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Old 02-22-2019, 08:45 PM   #1
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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.
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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.


Mini Cooper s, 6speed, fwd- u wonít know its back there....
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:21 PM   #3
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:04 PM   #4
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We had a 4WD Jeep with automatic transmission that was a piece of cake to hook up and tow. We also have a Ford Focus manual transmission that is also very easy. Jeep seems to be a very popular make as a toad. Motor Home Magazine puts out an annual supplement on Toads. I think the supplement is also online. Great resource when looking for a toad. Also, this has been hashed and rehashed many times on this forum. Do a search for toad or four down as a start.
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:47 AM   #5
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What did you have to do to prepare the Jeep for towing?
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:21 AM   #6
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your question is common for anyone new to the idea of 'towing' their personal vehicle, but it's also VERY subjective - you'll find that almost anyone that is towing is going to say that 'their' vehicle is the best vehicle, since that's what they have experience in.

your final decision should be based on 'how' you are going to use it, where you are thinking you are going to drive it, how much you want to spend on it, and what you think other people are going to 'think' about it, at least if that's your goal.

you'll find that Ford Focus tow'ers are very, very satisfied with their easy, light, and very economically minded 4 door sedan or hatchback automatic vehicles. you'll also find a very strong 'jeep' or 'honda crv' crowd that is very, very set in their own views of what is 'best'...

ultimately, only YOU can decide...but there are many, many types, brands, and styles of vehicles you can tow. you want to keep it within your towing weight parameters for your GVCWR of your coach, but otherwise it's simply a personal choice.
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What did you have to do to prepare the Jeep for towing?


We had a baseplate, wiring and breakaway switch installed. We also purchased an auxiliary brake unit. Finally, we also had to purchase the tow bar itself. We purchased everything from Etrailer because we live close and they do free installation. Any RV dealer should be able to assist with the install and hookup instructions. Some people on the forum have done the installation on their own. Even if you donít buy from Etrailer take a look at their instructional videos. They are excellent.
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Mini Cooper s, 6speed, fwd- u wonít know its back there....


When I wanted to tow my manual transmission Mini a few years back I discovered that Mini did not recommend flat towing. They couldnít tell me why though. Has this changed with newer models? I really like that car!

I bought a 5 speed 2014 Ford Focus and the only thing you need to do to tow it is put the transmission in neutral. Doesnít even need the key in the ignition as the steering does not lock. Easy peasy
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When I wanted to tow my manual transmission Mini a few years back I discovered that Mini did not recommend flat towing. They couldnít tell me why though. Has this changed with newer models? I really like that car!

I bought a 5 speed 2014 Ford Focus and the only thing you need to do to tow it is put the transmission in neutral. Doesnít even need the key in the ignition as the steering does not lock. Easy peasy


We have a 2015 Focus w/ Manuel transmission. One other thing you need to do other than putting it in neutral is make sure parking brake is released. Automatic transmission requires battery disconnect. Remote disconnect for battery is available though.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:21 PM   #11
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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.
You don't have to have a manual transmission with most Jeeps to tow.
Unless you just want a manual.

Newer auto Jeeps with 4X4 ADII are towable. Pre 2019 (Cherokee)with electric steering will need a wiring harness added.

Personally we liked our Ford Cmax much better than our Cherokee for towing, MUCH easer to hook up and unhook!

I did a self install on both using parts and video from etrailer .
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I bought a one owner PT Cruiser that according to Carfax the oil was changed every 5000 miles from purchase to sale, with 107,000.


Plan on towing it behind a Thor 32.1 with a ACME dolly, if it ever gets delivered. It's sitting in San Antonio for the last 3 days. Fedex Frieght said they hoped for Monday.
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Iím currently towing a Toyota Prius on a Demco tow dolly

For me, it was all about $$$

I didnít want to purchase another/new vehicle, instead only needed to purchase a used $700 tow dolly to pull my Prius
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We have a 2015 Focus w/ Manuel transmission. One other thing you need to do other than putting it in neutral is make sure parking brake is released. Automatic transmission requires battery disconnect. Remote disconnect for battery is available though.


Copy that! Interesting story, when I bought my Focus I noticed that the steering on the car I was looking at did not lock when the key was removed.and the dealer (Ford) said it should and must be broken. I donít know about the automatic transmission models but this is normal on the manual focuses (Foci?). Not sure why itís that way but itís a great feature for a toad.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:28 PM   #15
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When I wanted to tow my manual transmission Mini a few years back I discovered that Mini did not recommend flat towing. They couldnít tell me why though. Has this changed with newer models? I really like that car!

I bought a 5 speed 2014 Ford Focus and the only thing you need to do to tow it is put the transmission in neutral. Doesnít even need the key in the ignition as the steering does not lock. Easy peasy


Our Mini is a 2012 6-speed manual and the owners guide is quite specific that it may be flat towed. Weíve towed it over 10k miles.
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my '14 Focus SE is a CVS automatic, just put in neutral and pull, and also cutoff the 12v and remove the key, if you wish... easy - 90,000miles.
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When I wanted to tow my manual transmission Mini a few years back I discovered that Mini did not recommend flat towing. They couldnít tell me why though. Has this changed with newer models? I really like that car!

I bought a 5 speed 2014 Ford Focus and the only thing you need to do to tow it is put the transmission in neutral. Doesnít even need the key in the ignition as the steering does not lock. Easy peasy


Mine is a 2002 and has transitioned from 3 RVís currently being pulled by a DP, almost 60k towed miles, car has 120k on it - no issues.
Mini tells me at every service that they donít recommend it. I tell them I know and it keeps getting a clean bill of health, so I suppose a few years when itís 20 years old Iíll say itís passed the ďproven testĒ for me.
Btw itís a fwd and 6 speed and it doesnít increase mileage as it rolls.
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we tow a 2015 fiat 500 pop manual trans...put it in neutral and go, but like said... to each his own...I had a smart car, but wanted a back seat for the dogs...that and bigger trunk
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I think the question is like chicken or beef at a wedding reception. It doesn't really matter. We currently tow a 2011 Honda CR-V. Previous toads were Izuzu Trooper, PT Cruiser, Chevy Cobalt, Ford Ranger. All have towed well.
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