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Old 02-14-2019, 06:22 AM   #1
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Planning on getting a TOAD vehicle this season (jeep wrangler) and was looking for recommendations on hitches and any hints and "best practices" when flat towing a vehicle behind our motor home. For what it's worth, we have a 2018 Alante 31V. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:59 AM   #2
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We towed a Wrangler for a couple years and it tows nicely. Blue ox stuff worked for me and if you are mechanically inclined you can add the tow plate yourself. I would say when hooking/unhooking to have both vehicles pointed straight and be extra careful when negotiating filling station by trying to get an end pump with no U turns. You can get an internal light harness that attaches to Jeep harness to activate lights from motorhome and not have to use nasty external lights. Etrailer is helpful also.
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I've always wondered about this, but given we're not retired I can never justify the cost and added complexity of fueling up while underway. For us, Enterprise has always picked us up and worked out very well.
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We are in the Sarasota, FL area and when visiting a Jeep dealer saw several late model Jeeps that were used as toads. You might find one with everything already installed.

Then if you have a change of mind you won't be out so much time and money.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:40 AM   #5
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Planning on getting a TOAD vehicle this season (jeep wrangler) and was looking for recommendations on hitches and any hints and "best practices" when flat towing a vehicle behind our motor home. For what it's worth, we have a 2018 Alante 31V. Thanks in advance!
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Planning on getting a TOAD vehicle this season (jeep wrangler) and was looking for recommendations on hitches and any hints and "best practices" when flat towing a vehicle behind our motor home. For what it's worth, we have a 2018 Alante 31V. Thanks in advance!
We have a Alante 31V and have been towing our 2012 4 Door Wrangler Rubicon for almost 2 years now. With the exceptions of steep downgrades it's easy to forget it is there. We didn't want to place a tow bracket on the bottom of our jeep as we really do go off road with it and the bracket would likely take damage. We opted for a company called rockhard, they make a front bumper in both aluminum and steel that allows you to bolt on compatible brackets for the various tow bars out there.
https://www.rockhard4x4.com/product_p/rh-90215.htm

We opted to utilize a older roadmaster all terrain 10,000 pound tow bar. We bought it used. I think they make a newer bar.
Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories

The lighting was internally done as we hate hate hate external wires flapping around on the jeep.

The big expense is actually the supplemental braking system. In my opinion its a must. In Kalifornia it's required. We chose the simplest to use. My wife did not want to be lugging a portable unit in and out of the jeep. We opted for the SMI Stay & Play Duo.
https://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bar-Bra...I/SM99251.html

We had the bumper installed at 4 Wheel Parts and the rest at a company in town called Broken Wheel RV. We've never regretted the individual purchases. The system works flawlessly and little to no adjustment needed after initial set up.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:27 AM   #6
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Just curious, but have you evert had a problem getting a rental? I wondered about some of the places we plan on camping and if there were rental car locations nearby.
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One critical component is that the tow bar is within one to two inches from level when connected.
We used to use a 2" BlueOx 5000# drop hitch but have had to change to a 6" drop hitch after changing motorhomes.
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Just curious, but have you evert had a problem getting a rental? I wondered about some of the places we plan on camping and if there were rental car locations nearby.
Hit and miss on pickup and return pickup. Some will only pick you up and you are on your own for the return. If I can at least get picked we can always drop it off on the way out, though this can add a day or two to rental. We move our kids to college in nc and are usually towing a car one way or the other. We then add mini vacations and don't have car so we grab a rental from enterprise. Works well even had them pick me up a Walmart as I could not get in their lot with the RV.

Having said that flat towing is very simple and allows more flexibility on the road. I can drop the Jeep in two minutes and one of us can run to the store while the other continues heading down the road where we can meet up again.

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Flat Towing

Cryn, we have a 2018 Alante 31V also and we have been flat towing our old Toyota RAV4 5 speed. Had a Roadmaster tow system installed at Camping World along with all the light, charging and Brake Buddy II system. It all works fine. Easy to hook up the tow bar and electrics. The Brake Buddy II was a bit of a challenge as the brake pedal in the old RAV 4 is small and at an angle so the factory clip on system did not work well. I modified it by drilling two holes through the mounting plate and brake pedal and use two pins and clips to hold it on. Five minute hook-up/removal of the toad. We have towed on freeways, back roads, mountains with no problems, hardly know the car is there but it weighs in at just over 3,000 pounds. Definitely feel the Brake Buddy applying the toad brakes and the on dash controller works well. We are so happy to have it with us even on short one night stops. We can park and set up the MH then remove the toad for a bit of exploring. Will be doing a 2-1/2 month drive to Alaska this summer towing all the way. It appears to drop my mileage about a half gallon per mile. You need to pay attention when pulling in to gas stations, etc. as you can't back up with the toad on. But if you get "stuck" it is quick to remove it.
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Following this intently as we've recently upgraded from a TT to a motorhome. Glad to see alot of Allante 31Vs around. We're researching TOADs now as well. RVT.com has toads that are already configured for towing, use the "tow behind cars" RV type when searching for those.


We're looking for possibly a small truck to pull behind to carry kayaks and bikes, etc. Kinda kicking myself now for selling a 2002 ford ranger a few years back with the manual transmission.



Hindsight you know...
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