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Posted: 10/13/10 09:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know nothing about towing. We have a Miata, what would it cost to set up my 29 ft. class C to tow it? I want to farm the whole thing out.
I am trying to figure out if it is cheaper in the long run just to rent out a car when we get to the camp site instead to towing a car with us.

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The Miata is not an ideal tow car due to limited ground clearance. The baseplate has to attach to strong points on the front end, and if RAMCO doesn't make a baseplate you can figure it isn't towable. For both of those reasons, the Jeep, Saturns, and the Honda CRV are the most popular "toads". Several of the Chevrolet SUV and truck products are also towable, but their weight becomes an issue.

Renting would be cheaper, but not easy to do. I don't know of anyone that has intentionally and deliberately rented. All of our friends tow a car.

If you're over 3K lbs, you need a braking system on the toad. If it is under 3K, one is recommended and may be required in your state, but normally not legally required.


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Have seen many post made by RVers towing Miatas.. They all claimed it was a ideal toad. Did a RV.net Miata Search for you. Just click on it. Oh, Ramco does not make baseplates, but they do work closely with Blue Ox, who does. And Blue Ox does make them for the Miata.

I tried renting during a couple trips. Enterprise was a pita. Told me I should not take their car into a campground. To much chance of damage. Had to ride all over town when I returned it just to get back to the campground. And it was not cheap. Only way it is cheap is if you pick it up, and drop it off, at a airport. But not at the local office.


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fordsooperdooty wrote:

Per MotorHome Magazine TOAD Guide...NOPE!

Per Remco, the TOAD experts, 1989 thru 2011 Mazda Miata (MX-5) Both Manual & Automatic require a full trailer to tow.




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Here is a site about flat towing a Miata. It can be done. The author has towed his Miata 25,000 miles so far.


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kjburns wrote:

Here is a site about flat towing a Miata. It can be done. The author has towed his Miata 25,000 miles so far.


If you contact this guy he can tell you where to buy the base plate. There's a guy in Texas making them for about $110. Easy install. I bought a Reese tow bar for mine and then sold the car. You could probably be ready to go for <$200. Car weighs about 2000 lb so I wouldn't worry about a braking system. Enjoyed the car and wouldn't hesitate to tow it.


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I have used a 1995 Miata as a toad for 3 years. It is a great toad. Easy to tow and usually a conversation piece at the campgrounds. I use these bracketts http://www.roadmasterinc.com/pdfinst/711-2.pdf
, a Roadmaster towbar, and a BrakeBuddy aux. brake system. I have never had a problem with it being low to the ground. If the hitch is too high, use a drop bar to solve the problem. Be sure the car is a straight shift. I have towed it from Ga. to Ca. 2 times and will be going again next mo.





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kjburns wrote:

Here is a site about flat towing a Miata. It can be done. The author has towed his Miata 25,000 miles so far.


I see nothing there that indicates that this is an automatic tranny vehicle? another poster sez he has a stick shift.
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Bumpyroad wrote:

kjburns wrote:

Here is a site about flat towing a Miata. It can be done. The author has towed his Miata 25,000 miles so far.


I see nothing there that indicates that this is an automatic tranny vehicle? another poster sez he has a stick shift.
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Just a reminder. Hate to see someone go to all that trouble and not be able to tow it

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peaches&cream wrote:

Bumpyroad wrote:

kjburns wrote:

Here is a site about flat towing a Miata. It can be done. The author has towed his Miata 25,000 miles so far.


I see nothing there that indicates that this is an automatic tranny vehicle? another poster sez he has a stick shift.
bumpy


Just a reminder. Hate to see someone go to all that trouble and not be able to tow it
And I would hate to see someone with a Ford Excape, who everybody says can be towed, go thru all that trouble and fry a transmission like so many have done.

Selecting a toad and setting it up require some research. The OP asked for information and information has been provided. I provided a RV net search with 216 hits on "Miata". After reading thru the thread it has been determined that over a dozen people are towing Miatas. Motorhome magazine does not list all vehicles that can be easly and safely towed, just popular ones, some of which I, and others, would not recommend! And I doubt Remco has checked out all possibilities. The Miata is not that popular of a vehicle except with certain crowds. Mazda probably does not provide information concerning weither or not there vehicles can be towed recreationally. But after enough research, it appears that a Mazada Miata, probably manual transmission, can be towed four down.

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