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Old 10-29-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Advice on Toad?

I have a 2014 Sunseeker 3170DS. We are thinking about a tow vehicle. I am thinking that a tow bar (4 wheels down) is the way to go. What tow vehicle might you recommend? And, why? Thanks for any input!
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Old 10-29-2017, 12:34 PM   #2
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Newer JK jeep or older CRV with an automatic, or maybe even a stick shift small truck....
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Old 10-29-2017, 12:42 PM   #3
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I just bought a jeep jk for my toad. Don't have it setup for towing yet as I'm still researching tow bars etc. But boy I really love the JK
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:04 PM   #4
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Title changed from tow vehicle to toad, for clarification.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:22 PM   #5
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We have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Needed a toad and a 4x4 for driving on the beach.

My advice is to do your homework and then just like Santa, check it twice!

Here's a link for the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Guide...

Downloadable Dinghy Guides | Motorhome Magazine

Good luck with your search!

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Old 10-29-2017, 06:23 PM   #6
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I have two toads, a 2013 Honda CR-V and a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I love the Jeep and hope to always use a Jeep as a toad from this point forward. The thing I like about the Jeep is you can pull the key and lock the doors while you tow. The CR-V requires the key in the ignition to lock the steering and the pulling of a fuse to stop the radio from draining the battery.

BTW, the CR-V starting in 2015 cannot be flat towed anymore due to switching to the CVT transmission.

If you are interested, I have a video on flat towing the Jeep.

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Old 10-29-2017, 09:09 PM   #7
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We tow a 2014 Subaru Outback, 6 speed, 4 down. No issues. Gives me the street, everyday driver and some off pavement capabilities. I understand that 2014 was the last year for 6 speeds. I find it a no hassle tow and a good everyday driver.
Listed in order of popularity of flat tow based on my personal observations in CG's.
Jeep, CRV, Satarn, Fiat, Subaru.
Good luck in your search. Let us know what you chose and why.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:31 AM   #8
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I'm towing a '06 Jeep Liberty 4 down. Don't even know it's back there until I check my monitors!
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:32 PM   #9
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I have a 2014 Sunseeker 3170DS. We are thinking about a tow vehicle. I am thinking that a tow bar (4 wheels down) is the way to go. What tow vehicle might you recommend? And, why? Thanks for any input!
We tow a GMC terrain. Works great. Key on acc. Pull fuse 32 inside. Easy to get to. Only problem is make sure break assist has sufficient 12 volt power. Had to run a direct line to battery.
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Old 10-31-2017, 02:24 PM   #10
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one way 12 volt

Consider a brake buddy of somesort. Hopkins 39332 BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Maintainer. It only allows power to flow from the coach to the toad, and not back to the coach.
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Old 10-31-2017, 02:57 PM   #11
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I like the JK !

First, because I already had it prior to our class C ...lol........and they are fun to run around and explore new areas! Towing is simple, and no key is required in the ignition (check year of Jeep) to free the steeling wheel or power a 12 volt outlet for a braking system ( I have the Patriot). Hook it up, lock it up, and your on your way.

The 2dr JK small, fun, easy to park, and somewhat lite (I'm at 4300 lbs) with me and a 1/2 tank of fuel.

So many options out there, so find what's best for you !

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Old 11-04-2017, 11:27 PM   #12
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Another vote for jeep jk Wrangler
Just a fun vehicle to have along on a camping trip. Ours is a stock rubicon that goes anywhere
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:08 AM   #13
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We just bought a 2018 Subaru Forester. Manual transmission because you canít toad a CVT. We needed a lighter weight vehicle that could hold kayaks and bicycles. I wanted to buy the Crosstrek which could do everything we needed but we found acceleration dismal, at least the manual version. The Forester is a very nice vehicle so far. Lots of visibility with big windows, high ground clearance.
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:54 AM   #14
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We tow a Jeep Cherokee w/ active transmission. Dw used it as a daily driver till she retired,replaced her automatic Forester(great car in the snow but only manual is towable). Thought about a Wrangler but DW didnt want a "jeep" comprise was the Cherokee
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:19 PM   #15
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I tow a 2003 Honda CRV AWD behind my 3010DS. It tows really nice. I hardly know it's back there and because it's a Honda it never needs repairs and will last forever.
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:15 PM   #16
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I tow a 2003 Honda CRV AWD behind my 3010DS. It tows really nice. I hardly know it's back there and because it's a Honda it never needs repairs and will last forever.
Hate to bust your bubble on the Honda. My FIL has my 2005 Honda Accord which is still going strong at 220k miles. My 2013 Honda CR-V popped the motor at 64k miles. I had all the service done on schedule at Honda. They did not tear into the motor to see what happened. Fortunately Honda America stepped in and covered 90% of the costs. Hopefully it was a fluke. Generally I do believe Hondas last a long, long time. Mine is probably the anomaly.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:56 PM   #17
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I tow a 2014 Ford Edge. It is roomy, drives beautifully and easy to tow.
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:03 PM   #18
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i️ have had many toads from a CR-V to Suburban, F-250 8Ē lift with 39Ē currently thinking of F-450 as the new toad. back to where someone said make a list and check it twice Good Advise !
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:23 AM   #19
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If your looking for a vehicle exclusively for towing 4 down and can be purchased used cheaply than a Smartfor2 is he way to go. It's 1900 lbs doesn't increase your gas mileage, and although this is going to bring a lot of heat it doesn't need a Aux brake just a break a way cable.
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:43 AM   #20
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We love are 5 spd 4 door Toyota echo
Only weighs 2000 no brake buddy needed
I have one in trunk so if In states that require it I can throw it in there .
We get 45 mpg the 1.5 motor is bullet proof
Has timing chain no belt to worrie about
We have had it on the beach it’s so light
Just floats on top of sand .
Lots of room for a compact and you don’t
Know your towing it . The echo 5 spds
Are on the tow registry . Also wife drives
It she grew up on farm learning driving sticks .
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