...A smaller class C usually has more towing capacity than a bigger one.
Very true because both the small and the large RV use the same chassis. I little like "catch 22" the smaller ones don't feel the need, but have the capacity.
CGray1125 - Rather a basic question, is your plan for your motorhome to travel a longer distance and only spend one night in a campground along the way? Or...drive to a campground and spend 2 weeks in one place? Our motorhome is a way to get to our destination with the convenience of a bathroom, fridge, and bedroom along the way. Never has been a problem wishing we had a toad. We often do pull a small fiberglass trailer with motorcycle inside for sightseeing at the destination. Many of our stops along the way are in 24 hour shopping centers, truck stops, and even hospital parking lots,
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We own a 32' Class C motorhome. Not having a toad is a pain if we need to leave the campground. If we are going to Wal-Mart or other large box store, it's not too big a deal, but if we want to go somewhere with a small parking lot, it is a problem. The last time we went somewhere and needed to leave the campground every we just rented a car when we got that. It made life so much easier. We were going to a conference and although I figured there'd be enough parking for our large motorhome, the idea of traveling back and forth through the mountains with the motorhome didn't sit well. It worked out well, because all the conference center were lots of small parking lots, nothing large enough for our motorhome.
Not all cities are RV friendly, especially on the East Coast and in older cities. I would recommend looking at the places you plan to visit most and find out how RV friendly they are.
Thanks to all of you for your replies. You gave us just the information we were lookin for. We have traveled with travel trailers and 5th wheel before but first experience with motorhome. I vote for a very small toad, will have to discuss this with DH. Again, thank you so much!
What kind of toad do you have with this small of an RV?
I have a 24' Winnebago and tow a Jeep Cherokee. A smaller class C usually has more towing capacity than a bigger one.
Same story here.
We own a 23'-8", 9200 pound Phoenix Cruiser built on a Ford 2007 E350 chassis which provides a lot of towing capability, far more than the RV's 5000 pound hitch can handle. Our two vehicles, people, gear, water, all combined is 5000 pounds "Less" than the limit of the chassis 18,500 GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating).
We tow a 3800 pound Jeep Liberty as shown in my signature. My wife and I both consider the setup ideal. The 4x4 Liberty offers the ability to take day trips where a motor home or car cannot. We enjoy national parks & forests which often have roads where a 4x4 is recommended. Our 4x4 Liberty also offers extra storage for things like golf clubs and anything else unique to the needs of a particular trip. It also offers us the ability to take guests which has come in handy. On trips where bike riding is planned, we mount a bike rack to the Liberty's class-III hitch.
Also consider that a short motor home with a tow vehicle are a very friendly combination to manage together at any campground with length restrictions.
That's the primary reason I bought a 19' class B to begin with, and set an upper limit of 20' on my current class C. I do a lot of touring and sight-seeing in urban areas.
One trick that may help, if you do it before going on a trip, or if you have an internet connection along the way... pre-view the parking situation at your destination with Google Earth and its Street View feature.
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I second the idea of trying to do w/o a toad. We have a 22 ft Trail Lite and knew we would never tow a vehicle (maybe our small boat).
If you are not staying in a place long, you are doing a lot of hook/unhooking to travel, and you usually never back up w/ a toad while driving to a destination. Also, when you arrive, in many cgs w/ only back in sites, you have to unhook the toad even if you are not planning to use it.
Ours has been 32k miles and parked in tight parking lots and on streets of many towns. If you have pets, they come along on day trips and stay in the nice AC powered by the generator while you eat/shop/take tours.
I am told there is little difference in handling a 22 vs 25 ft rig.
We do plan a 2000 mile trip in the MH. I see no real need for toad along the way. However, will be making a couple of stops for a week or so to visit family and do some sightseeing. We are not motorcycle people (DH used to be many years ago) so don't think that is an option. Think we are going to try it without a toad for a while and see how it goes.
We have a 2000 Jamboree 23b. We do not tow a toad. Our rig is 18 inches longer than our pickup. And just a bit wider. As far as hooking and unhooking. Takes about 5 to 7 min. Because we do it often we have gotten fast at it and make no extra moves.
Its really like every thing else. If you do not want to tow then you have no problems or guess you could be like our friends. He tows his small Honda and she drives her car just in case they need two..
We did tow at one point some years back but saw little point after a while. As most trips we never used the toad. Having all the comforts of the motorhome all the time is just plain nice. We do find we often park away from the place we are going and have to walk a bit. But we do not feel a bit of extra walking is going hurt us.
However many of our friends jump in their toad to go across the street to the store. Or 4 sites down to visit friends. But walking that far is some thing they would never think of doing.
We spent most of our money traveling... Just wasted the rest..
We've traveled for quite a few years without a toad, first in a 24' class C and now in a 27' class C, and are quite happy without one. It's easy enough to unhook if we want to take off for the day and we find enjoy having the RV with us. At the grocery store we can bring stuff out and put it right in the fridge and then go on to do some sight-seeing or find a place with a view to spend the afternoon. The bathroom is always handy, as is a change of clothes, if desired, due to the weather.
A couple of times we've needed a car - s call to National takes care of that. A lot cheaper than towing. YMMV.