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Old 09-19-2009, 08:58 PM
Location: California
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Considering purchasing a dinghy (tow vehicle) for our Motorhome.
What type of tow vehicle does everyone have and what size/type of motor home do you have?

Thank You,
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:41 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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It really depends on what you want to do with the tow car. (and if you have a 'tolerant' travel partner )

I keep a few choices available: (Motorhome = VW Rialta 20 mpg / 15 towing... temporarily, till I do a diesel conversion and get it up to 35mpg)
1) VW diesel Rabbit (1800#) 50 mpg /w sport suspension for mountain driving (cost was $300, but have a few extra 50 mpg Rabbits I got for $35)
2) VW GTD (Euro spec Turbo Diesel GTI) good at higher elevation (~46 mpg ~$1200 to build euro spec car from US GTI)
3) Work in process...4x4 Suzuki Samurai / VW Turbo Diesel conversion (Suzuki Samurai Turbo Diesel conversion kit for Suzuki Samurai) 35 mpg off-road economy w/ diesel torque.

I am also working up a multi-hitch to take along a couple motorcycles (dual sport)

If I was desiring 'gas' power, and liked to spend $$, I would have a 2004 VW R32 as Dinghy
My mom used a Jeep Grand Cherokee for many yrs as a dinghy.
For a 'generic' I would use a Manual tranny Saturn. ~ 40 mpg

My next motorhome will probably be a Peterbuilt or Kenworth tractor and pull a set of drop deck doubles (One with living space and one with machine shop and dinghy 'on-board'). A nice queen sleeper on the tractor is really comfy way to make miles, but the trailer will be a must once I 'arrive'. Then I can take the tractor out and haul freight to earn more camping $$.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:26 PM
Location: N. Ga
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We tow a Jeep Liberty, 4-down. Very easy setup and it tows wonderfully. We have towed our 3/4 ton Chevy pickup behind the coach as well, but only because it was needed for work purposes. We tow with a 42' Phaeton, freighliner chassis, and a tag axle. You don't even know the jeep is back there except for the fact that I see it in the backup camera all the time.

The biggest factor I found was that many car manufacturer's told me that I couldn't tow 4-down when I was looking to buy. Toyota, Nissan told me neither would tow 4-down without modifications that would void warranty. Whether this is true I don't know, but when a dealer tells me that.. I moved on. Chevy and Ford only had just a couple of model's that would work. It came down to a Honda or a Jeep for us and the jeep won. Now.. do I like the Jeep itself? Well.. not really.. but it does tow fantastic.
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