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Old 02-17-2015, 05:45 PM   #51
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Test drive to a scale. So much depends on the equipment.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:27 PM   #52
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Test drive to a scale. So much depends on the equipment.

Good idea! I inquired about the weight and said to the salesman that I needed to stay under 4300 lbs. He came back after checking in the back and said the Unlimited was between 4100 and 4300 lbs. depending on the model. He might have been quoting the Wrangler.


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Old 02-18-2015, 09:55 PM   #53
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I pull a Chev. Malibu with auto trans all wheels down.
I have the Ready Brute with the Ready brake system and it is great IMO.
Easy hook up and with the surge brake there is nothing to rig each time you hook up. The light that lets you know when the brake is applied was also easy to run. Their web sight has a video that shows the system. I found the beat price at "adventureRV.com. I also used their breakaway system. I did use a Blue Ox base plate for the vehicle. I installed everything myself. Not a hard job if you have a place to work and the tools. Feel free to PM if you have questions.
What year and model is your Malibu. I'm looking at buying an '08 or '09 LTZ just for towing but am finding conflicting comments about whether it can or can't be towed.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:39 AM   #54
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Mine is a like new 1999 LT that I bought new.
You might try finding the owners manuals for the cars you are interest in on line. There should be able to determine if they can be towed all wheels down.

BTW, according to 08 and 09 Malibu owners manuals they can be towed all wheels down as long as the engine is run for 5 minutes at fuel stops to lube the tranny.

Mine does not require the engine run bit.
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:50 PM   #55
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Ok so we went and looked at a Wrangler and a Wrangler Unlimited (4 door model) today. I really liked the Unlimited but a check of the curb weight puts it at 4411 lbs. I think we could tow this with the Solera as long as we don't exceed the GVCW 15,250 lbs. We already just keep about 5 gal of water on board for the toilet. My main concern is that the wrangler really weighs more with say fuel. Does anyone tow a wrangler unlimited and have you weighed it?


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We had a 2014 Rubicon Unlimited. Don't believe the curb weight that Jeep advertises! It weighed 4700 lbs with full tank of fuel. We traded it in on a 2015 Jeep Cherokee "Trailhawk" that was supposed to weigh between 3800 & 4000 lbs.. Weight was 4400 lbs. on scale (full tank). We are taking delivery of our Solera at the end of March. New to the whole motorhome lifestyle. Not sure if we'll tow anything. Figured we would take a few trips without toad and see if we need one. The worst case for us would be to tow our 2900 lb. Corolla. 1st world problems, I know!
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:10 PM   #56
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Don't mean to sound like a broken record but I would weigh any RV you plan to buy and any toad you plan to tow before you sign any paperwork. Most manufacturers do not publish the correct weights or grossly overstate the cargo capacity.
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Don't mean to sound like a broken record but I would weigh any RV you plan to buy and any toad you plan to tow before you sign any paperwork. Most manufacturers do not publish the correct weights or grossly overstate the cargo capacity.
For us not towing a toad wasn't a problem. With all the different motorhomes available, it took us 6 months to agree on which one to buy. As this is our 1st, we figure one of three things will happen.
1. We'll love the Solera and keep it.
2. One of us won't like rv'ing and sell.
3. We'll decide to get a bigger one.
This has been a great place for information and from what I gather, most are happy with there Solera.
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:58 PM   #58
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Get a Fiat! Tow 4 down with manual trans and very light great fuel mileage.
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We tow our jeep with no problems
It's a soft top 2 door and weighs 4k
I've towed it over the grapevine and siskiyou summit along i5 with no problem, just slowed down a little
We always travel with tanks empty and a little water. Jeeps vary in weight according to equipment
Steel wheels, alloy wheels, etc
I could have saved a couple of hundred pounds by not getting the rubicon, but the solerA pulls it just fine. When we shopped for a toad it had to have:
Auto tranny
Convertible (not a sun roof)
Flat towable
Fun vehicle to have along on a camping trip
That's why we choose a wrangler.



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Old 03-11-2015, 09:36 AM   #60
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BigTJohn,
When you say good fuel mileage what is your mileage? What speed are you driving? Is this the MBS?
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