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ron.dittmer

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Posted: 02/29/12 07:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bednarski,
There are so many choices out there, but since you specifically mentioned Jeep Patriot, I assume you are thinking 4-wheel drive ability to be more adventurous. We bought a used 2006 Liberty 4x4 automatic in 2009 and find it ideal. As previously mentioned by another, with the transfer case in neutral, it's free-wheeling, very happy to be towed as shown in my signature. It is 4300 pounds so if thinking about it, be sure you have a 5000 pound hitch and your GCWR is under the limit.


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Pokey2 wrote:

Hi gotsmart –

Why would you ever want to lash down the steering wheel of the Smartcar while towing? It seems to me that’s the last thing you should do (unless, perhaps, you find yourself in a position where you need to back up).

I don't lash down the steering wheel when I tow. There is a brace underneath the drivers seat that will readily accept a bunjee hook. Lashing it down is more of an "old school" thing. Many retirees are set in their ways. There are those who do things because that's the way their parents did it. I included that piece of info for their benefit - to give them something that they can relate to.


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Without a doubt, older Jeep Wrangler 2-door (pre-2006) is the best.
  • Only need inexpensive brackets bolted to front bumper, because the front bumper is strong
  • Towable in automatic
  • the taillights have enough room in them to add a bulb for your tow lights (no diodes needed)
  • the roof comes off, coolest convertible there is
  • the doors come off, again, very cool
  • it's fairly light
  • fairly easy to work on
  • one of the best STOCK off road vehicles out there
  • room for 2, with left over space for dogs, groceries, or 2 more people
  • use it to drive around the campground instead of renting expensive golf cart or pay stupid personal golf cart usage fees
  • It's a Jeep thing!



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randrx2, I agree with you. But for us, when back home we need something more domesticated. If we had a bigger garage and money we could tie up in another vehicle, I think we too would tow an old beat up but mechanically sound Wrangler. They really are ideal for the type of things we do with our tow vehicle on trips. And like you say, take the doors and roof off, and you are ready for some fun.

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Sooboy wrote:

For us, our Honda CRV strikes a perfect balance between utility and tow-ability. It takes 3 minutes to get it ready to tow and it's been a perfectly reliable daily driver.
Ditto with our Liberty. There are a few nice choices when it comes to 4x4 or 4-wheel-drive automatics for towing, though I wish there were more to choose from.

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If we had the space for it, we would almost certainly be towing a Jeep Wranlger for its offroad capability & top-down fun, but I wouldn't want to drive it every day in downtown Toronto. For us, our Honda CRV strikes a perfect balance between utility and tow-ability. It takes 3 minutes to get it ready to tow and it's been a perfectly reliable daily driver.


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I tow a 2002 Jeep Liberty. Manual transmission and the owner manual has specifics on how to tow 4 down . It's made for this use.


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Domesticated and able to drive in the city? Then the Wrangler is the vehicle! I have done city driving and love it. Since it has a short wheel base it is easy to park and maneuver. Get one with a hard top for security. Also, if it is a little "beat up", you don't care what you park next to and worry about door dings.

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We tow a Saturn ION 4 door coupe, only because it was an amazing sale when we needed to buy. 30,000 miles for $6000 because line and dealership were closing. A little small on space but works ok. Very economical for sight seeing.


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We tow a Saturn Vue and have been very pleased with it. Unfortunately, GM discontinued this line.


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