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Hal Grimshaw

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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2020, 01:05:31 AM »
the chevy blazer from a few years ago was just swith a couple of times in the trans mode and away you go.  lock the ingition, wheel, doors, etc and it works great. 

I also like the air brakes for the toad.  reduces the need for a lot of adjusting.

also the light bar we bought at the hemet intl rally is a snap. No wires to get tangled or cut.

takes 6 or 8 minutes once you get the toad in position
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Eric Maclean

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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2020, 03:41:04 PM »
I tow a 2009 Chey HHR .with it you simply turn the key on to unlock the steering placed the automatic transmission in neutral and remove a fuse with I replaced with a switch which makes it easy .
I use a Road master base plate and coach mounted tow bar as well a Demco air force one tow brake system .
It all works well a d you'd never know the car is back there so I also have a Roadmaster brake monitor installed and a second rear facing camera looking down over the tow car which gives me a great view combined with the backup camera for those pesky tailgaters.lol
The HHR makes a great grocery getter and with it's co pilot seat folded down it will take several eight foot two by four in side

Hope this helps Eric
« Last Edit: January 30, 2021, 04:52:58 PM by Eric Maclean »
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Fred Brooks

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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2020, 05:14:40 PM »
   Eric,
What are you doing with 2 by 4's while on vacation? LOL
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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2020, 09:03:27 PM »
I tow a 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman. But... Mini's can only be towed 4 wheels down if they have a manual transmission. And BMW does not warranty a Mini if it is towed (I hear). Since I bought mine used after the warranty ran out, it's not a problem. I have a Blue Ox tow bar and baseplate. I have battery charging through the light connection. I have an RVI Brake, which provides braking. In most states, only an emergency breakaway brake is required if towed vehicle is under 3000 pounds, but I like to have the brake in there anyway. It is easy to hook up, which I do by myself.

The Countryman is the largest Mini. The S model is turbocharged and pretty peppy! I enjoy driving it around town, and since it weighs less than 3000 pounds, it is easy to tow! The downsides are: (1) there is not a lot of baggage space, (2) it is like a sports car, a little rough and noisy, and (3) it is pretty crowded with 4 full sized people in it. And if you don't like to shift, it won't work for you!
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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2020, 11:56:22 PM »
Fred
I'm retired now and I don't know where I found the time to work in the first place. Lol
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Adam Hicklin

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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2020, 11:09:06 PM »
We’ve been towning a Chevy Colorado 4WD for the last year.  Installed the M&G Air brake which was a pain but it’s a super easy at hook up.  Just plug in the air line.  The Colorado is under 5000 pounds and I don’t even notice it behind the Beaver.  Only drawback is you have to disconnect the battery. 
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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2020, 08:54:18 AM »
The late model Ford Explorers are very towable. I tow a 2018 Explorer 4x4 behind my 95 Marquis. You do have to have a battery disconnect and stop every 6 hours and run the engine for a few minutes to lube the trans but neither of those are issues for me. I seldom drive more than 6 hours and the disconnect is just a button push. The explorer is a great vehicle. I had "Coach Masters" in Bend Oregon install the tow bar and all the needed wiring etc. and they did a great job. If you are ever in the central Oregon area and need something done, I highly recommend them. 
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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2020, 10:26:04 PM »
Unfortunately the latest Explorers aren’t towable.  Escape, Edge, F-150, and Lincoln Nautilus are good Ford options.  See the upcoming FMCA Magazine issue for the 2021 towable options.  You should have received an email from FMCA today with a link to the online version. 

Of course, use due diligence in your final choice... not all versions of a model have the right drivetrain for towing.  Consult its manual and dealer before buying.

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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2021, 05:08:01 AM »
   Love towing our Jeep Wrangler, so simple to work with. Take a look at the 2011 or newer unlimited. I like the Sahara models.
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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2021, 06:05:33 PM »
Might be worth waiting for this one. Flat towable, according to the mfg. Pick up and SUV on the way.

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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2021, 02:12:24 AM »
We tow a 2016 Jeep Wrangler 4 door. Bought it new now has 78K miles plus another 10K being towed.  Not had one issue.  No steering lock so just put transfer case in neutral, tranny in park ,  remove key and go.  We have found that every national park visited has 4 wheel drive only roads, usually down in the bottom of canyons and the Jeep has taken us to some great scenery and locations.
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Re: Let's talk about toads!
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2021, 04:24:50 AM »
The FMCA website maintains copies of the annual towable vehicles lists going back several years.   If you are logged in to the FMCA, this link should work:  https://www.fmca.com/towing-guides-towing-four-wheels-down/

We towed an '04 manual shift Subaru Forester for 60k miles and a '07 Ford Edge for another 60.  The Subaru was my favorite.  We now have a towable Ford Fusion but not hooked up the towing equipment.

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