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I was waiting for someone to start this topic, but I couldn't wait any longer.
What are the best toads and why?
Our choice is a Honda CRV. We bought a used 2001 just for towing behind the MH & I would drive it back & forth to the train during the week for work. We would use my wife's car for the family car since it was newer & nicer. The CRV is easy to tow, just a shift thru all gears while running stopping in neutral from drive & then letting it run for 2 minutes. Leave the keyin the ignition in the unlocked position & you're good to go for 8 hours before doing it again. The weight of the CRV was one of the lighter ones at around 3200 lbs so you don't know it's back there, that's why I keep the b/u camera on while towing:) It's more comfortable than our other car & has a lot of room for loading everything to & from the MH since we don't leave it at the house. Also while we are traveling around wherever we might be we can load it up with things my wife seems she has to have!
The 2007 CRV has a new look so we might be looking into that before too long:)
That's what works for us!
We currently tow an Olds Alero, previously an Olds Cutlass. We looked at Saturns but we are both tall and could not adjust the seats to where either one of us were comfortable. We wanted a four-door car so we can take another couple or three grandkids to dinner, etc. The Olds is no longer made, so would probably go with a Chevy Malibu next time. Most of our friends have Saturns or Malibus.
'04 DutchStar 4015, '02 Olds Alero
'04 Dutch Star DP 4015'12 Ford Escape
We wanted some ability to drive dirt and gravel roads so we have an automatic 2002 Honda CRV with 4WD. Those who really like to off road get Jeeps, all of which are towable with stick or automatics. Suzuki 4WD's are towable but are limited to 55mph while towing. Saturns and Chevy Malibus are popular with those who want a car in tow. PT Cruiser stick shifts are also towable. The newer Saturn VUE uses Honda parts and is towable and popular, the older one with the CVT transmission was not towable. For those with a big ego all Hummers are towable and are popular behind Prevost bus conversions.
Up until sometime in 2005 all Honda automatics were towable, but then Honda made transmission changes and only the CRV was towable in late 2005 and into 2006. We are worried that same transmission will be in the redesigned 2007 CRV.
The list of approved towable vehicles is on the Motorhome Magazine website main page, http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/, as "Dinghy Towing". Many vehicles not approved can be towed with lube pumps and disconnects, check with Remco, http://www.remcotowing.com/, for a list. People who want to tow a van need to get equipment from Remco (though pre-2005 Honda vans were towable). You also need to check with your tow bar manufacturer to make sure they have a baseplate for the vehicle you want to tow. Both Roadmaster and Blue Ox do make conversion setups, so you can tow a Blue Ox baseplate vehicle with a Roadmaster and vise versa. Also make sure your towing vehicle has the towing capacity to tow the vehicle you want, some come with 4000lb limits, others 5000lbs, others 8000lbs and others 10000lbs. You do have to have a towbar rated to handle the weight also.
Bill Joyce, 2004 Dutch Star DP towing a 2012 Chevy EquinoxJournal at http://www.sacnoth.comFull-timing since July 2003
My DW and I think the new "Smart Car" will be perfect, do out in Jan.2008 I have read.... Only holds two but that's all we will need.
I purchased a 2003 Honda Element AWD new specifically for its towability and the AWD aspect for using on mild back roads. I have almost 20K towing miles on it as well as 63K road miles on it. I have serviced the transmission twice as Honda recommended. It has run well and never been in the shop for anything other than routine oil changes and scheduled maintainance.
The rear seats come out and you can carry huge amounts of stuff in it. We carry two Honda 50cc motorscooters in back for riding around the areas we visit, Key West, Lake Tahoe, even road around Quartzsite last January, traffic jams didn't stop us.
So, if the Element is the "Toad", then should the motorscooters be called "Tadpoles"?
I have used a 96 tracker 4x4 with manual hubs. This is a 4 dr, auto, a/c, and most of the goodies. This has been great for us. Just what we wanted, were too old for all that serious off-road stuff. In fact we used it around town because it's easier to get in and out of. (easier on the knees). The tracker has been trouble free, never had a problem of any type and got 26-28 mpg around town and 35 mpg highway.
With 10yrs and 50K miles I have been thinking of something new. Have gone to 5 different car dealers and just have to say most will sell you a car but keep showing me the list price. Want me to sign something before they will even talk. A couple of time salesman got up to check with mgr, but from what I could see they just joked and talked while I waited. Think this is an old trick.
Yesterday went to look at a Pontiac VIBE. Only the manual shift can be towed 4 down per owners manual and FMCA charts. So 19K plus was priced @ 15K. This car a little small but would be great with 30 mpg in town and 40 mpg highway. The Red Tag sale advertized on TV. did not apply to all models.
Guess I'll just keep on looking and maybe sell the Tracker /the MH.
With recent life events I have lost interest in a lot of thing including RV'g.
Because I'll be in Marina Del Rey for an extended period over the holidays, sans computer, I'd like to wish all a happy, merry, safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Bill, Mike, and Chad,Thanks again for the information.I think my husband will talk with the VW dealership garage and see what they say about it.It is scary as we even have the extended warranty on it.I just wanted the fun of having "Bluebell" as our toad !!Larry would have the big MotorHome to play with, and I'd have my little Turbo convertible bug !Thought that was fair !That's a woman for you !Hey...if we have to sell her along with Larry's SUV ...so be it.Guess then we'll have to get an appoved toad.BUT...Of everything ....our lovely home, and all our treasured things in it...I'm " gonna " miss my little BUG ! Crazy woman !!Like I said before I had one while in college (the old one of course ) and this new little Turbo has just been a lot of fun and made me feel like a college kid again...heeLarry said I was never excited about any of our big and nice cars or trucks .....but I am about my VW !Who knew ?!Thanks again If you do run across anyone out there with one.... ( standard ) I'd sure love to know what they have to say about it all.Thanks guys.
Howard wrote: I was waiting for someone to start this topic, but I couldn't wait any longer. What are the best toads and why?
We did it - the 2008 Saturn Vue arrived at the lot today. We took it for a test drive, asked a lot of questions, and fell in love with it. It is the AWD V6. I was pleasantly surprised at the power of this engine. We have an appointment to get the towbar, braking system, face plate, etc in a couple of weeks. On the road September 10th
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