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Old 10-24-2020, 02:08 PM   #21
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Tow car

I have been towing a 2006 Honda CRV AWD for about 10 years. Am on my third MH, currently a 2017 29MV. I have no complaints, as I have nearly 150000 on odometer and another 150000 on the drive train
Keep telling the DW I want a new toad but cant seem to pull the trigger. Too much hassle to switch. I guess my philosophy is if it ain't broke, dont mess with it.
Use an invisible system. It does not affect my mpg that much ad far as I can tell.
It seems to back okay as long as I keep it straight and it's not too far.
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:27 PM   #22
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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. Never towed anything before, but it followed us to Outer Banks and back this summer so I guess I did ok. We had rented cars before or had done without. Having your own vehicle available whenever you need it was worth the $$$
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:32 PM   #23
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon behind my Jayco Greyhawk 26Y. V-10 handles it nicely.
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:44 PM   #24
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M&G Brake system

I currently tow either a 2011 Jeep Rubicon or a 2016 F150 behind a 2016 Seneca. Both are setup with a brake system from M&G Engineering. Zero fuss, works great. With Jeep I put transfer in neutral, transmission in park and pocket the keys. F150 requires a bit of magic incantation to get transfer into Neutral, but it is now second nature. I wired both vehicles with a brake light kit that uses the vehicle tail lights. I tow with a Blackhawk All terrain tow bar. I highly recommend this setup. In the past, I pulled Saturns, which were set to tow w/o issue. The key was that the transmission shaft turned the transmission oil pump when pulling so lubrication was not an issue. Check the manual on the vehicle you want to tow. I tried a tow dolly a couple of times and decided life was too short for that aggravation. I would swap cars before I went to a dolly.

I almost never run without towing a vehicle. Too many instances where one was needed including mechanical, logistical and medical reasons.

I have logged over 220,000 miles in 3 RVs over 25 years, most every one towing a vehicle. I am starting to get a handle on this!

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Old 10-24-2020, 05:02 PM   #25
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Towing a vehicle behind RV

We first towed a motorcycle, two bicycles, and two kayaks in our open mesh trailer behind our 26' RV. The motorcycle, even though covered, wouldn't start the next day after dampness and rain. My bicycle picked up glass on the sidewalk and I had a flat to walk one mile back to the campground.

We bought a used tow dolly for my husband's Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with a Thule Hullavator kayak rack on one side of the roof rack for his fishing kayak and a J rack on the other side for my kayak. The car is essential to go exploring, grocery shopping, and to drive to not-quite-nearby national parks. I have also towed my Chevy Trax on the tow dolly with my kayak on the roof and bicycle on the back.
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Old 10-24-2020, 05:32 PM   #26
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2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited.
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Old 10-24-2020, 05:53 PM   #27
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ALWAYS LOOK FOR YOUR EXIT We flat tow a 2010 Honda CRV AWD with Blue Ox tow bar, RVI Brake/TPMS. MH is 2019 ENTEGRA 31V w/ FordF53 chassis, V10 engine w/ tow/haul assist. Toad tracks perfectly with the duals, no problems 🤞
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:31 PM   #28
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Tow a 2002 Honda Accord

Tow a 2002 Honda Accord with a tow dolly. Drove west coast to east coast using this arrangement. Works fine.
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:39 PM   #29
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I always owned TT’s prior to purchasing our current MH and when a warranty issue reared its ugly head we decided to purchase a toad for our trip to Middlebury. For various reasons I decided on a new 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Unbeknownst to me I needed the tow harness kit mentioned in a previous response to enable the electronic power steering while being towed 4 down. I was able to convince my dealer to install this since towing was the reason for my purchase in the first place. Of course, Jeep has now incorporated this design change in 2019 and newer models.
Since I am an amateur do-it-yourselfer I hired out the baseplate and wiring installation after purchasing Blue Ox tow bars and the RVI3 brake system. All told about $4k.
My DW and I typically camp in rural areas of Michigan and Wisconsin so car rentals are few and far between and Uber is something you’d find a couple hundred miles away. It’s nice to have the Jeep to drive around after we’ve set up camp and it provides some peace of mind while going down the road knowing that we have our own vehicle if the RV should become disabled.
Whether or not to pull a toad is strictly a personal choice. Some with smaller coaches don’t mind breaking camp and driving the MH wherever they feel the need to go. For some the toad is their daily driver, for FT folks it’s almost a necessity and for seasonal RV’ers like me it’s all about convenience.
The same is true about the size and type of toad. It usually comes down to the towing capacity of the MH as most people will pull something close to the max. Jeeps are by far the most popular toads but you will see a little bit of everything as you travel across America. Again, personal choice. No right or wrong answer.
Bottom line is do what you feel is best for your situation. Make a decision based on the information you have at the time and you will never second guess yourself.
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Old 10-24-2020, 08:02 PM   #30
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Check out Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Tow Guide. It gives you the weight, prices and if it has to be manual or automatic. You can check any year model you want.
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Old 10-24-2020, 08:49 PM   #31
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1997 Geo Tracker, 5-speed manual w transfer case, 4 wheel drive. Zero rust ever, original paint, original top and interior. Curb weight 2291#.

It has spent it's entire life either in a garage or hooked to the back of a motorhome.
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Old 10-24-2020, 09:58 PM   #32
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Towed a Prius for about 3,00 miles over the summer via a Stehl Tow Dolly behind our 24L with no problems. I tapped into the trailer lights and used a flat 4 to light magnetic base tail lights. Next I am planning on towing our built '99 4Runner with the dolly (manual xmission). Will see how that goes...
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Old 10-25-2020, 01:28 AM   #33
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Just picked up this Jeep wrangler for our toad.
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Old 10-25-2020, 11:59 AM   #34
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Ford Focus all wheels down. A little work setting it up to tow and getting it ready to drive. But definitely worth it as we wanted a lite weight tow. We put tons of miles on this vehicle when we arrive at destinations.
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:51 PM   #35
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New toad for our soon to be Jayco 22A SE Motorhome

I found this on Craigslist this week and took a 100 mile ride to see it. 2013 Kia Soul Base with 6 speed manual, 78K miles in good condition. Further it is completely equipped with towing package. It has a Blue Ox Alpha towbar with an NSA Ready brake, Blue Ox Base plate and the rest of the misc. tow goodies. Also, it had 4 new tires. $6000 and it was mine.

I had the local Kia dealer do an oil change and inspection; everything but the brake fluid condition checked out; it was dirty so I had the dealer change it. It was missing two rear headrests which I found at a local junkyard for $8 each. I ordered a center console that the base doesn't come with for $70. All in all, I think it was good buy.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:46 AM   #36
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What did you do on that 8000 mile trip? Visit historic places? Where you able to find parking close by for the RV? Visit National and state parks? Could you drive the RV to all the places in the parks you wanted to? Or did you just go to a campground and stay for several days on end, and just chill?

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We recently traveled for a good 8000 plus miles for 4 months, no toad and rented a car for 3 days only in Maine. Never felt trapped in a campground. We ate out usually for lunch along the way, picked up groceries on travel days, boondocked alot and sought out campgrounds with laundromats once a week. Toad was not work the expense or trouble.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:06 AM   #37
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I'm stuck when it comes to a TOAD. I used to pull a trailer with my 2014 F150 4x4. It was designed to tow. It had the Heavy Duty Package along with the Max Tow Pkg.

Now I have Redhawk 22J. I know jeeps are tailor made for being toads, but I can't buy another vehicle. I want a truck available when home and not towing.

My car, a 2018 Fusion FWD is NOT towable 4 down according to Ford. My old 2010 Fusion was flat towable as long as 65 mph wasn't exceeded.

So that leaves me with the rather large F150 4x4. It's all with within specs. Truck is 5914#, and the GCWR would be 20k, just under the 22k rating of the 22J. It's just more than I would like to tow cross country.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:36 AM   #38
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As much as they add an additional thing to deal with, have may need to consider a tow dolly for your Fusion.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:43 AM   #39
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We've 'toad' a 2005 Malibu Maxx for a few years, to Yellowstone and back, and now a Chevy Equinox, behind a 2015 Greyhawk 29mv, been up and down our beautiful state of Michigan, out west to Utah and out east to Maine, also a couple trips to Florida, home base in SE Michigan, both vehicles 4-wheels down, never an issue with either one! Whatever you decide, enjoy those day trips without having to use the RV!
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:30 AM   #40
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2019 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited.
Is your Jeep Sting Gray?

If so, and we were parked next to each other in a parking lot, I'd have to look twice to make sure I was trying to get into my own rig!

The only real significant differences from the outside would be the window in your front cap (you have the MVP and I have the MV), and the paint matched fenders and different wheels on your Sahara (I have the Sport S).

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