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28feetlong

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Just bought a used 28Ft class c motorhome to used while I am retired. I am NOT a camper by any stretch. I do like to travel and my wife and I thought a motorhome would work for us. So we bit the bullet and now we are getting out feet wet. But no sooner did we get this far we have hit a snag . I am slowly learning where water tanks are and what grey water is and furnace and my tank for fridge etc.. I have been smacked in the head and I cant seem to figure it out so here I come. Its relatively simple I thought. So here goes. We had planned on towing a vehicle behind the RV to use when we get places . Good idea I thought. I don't want to buy a trailer, or use a dolly so we decided on pulling a car with all 4 wheels on the ground. Little did I know that it aint that easy. Any of you pulling a car can help me. After I read several comments about the idea I understand why you just cant put a car in neutral and go like in the old days. What kind of car can I tow on all fours instead of a trailer, dolly or rear wheels off the ground . I have arthritis and bad hands and I cant use tools well now so I can disconnect drive lines and reattach very well. So I need a car that is a hook it up and put in neutral and go car. I am open to some mechanic work but not a lot. So, after you guys finish laughing I hope somebody can help me out. I appreciate it . Sorry to be so dumb. Ill try to get better
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There's more to it than this, but it's a good place to start looking for 4 down, or flat tow vehicles.
GVWR and GCWR of the towing vehicle, the actual GVW (loaded for travel), drawbar/hitch weight capacity, weight of the towed vehicle, is all stuff you'll need to know, or actually weigh at a scale someplace.

Towed options...
http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/


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Posted: 01/08/19 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The easiest vehicle I've towed is one of ">k:3[emoticon]f:1&vxp=mtr]These.


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Actually, before you get to vehiclea you absolutely must drive the MH across a set of scales as you travel. With that info you can find the chassis GVWR and GCWR. With those three pieces of information and some basic math you can ascertain the max weight you can tow.
As for vehicles, Suzuki Sidekicks are light, cheap and fun to drive. Also oldet Honda CRVs were able to tow 4 down. There are lots of other cars that will work, but again be very careful about weights.





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Hello Earl,
We are pulling a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, the owners manual or your dealership should also be able to help you with that. We also use the Blue Ox Tow Bar which is pretty easy to connect and disconnect, but also a learning curve to it.
Hope this helps some.

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No such thing as dumb question, just dumb answers.

Motor home magazine has lists by years of towable cars.

You don’t mention budget but to throw a few ideas out, all years of Honda Elements can be towed AWD, 2WD.

Jeep Wranglers can be flat towed. Auto or stick. In fact most 4WD with transfer cases can be towed.

Honda CRVs up til 2014? Can be towed. All versions.

Next thing is a baseplate. I like Demco but there are others. About $300-$400.

I install my own or pay $300-$400 labor.

Tow bar. I like Ready Brute with built in surge brakes. $1000 or so.

You can also use a plain Jane tow bar available for $150 from Smitty built that fits all Jeeps.

I use magnetic lights from Harbor Freight for $10 with coupon or you can wire them permanently into the taillights.

You can check EBay and Craigslist too for used. I’ve seen toads ready to tow.
Old Saturns were towable go for $2500.

Suzuki Samurais are another popular toad.


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leg01 wrote:

Hello Earl,
We are pulling a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, the owners manual or your dealership should also be able to help you with that. We also use the Blue Ox Tow Bar which is pretty easy to connect and disconnect, but also a learning curve to it.
Hope this helps some.


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I ran a Brake Buddy system and ran a 12v charge wire to the battery in order not to pull the fuse.
The 5 door Sonic has nice cargo room when used in (rear seats down) hatchback mode. Under 3000# and it's 37 mpg fuel consumption makes me feel a lot better about my 7-8 mpg MH .

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28feetlong wrote:

l. So I need a car that is a hook it up and put in neutral and go car.


This is a big issue..

Jeep is the highest on the list.
a stick shift is there too.

BUT easy to hook up is another biggy.

The jeep with an after market bumper can have the base plates right up front, easy accessible with a simple tow bar.

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If you can drive a stick shift, your options open up a good bit more. Most (or at any rate many) stick shift two wheel drive cars can be towed four down with minimal or no modifications.

One I would consider is a Honda Fit. The older (2013 and older) automatic Fits can also be towed four down. The newer automatics have a CVT and cannot be flat towed. In fact, my car for daily driving and commuting is a Fit, and I've been very happy with it for my needs and wants. It's not a luxury car or a Jeep, of course, but it is reasonably fun to drive and is economical to own and has a remarkably adaptable and spacious interior for a little car.





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You can check EBay and Craigslist too for used. I’ve seen toads ready to tow.
Old Saturns were towable go for $2500.

Chevy Captiva Sport was the replacement for the 2008 to 2010 Saturns.
They were available from 2012 to 2015.
Towed our 2012 for 5 years with no problems. Blue OX is the only base plate that will fit the Captiva Sport.
I wanted a Jeep. But my wife cannot get in and out of them.


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