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Old 11-17-2015, 02:46 PM   #11
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I'd say it depends on where you are going and what you will be doing. There was a prior post asking the same question. We go desert, mountains, and beach so our Jeep Wrangler suits our needs best and it seems made to flat tow. It can offroad or be a convertible when duty calls. My opinion is it is the best for those activities. I can't comment on what works best for travelling activities outside of that.

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Old 11-17-2015, 10:30 PM   #12
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IMO the best car to flat tow is a Smart Fortwo Pure. It is so lite that you don't need supplemental brakes (some will argue that there are states that require them however they are not looking at the full requirement that substitute braking distance for weight). I get over 40mpg (yes, it takes premium).

You guys down south missed the good ones.

Canada, and everywhere else but USA, got an 800cc diesel.

Guys were hitting 80mpg up here.


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Old 11-18-2015, 12:26 PM   #13
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You guys down south missed the good ones.

Canada, and everywhere else but USA, got an 800cc diesel.

Guys were hitting 80mpg up here.


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Tell me about it! Is it true that supplemental brakes are required in Manitoba?
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Tell me about it! Is it true that supplemental brakes are required in Manitoba?

No idea!!!


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Old 11-18-2015, 04:14 PM   #15
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Towing a car.

http://www.rvda.ca/ProvBrakeReqts.asp

Looks like just bc.


This site is cool. You can click on all the places you will be visiting, and it will tell you minimum requirements.
They say yes, for Manitoba.

http://www.brakebuddy.com/towing-laws





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Old 11-18-2015, 04:39 PM   #16
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Looks like Newfoundland needs brakes on towed veh also.
We have done a lot of research on TOADS and braking systems as we plan to upgrade to a MH in the future. I have asked a lot of questions on this and other Forums and the hands down winner for a towbar & braking system is the ReadyBrute Elite and, at @ $1,100 it is markedly less expensive than, say, a Blue Ox/AirForce One combo.

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RE: Brakes. It's not so much as you are "required" to have independent brakes; more like you need them for safety's sake. The brakes on a tow vehicle or motorhome are designed by the vehicle manufacturer to stop the weight of that particular vehicle, not the additional weight being towed behind it. This additional weight adds a substantial increase to the distance required to stop safely.

Here is a quote from Mark Polk, a RV safety specialst at KOA:
"Tests performed on a flat stretch of dry pavement have shown that an unhitched motor home traveling at a speed of 50 mph needed an average of 132 feet of braking distance to reach a complete stop. Under the same speed and surface conditions, but with the added weight of a small car in tow, the stopping distance of the motor home expands to an average of 209 feet. A significant distance! In an identical test performed using the Roadmaster BrakeMaster™, the coach and towed car averaged a stopping distance of 137 feet. That’s a mere 5 feet more than the unhitched stopping average"

Also, "One problem with this is that it might be legal to tow a 2,000-pound trailer with no brakes in the state where you live, but as soon as you cross the state line of a bordering state it is illegal to tow the same trailer without brakes. Add to this your insurance company, who may not cover you in the event of an accident involving a trailer with no braking system. Again, the most important reason is for your safety and the safety of others"

Finally, here is a map of Brake Laws in the US and Canada:
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Thanks for the link Kenny kustom although BC does not require brakes for my application. As for the US state laws, you have to actually read the language in the statute and understand the meaning of the words used. i.e., a vehicle on a towbar may not be considered a trailer.
Example: NC is yellow on the map indicating 1000 lbs. But for a toad, it's 4000 lbs.
NY reads 1000 lbs as well but that does not pertain to towed cars!

The safety issue mentioned above is a good point which I certainly contemplated. So I looked at the numbers. My unit is rated for 18k with a max GCVW of 23K. The coach tips the scale at 14,500 wet & loaded. The Pure is 1410. Thats over a ton under the GVWR for which the braking capacity is designed for.
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I agree. Regardless of weight, the more brakes, the better!!!


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