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Old 03-10-2016, 01:55 PM   #11
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We have towed 4 down, tow Dolly and now a 20 Ft open Car Hauler. Our Trailer is steel and has 7500 Lb Axles. We have towed the Trailer with our Suburban on board for about 10,000 miles. On trips to Phoenix, Sedona, Az and Sanford, Florida several trips to Houston and College Station Tx. We have never had to unhook our trailer from our Motorhome. Our Motorhome is a 2011 390BH - 60.
If I did anything different I would have purchased a 20 ft aluminum open trailer.

Do you like the trailer better than towing 4 down?
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:11 PM   #12
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Yes We like the trailer better than 4 down. We can also haul any vehicle without modification (tow bar attachment, brakes, lights, or if required a driveshaft disconnect).
We need a large Suv when we are travelling with the Kids and Grandkids. I looked and using a driveshaft disconnect on our older Suburban. The issues is it has a 70" long driveshaft and there is no assurance there will not be a vibration after the disconnect is installed.
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:37 PM   #13
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Let's see...
4 down.....hook up toad, arrive, un-hook toad.

Trailer.....hook up trailer. Drive toad onto trailer. Tie down toad.
arrive....untie toad. Drive toad off trailer. Unhook trailer,
and possibly have to store trailer in overflow lot as many
spaces cannot accomidate rv, trailer, and toad.
No brainer...4 down.
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Had a dolly was a.pain in the rear, newer cars you have to be careful the fairing will hook the ramp. I had to build a ramp to get on the ramp plus all you mentioned above.
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:35 PM   #14
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Yes We like the trailer better than 4 down. We can also haul any vehicle without modification (tow bar attachment, brakes, lights, or if required a driveshaft disconnect).
We need a large Suv when we are travelling with the Kids and Grandkids. I looked and using a driveshaft disconnect on our older Suburban. The issues is it has a 70" long driveshaft and there is no assurance there will not be a vibration after the disconnect is installed.
What do you do with the trailer when you get to a campground?
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:37 PM   #15
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What do you do with the trailer when you get to a campground?
Most of the ones we have visited have had aux parking lots. The vehicle we would put on the trailer would have a hitch so we could move / park the trailer once we arrive.
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:59 PM   #16
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We have three kids... all getting older... all getting bigger...

So the SUV's that have 3 three row seating and can be towed 4 wheels down become very limited.

If it was just my wife and I - plenty of other vehicle options to tow behind the coach.

Buick Enclave has seating for 7 and is very comfortable. It flat tows easily and the one we GD was all wheel drive. Great car with lots of room. Mmnsc tows a Ford Explorer and it much the same. Tons of room and easy to tow. Both weigh around 5000 lbs.
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:43 PM   #17
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Just the one word of caution I mentioned earlier with the trailer: Remember to keep to your total tow capacity based on weight if the trailer AND the vehicle. And if you do decide to flat tow instead, don't trust what the dealer tells you as to whether or not you can flat tow.


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Old 03-10-2016, 05:14 PM   #18
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Before my enclosed car trailer was STOLEN in Elkhart, IN (the trailer theft capitol of the world), I towed my Prius and Honda Silverwing scooter. You CAN safely back up a trailer; being enclosed, vehicles stay cleaner; much less chance of someone breaking in; don't have to worry about rocks kicking up damaging your toad; extra storage space are quick plusses that come to mind.
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:07 PM   #19
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Towing using a car trailer

I have been pulling a twenty foot steel flatbed trailer nearly three years. The only problem I've encountered is one blowout that probably occurred because of undersized tires that were original equipment. Reasons for buying. Can tow nearly any midsize SUV, or car made. The cost to purchase this trailer was almost the same to purchase a BlueOx product. With the trailer there is no additional cost when buying a new vehicle. Changing adapters etc. create extra costs. When I'm done (if ever) traveling I have something of value to get some real cash back. I have never had a problem finding a space at any of the more than thirty CG's we've visited. Once you have a routine for loading and unloading it takes maybe 20 minutes to get on the road. My opinion is that flat towing is incrementally easier but there is wear and tear for every mile you drag your tow vehicle. Bottom line is do what's best for your situation. Nothing is written in stone...��
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Forgot to say I drive a FR Charleston.
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