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Old 07-15-2015, 01:31 PM   #11
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After much research, I opted for the flat tow. Disadvantages: My tow bar does not allow backing. Advantages: After the base plate is installed, a 2-3 minute hookup or unhook, barely noticeable when towing until I hit the steeper hills. I use the same gear up or down, I just shift up or down sooner. No real noticeable change in my MPG. I opted for the SMI Stay and Play Brake System, I flip one switch while I am climbing in or out and unhook the towbar and safety stuff and we are on the way, woohoo. I had the complete system installed by a local dealer, cost was $4,200.00.

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Old 07-15-2015, 01:49 PM   #12
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I just picked up a used Falcon2 and a Brake Buddy a relative no longer needed along with all the wiring. Now all I have to get is the base plate installed and everything hooked up and should be ready to go. Just curious, how long does it take you to hook up and do you need to be on level ground?

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Old 07-15-2015, 02:04 PM   #13
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Before you buy, read the car manual. Dealers may or may not know or just say what you want to hear on towing. We tow a toyota, 4 down, but it's a manual transmission and takes maybe two minutes to hook up.
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:20 PM   #14
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Suggest you download or just read online Motorhomes Dinghy guide. While the Liberty doesnt appear in this(2015) years edition doesnt mean past years models arent 4 down towable
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:40 PM   #15
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I think most people with tow bars have the collapsible. Very easy and fast to hook up. Just drive up, get it close, hook up the bars, and your on your way (They lock into place as you move )

I have a fixed bar, looks like a big "A". You probably see these on the front of a Jeep when they are tilted up with the Jeep driving around.

On my Civic, I remove the "A" tow bar (pull two pins) and put it in the trunk.

Hook up is a little more time consuming than the colapsable.

We pull the car in behind the MH (it doesn't need to be straight or level). I install the "A" tow bar on the front of the car. I then grab the chains and hold the hitch up slightly higher than the MH receiver ball. The DW then drives the TOAD so the hitch is directly over the ball and I drop it down on the ball. IMPORTANT - Don't hold the hitch to high. Hold the hitch just high enough so it will go over the top of the ball. If the DW should overshoot, the tow bar hitch will hit the MH bumper. If you hold it to high or panic and pull it up, the DW can drive the tow bar through the back wall of the MH.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:46 PM   #16
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Flat tow....I have had only three vehicles used as toad and still have two of them..That's after more than 22 years of towing...get wiring at trailerpartsto hooking up to OE with no problems....

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Old 07-15-2015, 09:36 PM   #17
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The big negative about tow dollies is that you now have three vehicles to contend with rather than two! While the tow dolly has its proponents, I believe you'll find the majority tow flat. I have a Jeep liberty and it works great as a toad. The Honda CRV is also very popular, but the majority of today's vehicles are not able to be flat towed. IMHO, most folks who've been doing this for a while will recommend a permanently installed brake system rather than one you place on the driver's floor every time you want to tow. But, you're still going to need a tow bar and vehicle base plate if you tow flat. In this regard, the tow dolly will likely cost you less and may or may not be easier to hook up. Find a couple of folks in your area who are familiar with all of this and they can help you through it. Some of these decisions are costly and some are almost irrevocable. As with any other of our Forum topics, you will find a whole range of opinions. Read as many as you can on any particular subject and you will start to see the better ideas usually pop up eventually and will have several members supporting what has been said. Strength in numbers!
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:05 PM   #18
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Thank you for all of your input. We decided to buy the liberty and will shop around for the necessary equipment so we can flat tow. It's so nice to be able to get information from people who know what they are talking about. Thanks again!!
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:47 AM   #19
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Someone mentioned the flat tow equipment being limited to one vehicle. So far as I know, that only applies to the base plates and lighting upgrades. The base plates are a fairly minimal cost, about $300 to purchase plus install. Braking should be transferable, even if you use the built in type like Invisibrake (which I use). A lot of vehicles will require other major upgrades (lube pumps, etc.) before you can flat tow them and some are not flat towable at all.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:51 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by prairiegopher View Post
Sorry, we do not have a toad. I have a tentative deal on a Jeep Liberty which has the neutral button to disengage the transmission. If a lot of people decided the dolly was better, then we would cancel the deal and buy a dolly. Thanks.
Is this 'Neutral Button' something new?
I have never heard of that on a Liberty.

Or any other vehicle now that I think about it.

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