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myriad
post Apr 13 2009, 05:20 PM
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We are thinking about towing a car next trip south and are looking for some ideas as to what kind of car and how. We have a class c motor home and towed a trailer with a trike last two times down.
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post Apr 15 2009, 11:38 AM
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We started out with a tow dolly for the same reason Butch mentioned. We had two vehicles that we could choose to take with us and neither one could be towed 4 down without expensive modifications. If we could have loaded those cars as easily as Butch and his wife can we may never have switched, but for us it was a very hard ordeal--especially loading. If you already have cars and don't intend to buy a new one then a tow dolly would probably suit you just fine.

If you are buying a new car then I would look into getting one that does not need to be modified/outfitted to tow 4 down. There are several models that are this way. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 wheel drive model is that way. All we have to do is set the transmission to 4 wheel drive, hook up and go.

Butch is probably right about the safety of a tow dolly, but we are very careful and use all the usual safety precautions (including a rearview camera for monitoring on the highway) and have never had a bad incident towing our Jeep. (Knock on wood.) Also I want to clarify Butch's statement about being able to back up a dolly. I don't think you can do that when the car is attached, although the dolly alone can be backed. Unfortunately you also cannot back an attached car if it towed 4 down. So that is about a wash to me. Just know that you might get into a tight spot where you have to unhook either one. That has happened to us about 4-5 times.

Butch is right--there are pros and cons to each method of towing. I'm just trying to give you more information.
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myriad   Best Car To Tow   Apr 13 2009, 05:20 PM
kcmoedoe   We would only consider a vehicle that can be towed...   Apr 14 2009, 02:50 PM
Texasrvers   I agree with KC. Four wheels down is the way to g...   Apr 14 2009, 03:57 PM
Butch   We are thinking about towing a car next trip sout...   Apr 15 2009, 06:27 AM
Texasrvers   We started out with a tow dolly for the same reaso...   Apr 15 2009, 11:38 AM
John Blue   We are like KC. Wheels on the ground. We have us...   Apr 15 2009, 01:13 PM
Texasrvers   We also have the M&G brakes. That is a great s...   Apr 15 2009, 08:29 PM
FosterImposters   We also have the M&G brakes. That is a great ...   Apr 16 2009, 09:28 PM
Lee and Fran   We too started with a dolly due to two vehicles, n...   Apr 16 2009, 01:12 PM
abbygolden   Saturn Vue, all wheels down.   Apr 16 2009, 02:20 PM
riggarob   Saturn Vue, all wheels down. Same here, ours ...   May 28 2009, 10:40 PM
Lindsay Richards   The best car to tow isn't a truck at all, its ...   Apr 17 2009, 08:29 PM
jjverb   We are new to RVing - we pull a Pontiac Vibe 4 dow...   Apr 17 2009, 09:35 PM
catman2130093   I pull an 07 Honda Element stick shift, 4 down wit...   May 28 2009, 09:13 PM
Lindsay Richards   With many towing systems, any backing up will void...   May 29 2009, 06:29 AM
Butch   Just a short note to say; that for 2009 the Ford E...   May 29 2009, 08:23 AM
FosterImposters   Hi Butch...is that 2009 Ford Escape an automatic? ...   May 30 2009, 10:43 AM
Butch   Hi Butch...is that 2009 Ford Escape an automatic?...   Jul 13 2009, 07:00 PM
daverich   We tow a 2006 Malibu Maxx which is an automatic. ...   Jun 22 2009, 02:43 PM
Lindsay Richards   Once you decide on a car to tow, you then must dec...   Jun 22 2009, 03:15 PM
BJMA   my toad is a GMC Envoy. Yes, it is a little heavy,...   Jul 10 2009, 08:07 PM


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