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 7/20/2002 9:10 PM
 
We just purchased our first motor home, a Winnebago Brave with the 460 Ford. We have a tow dolly but we think it may be easier to tow something 4 wheels down. Are there autos that can be towed without making modifications? Also am I correct in thinking this would be easier than using the tow dolly? I appreciate any help you may offer. Thanks, Jewel

Thanks, Jewel
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 7/20/2002 9:53 PM
 
I believe it's personal preference wether one tows 4 down, on a dolly or on a car hauler. personally, I have used all of them and prefer 4 down and have no hassle's finding a place to park trailers. Some parks will not allow a tailer stowed on your space and charge extra for trailer lots. As for "toads", if you have no clue what you want, a good place to start looking is Towing World[/url] and get an idea of "WHAT" is towable. Good Luck. Happy Motoring, Butch Nancy Lake, Alaska
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 7/21/2002 6:02 AM
 
I have towed both ways and in my opinion 4-down is the way to go. I made three trips with my tow dolly before I got rid of it. Nothing but problems.
I recommend looking at the new Jeep Liberty. It can be towed without any modifications and does not record mileage. It weighs around 4000 lbs. so I also recommend the new Brake Buddy. This combination works great for me. We bought the Jeep Liberty Limited 4X4. It is built on a real frame. It is roomy and very comfortable to drive. We made this decision after test driving almost every small and medium SUV available.
Good luck. Dick
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 7/21/2002 6:10 AM
 
You can tow just about anything 4-wheels down although some cars with automatics you will damage the transmission. Be sure to check with your dealer. Keith This message was edited by Keith on 7-21-02 @ 6:17 AM

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 7/21/2002 8:20 AM
 
I tow an automatic Honda CR-V and it does not record mileage. Most vehicles today do not record mileage while being towed. You can tow automatic Hondas, Trackers, Saturns, Jeeps, Ford Explorers (with kit) and some others. Most salesmen do not know if their products can be towed 4 down so look in the owners manuals. Good luck. Norm www.SeeYa-DownTheRoad.com

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 7/21/2002 9:26 AM
 
Jewel, I tried to post some info on towables for you a short time ago, but this new forum format rejected my post. Probably because I previously posted a comment that I preferred the old format much better. If you will send me your e-mail address, I will send you the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) March 2002 magazine article which has a very complete review of all towable vehicles. For a car instead of a small SUV, I suggest a Chevy Malibu sedan. 3100 lbs and very quiet, roomy and comfortable. Check your coach chassis CVWR and weigh your coach before selecting a toad. Stay under the CVWR. I suggest a towbar that stows on the rear of the MH. Allow about $1000 for the towbar and matching baseplate installed on the car. Make sure the towbar manufacturer you select makes a baseplate for the vehicle you want. Dick Weaver
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 7/21/2002 11:06 AM
 
Jewel We tow a '98 Chevy Malibu 4-down and love it. We have about 78000 miles on it now. Really easy to hook up. Just remove 4 fuses and turn the key to Acc. Recently I changed hitches. I previously used the one that slid into the receiver. Now I have the one that fits on a 2" ball. The other was very difficult to remove if there was the least bit of tension. When you have to back sometimes and there is always tension, you cannot remove the car. Not a good situation. I would recommend the hitch with the Ball. It's easy to load and remove. Besides its cheaper. s/Toby
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 7/21/2002 12:17 PM
 
I know that alot of people probably don't like them, but I prefer a manual transmission ... no worries about lubrication, warranty issues etc.
I have been pulling (not FT'er) a Neon for the last couple of years (and using it for my work car) and it is a pretty good ride for a small car, back seats fold down for storage, excellent gas mileage and at a curb wt of about 2400 pounds you literally don't know it is back there (rear vision camera is an absolute requirement in my opinion).
Another similar sized easy tow is a Chevy Cavalier (manual OR auto).
Using the old style simple Blue Ox tow bar with a 2000 36' V-10 chasis (Pace Arrow Vision)
Many people like pulling a light wt pick-up. I really like to keep the toad wt as low as possible. It amazes me to see the really heavy vehicles people tow and then load them full of gear.
You have been getting some good advice in checking out the information available from the towing equipment manufacturers.
Good luck, Roger in IN
Roger

Roger & Gail (& retriever "Molly") 2000 Pace Arrow Vision 2001 Tracker Valparaiso IN
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 7/21/2002 5:50 PM
 
we tow a 2002 Durango four wheels down---no special hook ups or finaggling to do
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 7/22/2002 10:26 AM
 
I prefer the 4 down cuz don't want to have to find a spot for the trailer and it's extra weight anyway. I tow a manual trans Ford Focus, 2550 pds. and you don't even know it's there. A roomy 4 door with good economy on its own. Like the Neon, does not record mileage and in 25000 miles of towing, no problems yet.
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