Some people call them tow rigs. Some people call them toads (for towed). Whatever you call them, if you live in a 26 foot RV there are times when you really just need a car. Unhooking utilities, pulling in slides, and stowing stuff that could fall off counters just to go get some pasta you forgot is nuts. We know, that's what we got in to a lot on our trip south next year. We had to choose between going without, asking for a ride, or pulling up stakes. Not acceptable.
There is a world of knowledge around which vehicles are best to tow. All you need to know is this: to avoid ruining a car you need to be able to do something to stop stuff from happening when you tow it. First, you need to unlock the steering wheel and second you need to disengage the transmission so it doesn't turn without getting oiled. Lots of people seem to ignore these guidelines, but we're too cautious for that. On the other hand, I wanted to tow a Ferrari in a car trailer. I got no traction with that idea.
So, that led down a short path. The safe-towing requirements are met by very few vehicles. For our purposes, nothing beats the Jeep. Totally coincidental that the colors match the View. Honest. It had 49k miles on it and was located just a few miles from our home. Meant to be, I guess. This is NOT a sports car (and we sold mine). But it is a hoot to drive. I call it an "active ride." Which will be perfect in the desert. Can't wait....
So I was looking at the site today and realized that you'd need to be pretty observant to find the article I wrote about our trip to the Southwest last year. And really, who has the time to try to find stuff on a web site? Not that anyone has asked me where the article was, but in the interest of good usability, I feel obliged to make an effort....
Because it was such a long story, I put it in a separate section called, "Longer Stories." It's up at the right end of the menu. Don't feel like reading? Here's all you really need to see.