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Old 08-16-2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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Need Recommendations for light tow car for 2018 31k

Any suggestions are welcome....want to tow 4 wheels down.....thanks much
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:44 PM   #2
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We currently tow a 4,000 lb Lincoln MKX and previously towed a Fiat 500. Obviously, the Fiat at 2200 lbs was an easy car to tow and fun to drive. Just not great to drive every day on vacation.

We notice the difference in weight mostly in reduced fuel mileage, but not too much in driving.

We got the Fiat just to tow it when we had a 30 foot Class C. It was very cheap to buy used ($8000). Cheap to insure. And, we sold it 18 months later for $5500.

I should also mention it was 5-speed manual. The only Fiat you can flat-tow.

Other options for light toads are: manual transmission Subarus and manual transmission Honda Fits. Of course the manual transmission Smart car, too. The most popular "light" car is an older Honda CRV. You can tow the automatic CRV as long as it's pre-2014. Many use older Saturn cars for toads as well.

Check the FMCA or Motorhome magazine Flat towing guides for details.
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Definitely do your research before you buy. Many newer cars that have manual transmissions are not towable. Overall, it’s a lot like picking the right floor plan. What type of vehicle do you want and how much do you want to spend.
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We've got a Mini Cooper Roadster that we tow 4-down. It's a 6-speed. They are very lightweight buy not the lightest cars out there though. We don't really need more than 2 seats most of the time so it's working for us.
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We've got a Mini Cooper Roadster that we tow 4-down. It's a 6-speed.
I know I see many others out there towing manual transmission Mini's. But the scary fact is that the manufacturer says "NO Flat-towing. Period" even for manual transmission Minis and has done so since the new BMW-Minis first came out.
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Old 08-16-2018, 04:35 PM   #6
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:40 PM   #7
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We tow a 2009 Honda Fit Sport automatic. Confirm with the manual, but any 2014-or-earlier Fit should be able to be towed four-down.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:31 PM   #8
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I know I see many others out there towing manual transmission Mini's. But the scary fact is that the manufacturer says "NO Flat-towing. Period" even for manual transmission Minis and has done so since the new BMW-Minis first came out.

They are no really different from just about every other manufacturer in that respect. Not many wants to say "sure go ahead and tow our car down the road". As you said many are doing it without problems. This is our 3rd Mini and people say they aren't reliable but we put 185K on our 2005 before selling that to a buddy that has pushed it long over 200K.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:41 AM   #9
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Don't forget hitch height

Many (like me) did not consider motor home receiver height. I have a 2018 Winnebago Vista LX 35f and the back end tapers up faitly aggressively (for a lot of reasons a good thing) but it results in a receiver height of 26 ". Keep in mind they recommend for flat towing the the height difference be no more than 2 or 3 " and preferable equal. Most base plate tab heights are in the 13 to 15" range requiring a drop receiver attachment of at least 10" which exceeds winnebagos recommendation.

A great way to "sift" through potential toads is on Blue Ox website by entering the year, make model of toad and it will give you the tab height. Some vehicles have a higher tab height.
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. Most base plate tab heights are in the 13 to 15" range requiring a drop receiver attachment of at least 10" which exceeds winnebagos recommendation.
I know this is so, but check out all the 10" drop attachments being used by everyone. There is really not much choice in the matter. My coach says 4" but that was impossible. 6" was better but still a problem. 10" works well. I tell myself it's OK because it's a SUPER heavy duty drop attachment.
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I hear ya

I am glad to here you say that because I am running out of affordable options. Sure, easy solution is a wrangler but they are very expensive. I will likely end up with a 10" drop. I will try to compensate with a light weight vehicle so I stay well below the max 5000 lb rating.
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Here's the one I got:

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Old 08-18-2018, 12:04 PM   #13
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Thanks ...I am considering a MINI...any year and model you recommend?
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I know I see many others out there towing manual transmission Mini's. But the scary fact is that the manufacturer says "NO Flat-towing. Period" even for manual transmission Minis and has done so since the new BMW-Minis first came out.
Keep in mind that Mini advocated towing prior to I believe the 2009 model year. I don't believe their recommendation has to do with safety or a potential for creating issues for the drivetrain, it's more about liability.

I've personally towed a 2009 R57 S for over seven years and many miles. Tracks beautifully. Did a lot of research and I couldn't find evidence of Mini owner developing problems as a result prior to hitching up.
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