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wa8yxm

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Posted: 07/18/20 04:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok I will give you some advice and my expierence
First Motor homes come in basically two flavors. Gas and Diesel
TYPICALLY (And I'm sure exceptios exist)
A gasser has a hitch rated 5,000/500 (Towed weight/tongue weight) and this is only with a LEVEL hitch (if you use a drop or rise adapter this goes DOWN!! big time. same for Diesel hitches) and the rig may not be able to tow that much (Will give that calc later this post)

Diesels typically twice that on the hitch receiver rating (10,000/1,000)

IN both cases you need to know the maximum CGVW (Combined Gross Vehicle Weight) for the RV and the Gross weight (Actual not rated) of the Motor home The most you can tow is the lesser of the hitch rating or Max CGVW - GVW In my case 4,000 pounds.

MOST jeeps are more than 4000 pounds at leat the 4wheel drive models.

Next.. Pospective toweds come in 4 or 5 flavors
1 hook up and tow.. Generally Jeep 4x4 with MANUAL transfer cases fit this. so do many Stick Shift cars. However beware the exceptions. A few Auto tranny cars fit. FMCA and others publish annual "What you can tow" guides

2: Hook up and tow but.. Special instructions (like every couple hours pull over and start engine run it through the gears (don't move just cycle the gears) and then tow for a couple more hours) That's an example.

3a: Modify and tow Add a Lubrication pump to the transmission system (my current towed has this) Tow in neutral Electric odometer does not rack up miles.

3b: Modify by addition of an axle lock or driver shaft disconnect (My first towed) the axle lock is a collar behind usually the passenger side wheel the technology is based on the old Locking hubs on Jeeps.. Works very well Unlocked the wheel turns free the other wheel turns the differential but the tranny is in park. Does not rack up miles

Drive shaft disconnect is for rear wheel. more or less same idea.

SOME cars: No can tow. Some you need to do special stuff if you trailer them
(Used to work for a towing company all flat bed trucks so know this stuff).

THe FMCA or other towing guides are good.

Alas the old Remco Towing web page seems to be history (It had a page where you could input your prospect and get advice.. their products of course)

You also need a supplemental brake system, tow bar and lights
I favor the Ready Brake with ready stop as the brake system
The Add-a-lamp light system (Comes with teh Remoco lube pump or at least did mine. though Add-a-lamp is another company's name for it)
With Ready Brake the Ready Brute tow bar might be best but I use a blue ox (long story)


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Posted: 07/18/20 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Janss wrote:

Here are Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Guides. You can check out which cars are towable with which features. Many years available.
https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides

Before making your final decision to purchase a particular vehicle, make sure to look in the vehicle's owners manual under "recreational towing", not road service towing.

We love our Suzuki Grand Vitara. It's a relatively small SUV.


as stated, check the owner's manual for recreational towing or towing behind a motorhome. use the 3rd party references only as a starting point.
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Posted: 07/23/20 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Because of the change in transmission, the last model year a Honda can be towed is a 2014. 2015 and any newer Honda cannot be safely towed. Over the past 20 years we have towed a 2000 Honda Accord, a 2001 Honda Odyssey and (2) 2014 Honda CRVs. I hope you find something that works as well for you. Happy travels


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rking81157

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Posted: 07/29/20 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2015 Thor Ace 30.1 and flat tow a 2016 Equinox. I have not had any problems at all. I use Blue OX Baseplate and tow bar.

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Posted: 08/07/20 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A little late with a reply, but we tow a 2019 Nissan Sentra (manual transmission) and enjoy everything about it.

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