - both of which are flat-towable with no additional hardware:

Dodge Dakota 4x4 - our '03 Quad cab gets 18 Hwy / 15 overall. The newer ones supposedly get 20 or so. LOTS of people tow Dakotas. At 4500#, however, it msy be a bit heavy for your MH.

'08 - '09 Ford Escape AWD. 3200#, 24 EPA Hwy. Although we took delivery of ours last week, and according to its trip computer, it got 30.4 on the trip home.
Norm & Janet

FMCA; WIT; FCOA; Good Sam; Passport
porscheracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2009, 04:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Sayre,PA USA
Posts: 323
Check out the Roadmaster and Blue OX Web sites for Tow Bars, Baseplates, and light options, both are good companies to work with.
Also check out the Motorhome Mag site for towables, it will make your life easier in the future.
Bob, Laurie & Missy
2015 Winnebago Vista 36Y
BBBEEBOP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2009, 08:45 PM   #7
Senior Member
joneldbrat's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 188
Smile Towing Gear

I chose Demco Aluminator Tow Bar rated 6500 lb but is very light in weight to carry, and Demco Tow Bracket. Two inch Drop Bar, Brake Buddy and Magnetic light mounts at present. But it is wise to research before you buy. We all think that what we are using is the best. But I can't say about Roadmaster or Blue Ox. Because I never used them, I'm sure there all comparable quality wise. I laugh the other day while researching 2009 Jeeps. JD Power and Consumers Digest didnít have much good to say in favor of the Jeeps. But in reading the reviews listed buy the owners on different sites the majority said they were totally satisfied with there Jeep. Good Luck in your search.
96 Pace Arrow Vision 35 W/09 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4
Some posts have up to 5 lines in what I presume is the signature area. But I can only fit 3 lines in.
joneldbrat is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wit and Wisdom from Military Training and Personel ruppr Just Conversation 3 01-09-2009 04:45 AM
Need Hitch Wisdom RSmoak Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 5 10-09-2008 05:46 PM
Devils Tower NP to Yellowstone oldpa Navigation, Routes & Roads 11 07-08-2007 03:34 PM
Words of wisdom. Don (W5IT) Just Conversation 4 06-23-2007 11:27 AM
Bumper ? for fiver tower Two Bit Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 5 05-10-2005 04:06 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.