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Old 01-16-2018, 04:18 PM   #1
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I have a 2016 Forester on a M/B 3500 chassis. Getting tired of renting cars when we stay for extended times. I'm thinking of attaching a rig and dragging a small toad ( not a Smart Car, but not much bigger). Wondering what it will do to overall mileage and if it's worth the wear and tear on the main chassis and components. It's just a 24' unit. Anyone have any thoughts and comments? Appreciate it. C'mon springtime......
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:28 PM   #2
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Chevy Sonic LT hatchback automatic trans - 2700 lbs - towed four down - prob 2 MPG - worth it to me.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:03 PM   #3
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We tow a Jeep Wrangler (2 Dr) with our 2017 FR 2400R. Does great, no issues. really don't see a "wear and tear" issue on chassis and components at it is a direct attach to the frame via the hitch. If I did not see the rig behind the MH, in the camera, would not know it was back there! The Jeep is about 4500 pounds, loaded, and mileage drop is maybe 2 - 3 mpg. Initially we were not getting a toad, but after a few trips and breaking camp and resetting (even though it was easy) decided that a toad was a better option for us. No regrets.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:25 PM   #4
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Although you’ll likely get several replies here, it will still behoove you to do a Forum search on this topic. It’s been addressed far more than multiple times, and you’ll get a much broader spectrum of opinions than from just this one thread that you can use to inform any decisions you make.

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Old 01-24-2018, 07:37 PM   #5
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We tow a Toyota RAV4 (modified for towing 4 down). The base vehicle weight is 3750#. With an LTV motorhome on the Sprinter 3500 Chassis the setup does good with about 2 MPG penalty (less at lower speeds, more on the Interstates at 70+). Up steep mountain grades, we do loose a little speed because of the limited top end RPM's, but it really isn't that bad. When the Mercedes diesel works like it should, it is amazingly efficient. Towing takes a while to get used to (like not being able to back up) and it is expensive to set up. Don't skimp on the safety items like a braking system. The 3500 is not like a big diesel pusher and you need the help of the toad brakes to help you stop in a reasonable distance. Tons of discussion elsewhere.
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:33 PM   #6
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Initially, we were not going to do the toad thing, but, when planning a month long trip, we decided to look at a toad so we would not have to break camp every time we decided to go somewhere. We ended up with a 2 dr Jeep Wrangler Sahara, used. We have a 2017 MBS Sprinter, Sunseeker 2400R model and it pulls the jeep great. When traveling interstates, regardless of high speed limit, we generally run at 65 mph just to stay on the safer side of speed. Wranglers seem to be the most chosen toad out there for use. The JK fits nicely under the weight restriction MB puts on tow capacity and the MH / toad combo handle nicely - don't know its there unless you look at the camera. Downside of the 2 Dr JK, is if you have more than 2 adults, entry in/out of the rear seat is not easy - OK for kids, but older adults would be a chore. Our purchase was a used 2008 and we did the install of the brake and breakaway setup ourselves. It had been used a toad prior so already had the light harness and Blue Ox baseplate installed. For a decent JK, out here in the PNW, plan on $15K (used) to as much as you want to spend for new. Supposedly, the new JL's, for 2018, are lighter and have more engine choices. They also cost more. I would not hesitate to get a decent JK series for a toad. Biggest problem on the used market is finding a decent price with low miles. Also, if looking at used Wranglers, be aware of how much lift one may have as the towbar height needs to be within a few inches of the MH hitch height. Too high and panic stop can cause the Jeep to go over the towbar it could get nasty. Hope this helps you,
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:54 PM   #7
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Well I just bought a 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk, with the locking differentials and all it has all the off-road capability I need and is very comfortable on road. Curb weight is published as 4,028 lbs and yes, it will be more than that but essentially in the same ballpark as a JK. Also with Active Drive II it is flat-towable with no restrictions. I'm not sure if I'm going to bother to tow it yet but at least it should be a reasonable candidate for doing so if I later choose.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:27 PM   #8
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We tow a Jeep Wrangler (2 Dr) with our 2017 FR 2400R. Does great, no issues. really don't see a "wear and tear" issue on chassis and components at it is a direct attach to the frame via the hitch. If I did not see the rig behind the MH, in the camera, would not know it was back there! The Jeep is about 4500 pounds, loaded, and mileage drop is maybe 2 - 3 mpg. Initially we were not getting a toad, but after a few trips and breaking camp and resetting (even though it was easy) decided that a toad was a better option for us. No regrets.
Dynamax Isata 3 24'. I tow a 2 Door Wrangler and my biggest concern is the Transmission Fluid Temperature. A drop of 3 mpg down to 12 is OK but I have an Ultragauge that shows Trans Temp as high as 230 occasionally and that alarms me.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #9
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Our Toad is a Fiat 500L manual transmission. Lots of room, lots of pep with the turbo. Steering wheel doesn’t lock so no ignition key needed while towing, therefore no miles accumulating.
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