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Old 08-13-2019, 10:54 PM   #1
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Dinghy Towing

I'm planning to get a dinghy and tow it 4 down with my Class C Thor 29FE with Ford V-10 gas engine. I want 4WD or AW drive, auto trans, and seating for 6. Have not done this before and welcome suggestions as to what vehicle to look for. Also, this RV averages 8-9 mpg and I'm wondering how much mpg will be reduced. I know lots of factors influence this, but I'm just asking for a guesstimate.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:31 PM   #2
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Begin your research by googling motorhome magazine dinghy list. They list all the specs for practically every vehicle that is 4 down capable.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:42 PM   #3
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Also know your weights to determine what you can tow.
You can tow the LESSOR of:
- tow hitch rating
- GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) minus actual vehicle weight loaded for travel (water, fuel, propane, people, stuff all as you normally travel)
(Assumes actual vehicle weight is at/below GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:49 PM   #4
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Minimal impact on mpg while towing toad four down.

Here is the link to the reference Lt Keeker mentioned.

Downloadable Dinghy Towing Guides | MotorHome Magazine
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:01 AM   #5
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Can’t help with the seating for 6 but we tow our wrangler unlimited with our 30fe and we get 8mpg towing
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:17 PM   #6
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we give up about 1 mpg while towing

as for the 6-seater, that's going to be the pivotal find, as it is probably a larger, heavier, vehicle, and may be more than you can tow...

weigh your new RV, fully loaded with people, clothes, food, stuff, water in the tank, fuel in the tank, etc., and then subtract that from the RV's GVCW to find how much the CHASSIS can tow.... then, if that number is LOWER than the hitch is rated for, you are fine to find a vehicle within that weight range(including the tow dolly, for those in that camp...).
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:30 PM   #7
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Two words: "Jeep Wrangler"!
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:26 AM   #8
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A friend recently bought a Toyota RAV4 with AWD and discovered too late that it cannot be towed 4-down or on a dolly. His only option is to tow it with all 4 wheels up on a flatbed.

Moral of the story: Do plenty of research before buying a toad!
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Old 08-15-2019, 02:44 AM   #9
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A friend recently bought a Toyota RAV4 with AWD and discovered too late that it cannot be towed 4-down or on a dolly. His only option is to tow it with all 4 wheels up on a flatbed.



Moral of the story: Do plenty of research before buying a toad!


Or just read the owner’s manual.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:44 AM   #10
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...Amen...
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We are looking at the Jeep Trailhawk. Not a six seater but look like it will fit our needs.
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