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#1 Schake


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:48 PM

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.


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#2 rpsinc


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 07:02 PM

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.


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 08:23 PM

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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Posted 12 December 2016 - 11:14 PM

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



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#5 Kirk


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 08:26 AM

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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Posted 13 December 2016 - 08:47 AM

4-wheel drive and fuel economy isn't usually said in the same sentence. :)

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 10:31 AM

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

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 04:06 PM

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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Posted 13 December 2016 - 04:34 PM

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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