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Old 08-06-2015, 08:33 PM   #1
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towed vehicle

Being new to RV'ing, we don't have a vehicle to tow with us. Suggestions and ideas welcome.

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Old 08-06-2015, 09:50 PM   #2
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Towed vehicle discussion

Many things go into that decision. We tow but many just rent a car as needed. I like utility vehicles with a full frame. Towing puts a lot of stress on the towed vehicle. There are many choices of smaller older four wheel drives that fit the bill. As I write this I realize I have questions for you to answer so we can give suggestions. What vehicles do you own? Are they capable to be made towable some automatics require a transmission pump (approx cost $1000) but if you own or love your car that is a viable answer. Will your toad be useful during times you are home? What type of a budget do you want to dedicate to the toad? Thank you for starting this discussion.

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Old 08-07-2015, 06:55 AM   #3
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We have a Yukon so that is too big and a Cayenne and wouldn't want to tow that. I am thinking a Jeep 4 door as the transfer case can be put in neutral so should be fairly easy to tow. I could drive it as well and maybe even add a plow and use it in my business! Some of the others I have seen would be the small suv's like a tracker, or small Ford SUV's or Honda CR-V
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:40 AM   #4
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We tow a 4dr 2014 Jeep Wrangler. Transfer case in neutral remove the key and away you go.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:26 PM   #5
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Is the Yukon 4 wheel drive? If so, id just use that. A 4 door jeep is not a lot smaller than a Yukon, unless we are talking an XL. I think that will be your least expensive way to bring a vehicle along. By the way, Yukons/Tahoes make GREAT plow vehicles. That's all Ive used in my snow plow business for the last 5 years.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:33 PM   #6
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We tow a 05 Honda CRV with auto transmission. It is one of only a couple of imported auto transmission cars that can be towed 4-down. We have towed it for about 10,000 miles or more over the last 3 years w/o a problem.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:46 PM   #7
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I have a 2014 Seneca 37TS, so my MH drive train is the same as yours. I have two vehicles in the stable I can tow - a 2013 Ford Focus ST (six-speed manual) when it is just the DW and I; and a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport (six-speed auto w/AWD) for when the grandkids are part of the trip. Both tow very well behind the Seneca and both are very easy to set up when it is time to go. Both have push button start so there is no steering column lock on either. No fuses to pull or bypass as some vehicles require.

I use a Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain towbar and use their Even Brake for toad supplemental braking. This combination it has always served me well, both on this motorhome and my prior Class C with a different Ford Focus. Hook up, put them in neutral, install the supplemental brakes, and away we go. I do have a charge line hooked up to both vehicles so the battery stays charged when being towed. The Seneca has 12-volts available at the trailer plug already.

The investment to safely tow a vehicle goes beyond just the car/truck/SUV itself. You have to factor the towbar, tow bar mount, brake and running light wiring, supplemental brake system and its wiring (if you want to be legal in most states and safe IMHO), or a tow dolly if you choose to go that way. Not inexpensive by any stretch, but a Seneca is not the type of motorhome you want to break down at a campsite to go sightseeing or get groceries!
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There are many choices for a toad. A list is published annually as to to which models are towable 4W down. MH Magazine and FMCA have the info. The rest is a lot of personal choice and needs. At about 3,000 lbs my Soul is light and not really noticeable behind my Seneca. However, DW doesn't like the 6 speed manual trans. We recently drove a Jeep Unlimited Sahara and when the time comes, I think that will be our next toad.

Definitely yes for supplemental brakes. You will feel the difference on braking.

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I have a 2015 Chevy Equinox and tow it with my 2015 Grayhawk 31FK with no issue. I put it in neutral, turn the key back one click and pull a 5 amp fuse.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:24 PM   #10
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"toad" that's pretty good!!! I can be a little slow as in "towed" vehicle lol.

What would i need to tow a vehicle?


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