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Old 02-26-2019, 02:21 PM   #21
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:48 PM   #22
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We we're also trying to decide this question. We sat down and looked at every time we wished we had a toad, and how many times we expect to need one in our trips this year.
For us we decided it makes far more sense to rent something on the occasions we need it.
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:54 PM   #23
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We are trying to decide the same thing. Our Miramar has a #8000 tow capacity. We don't want to have to buy another vehicle. We have a 2002 Chevy Tahoe that can be towed 4 down and we are thinking of towing it.
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Old 03-02-2019, 08:02 PM   #24
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Ford Fusion Hybrid

I have a 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid. It doesn't get any easier than a hybrid for towing. Get it with the key in your pocket, push start/stop, place in "N", push start/stop, get out, lock door, tow away!

You will need to use external brake lights as there apparently isn't a way to connect to the factory lights.
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Old 03-02-2019, 08:32 PM   #25
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For me it was all about cost. None of my current cars could be flat towed. I found a one owner 2013 Ford Focus for $5K. Itís perfect. Got the hatchback, fold down the back seats and all the dogs fit. We really donít drive it that much.
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Old 03-02-2019, 08:41 PM   #26
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Really depends on what you want to do with your toad once you get to your destination and also, do you plan to use it for anything other than just a road.
For us, I wanted an extremely light vehicle that holds 2 ppl and a couple small dogs.
I wanted a toad because we canít always bring our motorcycle. (We have a Cruiserlift system. Seemed last year, every time I brought our MC with us it rained, lol.
We didnít need another vehicle at home but if we did, it would be a small commuter vehicle.
Lastly, I wanted an automatic transmission so my wife could drive (she hates manuals)
We landed on a 2010 Smart Car convertible. (Cheap to buy and lots on the market.)
I installed Blue Ox tow plate and Tow bar. (I also like RoadMaster but got a steal of a deal on Amazon for Blue Ox)
The car is about 1800lb and do not notice it behind us. It is short so turning is easy... plus, overall length of rig and toad is the shortest out there.
I could go on and on but those are a few things to consider.

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Old 03-02-2019, 08:47 PM   #27
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What did you have to do to prepare the Jeep for towing?
Nothing, you put it in 4WD then put transmission into neutral then move from 4WD to neutral then put vehicle into park. Do all this AFTER you hook up to your tow bars. We have the Blue Ox and it works great. Donít even know itís being towed. Before unhooking put vehicle transmission in neutral and then move 4WD level from neutral to 4WD to 2wd, vehicle back into park and then you can safely unhook. We have an automatic transmission on the Jeep Wrangler.
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Old 03-02-2019, 08:50 PM   #28
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I Tow a Chevy Cruise

I bought a new 2018 Chevy Cruise with a manual transmission. Looked at Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk but was concerned about the problems and expense of the wiring harness. We figured the other Jeep models would be too rough of a ride for us.

The Cruise was much cheaper to buy, is great on gas and fun to drive with the manual. We had a hitch receiver put on the back for our bike rack. The installer put an electrical connection to the motorhome so only prep to tow is hook up, put car in neutral and turn the key to on.

It's not cheap to set up a car to tow so decided to use a new vehicle so hopefully won't have to replace it for many years.
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:14 PM   #29
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For me it was all about cost. None of my current cars could be flat towed. I found a one owner 2013 Ford Focus for $5K. Itís perfect. Got the hatchback, fold down the back seats and all the dogs fit. We really donít drive it that much.


Thatís about my story on my 2014 Focus. After I retired I found that we barely needed two cars. I sold my gorgeous 2016 Mustang, bought the Focus and put the difference into the RV. Looks like Iíll only put about 5-6,000 miles on the car each year. We were content to travel with a pair of mopeds and occasionally renting a car until we decided to sunbird for a month in Florida. Couldnít do it without a car and couldnít rent for a month. Even though we will be set up to tow I donít believe we will do it very often. Weíll be taking a 6 week trip to the northwest this summer and wonít be bringing the car and probably not the mopeds either. It all depends on how you like to travel.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:13 AM   #30
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Ford Flex AWD

We tow an AWD Ford Flex. It has 3 rows of seating for up to 7seats, or we can seat 5 and use the back for dogs, coolers, etc.

On one trip we separated from the RV park and bridged across to a island for tent camping. Itís been great to have the capacity for everyone and everything we need. I recommend using invisibility-brake.
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Old 03-03-2019, 02:36 AM   #31
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We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee limited that has the neutral transfer case function and is also are primary driving vehicle that is a automatic transmission. Why have a tow vehicle that just sits. Love the Cherokee and is the best flat tow vehicle made.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:26 AM   #32
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I am on my 4th Jeep in 23 years as a toad, all automatics. Canít beat them. They need to be 4 wheel drive. All I do is put the transfer case in natural, the transmission in park and then go on my way. Good luck!
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:50 AM   #33
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I am on my 4th Jeep in 23 years as a toad, all automatics. Canít beat them. They need to be 4 wheel drive. All I do is put the transfer case in natural, the transmission in park and then go on my way. Good luck!


If only they werenít so darned expensive!
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:54 AM   #34
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The biggest things to consider are so you already have a vehicle that is towable? If not are you already in the market for a new car? And if your answers are no you may want to look at using a dolly until the time comes for another vehicle. For us it was an easy decision the wife already had a wrangler unlimited. If we didn’t have a car that was already 4 down towable I am not sure that I we would had bought something just for that reason.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:49 AM   #35
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I am considering towing a vehicle behind my motorhome. Thoughts on what vehicles are the best to tow ? I am leaning to purchase a manual transmission Jeep.
I bought a Honda fit with manual transmission in 2015. Less then $20,000 out the door with tax title and tags in California. Great little 4 door car with a sunroof, cruise control and electric windows and door locks. Comfortable with 4 adults and easy installed tow brackets and wiring. I have a Stay and Play brake system installed. It is light roomy and reasonably priced. I have towed it over 8500 mile and love it. Another attribute is the odometer doesn't register mileage when it is towed. Lots of bang for the buck. Weight is about 2400 lbs.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:35 AM   #36
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Towing a 2012 Jeep Liberty with 4WD for the last 4 years no problems.
Transfer case in neutral and trans in park. Incidentals and a falcon2 tow bar. Very happy.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:12 PM   #37
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A nice discussion on which Toad to use. Iím doing something a little different. I tow a Smartcar with a curb weight of 1,860lbs and it sits on a 6íx12í Karavan utility trailer that has a max weight capacity of 2,100lbs. At under 3,000lbs total weight the trailer does not have to be registered in my state (Wisconsin) but the nice folks at our DMV recommended that I title, register and license it to avoid problems that could arise in other states that require the trailer to be T,R&Led. We tow the trailer with our Thor Vegas that has a max towing capability of 8,000lbs so itís like we have nothing behind us when going down the road. Ray
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:24 PM   #38
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A nice discussion on which Toad to use. Iím doing something a little different. I tow a Smartcar with a curb weight of 1,860lbs and it sits on a 6íx12í Karavan utility trailer that has a max weight capacity of 2,100lbs. At under 3,000lbs total weight the trailer does not have to be registered in my state (Wisconsin) but the nice folks at our DMV recommended that I title, register and license it to avoid problems that could arise in other states that require the trailer to be T,R&Led. We tow the trailer with our Thor Vegas that has a max towing capability of 8,000lbs so itís like we have nothing behind us when going down the road. Ray
Ok going to play weight police

Just a note: Your Vegas doesn't have a max towing capacity of 8,000lbs your hitch does. Your max towing capacity is the lessor of your hitch towing capacity and your GCWR minus your coach'es actual weight (of course it is possible that your coach weighs out such that GCWR-weight > 8,000lbs but you don't know until you do the calculation).

Ok weight police "rant" done...
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:49 PM   #39
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A nice discussion on which Toad to use. Iím doing something a little different. I tow a Smartcar with a curb weight of 1,860lbs and it sits on a 6íx12í Karavan utility trailer that has a max weight capacity of 2,100lbs. At under 3,000lbs total weight the trailer does not have to be registered in my state (Wisconsin) but the nice folks at our DMV recommended that I title, register and license it to avoid problems that could arise in other states that require the trailer to be T,R&Led. We tow the trailer with our Thor Vegas that has a max towing capability of 8,000lbs so itís like we have nothing behind us when going down the road. Ray
Thatís a nice set-up
You donít need to worry about getting into situations where you canít back-up
Because with a standard trailer, you can back-up
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:16 PM   #40
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Following this as well. We're new ACE 29.3 owners, looking to purchase a vehicle to tag along with us. Leaning toward a Wrangler Unlimited, but would also like a pickup. Will be selling our '13 Tundra, which we used to pull the Mini Lite that we traded for the 29.3.



By the way, where y'at in LA, Sammy? We're transplants from New Orleans and Shreveport.
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