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Old 09-19-2020, 07:47 PM   #1
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Recommend a tow vehicle (toad)

I have a 2020 Forester 3011 Class C with a 7,500 lb towing capacity. Next trip we want to tow a vehicle so that we can go tour around without tearing down.

What vehicle recommendations do y’all have? Only two of us so small is fine. Hoping for easy to tow, towing doesn’t damage and is a reasonable cost.

Thoughts, advice and recommendations appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:22 PM   #2
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Recommend a tow vehicle

I flat tow a 2014 Subaru Outback. The place to start is with the Motorhome magazine dingy towing guide.

https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/

There lots of cars and ways to tow. Depends what you are looking to do with it and how much money you want to spend. You also need to decide if you want to dolly tow, trailer or flat tow but, your post is leaning toward flat towing. Once those decisions have been made and a budget considered, than the research starts.
For me, I can only recommend flat towing. I think it is easier than dolly and lighter than trailering.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:30 PM   #3
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We have flat towed a Jeep Wrangler the past 6 years. It is easy to set up for towing and it works well with our 3010DS Sunseeker. It tracks well behind the MH. We hardly know it's back there when we are on the road.
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I have a 2020 Forester 3011 Class C with a 7,500 lb towing capacity. Next trip we want to tow a vehicle so that we can go tour around without tearing down.

What vehicle recommendations do y’all have? Only two of us so small is fine. Hoping for easy to tow, towing doesn’t damage and is a reasonable cost.

Thoughts, advice and recommendations appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:42 PM   #4
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Lots of decent vehicles for towing but I still prefer the Jeep Wrangler. If going used stay newer than 2006 and make sure it can be towed with the key in your pocket. I can’t remember which but somewhere between 2005-2011 there were some that had to have the key on with a fuse pulled. Too much hassle.

An NSA ReadyBrute towbar with its built in braking system is simple, very simple, to install for a Wrangler. It can be used with base plates from Blue Ox, Roadmaster or Curt, or you can replace the entire bumper with built in attach points from Smittybilt or others. The bumper option is the cheapest and definitely the easiest/fastest to install.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:12 PM   #5
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We have been towing our 2011 Smart Pure since 2014. Its a blast to drive. Gets 40 mpg, almost nothing to insure. DW hooks and unhooks in 5 min solo. Flat tows. Roadmaster makes a towplate. Its only 1,500 lbs so no brakes required except in Manitoba. Only option we have is Climate Control.
Downside is that it is Mercedes pricey to repair. Burns only premium gas. Requires a battery disconnect switch.
2 seat only. Cant take anybody with you. (Small dog fits in the back)

It is so small that it follows inside the track of the MH so you dont need B-52 turns. You need rear camera to see if its still there because you cannot feel it.

Also, the gas ones are discontinued. Only electric now and you cannot flat tow them. So you will have to find a used gasser. They are all electronically controlled manual transmissions so no clutch pedal but there is a clutch. 5 speed auto shift takes getting used to. Acceleration is anemic.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:25 PM   #6
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This is great stuff. Thanks to all.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:59 AM   #7
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I have a 2006 jeep liberty I picked up used a couple years ago setup as a toad. Yesterday I but the baseplate on our 2018 ford c-max we just bought. I might sell the jeep once this covid stuff is over and we see the new work in office scheduled.
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Old 09-20-2020, 12:46 PM   #8
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Check Forest river forums classifieds. TOAD: 2015 smart for2
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Old 09-20-2020, 01:44 PM   #9
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We flat tow a Kia Soul. Bought it used with low miles with a stick shift. I had a Roadmaster face plate installed, Roadmaster tow bar, the InvisiBrake system and wiring and diodes for the brake/taillights for ease of hookup. Just put the car in neutral and the key in the lock position (leave it there don't take it out) and that's it. You don't need to disconnect any fuses, worry about stopping every so often to start the car, the battery won't run down and the odometer doesn't rack up mileage while towing. It is quite light at 2,800 lbs and has a lot of room for 4 or 5 people to sit comfortably.
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We tow a Ford Fiesta. It weighs 2500 pounds. The automatic dual clutch transmission is approved for flat towing.

The way these open ended question threads go, if it runs long enough you will probably get 20-30 different vehicle suggestions. It might be best to look at the dinghy towing guides for vehicles you like, then see of they are flat towable. Link below.

https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:11 PM   #11
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4x4 Jeep Cherokees are another option.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:12 PM   #12
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We have used a Chevy equinox as a toad for 7 years and have been happy
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Another vote for the Jeep Wrangler. I have been towing them since 2007 and have never had a problem. About as much fun as anything when you get there.
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We tow a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. So much versatility. Weighs slightly more than 5000 lbs.
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We tow a Chevy Silverado Z71 which is 4 wheel drive. Easy to set up and can use in any terrain, then when at home I can tow my boat also.
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:05 PM   #16
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Flat tow

Tow a 2015 Ford focus. Turn key on and place in neutral. Pricey for Roadmaster plate and brake plugs into cigarette lighter. Ford focus lighter out let is computerized with 20 Sec? shut down so brake required dedicated hot line which dealer installed and hid beautifully under Focus dash . Really don't know Focus is behind 2013 Coachman with Ford 450/v-10. Convinced flat tow is only way to go
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:26 PM   #17
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tow vehicle available

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I have a 2020 Forester 3011 Class C with a 7,500 lb towing capacity. Next trip we want to tow a vehicle so that we can go tour around without tearing down.

What vehicle recommendations do y’all have? Only two of us so small is fine. Hoping for easy to tow, towing doesn’t damage and is a reasonable cost.

Thoughts, advice and recommendations appreciated.
I have a 2017 Fiat 500. 7k miles The vehicle is set up for flat towing with Roadmaster Falcon tow bar and all equipment. RVI braking system. Easy to tow and set up. I've pulled this with our FR MBS 2401 W. Located in Northern California.
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We pull a 2012 Chevy Equinox 4 wheels down with our 2018 FR3 30DS. We installed a full Blue Ox system and couldn't be happier....Works great!
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:30 PM   #19
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Are your current vehicle(s) towable? That option would be the least expensive and you can drive something you like.

While jeeps and sub compacts have a strong following they're not for everyone.
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Old 09-22-2020, 03:39 PM   #20
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No. I have a Ford Explorer and that is too big to pull in my opinion.
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