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post Mar 6 2012, 02:14 PM
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What is the best vehicle to tow behind a class A?
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I haven't chimed in on this one yet, but I figured I'd mention what we tow as I haven't seen it mentioned. When we first started RVing, we had a SUV that wasn't towable per the owner's manual, but by adding a Remco lube pump we were able to tow it. If you really want to tow something that the owners manual says you can't, check with Remco to see if there is a solution.

The tow vehicle really depends on what your doing, how many you have traveling and stuff like that. Eight years ago we ditched the SUV as a toad, although we still have it and it's still outfitted for towing. We researched and decided that since we didn't already have a pickup truck, and we wanted to take some toys camping with us down the road we opted for a Dodge Dakota 4-door 4-wd pickup truck. We have a removable rack for kayaks to go on top, typically all the mountain bikes and kayaking gear are stored in the back of the truck. It has the M&G brake system like John mentioned he was using in this thread. With the M&G, you simply plug an air hose into the motorhome for supplemental and emergency braking on the toad. On the SUV we used the brake buddy, but it was something else to move around and store. The M&G is much simpler, and nothing inside the truck. I have always used the Demco Excalibar tow bar, but have just retired it after 10 years of towing. It's has been replaced with a Demco Excalibar II tow bar I purchased from http://www.adventurerv.net, although I haven't been anywhere yet to try it out. The locking mechanism looks much improved, I just hope it serves me as well as the Excalibar did on those trips through the Canadian Rockies and Alaska. I did have a problem with the battery running down, so I added a disconnect switch under the hood. I also had one of the dummy keys previously mentioned cut for it to use while towing, but I had to go to 5 different stores to find one that would cut a non-chip copy of a chip key. I have tried starting it with the dummy key, and it won't start and hasn't caused any computer problems with the engine computer.

Connecting and disconnecting the truck takes less than 3 minutes with the old tow bar, and I imagine it to be much faster with the new Excalibar II. Sometimes I had to get the tool to
break loose the latches on the old one, but the new one needs no tool.

This year we considered getting a new toad, but opted to put better tail lights (LED) on the dakota and get replacement carpet for it. Maybe we will get another 8 years out of it, it has around 40,000 driven miles and 40,000 towed miles on it.


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I also had one of the dummy keys previously mentioned cut for it to use while towing, but I had to go to 5 different stores to find one that would cut a non-chip copy of a chip key. I have tried starting it with the dummy key, and it won't start and hasn't caused any computer problems with the engine computer.



I had my dummy key made at a local hardware store and no one even asked why I would want a key that couldn't start my car. laugh.gif

FWIW I'm pretty confident that this stuff about a dummy key messing up your engine computer is nothing but internet "urban legend". Your car is designed not to start if it encounters a key with the wrong chip (or no chip at all). That's all it needs to do; a key with no chip can't even interact with the engine computer to mess it up!


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5vrme   Vehicles To Tow   Mar 6 2012, 02:14 PM
Texasrvers   Jeep Grand Cherokee   Mar 6 2012, 08:29 PM
edcornflake   Can't say - I pull a 5er... but if I were driv...   Mar 6 2012, 09:27 PM
RFCN2   The "best" vehicle to tow has a lot to d...   Mar 6 2012, 10:04 PM
JDOLLEN   What is the best vehicle to tow behind a class A?...   Mar 7 2012, 08:27 AM
joez   Best is a matter of personal needs and desires. Do...   Mar 7 2012, 08:30 AM
Irene Mac   Best is a matter of personal needs and desires. D...   Mar 7 2012, 09:52 AM
John Blue   We have used our Honda CRV for a lot of years now ...   Mar 7 2012, 10:10 AM
RFCN2   JDollen - How do you get a Jeep hooked up in 30 se...   Mar 7 2012, 11:57 AM
JDOLLEN   JDollen - How do you get a Jeep hooked up in 30 s...   Mar 8 2012, 08:39 AM
justinemily   I guess we have it down to a fine art. My wife d...   Mar 13 2013, 12:32 AM
Lindsay Richards   Having a 4 wheel drive really expands your opportu...   Mar 8 2012, 01:53 PM
JDOLLEN   Having a 4 wheel drive really expands your opport...   Mar 9 2012, 01:38 AM
RLM   Having a 4 wheel drive really expands your opport...   Mar 9 2012, 10:14 AM
Lindsay Richards   My toad is 2006 5 speed stick shift Nissan Fronter...   Mar 9 2012, 10:33 AM
Butch   My toad is 2006 5 speed stick shift with 4 wheel ...   Mar 9 2012, 11:02 AM
Ron Bernstein   I have a HUMMER H3 and it is the easiest thing to ...   Nov 13 2012, 06:28 PM
JDOLLEN   I have a HUMMER H3 and it is the easiest thing to...   Nov 14 2012, 08:09 AM
Lindsay Richards   Most states have a requirement for a braking syste...   Nov 13 2012, 06:33 PM
John Blue   All tows 3000 lbs or over need a braking system pe...   Nov 13 2012, 10:07 PM
GRL   Just started Motorhoming from a 5th wheel. I did a...   Nov 16 2012, 11:33 PM
docj   Did not want a car that I needed to keep the key ...   Nov 17 2012, 09:38 AM
Texasrvers   a key that turns in the ignition but doesn't...   Nov 17 2012, 10:29 AM
docj   I did not know you could get a key like that. Wh...   Nov 17 2012, 12:19 PM
GRL   I think that some vehicles using a dummy key could...   Nov 18 2012, 09:19 PM
B. Kidd   We tow a 2009 Toyota Yaris 5-speed manual 2-door h...   Nov 20 2012, 01:32 PM
edcornflake   Imagine being surrounded by herds of bison being ...   Feb 13 2013, 04:26 PM
B. Kidd   I had a Yaris rental once - I think a full grown ...   Feb 16 2013, 12:33 AM
edcornflake   I'd be a liar EdCF if I said I was not intimi...   Feb 19 2013, 02:07 PM
Jefferey   Yeah Jeep Grand Cherokee is also a better option.   Feb 13 2013, 08:19 AM
Lindsay Richards   I was surrounded by a herd of bison in my 4 wheele...   Feb 13 2013, 04:47 PM
Gerry9   [My new wrangler is great, and easy to hook up wit...   Feb 13 2013, 06:07 PM
SAWSAW   Does anyone think I could tow our Infiniti G37? It...   Mar 1 2013, 10:53 AM
SAWSAW   Does anyone think I could tow our Infiniti G37? I...   Mar 1 2013, 07:33 PM
edcornflake   Does anyone think I could tow our Infiniti G37? I...   Mar 5 2013, 01:48 PM
joez   What does the owner's manual say?   Mar 1 2013, 11:08 AM
Lindsay Richards   Never go by what a salesman tells you either. Lots...   Mar 2 2013, 03:41 PM
Lindsay Richards   The problem is what to do with trailer when you ge...   Mar 5 2013, 02:41 PM
edcornflake   The problem is what to do with trailer when you g...   Mar 6 2013, 01:29 PM
Texasrvers   When we got our first motorhome, we chose a tow do...   Mar 6 2013, 04:07 PM
Driver John   I tow an '02 Explorer Sport Trac 2wd 5spd. Wh...   Mar 9 2013, 11:27 PM
Lindsay Richards   How did your wife train you? Mine stands behind th...   Mar 13 2013, 07:28 AM
JDOLLEN   How did your wife train you? Mine stands behind t...   Mar 14 2013, 04:12 AM
Lindsay Richards   We also make a good team and check each other...   Mar 14 2013, 06:24 AM
Webmaster   I haven't chimed in on this one yet, but I fig...   Apr 12 2013, 10:53 PM
docj   I also had one of the dummy keys previously ment...   Apr 13 2013, 11:11 AM
fasteddy64   I tow a 2004 Toyota Corolla behind my 2012 Coachma...   May 11 2013, 12:56 PM
docj   I tow a 2004 Toyota Corolla behind my 2012 Coachm...   May 11 2013, 07:04 PM
ducmons   We towed a Chevy Avalanche for a while, which can ...   Jun 16 2013, 07:01 PM


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