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HDrider44

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Posted: 08/19/12 12:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2012 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited. Easy to tow and fun to drive but after doing a lift,35" tires, aftermarket front and rear bumpers, winch, added underside skid plates, extra lights ect. it isn't very easy on fuel I'm afraid.
We also have a 2012 prius that we concidered taking on a dolly but have decided against it for now.


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mowermech wrote:

As noted in my sig.
If I can find a good deal on a dolly, I will also tow the PT Cruiser convertible. (It has to be dolly towed or on a trailer; automatic transmission, y'see...)


REMCO says the automatic with their lube pump can be towed 4 down.


Glenn in TN
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Tracker, BlueOx. Got real lucky and found a 4x4, 4 door!Seats 5 people and still have back area for storage.Back seat down leaves tons more room for storage.

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2012 Ford Fiesta (automatic), Blue Ox base plate, Ready Brute Elite tow bar. 1,440 miles towing with a 2011 Sunseeker 2300 (E350,V-10). Very pleased with overall performance and ease of hook up.

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2009 smart fortwo Passion with Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar:


The only mod needed is a $15 battery disconnect switch on the negative terminal. The car's computer needs to be shut off while towing:



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Fifty4F100 wrote:

mowermech wrote:

As noted in my sig.
If I can find a good deal on a dolly, I will also tow the PT Cruiser convertible. (It has to be dolly towed or on a trailer; automatic transmission, y'see...)


REMCO says the automatic with their lube pump can be towed 4 down.


Maybe so, but I want nothing to do with a lube pump. A dolly will do the job just fine, and may well be less prone to failure.
At least, I have never read reports of a dolly failure, but I definitely HAVE read reports of lube pump failures that destroyed transmissions!

Besides, the best dolly made would be cheaper than the lube pump, base plates, towbar, and brake system, even if I bought the ReadyBrute (which I would).
I figure an adequate used dolly will be $600 to $1000. In fact, I can get a new one delivered to my front door for just under $1500!


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Hi,

I used to tow a 99 Honda CRv, the seats where a little to thin, I barely fit inside the drivers seat, and it was only about 3,200 pounds.

Then I bought a Ford Edge, it is a lot more comfortable, has double the horsepower, is about 4,200 pounds, has a much higher safety rating, and I can fit well into the front and back seats. I am 6'4" tall.

In both cars, I installed a cruise control motor with the cable to the brake pedal, and when the RV brake lights are on, vacuum is applied to the second cruise control motor, it pulls the cable attached to the firewall and break pedal, pulling it to the floor. Nothing to hook up except the electrical and vacuum lines when I tow, it only takes about 30 seconds more than hooking up without breaks. The parts all came from a junkyard for about $35 and a air hose from Harbor Freight for about $18 with quick disconnect fittings.

I installed the Roadmaster hitch brackets on both cars, it was pretty easy. I also use a Roadmaster tow shield to protect the paint.

Fred.

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2007 H3 Hummer which is just a Chevy Colorado chassis

2012 Ford Edge Limited Weighs less than the H3, has many more options, better fuel mileage and HP. Can't off road with Ford.

Forgot: 1954 Willys Jeep, several Chevy Tahoes, Ford Explorers

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We use a Ready Brute Elite tow system. We have pulled three different cars. 1999 Saturn SL1, 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, and presently 2010 Pontiac G6.

All three were automatic and towed four down.





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