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So. Cal.

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Posted: 07/07/12 03:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO the most widely towed vehicles are the Jeep Liberty and Wrangler, Saturn Vue, Ford Focus, and Honda CR-V. Are they the best? it depends on who you talk to. They all have there pluses and minuses. Remember besides towing it you will have to live with this vehicle on a daily basis, so you want something that works for you for a daily ride.
I had a '08 Liberty which was a good toad. I currently have a Wrangler and a Ford Edge as toads. I really like the Edge for both daily driver and it tows well.
IMO the best thing is to check out the various vehicles and decide which is best for YOU.


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Posted: 07/07/12 05:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tow a Honda CRV using a ReadyBrute tow bar/brake. It has worked great through the Midwest plains, the Western Mountains, Northern forests, and getting through large cities. All we do is run the CRV Engine in the morning and shift through transmission gears. We repeat that process every 5 hours when we're driving long stretches.

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Posted: 07/07/12 06:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tow an 1,800 lb smart car. They are very easy to tow. The only modification (other than the tow bar setup) is a $15 battery disconnect switch to turn off the car's computer while towing.


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Posted: 07/07/12 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tow a Jeep Wrangler. It was easy to setup. Started with a Reese Towbar and a supplenental braking system. Wiring was fairly simple. If you go this way I can help with some specifics on the setup.


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Posted: 07/08/12 08:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all for your help. It is truly appreciated. It looks like there are a lot of options. We'll check the web sites you recommended. We do plan to have a supplemental breaking system. Does anyone have an opinion on the type of breaking system(s) to use? I saw an ad for a wireless one called Invisibrake. Is that thing any good? Or would it be better to use one of those robot things that actually actuate the brake peddle? Or some other approach?

Thanks again. Robert


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Posted: 07/08/12 10:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Two or 3 answers to this quesiton:

1: Depends on what you have "in stock" that is your current car, can it be towed, or modified for towing? If so that is by far the least expensive.

2: There is not best.. However there may be a best FOR YOU, but there is no single best, there is a long list of cars that need little or no modification however.

3: JEEP, that is my personal choice, several models, but when I get to my next towed I will start by shopping for a jeep, or equivlent, and check the curb weight for the lightest one I can afford.

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rtomson wrote:

Hello. Wife and I are very new to RV'ing. I'm sure this topic has been covered before with the newbes, but I can't seem to find where in the blogs. We have just purchased a Thor ACE 29ft and would like to know which cars to consider for towing behind the motorhome. I have done some research and now understand that a flat 4 wheels down tow is the top recommended method. But beyond that we are lost and need some guidance. We only need a small car to take day trips and get groceries. Wold like to know which car(s) are recommended for our situation. And I've read that in some states some type of suplemental braking is required. Don't know anything about that and need help there too. Can someone point us in the right direction?Thanks, Robert.

Whatever car you decide to buy please make sure the vehicles 'owners manual' says it can be towed 4 down. I found out real quick that dealerships will tell you that every car you look at is capable of being towed 4 down.[emoticon]

Push the salesman aside and go right for the glovebox and pull out the manual. It's under "Recreational Towing" in the index. There it will show you if it has to be dolly towed or 4 down.

Check out BlueOx.com for the tow bar and base plates.
Check out BrakeBuddy.com for the supplemental braking.

This will give you some information and an idea of how that all works and what is needed, although there are other brands to choose from.

I tow Chevy Tracker 4x4.

Good Luck!

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I recommend AVOIDING any Ford product that has an automatic tranny. Some of them may be OK, but both read the fine print in the owner's manual and search thru the Dinghy Towing forum here before you buy.

There are too many other good and easy choices out there to mess around with Ford products.

What company was it that used to have the slogan "Ask the man who owns one."?

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Posted: 07/08/12 04:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have towed several different vehicles, but find our two Honda, CR-V's were the best choice. The manufacturer even includes a section in the owner's manual titled "Towing Your CR-V Behind a Motorhome."

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Jeep Wrangler or Subaru Outback, manual transmission only. I have it in writing from Subaru that towing 4-down is fine. If you don't mind driving a stick, the Outback is a great, all-purpose vehicle and a great daily driver. It's fantastic in the snow, gets great mileage, holds a good amount of stuff yet isn't overly huge. We also towed my Chevy Tahoe but that's a bit of a behemoth of a vehicle.

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