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Aadkins101

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Posted: 02/20/20 05:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are an elderly couple with a small MH. We spend several months in FL each year & rent a car. If you reserve ahead of time, you can get a really good rate. We’ve had it with towing anything!

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The best person to answer the OPs question is the OP.
It's not like they're new to RVing or pulling a toad along with.
Only they can decide where they like to camp, what they like to do for activities, how long they stay in one spot, etc.

Every RV setup is a compromise. That is a given.
Personally with the TC when were not towing the boat to a "destination", if it's something like a big NP or somewhere else we will be spending a few days or longer, I unload the camper so we have the "toad." We are drivers. We go places and do stuff a lot of the time. Having to break camp multiple times, plus the burden of driving the while house while doing whatever, to me, is less desirable than unloading the camper.

I'd think hooking and unhooking the toad would be a lot easier and not a burden to tow.


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We have a 24' Class C and we take the toad if we go anywhere for more than one night. You can use the satelite view on the Google navigation app to look at the gas stations in advance.

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Posted: 02/28/20 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Experience:
We have a 26ft Class C and this is first year we have had a toad. It is convenient and allows more flexible travel at your destination. However, we have visited about 60% of the National Parks in the USA (plus a trip to Alaska) and a Number of National Parks in Canada without a toad. Really enjoyed using the public transportation. You get to see more because you don't have to pay attention to the road and you meet interesting people. Its much more social. I also enjoyed not having to worry about the extra vehicle plus the extra cost if you take a ferry or toll road.

My fuel mileage is 8.5 mpg without the toad. It is just a little over 7 mpg with pulling the toad. We have about 35K miles on this MH without the Toad and about 3K miles while pulling the toad so we will have a better view of fuel economy difference by the end of this year.

The downside is in places outside of a National Park where you want to go to a trail head for hiking. I don't like to leave the MH unattended in those situations so we have missed out on some opportunities.

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I have driven over 400k miles in a class A with a toad and 17 years. Now in a 29 foot and can take it or not. Most of the time I do not go with my toad. I found I can go everywhere I need to go and see 90% with no issues. I love having the coach in a park, we have a kitchen and bathroom and we can also spend a hour or more watching buffalo move or take a nap by a running stream. I would go without if you are not going into a city.. when we go to the city or the beach I will tow the Jeep. So. It depends but a really long trip to the parks is easier without the toad.


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We have a 24 foot class c and have never towed. We have been able to use shuttles and public transport in many places, or we can drive our RV around short distances from the camp if necessary. We have rented cars several times, like Yellowstone, and it was well worth it and easy. We might be limiting ourselves a bit, but find it easier for the traveling we do, not to have the extra expense, etc. Whichever, have a fun time.

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LarryDel wrote:

Thanks for all the comments. You have convinced me. We will bring the toad for sure.
Wise decision!

Once you have secured a campsite in or near our country's national parks and monuments, you will be so very happy you brought your Jeep.

We live near Chicago and focus on national parks and such. One year heading out west, we left our Jeep Liberty home thinking we wouldn't need it much. That turned out to be a very bad idea. Now it doesn't matter where we go, our Liberty always comes along. In our particular situation per my signature, towing our Liberty drops our fuel economy by 1 mpg. But we make it up by leaving the motor home at the campsite and drive the Liberty around at our destinations.


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What I like about a toad is it acts as backup transportation should something really bad happen to the MH. Say you have a pet of some sort, it is hot outside, and something fails while on the road. Now you have a way to protect your buddy from the elements while attempting to get assistance for the MH.

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Posted: 03/19/20 01:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take your toad. You will definitely regret it if you don’t.

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