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Kober

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Posted: 11/19/22 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I sold my 5th wheel a year ago and been pretty happy with the Class C towing a trailer with either my motorcycle(s) or my UTV. This coming spring the wife wants to go NE and we'll need a toad of some sort to get around. I'm thinking Honda CRV and I'm told 2010-2014 are the easiest to do flat towing with.
I'd like to hear some other suggestions. Oh, and it will not be a daily driver when we're home.


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Posted: 11/19/22 09:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find a jeep..no more worries with what's towable
preferred one that has a dis connectable font hubs.
most of the jeeps are front bumper towable without baseplates.


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Posted: 11/20/22 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chev Sonic except the sporty RS version can be flat towed. Sonic made a hatchback which offers storage space.
Other Chev’s are also towable , one is the Equinox. They advise to start and idle the vehicle for 5 mins every 200 mi or so to recirculate the tranny fluid.

I added a charge line from the rv to keep the toad battery charged. I did that mainly bc i drilled holes in my taillights and installed bulbs/sockets instead of buying a special harness for running lights. If i need extra side marker lighting at night or on rainy days , i just flip on the toad parking lights.

You also have to turn the key ‘on’ to free up the steering wheel lock. Make sure to turn the ignition to the first click not the second click, that way the odometer will not register mileage.

Only when i flat tow , the latest thing i did was carry a full size mounted spare inside the hatchback .
I recently shredded a tire on my toad while towing at 1 AM and only had a donut on board. I had too far a drive to get home and had to spend the night at the tow companies yard. A full spare could have been changed by me and i could have been on my way home .

As per one of our members suggested ,
Im also adding tire psi monitors on the toad bc i could not feel the tire go flat after hitting some potholes.
By the time i realized it, i was riding on the rim.

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Posted: 11/20/22 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You say it will not be a daily driver when it's home. Will it strictly be a toad, and sit idle otherwise? That would have a very strong bearing on what I would buy.


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I towed a 2012 Chevy Captiva for 5 years. Sold it to friends that are still towing it. Captiva’s are the Chevy version of the Saturn Vue. They stopped building them in 2015. Parts are compatible with Chevy Equinox and Malibu drivetrain parts.

* This post was edited 11/20/22 11:21am by ronfisherman *


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Well do you want an automatic or are you capable of a manual transmission? We tow a 13 Hyundai Elantra with a 6 speed trans. tows well easy to work on if needed. Be cautious of the gm products I have watched several videos on them being repaired and one was called the bmw of america. To repair a water pump about 1/2 of the engine compartment required being pulled. check you tube videos dont remember which guy did it but there have been more than 1.

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We love both our cars, though we have not set up our 2013 Honda CRV for towing. I assume you know that from 2015 on, the CRV is not flat-towable. We mostly drive our CRV while home and on long car trips because it gets better gas mileage than our other car.

We do tow our 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Suzuki no longer sells cars in the U.S., but maybe you can find a good used one, if interested. The only issue I don't like is that you are not supposed to tow faster than 55mph (though I often do).

Before you buy any car, make sure the "recreational towing" section in the car's owner's manual states that it is flat-towable (with directions to do so). Don't just go by some list of flat-towable vehicles.


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Posted: 11/20/22 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want a nice little car to tow, I can echo the Chevy Sonic mentioned above, ours was 2013 Hatchback automatic. Easy to tow, easy to setup to tow. After going out to Monument Valley, we wanted a toad more capable to go places that the Sonic would not allow. Found a gently used Jeep Wrangler and would tow nothing else. Get the NSA Ready Brute Elite package and you will enjoy towing the Jeep and seeing the sights.


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Buy a dolly and tow any front wheel drive only vehicle. We have towed our 2018 CRV, Toyota Camry, and 2014 Smart car. Mostly the Smart. Easy to use and is so much more versatile.

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Posted: 11/20/22 07:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

You say it will not be a daily driver when it's home. Will it strictly be a toad, and sit idle otherwise? That would have a very strong bearing on what I would buy.


Yes, it will sit idle otherwise.

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