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Old 04-04-2019, 05:06 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a 2016 Honda Fit (manual trans) with Blue Ox system. Thoughts or experience?
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Have you considered bicycles instead? The RS is so small and versatile you can drive it around anywhere..... towing an extra vehicle is a big hassle for backing up ... Besides, towing a vehicle will slow you down and affect your MPG.
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As an avid cyclist (amateur racing), i do not speak from own experience, and it will be frowned upon by my buddies that I am advocating them, but i hear the electric bikes are the new thing. They increase your radius and speed drastically.
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Something small like a Fit would be a good choice. I have seen people who tow Smart Cars but most cannot be towed 4 down and need a dolly.
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Have you considered bicycles instead? The RS is so small and versatile you can drive it around anywhere..... towing an extra vehicle is a big hassle for backing up ... Besides, towing a vehicle will slow you down and affect your MPG.
Not so sure - our PW Plateau FL with bike/cargo rack on the back was about 26ft and created problems parking in some locations. In malls where we could fnd double spots it was fine, or in back in spots where clearance was ok to back the rack over the curb ok - but we did have some issues on our first long trip - 45 days in Florida.

Taking the racks off would have helped some but not entirely, and would be a hassle as we moved every week or so.

I am thinking about a toad now for our next long trip! Haven't decided yet but "My Mrs" likes the idea. I know there are some downsides.
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As an avid cyclist (amateur racing), i do not speak from own experience, and it will be frowned upon by my buddies that I am advocating them, but i hear the electric bikes are the new thing. They increase your radius and speed drastically.
A good option - but I don't think it would work for us.

I have a bike rack on a Wilco Off Road hitchswing on the back of our Plateau FL, inc combination with a cargo rack. This puts our mountain bikes fairly high and at our advanced years and not being very large, it is a fair lift even though out bikes are only maybe 35 lbs. I think electric bikes would be nearly double that weight and a bit too much for this old (and small!) geezer!

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I'm looking at a 2016 Honda Fit (manual trans) with Blue Ox system. Thoughts or experience?
Check the year - the newer Honda Fit is not approved by Honda for towing I don't think not sure what year that changed - I thought it might have been 2015.

If warrantee is not an issue then "fill yer boots!"

Minis are not approved at all for towing but many folks seem to tow manual tranny models without issue.


I have been thinking about a jeep but it is getting up near max wt for towing withe the MB. Also looking at Chev Equinox, I think maybe 1000 Lb less - only certain models can be flat towed though. I don't want to get involved with a dolly.
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A good option - but I don't think it would work for us.

I have a bike rack on a Wilco Off Road hitchswing on the back of our Plateau FL, inc combination with a cargo rack. This puts our mountain bikes fairly high and at our advanced years and not being very large, it is a fair lift even though out bikes are only maybe 35 lbs. I think electric bikes would be nearly double that weight and a bit too much for this old (and small!) geezer!

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Hey there Brian,

I'm guessing that you really do want/need a car, but if not.....

My ebike weighs 60 pounds, does about 35 top speed, and can go up just about any incline from a standing stop. You can deal with 2 of those or lighter ebikes with the right set up and still open the backs doors of your B in seconds.

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Old Chevy Trackers/Suzuki Sidekicks 2dr, and especially 4wd units are a hot item for toads. Only about 2600lbs with 4wd. You'll need the manual.
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I towed a Jeep, Caddy SRX, Saturn SW2 and Mini Cooper with my 34 foot gas Winnie. The Saturn was so light I didn't know it was back there. Same with the Cooper.

The Jeep and the Caddy were SERIOUSLY heavy. Not recommended. I CERTAINLY wouldn't try with my 16P190.

The Fit fits. Probably what I would choose.

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