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What's your new toad of choice for 2015/16?


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Not on a trailer, 4-down. I haven't looked at the latest model year, but we really like our Chevrolet Equinox as a tow, or its kissing cousin the GMC Terrain. Room for five, AWD, good economy with the 4-cylinder and it tows well. Chevrolet also makes some smaller cars that are towable.

If you are going to use a trailer, get a Tesla Model S.

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Why would it matter what you tow if it is on a trailer, so long as the chosen vehicle will fit on the trailer you own and that the total weight of trailer & vehicle do not exceed the GCVW, the trailer hitch weight limit, and the rear axle limit for the motorhome towing them? You do still need to be concerned about weight limits and it then becomes the combination of vehicle and trailer, but you could then tow pretty much anything.

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Not on a trailer, 4-down. I haven't looked at the latest model year, but we really like our Chevrolet Equinox as a tow, or its kissing cousin the GMC Terrain. Room for five, AWD, good economy with the 4-cylinder and it tows well. Chevrolet also makes some smaller cars that are towable.

If you are going to use a trailer, get a Tesla Model S.

 

The Tesla cars are awesome. Wish I could afford one. But I did talk to a owner of a Nissan electric, sorry I forget the model just now. He loves it. Seats 4 and room for groceries.

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Why would it matter what you tow if it is on a trailer, so long as the chosen vehicle will fit on the trailer you own and that the total weight of trailer & vehicle do not exceed the GCVW, the trailer hitch weight limit, and the rear axle limit for the motorhome towing them? You do still need to be concerned about weight limits and it then becomes the combination of vehicle and trailer, but you could then tow pretty much anything.

 

Kirk, you are right, it really does not "matter" per'se, but I want to see if there is some sort of brand and model that repeats which would show rvers may prefer a certain type vehicle for some reason to run as a toad. I know the Smart is one of the most popular, and it appeals to me greatly. Also the Scion IQ. Also I mention 2015/16 as many here have researched new vehicles for this purpose and some things may have changed that make a vehicle that used to be in disfavor, now favorable. I bought the trailer mainly for hauling a motorcycle or two, but then figured may as well see if I can haul an automobile for traveling in the rainy season.

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I bought the trailer mainly for hauling a motorcycle or two, but then figured may as well see if I can haul an automobile for traveling in the rainy season.

 

Now I see the "rest of the question!" :) You may want to narrow the field some by the sort of features that you are looking for. Small and fuel efficient cuts out some of the field. We know two RV folks who use a Ford Focus and love it for it's small size and fuel efficiency. I also know someone who tows a Mini Cooper that he let me drive and it is fun! Either of those would qualify as light in weight and a small footprint on your trailer. I think if I were doing the trailer bit I'd want to consider some of the more fun to drive cars that could not be towed in a 4 down mode.

 

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I really like my smart. IF you can live with the 2-seater and limited storage space it is a fun car and very economical. Plus has 4 year bumper to bumper warranty. Now that we are adding a motorhome to our "fleet" we are toying with using a trailer to tow the smart. Not because it cannot be towed 4-down, but because the trailer will be useful for: an ATV, a golf cart, a Can-Am Spyder F3. (All one at a time) And can easily carry several spares for our Alaska trip. Plus a bonus is I can back up.

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but because the trailer will be useful for: an ATV, a golf cart, a Can-Am Spyder F3. (All one at a time) And can easily carry several spares for our Alaska trip. Plus a bonus is I can back up.

I don't think you will find many 28' Class A's that can pull that much weight. :unsure:

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I really like my smart. IF you can live with the 2-seater and limited storage space it is a fun car and very economical. Plus has 4 year bumper to bumper warranty. Now that we are adding a motorhome to our "fleet" we are toying with using a trailer to tow the smart. Not because it cannot be towed 4-down, but because the trailer will be useful for: an ATV, a golf cart, a Can-Am Spyder F3. (All one at a time) And can easily carry several spares for our Alaska trip. Plus a bonus is I can back up. bout a

 

Just for the conversation, this is the trailer I ended up buying Jack. I know you have the dimensions and type etc. that you need for your use. But I found this one an hour and a half away and it is made in Oregon, not that that matters per'se.

 

I'm thinking about a Kia Sould?

 

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Not on a trailer, 4-down. I haven't looked at the latest model year, but we really like our Chevrolet Equinox as a tow, or its kissing cousin the GMC Terrain. Room for five, AWD, good economy with the 4-cylinder and it tows well. Chevrolet also makes some smaller cars that are towable.

If you are going to use a trailer, get a Tesla Model S.

We also tow an Equinox, 2014 and we follow all of the directions for towing but we still get a burning smell sometimes when we drive it after it was towed. Have you experienced this? We have had it to the dealer twice and they found nothing.

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Pop your hood and look at the engine, notice the powered rubber dust on the engine block. Smell comes from the rubber on the engine block when it heats up. Rubber comes from your motorhome tires.

 

Now we know where the rubber goes as the tires wear out!

This sounds like it could be true but then shouldn't every car have this smell?

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This sounds like it could be true but then shouldn't every car have this smell?

The last several cars that I have towed have had an "aroma" for the first few miles after we unhooked, especially if the tow was for a long distance in dry weather. All rubber tired vehicles leave rubber dust on the road and the lack of rain to wash the roads doesn't help. Not uncommon!

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This sounds like it could be true but then shouldn't every car have this smell?

 

Maybe a bit but riding behind the motorhome a lot more gets sucked up off the highway and into the engine compartment.

 

If it really bothers you try some compressed air to blow the engine off once you reach your destination.

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The last several cars that I have towed have had an "aroma" for the first few miles after we unhooked, especially if the tow was for a long distance in dry weather. All rubber tired vehicles leave rubber dust on the road and the lack of rain to wash the roads doesn't help. Not uncommon!

Thanks for the info. I will check our car right after the next tow to see if I can see this rubber. I know the smell only lasts for one or two days after the tow and then goes away. I hope this is all it is, if so no worries. We are leaving Grand Marais tomorrow for a still unknown destination but I plan on driving about 400 miles so this should be a good test!

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This sounds like it could be true but then shouldn't every car have this smell?

 

 

 

Maybe a bit but riding behind the motorhome a lot more gets sucked up off the highway and into the engine compartment.

 

Also, if the toad's engine isn't running while it's being towed the dust builds up & then gets burned off all at once the next time you drive it. With vehicles that aren't being towed, the dust is constantly being burned off as it lands on the engine, so the odor just isn't strong enough to smell.

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I am pulling a 2015 Wrangler, but if I were to pull a trailer, I'd load up a Porsche Turbo. Aint practical, but boy is it fun.

 

But I would also get an aluminum trailer, much less weight, no rust

 

Well ya......................if you can blow that much on a Porsche for a toad, you best have a polished aluminum trailer with all the bling. :)

 

Test drove a new Renegade the other day. Love it. I can gain another 200 pounds and still fit in it. Not that I plan to gain any, but............it is that big inside and comfy.

 

It would fit on my trailer perfectly. I left an email with the sales guy that I deal with at the dodge/jeep dealer. We'll see what he comes up with.

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