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joe&julie81

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Especially considering fuel economy and ease of flat towing,what are the dinghy s of choice? I've heard Jettas get good mileage. What are the considerations if not going with a Wrangler?


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the universe of flat towable vehicles is shrinking. Motor Home magazine publishes an annual list which can be accessed here.

beyond that I would want a vehicle that...

- did not require any modifications in order to flat tow it. many vehicles CAN be modified to be flat towed. please see Remco Towing.

- I would also want a vehicle, modified or not, that had no time/distance/speed restrictions. some vehicles that can be flat towed require they be stopped every X-hours in order to start the engine and run the transmission through the gears; or be towed no faster than X-MPH; or be towed no further than X-miles before stopping, starting the engine and running the transmission through the gears. maybe that's not a big deal to some but I wanted a toad that we could tow for days on end without any of the above restrictions.

we were towing an ‘03 2-DR auto tranny Wrangler (TJ) from '03-'10. in '10 we bought a '10 Jeep Liberty which we've been towing for the last 9-years. neither required any modifications or has any towing restrictions. we still have the Wrangler and it's still outfitted with the tow bar, baseplate and auxiliary brake (don't forget you should have an auxiliary braking system).

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I have an Elantra that I tow 4 down. Hyundia says turn off the radio so you don't run the battery down and go. No speed limit or time limit. That being said, I have a Ford Ranger that I also set up to pull 4 down with the same no limits, just hook up and go. The Elantra gets about 32 MPG and the Ranger only about 16, but one has more room and one is a pickup. I think there may be more then one "best" thing to pull 4 down.





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Can't get them anymore, but we still have a 2011 HHR as a toad. Requires no mods except installation of the tow plates, remove one fuse (inside) or install a switch. hook up and tow. Usually takes us less that a minute to hook up or disconnect. Lots of miles showing, and about half as much not showing.


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We tow a 13 Explorer, not very fuel efficient. But it is easy to tow. Just shift to N and you are set.

With that said the Jeeps are the most popular. Wranglers, Grand Cherokees, and Cherokees. The little Cherokee with the V-6 isn't bad at all as far as mileage.

Not sure what n the new Fords,


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Anybody towing a manual Subaru (Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Voloster, etc? If so, do you have to do anything other than put it in neutral?

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Not sure why you would pass on a Wrangler. You can explore places many other vehicles can’t go, you can drop the top in beautiful weather, no top or doors so the view is unobstructed.

I can’t image the fuel difference with a toad would be that much.

If mpg is that important the 4cyl turbo gets mid 20mpg, and a diesel version is coming out in 2020, that gets 29-40mpg.


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but again...know how much weight you can tow before choosing a toad.

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joe&julie81 wrote:

Anybody towing a manual Subaru (Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Voloster, etc? If so, do you have to do anything other than put it in neutral?

I don't think many Subaru's are flat towable, you can take a look at the Dinghy Guides you can also check the Remco Towing Store as a quick reference, but you need to always verify with the owners manual.


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