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Old 05-28-2024, 08:06 AM   #1
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What is your "toad" or "dinghy"?

I don't usually go around asking people about their dinghy but in this case I'm genuinely curious. I want to look into possibly getting a little car to tow behind my 2017 3010ds. I looked it up on Google and I've seen everything from a Smart Car to a Chevy Silverado so actually making a decision is kind of daunting.

What do you guys tow? Are some vehicles better than others when it comes to towing behind our particular model of motorhome? How much does it bog things down (if at all) when going up hills? What are some things I should know when towing a vehicle? This is a somewhat new thing to me so I'm trying to learn as much as possible. I've towed all kinds of stuff but another vehicle isn't one of them.
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Old 05-28-2024, 08:22 AM   #2
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The last time I towed a vehicle 4 down was with a U-haul tow bar. Back in the big chrome bumper days................

So I am curious thinking about a motorhome .......... so interested in this as well.


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Old 05-28-2024, 08:46 AM   #3
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Google the topic, there's an abundance of information available and lists of toads that are flat towable and their towing requirements
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Old 05-28-2024, 09:00 AM   #4
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I tow a 2020 Equinox on a tow dolly behind my 2016 3010 DS. Really can't tell it's back there. Mountain country it bogs down a bit but it does without the car too. Gas stations can get tricky sometimes. You just need to pick one that has a good way in and a good way out.
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I towed 2019 Equinox and now 2024 behind 26’ Leprechan. I have towed four down and now with a tow dolly. Like was said before easy to tow , and be careful when getting gas. Some stations are tight .
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Old 05-28-2024, 10:52 AM   #6
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I flat tow a 2023 Maverick Hybrid now. Over the years I have dolly towed a Kia Soul, 2 FWD Jeeps , a Honda Ridgeline and Mazda CX5.
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Does anyone remember the member that towed a 1960s Ford Falcon behind their motorhome? (maybe on a trailer though)
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Old 05-28-2024, 11:47 AM   #8
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Behind my 2016 3010DS my toad is a 2017 Ford Fiesta SE
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Old 05-28-2024, 03:40 PM   #9
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I don't usually go around asking people about their dinghy but in this case I'm genuinely curious. I want to look into possibly getting a little car to tow behind my 2017 3010ds. I looked it up on Google and I've seen everything from a Smart Car to a Chevy Silverado so actually making a decision is kind of daunting.

What do you guys tow? Are some vehicles better than others when it comes to towing behind our particular model of motorhome? How much does it bog things down (if at all) when going up hills? What are some things I should know when towing a vehicle? This is a somewhat new thing to me so I'm trying to learn as much as possible. I've towed all kinds of stuff but another vehicle isn't one of them.
2017 3010DS here we tow a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with a Ready Brute Elite II tow bar and mechanical braking system. Follows us where ever we go. Love to tow jeeps....transfer case in neutral transmission in neutral and off you go. I also did not molest the tail light circuits of the jeep. I actually fabricated a brake light and turn signal bar that fits into the receiver on the jeep and ran a trailer wire harness with to the back of the Jeep. Been towing it since new. No issues.
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Old 05-28-2024, 05:25 PM   #10
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I tow a 2021 Ford Bronco behind my Class C motorhome. I'm using a Blue Ox Tow bar. Note that Bronco Sport cannot be flat towed but the full-size Bronco is flat towable.
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Old 05-28-2024, 05:51 PM   #11
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Toyota Tacoma (3300#) with a Remco driveshaft disconnect. Blue Ox tow bar and Roadmaster Invisibrake.
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Old 05-28-2024, 06:22 PM   #12
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2015 Chevy Sonic RS hatchback. Lots of room for extra storage. Fully loaded on an ACME EZE Tow dolly, the dolly/toad weigh less than 3500 lbs.
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Old 05-28-2024, 07:58 PM   #13
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2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate, Roadmaster’s Nighthawk, tow bar and Demco Stay-in-Play Duo brake system behind a 2020 Georgetown GT5 34M
I’m with sunseeker16 only really feel it when taking off and going up hills and going over big bumps. Only lose 1 1/2-2 MPG But that’s with ford V10. I would tow my F150 but would need to change out to a bigger hitch
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Old 05-28-2024, 10:17 PM   #14
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I tow a 2019 Honda CRV on a dolly behind our 2019 FR3 3034DS. The dolly has disc brakes and tows so easily I don't know it's there until I turn on the rear camera. Buying a dolly was the cheapest way for us to go and has worked well. At camp I can usually tuck most of the dolly under the hitch.
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Old 05-28-2024, 10:26 PM   #15
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My toad

I did tow a Masda that had a 5 speed trans, it towed well but swapped it out for the current car, a 2018 ford focus automatic 6 speed. Problem is that I use for my daily driver and I have had it for 2 years now and never had a problem 4 down.
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Old 05-29-2024, 08:07 AM   #16
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Toyota Tacoma (3300#) with a Remco driveshaft disconnect. Blue Ox tow bar and Roadmaster Invisibrake.
Very similar. 2005 Tacoma, Remco 2 piece drive shaft, Blue Ox Plate and tow bar, but with with an air force one breaking system. Setup works pretty well.
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Old 05-29-2024, 01:12 PM   #17
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Just bought a Ford Bronco for our new TOAD and my daily driver. The list of new vehicles that can be flat towed gets shorter every year.

I use a Tow Mate wireless light bar, See Here, to avoid messing with the TOAD's wiring. It avoids any warranty issues from playing with the vehicles lighting wiring and is very easy to use. The rest of our setup is Blue Ox parts.
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Old 05-29-2024, 04:34 PM   #18
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2012 GMC Canyon, Roadmaster Falcon II tow bar, Demco Stay-n-Play braking system, wiring mods (diodes) to use factory lights.

The Canyon (and Colorado sibling) can be towed without a key in the ignition as there's no steering wheel lock. All that's needed is:
1) Hook up tow bar
2) Plug in umbilical
3) Switch brakes with a toggle
4) Put transfer case in neutral
5) Pull key & lock it up!




Pics from the tow setup installation: https://pbase.com/brucemac/202006toad

The two trips we towed were to SW Idaho:

https://pbase.com/brucemac/202109givensjordansuccor

and to NE Oregon to head up to Hat Point:

https://pbase.com/brucemac/202009hatpoint

I grew up in Baker in Eastern Oregon; we took a trip up to hat point in our 1970 Chevy Impala in '71 or '72. I recall the trip back down was a bit harrowing as we had to stop & cool brakes frequently. This is why:



Yes, 16% grade for 7 miles!
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Just installed the Blue Ox baseplate on my 2024 Chevy Trax. Took about a 4 hours to install the baseplate, Also wired the car using the diode lighting system.
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Old 06-01-2024, 08:55 AM   #20
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toad for flat towing

Shadowhawk, we needed a 7 passenger toad for flat towing, that didn't require a bunch of extra steps when hooking up to tow or unhooking. The 2018 GMC Acadia Denali AWD checked all the boxes for us.
1) Position the vehicle that will be towed and secure it to the towing vehicle.
2) Remove the shift lever boot by pulling up on the rear of the trim plate.
3) Use a small screwdriver or tool to press and hold the manual release button on the rear right.
Start and run vehicle for 5 minutes while refueling or after 5 hours.
Simple
We use RVI brake3 and the "add a bulb" to the tail lights. Protect-a-tow prevents rock chips.
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