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Old 07-01-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Bought a 2018 Forester MBS last year with intentions of not towing anything and just using rental cars. We have decided that is such a pain so we just sold our heavy Buick and are now looking for a towable. We can tow 4,000 lbs. but I would like to keep it closer to 3,000. Any suggestions from experienced users would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:35 PM   #2
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Bought a 2018 Forester MBS last year with intentions of not towing anything and just using rental cars. We have decided that is such a pain so we just sold our heavy Buick and are now looking for a towable. We can tow 4,000 lbs. but I would like to keep it closer to 3,000. Any suggestions from experienced users would be appreciated. Thanks


We pull a 2012CRV and really like it. It only takes about 10 minutes to fully hook it up and disconnect with the blue ox tow bar system. The CRV weights 3300 pounds. The new CRVís can not be flat towed, so you need to get one that is earlier than 2015. Many people flat tow the CRV as you see many of them being pulled . Only stipulation is you have to keep the speed under 65MPH.
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Just bought a new 2018 Toyota Corolla iM with a 6-speed manual. I love the car, tracks well and you have to keep checking the rear camera because it feels like there is nothing there!
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We pull a 2012CRV and really like it. It only takes about 10 minutes to fully hook it up and disconnect with the blue ox tow bar system. The CRV weights 3300 pounds. The new CRVís can not be flat towed, so you need to get one that is earlier than 2015. Many people flat tow the CRV as you see many of them being pulled . Only stipulation is you have to keep the speed under 65MPH.


Thank you. That one is on our list to look at.
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Just bought a new 2018 Toyota Corolla iM with a 6-speed manual. I love the car, tracks well and you have to keep checking the rear camera because it feels like there is nothing there!


Thanks for the reply. That is also on my list if I can get the wife to go along with the manual transmission.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:17 PM   #6
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We've towed (with a 3011 DS) a Kia Soul six-speed stick for 15,000 miles. I couldn't be happier. Weighs about 2700lbs and gets close to 40 MPG driving.
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a simple, economical, and easy to find 2014 Ford Fiesta or Focus, both automatic, and easily towable, both less than 3,000lbs(2,400 and 2,600)
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We pull a 2012CRV and really like it. It only takes about 10 minutes to fully hook it up and disconnect with the blue ox tow bar system. The CRV weights 3300 pounds. The new CRVís can not be flat towed, so you need to get one that is earlier than 2015. Many people flat tow the CRV as you see many of them being pulled . Only stipulation is you have to keep the speed under 65MPH.
Good suggestion, but very important........

Honda CRV MUST BE 2014 or older to flat tow.
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:30 AM   #9
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Good suggestion, but very important........

Honda CRV MUST BE 2014 or older to flat tow.
We just starting towing a 2014 CRV (AWD Auto) this year after towing a Subaru (manual) for the last three years and so far so good. Staying below 65 is not an issue for us since we almost always stay in the 60-65 range when towing.
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2018 Hyundai Elantra sport six speed here. They did remove the 19ís from the approved four down list though.

Less than 3,000 lbs and hardly know it is back there behind our Forester.

Good luck with the search.
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We have a 2017 Ford Fiesta SE, automatic transmission, (the ST model is not flat towable), about 2500lbs.
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We bought a stripped down Jeep Wrangler, manual six, 4x4, capability of removing doors. Wheels do not lock when engine is turned off and the hookup with flat tow is easy! You never know itís back there!
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I don’t have an RV, but I have a 2015 Chevy Sonic base model. 5 speed manual. I have read they are flat towable. On Chevy Sonic forum there is information, about brake controllers and extra fuses.

I love this car. 80k trouble free miles. Base model has a tilt, telescoping steering, Bluetooth, Wifi hotspot. My dealer swapped out steering wheels and flashed ECM so I had cruise control. On newer Sonics cruise is a $400 option. Many other cars you have to order expensive packages just to get cruise.
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We tow a Subaru Forester w/manual transmission. Itís about 3200 lbs.
Do not get the Roadmaster invisibrake system. Itís a long story but I canít recommend it.
You really donít know itís back there, we were always running to look out the back window. My husband got a camera that works with the backup screen so we can see it.
There is another couple that towed a Chevy Spark and were very pleased. They are light weight cars.
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Jeep Wranglers are popular toads
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:00 PM   #16
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I have 3 kids all under 10 years old so I needed space for them as well as me an the wife. Went with a used chevy Malibu, blue ox tow bar and base plates and blue ox patriot brakes. All chevy Malibu's are flat towable back to at least 2000 but stay with 4 cyl. The 6cyl had oil seal issues.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:54 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the responses for a light toad vehicle. We are in the process of looking at all the suggestions and it has become a real project.
Thanks everyone.
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Thanks for all the responses for a light toad vehicle. We are in the process of looking at all the suggestions and it has become a real project.
Thanks everyone.
Another deciding point might be used versus new.
The farther you go back in models, the more selection you have. The newer vehicles are going with CVT or electronic transmissions on their automatics, and this limits the choices every year.
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Another consideration is what type of rig can you make the most use of when you're not camping. We liked the Jeep because we can use it here on the farm and we can get snow here occasionally during the winter. So the 4X4 is handy. Also, it opens up some more things we can do while camping at the beach and other off road possibilities. For some a toad may make a great commuter car.
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Weíve kept our 01 Cr-v as a third vehicle because itís such a great toad. Has roof racks for Kayaks and we put the bikes inside when traveling instead of a bike rack. Probably going to keep it till it doesnít run anymore!
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