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Posted: 03/04/12 03:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3162# for a 2001 tracker Dan........


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Posted: 03/04/12 03:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Geo Tracker is actually a rebranded Suzuki Sidekick- the two were identical in at least the first generation...
Later, when Chevy renamed/designed the Tracker, calling it the "Chevy Tracker", sales dropped quite a bit. I don't know if that was due to design changes or just public perception.

I think the first-generation group came in at around 2600 pounds, but don't quote me on that.

The vehicle(s?) has a big following and there are user groups out there that can better fill you in.


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A very good Forum for Suzuki Samurai and Tracker stuff is Zuwharrie.com.

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Posted: 03/05/12 07:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you everyone for your replies.

I think I'm going to explore the idea of trading a camper I own now for a vehicle to tow behind the RV.

I will check out that Tracker and Samurai site.

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Don't be afraid to look at a Wrangler. Very easy to tow and also very durable in rough country. But so are the suzukis.


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Posted: 03/16/12 11:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dan23 wrote:

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Pull a Mazda Miata. I'd have to buy the tow bar and accessories and there are some real and imaginary issues with towing this manual transmission car. The car is light, but LOW to the ground which could be an issue.
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...talk about light & low... I pull this 1800 pound pantload. I don't even have a rear camera to have eyes on it when towing.



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If you decide on a Tracker check auto trader.com. Due to age the dealers dont keep them long before wholesaleing them.They are about the chepest out their.Bought one in Dec.





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The Ford Fiesta is a great vehicle to dinghy. Both the stick and the automatic are flat capable without modification.

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Good question, I was wondering the same to tow or not. I currently am set up to tow a 2000 Chevy Blazer two door. We are planning a long trip in April with some mountains as we go West. At this point we are planning to tow so we have options for sight seeing, groceries and eating out on occasion.

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I have been towing a Subaru ever since I got the MH. Only stick shift Subarus can be towed.

We went to Alaska in 01 with a TT and put a lot of miles on the TV while not towing. I think you will want a toad. However, it depends on what you plan to do after Alaska. For travelers and sightseers a toad makes sense, for campers, people who go to a beach and stay there, then come home, it doesn't.

The toad makes a good "lifeboat" when traveling. The initial setup will last the life of the toad. If you change cars every 2 years its expensive, but if you are like us, our first toad lasted from 2004 to 2010, not too bad. May have even made up that cost in gas saved???


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