Which would you tow? Would really like some opinions....!
So here's the dilemma I could use your input on; Got a new 31UL and have to decide what to tow. Had no freakin' clue how expensive these tow systems add up to! And to make matters worse, both our vehicles are 2012 and although we have no plans to upgrade the cars for the foreseeable future - it'll happen sooner or later.
So we have a 2012 Grand Cherokee Overland with 102,000 miles (and with the "double-secret key" free-wheeling hubs release for easy, low-friction, flat towing). And a 2012 Fiat 500 Pop Cabriolet with 37,000 miles and 5-speed for also easy flat towing, albeit at probably half the weight! (Jeep=4,750 lbs, and Fiat=2,400 lbs).
I just hate the idea of investing $1,100 in either vehicles Base Plate + Install Labor, all of which is a throw-away when we upgrade down the road. But that is what it is.
However with the Fiat I wouldn't need to (right now anyway) invest the additional $1,500 for a Delta Force braking system since it's so light. So I put off that expense for a bit until maybe we purchase a Wrangler tow vehicle later on.
SO I KEEP GOING BACK-N-FORTH ON WHICH TO TOW. Clearly I'd love to have the awesome GC Overland as it's inscrutable, comfortable, a beast, and can carry our bikes no problem - BUT FOR A PRECEPT 31UL IN THE MOUNTAINS IT'S GOING TO A PAINFUL XTRA<5,000 LBS CLIMB! On the other hand the Fiat is cheap to tow, does the job, saves some money today anyway, and with the top down riving through Yosemite-and-the-like, it's a blast (but again no bike's :-(
ANY CONSENSUS OF OPINION? Which way would you personally go? Anyone with actual experience? (as in, how "bad" is it going to be towing the GC Overland all through the Rockies?) (And then of course there's always the difference in gas mileage between the too!)