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Ron Bernstein
post Nov 13 2012, 06:28 PM
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I have a HUMMER H3 and it is the easiest thing to tow or hook up. Just press the 4X4 buttons on the dash and it goes into neutral. The 2 pins for the tow bar and 1 plug for the lights. Maybe 1 minute is all it takes. I do not use a Brake unit as I don't really feel it behind my diesel pusher.
Most brake units will not work for the H3.
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post Nov 13 2012, 06:33 PM
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Most states have a requirement for a braking system for toads over 3,000 pounds. If you have a wreck of any kind, the opposing attorney will make it you fault, if you don't have one. Sad to say, but this is the world we live in. There are places on the internet where you can get a state by state summery of the laws and hopefully somebody here will post a link. Don't leave home without it.


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post Nov 13 2012, 10:07 PM
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All tows 3000 lbs or over need a braking system per the laws in most states and some states a lot less weight. If you have a wreck the other persons attorney will love to see you in court. We have a DP and our tow is 3100 so I have the M & G air brake system in place. We all need to run legal out on the road. In some cases one more second of stopping time would have saved you from that impact. My last close call was on I-10 on that long 18 mile bridge over the swamp near Henderson, LA. A local car moved over into my lane and I had a 1/2 sec to slow down before I hit him, it was close

Here are the towing laws listed by state.

http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm


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post Nov 14 2012, 08:09 AM
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QUOTE(Ron Bernstein @ Nov 13 2012, 04:28 PM) *

I have a HUMMER H3 and it is the easiest thing to tow or hook up. Just press the 4X4 buttons on the dash and it goes into neutral. The 2 pins for the tow bar and 1 plug for the lights. Maybe 1 minute is all it takes. I do not use a Brake unit as I don't really feel it behind my diesel pusher.
Most brake units will not work for the H3.


The safety factor I would worry about is if your Hummer broke free from your hitch. Can you imagine the damage it could cause barreling down a highway out of control? A tow brake set up could save many lives. They are not that costly. I hope you change your mind and have one installed.
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post Nov 16 2012, 11:33 PM
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Just started Motorhoming from a 5th wheel. I did all the research and I bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee. With the Blu Ox tow bar set up I can hook it up in less than 1 minute, if I have my tool bag out and ready. Did not want a car that I needed to keep the key in the ignition to tow. Towing a toad without a braking system is "STUPID". I live in TN and it isn't required here but even if it isn't required in your state you can be ticketed in any state that does require a braking system. That being said, "Better safe than Sorry"..... Just my 2 cents
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post Nov 17 2012, 09:38 AM
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QUOTE(GRL @ Nov 17 2012, 01:33 AM) *

Did not want a car that I needed to keep the key in the ignition to tow.


Not sure why you are reluctant to keep a key in the ignition for towing unless you are worried about someone stealing your toad. I solved that problem with my Malibu by having the local hardware store making a key that turns in the ignition but doesn't have the necessary "chip" to cause the ignition to fire. One nice thing about using a dummy key is that we can adopt a procedure that the key is to be in the ignition any time the car is on the tow-bar. That way we can't ever forget to do it, but there's no risk of theft. We keep the dummy in the dashboard tray all the time.


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post Nov 17 2012, 10:29 AM
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QUOTE(docj @ Nov 17 2012, 09:38 AM) *

a key that turns in the ignition but doesn't have the necessary "chip" to cause the ignition to fire.


I did not know you could get a key like that. What a great idea!
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QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Nov 17 2012, 12:29 PM) *

I did not know you could get a key like that. What a great idea!



Compared to the cost of a "real key" for a modern car, a non-working dummy key is a ~$2 investment at your local hardware store.


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post Nov 18 2012, 09:19 PM
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I think that some vehicles using a dummy key could screw up your computer.....

Of course I worry about someone stealing my toad.....

Turns out I don't need to leave a key in anyway....

Problem solved..... wink.gif
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post Nov 20 2012, 01:32 PM
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We tow a 2009 Toyota Yaris 5-speed manual 2-door hatchback. Comes in well under 3,000 pounds, gets close to 40 m.p.g and it hasn't missed a beat in the last 3 1/2 years of full-timing. Due to the great gas mileage, it gives us the flexibility to choose from a wider variety of RV parks near destination spots without having to choose just from the RV parks located right at destination spots.
Imagine being surrounded by herds of bison being led by bulls that are as large as our Yaris which happened in 2010 at the National Bison Range in Moiese, Montana.
Beyond this, two sets of golf clubs and collapsible pull carts fit just fine in the storage area.
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post Feb 13 2013, 08:19 AM
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Yeah Jeep Grand Cherokee is also a better option.
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post Feb 13 2013, 04:26 PM
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QUOTE(B. Kidd @ Nov 20 2012, 02:32 PM) *

Imagine being surrounded by herds of bison being led by bulls that are as large as our Yaris which happened in 2010 at the National Bison Range in Moiese, Montana.
Beyond this, two sets of golf clubs and collapsible pull carts fit just fine in the storage area.


I had a Yaris rental once - I think a full grown Bison is about 3x the size! biggrin.gif
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post Feb 13 2013, 04:47 PM
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I was surrounded by a herd of bison in my 4 wheeled drive truck and it was a little scary.

http://www.linandnancy.com/custerstatepark1.html


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post Feb 13 2013, 06:07 PM
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[My new wrangler is great, and easy to hook up with the Blue ox tow system.
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post Feb 16 2013, 12:33 AM
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QUOTE(edcornflake @ Feb 13 2013, 03:26 PM) *

I had a Yaris rental once - I think a full grown Bison is about 3x the size! biggrin.gif



I'd be a liar EdCF if I said I was not intimidated.
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