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Jk4747

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Posted: 04/26/14 10:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have an 08 View (gas engine) ann have been towing an 05 wrangler unlimited (3700 lbs) for a year now without any problems. Been thinking I should add a larger transmission cooler though

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Horizon170 wrote:

Mich F wrote:

SnoBear wrote:

Could you set up the Jeep to tow the Navion [emoticon]


I've always found it strange that someone in a 24' or 25' motor home would need a toad. [emoticon]


Have you ever tried to drive on soft sand with your RV, or drive in the desert over large rocks in your RV? A lot of times we are in one CG for a month at a time and the TOAD is easier with no unhooking utilities.
To each his own, but I need my TOAD most of the time.


I've never tried to drive on soft sand or drive in the desert over large rocks with any of my RVs. If I wanted to do either of those things, I would tow something capable of doing that.
The longest I've ever stayed in one place is two weeks, and I never thought it was that big a deal to unhook a water hose, electric line and a satellite antenna cable.
I did have a 22' Class C Four Winds for almost 10 years as a daily driver. Drove it back and forth to work (only 2 miles each way), went to the store, brought kids to dentist appointment, baseball practice, and everything else, with never a problem.
I was referring to people that might only go from campground to campground in shorter RVs, and wondering why bother towing a car ? I'd much rather be towing a boat. [emoticon]


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Mich F wrote:

SnoBear wrote:

Could you set up the Jeep to tow the Navion [emoticon]


I've always found it strange that someone in a 24' or 25' motor home would need a toad. [emoticon]


The toad gets us places the RV could only wish to go. Even a 25 foot RV has limitations. For instance, last weekend we were scurrying around the a beach on the Washington coast doing the Earth Day beach clean up thing. The RV would be sunk to its axles if we took it out where we were.


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We've been flat towing our Currie Enterprises built 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Tom Raider Limited Edition for 2 years and 12,000 miles with our 2011 Winnebago View 24K with absolutely no issues. Our Wrangler is several hundred pounds heavier that stock with its long list of off road / performance upgrades including 35" tires, Kenne Bell supercharger, Warn 9000 lb. winch, Currie 4" lift + body protection, and dual 5 gallon gas cans. Stock weight was 3,832 lbs. so its probably 4,200 lbs. now.

We use a Brake Buddy which basically has our Wrangler stop itself. We've had a couple of panic stops to miss a moose in Alaska and idiot drivers in SoCal traffic and both our view and Brake Buddy equipped Wrangler performed flawlessly. We;ve also taken our View / Wranlger combo up and down several extremely steep roads including the road into Whistler, Palomar Mountain in San Diego County and Towne Pass to Death Valley in BLAZING heat. The Views Mercedes turbodiesel engine and 5-speed transmission provides a wide range of engine braking so we've never had any brake issues... unlike several Class A owners towing similar vehicles. The cooling system is excellent, NEVER overheating, even in the HOT temperatures we see in the California deserts.

Bottom line: The View is awesome for towing from our experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED even with a HEAVY 1999 to 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

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We tow a 2009 Honda Fit and love the car as our daily driver.

If you're contemplating buying a new one verify that they are still towable 4 wheels down. I've read that the newer ones may no longer be approved for towing.


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Dakzuki wrote:

Mich F wrote:

SnoBear wrote:

Could you set up the Jeep to tow the Navion [emoticon]


I've always found it strange that someone in a 24' or 25' motor home would need a toad. [emoticon]


The toad gets us places the RV could only wish to go. Even a 25 foot RV has limitations. For instance, last weekend we were scurrying around the a beach on the Washington coast doing the Earth Day beach clean up thing. The RV would be sunk to its axles if we took it out where we were.


I totally agree. We use our Jeep for backcountry access and to get to the really great "off the beaten path" roads, many of them impassable with our View due to clearance (low tree limbs) or mediocre roads full of large rock's, potholes, deep ruts, etc. One of our most memorable back country drives was from Gunnison to Aspen over Taylor Pass in Colorado. The "road is an old mining trail that literally is driving up a creek in one section. Absolutely spectacular scenery.. And where my son caught his first fish.

The other "bucket list" road is over 12.000 ft. elevation Imogene Pass between Telluride & Ouray via the stunning Yankee Boy Basin also in Colorado. Probably the most scenic drive in all 50 states and NO WAY to do thin in our View.

Once you get a Jeep and start exploring, you'll open up another 30% of destinations, many just a few miles off the paved roads. Nothing like having the top down on our Wrangler at the beach or in the mountains. The view from out Jeep trumps the view from our View hands down.

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j-d wrote:

According to Honda's site, CR-V "Curb Weight" is 33-3600-lbs and FIT is 25-2600.
So FIT weighs about the same as Corolla, but the Toyotas are towable only with manual transmission.
The Toyota Corolla hasn't weighed 2500 lbs. since 2005. Get a Fit, Fiesta, Accent, Versa or Rio.


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I am new here, and have found this tread helpful. I recently bought a 2010 class c sprinter deisel and was considering towing.

Unfortunately what I was considering towing is not towable wheels down. So I am now considering trailering the vehicle. The vehicle is street legal jeep like ATV (oreionmotors.com) and could be used for local driving while traveling. The total weight of ATV & Trailer (alumininum) would be about 2,200 lbs without any other cargo on trailer. I thought this would be a light alternative to trying to tow a heavier jeep. Also, the street legal ATV would give you a chance to go places and do things that a car could not, whiles still giving you the ability to drive local 25-45 mph roads.

Has anybody else trailered and used a street legal registered Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) for local driving?

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