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Ten most popular vehicles towed behind motorhomes

By Chuck Woodbury
With so many towed vehicle options, it helps to know what other RVers are choosing. Picking the right vehicle for your needs can be the difference between an “okay” trip and a great one. The customers of RVibrake.com recently told the company their towed vehicle model, which the company then put into a top ten list based on popularity.

It turned out that my “towed vehicle,” a Honda Fit (manual transmission) comes in tenth on the popularity list. Various models of Jeeps were the most popular overall.

Here are the most popular, in order:

• Jeep Wrangler
• Honda CR-V
• Jeep Grand Cherokee
• Jeep Cherokee
• Chevy Equinox
• Chevy Colorado
• Jeep Liberty
• Ford F-150
• Ford Edge
• Honda Fit

The unknowns of towing a car or other vehicle behind your RV and getting the right gear for the adventure can be daunting. RVibrake provides information here about flat towing, plus videos, that will answer some of your concerns and help you choose what’s right for you.

Please leave a comment about your towed vehicle and why you chose it.

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Lori
3 months ago

I tow a 2014 Chevy Spark 5-speed (manual). It’s lightweight and gets 45ish MPG. It’s a tight fit but welcome transportation once I get where I’m going. Beats 8 mpg in my Class C.

Richard. Hughes
3 months ago

We had a Dodge Caliber, 5 speed with a manual transmission. It towed perfectly, was not heavy, gave us room for our folding e-bikes and other items. Didn’t have to have key on to tow.

JAY SOUTHWARD
3 months ago

We two a 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman S with 6 speed manual. Don’t need braking system as it’s under 3000lbs. Cheap on fuel and you hardly know it’s there. Have 93 Itasca Sundancer with E350 Ford Econoline chassis.

Al Hollister
3 months ago

Bought a 2010 new because can flat tow with automatic trans. Pull a fuse (very difficult to get to), run trans through a sequence shift. 150,000 miles so far plus about 25,000 being towed. Trouble free. BUT, Honda changed in 2015 so last model year can tow was 2014.

Montgomery D. Bonner
3 months ago

Yep, jeep wrangler is the best and easiest vehicle to setup and tow behind MH. Have had two of them, both easy. Manual transmission makes it even easier, and better performance on it too.

Dennis
3 months ago

I flat tow a 2002 Ford Ranger XLT behind a 30′ Class A Georgetown 303F. Had to have a custom made disconnect drive shaft fashioned to keep tranny disengaged while towing. “Neutral” will not disengage the tranny. Drive shaft easily disconnects while in the driver’s seat with a pull of a knob. Only $1,600 back in 2005 for the whole unit. (Base plate, drive shaft, wiring harness, “A” arm and installation.) That whole process would cost in excess of $3,000 today. That is why I hang on to this unit.

Jeb
3 months ago

Have a 2003 Honda Accord that I owned before flat towing. Use to dolly tow it,fwd. Got tired of that and found out you could flat tow it. Alas, later models you cannot do that.

Engineer
3 months ago

Why do comments show posting dates that are 8 or so months ago….are these articles just recycled?

Engineer
3 months ago

We have towed 4 different Jeep Wranglers with the latest being a 2018 Sahara JL. The ease of attachment makes the Wrangler an outstanding choice; coupled with its comfort and ruggedness…..

Dan A
3 months ago

My toad is a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited (JKU) which replaced my 74 Jeep CJ6. Simplicity in hooking up and towing. I use the Air Force One braking system. Previously I was using the Brake Buddy Classic system.
We do a lot of trails and roads less traveled, hence the Jeep. It’s a versatile vehicle, so it fits our fulltime lifestyle.

Claudia
3 months ago

Our toad is a 2011 Ford Edge. I get the itch for a new car, but I just look at it, remember that it’s already set up and tows like a dream behind our Georgetown XL, has all the nicks and dings that towing gets you but still looks pretty sharp, it’s reliable and comfortable and talk myself out of it. Saved us plenty of $$ and angst trying to find a replacement towable.

Rock & Tina
3 months ago

We flat tow a 2016 Nissan Sentra with the manual transmission. We chose this car because it’s light, you just hook it up, put it in neutral and go. No other prep, no key in the ignition so you can lock the doors. It doesn’t get any easier.

Last edited 3 months ago by Rock & Tina
Glen Cowgill
3 months ago

We own 2 of the top 10 with the Jeep Grand Cherokee being the most often towed. Our 2014 Honda CRV has made several trips and is my wife’s daily driver. I drive the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Neither car has a lot of miles on them as both of us are retired.

Karen Grace
3 months ago

We flat tow a Ford Fusion and love it! All that’s needed to tow it is to put it in neutral.

Judy Castle
7 months ago

We flat tow a 2017 Ford Fiesta. Never know it is there.

Carl
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy Castle

We bought the same car for towing!

Rowena T Lucian
10 months ago

Our list of flat tow vehicles over the years is long, including an Isuzu trooper and Dodge Dakota p/u, our faves have been our Honda CR-Vs, a ’98, an ’05 and now a 2013. If you need AWD or 4×4 capability (we like beach driving and goat paths) then the CR-V is it. Lighter weight, good gas mileage and the least towing restrictions.

Roger Wies
11 months ago

Electrical the plugs seem to turn brown. They work but seem to blow the breaker. Any ideas? Changed outlet 10 monthes ago. Plug in heater for 110. Now part of plug top or bottom turns brown. Help is it still safe to use?

Bob P
3 months ago
Reply to  Roger Wies

What does this have to do with toads?

Julie Winkelman
11 months ago

1998 Tracker with a roof rack, halogen off road lights, a 3″ lift package, aggressive off road tires and a sticker that says “Red Hot Toad”. Love the little booger. Goes anywhere and everywhere, light to tow and inexpensive to maintain. Parts are getting harder to find but I take especially good care of it.

Dave
11 months ago

We tow our 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4×4 crew cab behind our Newmar mountain aire 4347 DP. It weighs about 5800 lbs. We use a Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar rated at 8000 lbs. When I’m driving the motorhome I cant even tell it’s back there. It tows beautifully and I have zero issues with it. We also use the RVi brake system in the towed vehicle.

Maurice Benazeraf
1 year ago

Mine is a Honda Fit 2013 Automatic transmission. I flat tow my Fit. The 2013 Fit automatic is the only year they made it to be flat towed. There is a 3 minutes prep to start towing and you’re good for about 600 miles, after that well…another 3 minutes.
Honda Fit 2013 owner’s manual page 159.

Mark O.
11 months ago

ANY Honda Fit automatic can be flat towed by following the procedure in the manual. That is until they switched over to the CVT transmission which I believe was in 2014. Then it has to be towed on a dolly. All the manual tranny models have no issues at all.