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Ok so I have been looking at tow behind vehicles. I can flat tow, get a trailer, or a car dolly. Just wondering what your experiences are.

Right now I am planning on flat towing a Jeep or a Samurai. But I could always get a car dolly and throw my shooter commuter on there and drag it along. I also have a flat bed that I can use.

I also have a few motorcycles. One endure and one cruiser. Perhaps mount the endure to the front and tow a jeep in the rear? Dunno just having fun looking at options.

What do you tow, how do you tow and why?

Cheers
Meric
 
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I currently have a Geo Tracker and a Suzuki Grand Vitara, both are set up for towing. The Tracker weighs about 2500 lbs and the Vitari about 3500.

In the past have towed a Samurai, Toyota starlet, and a Renault LeCar. Bought our first MH in 1978 so have a few years under the belt. I have always tried to keep the weight down.

I have carried a Yamaha 180cc scooter and a 250 Honda Elite on the front of the bus (GM4106) and sometimes a toad on the back.

I have always towed 4 down. Didn't want to deal with trailer of any kind in campgrounds. Personal choices, but mine.


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2000 Allison
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Yeah I was thinking of a small 2 wd pick up or something. I have a 1970 2 wd GMC but it's a good 4800 lbs. Thought about dragging it along and selling while I was there. Rust has gotten the better of the older cars there.
 
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if you choose a Jeep, make sure it is a later model, 1987 or later with the NP 231 transfer case. The earlier Jeeps with the Dana 18, 20, and 300 transfer cases are NOT flat tow able! Don't ask me how I know!!


Ed
94 30' Breakaway #3864
30-BS-6B side entry
230 Cummins, Allison 6 speed
Spartan chassis
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Hi Guys
Thought I'd weigh in on this one. Like Gary, I'm currently using a '93 Geo Tracker as my tow'd. Great little car, 2500 lbs., 4x4, auto. & the Breakaway tows it just fine. I started with a Suzuki Samurai, even lighter, but the Tracker drives & rides better. Also with my arthritis driving a stick is no longer a option. Now we just need to hit the road. Tooling Along

I've always thought a Fiat "Abarth" would be an appropriate tow'd. ROTFLMAO
 
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I have towed a Saturn Vue (3500 lbs) and I'm now going to tow a Honda Element @ about the same weight as the Saturn. I wouldn't tow anything other than 4 down for the same reasons as Gary.


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But MWrench how do you know?... lol.. Yeah if I had an old flat fender on back I would get a full floater with locking hubs in the rear. Smiler

One reason I though about trailering the Jeep is because I like to go 4 wheeling and it's only a matter of time before I break something. Yup I'm that guy. Someone has to try it. I have towed home some round metal before. ROTFLMAO

Now if I can stay out of the woods a 1972 Honda cvcc 600 would be awesome.

Why isn't there a 500lb car that gets 100mpg is 4wd and drives at 70mph without a problem?
 
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I tow a GMC Canyon 4wd 4 door pickup with a small golf cart in the bed. Tow it 4 down and this seems to cover most of our needs.

Nick
 
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I have a 1990 Isuzu Amigo 4 wheel drive but it is NOT I repeat NOT towable unless on a trailer.

Have found that planning ahead saves me the need to have a toad. Usually not in a place long enough to need a vehicle and if I do need to go somewhere mine is short and easy enough to drive and also no trouble to unhook and go.

Just goes to show you there are different needs for different ways of travel. I certainly see the need for some people to have a need for a toad, just doesn't happen to apply to me.


Mary

Don't mess with us old folks, we don't get old by being stupid!
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Like Mary Ray I have an Isuzu 4WD Amigo, BUT I transplanted a GM 4.3L V6, 4L60E, Dana 300 XFR case. Rear bearings of the Dana 300 don't get well oiled it seems! 6000 miles later a lot of rear tire smoke. HMMMM

OK now I have an electric pump to oil it as I am flat towing it. couldn't find anyone to make a floater/locking hubs so I would have to build the rear axle from a Dana 44. GRRRRR. Should have done better research about the Dana 300 issues, would have used a righthand drop GM XFR case.

Mary Ray, I may tow it to the GTG.


Ed
94 30' Breakaway #3864
30-BS-6B side entry
230 Cummins, Allison 6 speed
Spartan chassis
K9DVC
 
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Just drop the drivelines MWranch. I have also heard of a driveline disconnect kit. but do not know where to direct you.

Well Tomorrow I am going to look at a tin top Samurai. I am a Jeeper by nature but there is something to be said for doing more with less.

It was a toss up between the tin top and the 1972 Commando. Since the tin top weighs considerably less I am going with that. Wish me luck.

Cheers
Meric
 
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The Amigo has IFS huh?
 
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And Turtle I agree but I was looking at the Scion IQ.
 
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Hey I found the driveline disconnect page
http://www.swdriveline.com/rem...line_disconnect.html
 
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We tow four wheels down, a 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv, with manual transmission. There is no steering wheel lock. No must, no fuss.... just put it in neutral and go.

Fred & Cindy Cook
1990 32' Regency, Cummins


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