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Schake

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Hello -

As a soon-to-be first-time RV newbie who anticipates full-timing in a diesel pusher with tag axle, (while setting a record for hyphenated words in one sentence) I am curious about your experiences and recommendations for an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive dinghy.

 

I have always placed highest priority on safety, reliability, and fuel economy in my vehicles, and would like to know not only which vehicles you've had good experiences off-road with, but what your experiences with regard to those priorities have been.

 

Many thanks for your input.

 

Ken S

RV Wannabe

Maryland

 

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See the newly published Trailer Life supplement on that very subject. It also includes tow vehicles, pickup, etc. You can go to their website to view past years and then search for a vehicle that interests you. Then search for a good deal on one that suits your taste and requirements.

 

Enjoy the journey!!

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For off-road fun you can't beat a Jeep. The new Jeep Cherokee is a classy looking car with lots of room for passengers and gear. It's not to be confused with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. We had a Jeep Liberty for 8 of our full-timing years and had a great time on the trails and we met up with wonderful folks along the way. Put Moab and Silverton, CO on your list of places to go! Jeeps tow easily.

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We love our Subaru Forester - but it is a manual transmission and we have discovered that few people can drive manual transmissions anymore.

 

Barb

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Welcome to the Escapee forums!

 

The best choice depends upon several things that we don't know. How serious are you about off road? Is a manual transmission OK? New or used vehicles? Are you willing to accept less comfort on the highways in order to have more off-road capabilities? If I were really serious about it, my choice would be the Jeep Wrangler, but since I want comfort on paved roads where we spend most of our time, I'll never own one. In used the all wheel drive CR-V was our choice but those are not tow-able on their wheels since 2014 and I wouldn't choose that to do the rock crawling things we once did.

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Jeeps with automatic transmission can be towed 4-down with no problem.

 

I'm not so sure that^ is totally correct . I do know that all Jeeps with Selec Trac or the like , which offers N in the transfer case , are tow-able 4 down .

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One site that makes it easy to check on vehicle 4-down "towability" is RemcoTowing.com. Their lookup system will tell you if a selected vehicle is 4-down towable as-is, not at all, or with an add-on electric transmission pump. When we first wanted to tow 4-down, we already owned a Toyota RAV4 that we really liked and it was paid for. Adding the needed Remco pump to make it towable made economic sense for us at the time, since it was cheaper than trading in the car for another that we might not like as well. When it was time to replace the car, we chose a new RAV4 and everything from the old one was transferred to the new one except the base plate. The bottom line is that it is possible to expand the available choices well beyond those listed in the RV publications, albeit it does add an extra expense to the setup cost.

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Since that original post, wife and I have been drawn to the Wrangler Sahara as the best fit. If we find a good deal on a used one, we'd go that route. However, the asking prices on used Wranglers seem too high to make them a good option.

 

Never did off-roading, but don't envision us doing "hardcore" trails. More about being able to take back-country and forest fire roads without getting stranded. Maybe join off-road Meetups once we get more familiar with our vehicle.

 

Ken

Fulltime Wannabe

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I love my wrangler, but it took me a while to find just the right one. They are out there though. They are very capable off road vehicles, even completely stock. They are not the most fuel efficient vehicle though. I have a Rubicon 2dr and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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