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Posted: 12/09/04 05:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator


I'm looking at purchasing a 2001 Chevy Tracker V6 4x4 58K miles to tow behind our Class C Dutchmen Express 21RB....

A couple of questions...

-Remind me, does the odo wrack up miles when being towed?
-What kind of cost will be involved preparing the Tracker to be towed, and where do I have that work done (RV dealership?)
-How do you learn how to hook up/tow a TOAD? (this is all new to us)

Thanks for your help....

Jackson & Lisa
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Posted: 12/09/04 06:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We love our Tracker both as a toad and as a second car.
You will need a tow bar -- removable ones start about $400.
You will need brackets to attach tow bar to car --- about $200.
You will need to have the brackets installed (welding shop or RV shop) --- $125.
You will need to modify the electrical system of the toad or get a set of magnetic lights --- $70.
You will need safety chains/cables --$50.
You are right on the edge weight-wise for needing a braking system. I tow eith a 14000# Class A and do not use brakes on the toad -- works fine. But a lighter tow vehicle may be a little marginal. Check state laws-- I think 2500# in some states requires brakes on the toad.
Hooking up the outfit should be explained by whom ever installs.


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Posted: 12/10/04 02:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We Have a 2002 Chevy Tracker 4 X 4 that we use as The TOAD. It works great!!,the only difference in ours is I have a Marine Battery switch under Hood to shut off the ign, lites on car, speedo off. I do this because I do not want to stand on my head to remove fuses. We don't even know it is back there, but at least with the new Motorhome I have a Camera to see it as before I would only hope it was there when we got "There" I had to Special order it with leather bucket seats and all the bells and whistles. OH! You will have to reset the clock, but then thats what you take the wife with you for!!!


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Posted: 12/09/04 06:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 98 Tracker and the mechanical odo racks up mileage. I think yours has electronic odo and will not rack up miles. I use a Falcon 2 Tow bar (about 400 bucks). Ordered the Roadmaster base plate on line for about 200 bucks and installed it myself. If you have it installed figure on another 150-200 bucks. I use magnetic tow lights and I ran the wiring under the carpet and under the hood permanent-like. I dont want to use toad's electric system and I disconnect the battery (with a battery switch) while towing. All in all should be under $1000 with a good quality telecoping Motorhome mounted tow bar. Stay away from the 150 dollar tow bars....too hard to use and store. Tracker is a great toad. Good luck

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Posted: 12/09/04 07:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With 96 tracker the total cost was right at $600.
Went to a shop that specializes in installing trailer hitches.
Installation included a roadmaster tow bar, base plate, the removalble part of hitch between base plate and tow bar, the wirering harness, safety cables and various attachments for cabals.

The $600 included all parts and installation. They know what they are doing and get it done in a couple of hours. Did have to wait 2 days for the parts to be ordered and shipped from Dallas.

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