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Old 02-25-2016, 11:01 AM   #1
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Georgetown Towing question

As I just got my new 364TS, I traded in my truck on it. Need another vehicle and wanted to ask some GT users their thoughts as I would prefer to get a vehicle that gives me the option of towing it.

First, the Ford F53 manual for my 22k GVW unit states 4,000 pound tow rating. The hitch on the back has a 5,000 pound label on it...in my mind BAD idea for a manufacturer to put a 5k hitch on a 4k capable frame, sounds like something waiting to happen.

Either way, I have chosen to use 5k as my limit. My biggest other limitation is that the vehicle must seat 6 people...no easy task under 4k but much easier under 5k.

There are very limited vehicles that can hold 6 people and be towed 4 down, Suzuki XL7 is the only one that I have found that meets weight requirements, 2006 and older only. I hate to buy a vehicle that old with 100k plus miles on it then spend 2-3k to set it up for a tow. Any other 4 down vehicles I am missing? It seems the newer the model the more restrictions the manufacturers put on and don't want you to tow.

Other option I have looked at for dolly tow was a Mazda 5 as its only about 3600 pounds and a 500 pound dolly would keep it nice and light. Plus if I change vehicles I still have the dolly.

Any other vehicles out there I am missing? I need to get something quickly that will be my daily driver but also hopefully gives me the option to tow it when I am ready to do that.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:18 AM   #2
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My buddy pulls a Dodge ram quad cab 4x4 with his 364. It is just a tad over the 5k mark, but pulls fine, and we can actually get 4 adults and 3 little girls in it. I went the tow dolly route with my daughter's Civic. Have yet to pull it with the car on, but the dolly is only around 350lbs and has disc surge brakes.
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Honda Pilot...I did consider that one but believe it has to be 2005 or older, something like that to tow.

Which tow dolly did you go with if I may ask?
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What about a mini van of some sort if you are going to use a dolly. Not sure what they weigh but I would think not as much as a full size crew cab pickup. I love the 364 just wish they would have put it on the 24 K chassis. The main reason we went with the XL 377 was because it has 6,000 pound towing capacity but is limited to 5k because if the hitch. Just the opposite of your problem. Hitch is the limiting factor on mine. Not a problem towing the Jeep Rubicon unlimited. Good luck with you decision.
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Honda Pilot...I did consider that one but believe it has to be 2005 or older, something like that to tow.

Which tow dolly did you go with if I may ask?
I got the Acme tow dolly with the surge brakes. My buddy's Ram is a 2014.
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We tow a 2011 Chev HHR behind our GT. Easy to set up to tow.
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The Chevy Traverse is 7 passengers and under 5000#
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:22 PM   #9
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Here's my set-up. In this configuration I've logged over 8,000 miles. Dolly is from Landgrebe Mfg. Bike is a BMW K1600GTL. To reduce tongue weight, the spare tire, loading ramps, and hard cases for the bike are carried up front. Did this with no chassis mods--am considering the CHF and some rear airbag boosters. Biggest scare so far is crossing the Mojave with 50 mph crosswind gusts.
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That's a setup! Good to know the world won't end if I go over 4K weight and don't tow something with 4 wheels down.

I'm not sure I'm ready to be a minivan guy yet though....sure practical and within limits though.
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