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Old 10-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #11
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Found the link to the towing guide. It should at least make it easy to narrow down. But ALWAYS check the manual - you can usually download the owners manuals online before going to a dealer.

Shoot, now that I look at it, this might only be for four down towing. I know you want a tow dolly but FYI don't be intimidated by four down, it's easy!

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Old 10-11-2013, 11:33 PM   #12
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We were towing a 2009 Toyota Yaris with a manual transmission wheels down. It worked well, except that I prefer an automatic transmission, and there were too many places we wanted to visit that were marked "unimproved road - high clearance vehicle required".

So... We just purchased a 2013 Jeep wrangler. They can be towed wheels down. There is even a specific section in the owner's manual about it. I'm currently in the process of getting it equipped for towing. The Blue Ox base plate arrived today.

A couple thoughts on things in this thread: A current model (jk) Jeep Wrangler must be towed either four wheels down, or completely on a trailer. A tow dolly with two wheels up can not be used with this model Jeep. Other vehicles may have similar requirements, so some homework is necessary before buying.

The other important thing is that most manufacturers of tow bars require that there be no more than 2" of height difference between the hitch receiver and the attachment point of the towed vehicle. The tow bar needs to be as horizontal as possible. Iggy's photos show it done correctly, using a drop hitch adapter. In one photo he's even measuring the receiver height. I'm a little concerned about Dr. Moreau's photos, as it appears the tow bar is high on the motorhome end.

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Old 10-12-2013, 12:54 AM   #13
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Here is a better picture with the drop hitch at proper level.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:49 AM   #14
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howdy: I have a 2012 jeep Rubicon 2 door that weights 4150 lbs.towes real nice with all 4 down.readybrute tow bar with ready brake.dont even know its there. Its behind 2012 378ts.
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:17 AM   #15
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Wow! Thanks for all the tips everyone

We decided on the dolly cause we are chronic car swappers and this way we can load almost anything on the dolly.

We have been Toyota fans for many years now and currently have a 2009 Camry SE, it loads okay and sits well on the dolly however there isn't much clearance with the skirt while loading and after its on the dolly. I just loaded it but didn't do a drive test as I'm worried that I'm going to damage my car

Bottom line is I've been looking into the laws here in Ontario and find it somewhat confusing with the total weight laws for an RV & towed vehicle. Here's what the MTO website says....

A motor home towing a trailer and/or a motor vehicle:
Class "G" if the combination weighs 11,000 kgs (24,250 lbs) or less,
Class "D" if the combination weighs more than 11,000 kgs.

We both drive the RV with a class "G" and just don't want to go over the 24,250 ids limit, I guess we could always get our class "D" but to tell you the truth we don't really want to tow a heavy vehicle.

Thanks again everyone, hearing others experiences makes towing for the first time a little less stressful

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Old 10-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #16
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Jeep Wrangler...all the way. It just does not get any simpler! No key, no pumps, no disconnects, no fuse pulling, no nuthin....Even the ReadyBrake is so simple.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:55 AM   #17
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Hey Lostdog... What exactly did you buy to set it up. The wife has a 2009 rubicon she wants me to set up. Just to see what you used.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:24 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
I'm a little concerned about Dr. Moreau's photos, as it appears the tow bar is high on the motorhome end.
Thanks for the concern Cornelius. I shouldn't have posted those pics, those were from the first day we had the baseplate and towbar. I was a bit excited getting the Jeep hooked up to the RV and as it turns out I haven't taken any pictures since!

A few days later we received a extension which lowered our Jeep towbar lower. Iggy's pictures are showing what is 'right'.

I still stand by that the Jeep Wrangler is a awesome tow vehicle; we recently enjoyed a few hours on the Bonneville Salt Flat and have climbed dirt roads with ruts. These are things a compact car could not do.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #20
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You guys have me really looking forward to using the Jeep Wrangler this year. The Toyota Yaris at 2300 pounds was very easy to tow, but it has so little ground clearance I could not even get a pan under it to change the oil. It had to get the oil changed at a shop. Forget about going anywhere off pavement. My wife is into Geocaching, so she will be happy to hit the Jeep trails too.

Dr. Moreau, I can understand the excitement of wanting to try and get everything hooked up. I've done the same sometimes. Good to hear you got everything done properly. I saw an RV with a toad a few months ago, and I swear the tow bar was at a 45 degree angle! That's an accident waiting to happen...

Off into the Florida heat to install the base plate on the new Jeep...

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