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Old 10-11-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Question What to tow?

Hello everyone, I haven't posted anything for a while but have been checking in to read posts here and there. We love our 2011 Georgetown and are ready for the next step....

After much research we have come to the conclusion that a tow dolly instead of a tow bar would be best for us. So I started out by hunting down a used Kar Kaddy SS and purchased it for about 1/2 the cost of new...it's really cool and will do the job perfectly

Anyway ... we're now looking at what size car or small suv to get as a daily driver and tow vehicle so if anyone has a story, good or bad please share your experience and hopefully it'll help us decide.

Thanks and happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians Tim

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Old 10-11-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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Fiat Pop 500 2 door with 5 speed transmission.
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Great local commuter car and very easy to low.
You can buy them for about $10,000-$13,000
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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Cute car! I'm going to need something a bit bigger as I will be using it to commute to and from work, about 1 hr drive on the 416. I would love a small 4x4 but I'd have to disconnect the drive shaft every time I tow...not going to happen! lol I did find a product that will disengage the rear driveshaft when towing but it was really expensive. There are also lube pumps for the transmission as well...hmmm

Thanks for the pics though Iggy, I love those cars
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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Cute car! I'm going to need something a bit bigger as I will be using it to commute to and from work, about 1 hr drive on the 416. I would love a small 4x4 but I'd have to disconnect the drive shaft every time I tow...not going to happen! lol I did find a product that will disengage the rear driveshaft when towing but it was really expensive. There are also lube pumps for the transmission as well...hmmm

Thanks for the pics though Iggy, I love those cars
If you want any large car you will have issues hooking up and towing.
You do know you only have a 5,000 lb max and that includes a full tank of gas and whatever you have inside.
Also in Canada you MUST have remote brakes in the car if it is over 3,000 lbs I think
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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Like you, we found a used SS, in our area at a great price. We tow an older PT Cruiser, my old comuter car. We would love to take the Ridgeline but that is not an option. This setup works well for us and eliminated the need for a newer car.

Iggie's solution shortens the overall length by a lot. The SS is pretry long. I have not cheked our total lenght.

With the SS, you have many options. It's capacity is high. It should tow anything that your GT is capable of.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:24 PM   #6
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Hello everyone, I haven't posted anything for a while but have been checking in to read posts here and there. We love our 2011 Georgetown and are ready for the next step....

After much research we have come to the conclusion that a tow dolly instead of a tow bar would be best for us. So I started out by hunting down a used Kar Kaddy SS and purchased it for about 1/2 the cost of new...it's really cool and will do the job perfectly

Anyway ... we're now looking at what size car or small suv to get as a daily driver and tow vehicle so if anyone has a story, good or bad please share your experience and hopefully it'll help us decide.

Thanks and happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians Tim

We're towing a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Four Door) behind our 2007 Georgetown 350DS. The jeep weighs in at 4100 pounds so to be careful we added a braking system, just incase (and we're from California where they apparently are required).

I don't think you can tow a Jeep on a dolly, but towing something as heavy as the Jeep is painless for the Georgetown.

Maybe a Honda CRV 2WD?



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Old 10-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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He should have some kind of brake, surge or electric on his tow dolly.

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We towed my Mini CooperS last yr on a tow dolly with elec brakes, learned A LOT.

We only had 2 problems.
I tend to drive off center to the right which put the right dolly tire on the edge of the highway (or the shoulder for miles) It pretty much wore that tire out in 1 yr, the car was ok.
The Cooper has a short but LOW front overhang, I would have to make the ramps on the dolly longer to load/unload.
I used 3' 2X6's stacked in front of the ramps.

Do you get much snow? Most Jeeps with a transfer case can be towed on a dolly. 2 down

Honda and Toyota make front wheel drive crossovers.
Here's a Honda it's in the US but pretty close to you.
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=13601&endYear=2014&modelC ode1=CRV&driveCode=FWD&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear =1981&makeCode1=HONDA&driveCodes=FWD&searchRadius= 200&showcaseListingId=0&mmt=%5BHONDA%5BCRV%5BCRV%2 57CEX-L%5D%5D%5B%5D%5D&listingId=355474323&Log=0

Here's a Toyota RAV4 front wheel dr also in the US.
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=13601&endYear=2014&modelC ode1=RAV4&driveCode=FWD&showcaseOwnerId=100047696& startYear=1981&makeCode1=TOYOTA&driveCodes=FWD&sea rchRadius=200&mmt=%5BTOYOTA%5BRAV4%5B%5D%5D%5B%5D% 5D&listingId=348373561&Log=0
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:27 PM   #8
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JEEP. You will love it, fun when you are camping and fun when you are not. We love our 4 door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We tow it behind our '13 351DS, don't know it's there. We tow it four down - you would have to check the specs for a dolly (there's a link here somewhere to the Motorhome Magazine towing guide)
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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We are still relatively new to this, but here is my recent experience with towing. We too use a dolly for towing. Our toad vehicle has been a Nissan Altima. I decided to get a newer smaller vehicle to replace the Altima and checked out the Dodge Dart. I checked on line and found a Chrysler Corp. technical manual that said it was towable with a dolly. I checked with the sales person, sales manager and service manager and they all said if it was front wheel drive it was towable with a dolly. The first day I had the car I read the owners manual and it said it was NOT towable, even with a dolly! I looked into this and found that there were at least 3 other front wheel drive vehicles that the manufacturer said were not to be towed, even on a dolly. (The dealer was gracious in taking the Dodge back.)

After checking out other possibilities I found that Ford has a larger than expected fleet of towable products (with or without dolly) and their position on each vehicle is clearly stated.

We ended up torn between the Focus and the Fiesta.
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Honda Fit works for us 4 wheels down but would also work with a dolly. It is low at the front so would need to check out how it will go up the ramp.
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