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Hi - Taking a cross country trip this summer and we're thinking of buying 3 scooters for our 24' MH as a way to get around.

Any suggestions on where to buy reasonably priced scooters? Or other suggestions for alternative transportation?

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Craigslist.


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hillys wrote:

Or other suggestions for alternative transportation?
Scooters are lots of fun when the weather cooperates, but horrible otherwise. There are also some logistical challenges with trailering 3 scooters. You might want to consider towing a used open Wrangler with a canvas top & sides. It is so much easier to manage with setup and break-away. It too will provide an open-air experience, but much better when a cool rain shower comes along and cool mountain air. Also great for taking on primitive roads where scooters cannot go. And it can carry a cooler and other stuff for the day's excursion.

Just my thoughts about it.


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Definitely consider weather factors. Personally, I'd rather have a toad.

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We use a scooter and a enduro and love them. Although we sometimes pull a pickup 4 down to, if we're not pulling the boat!






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hillys, keep an eye on craigslist and surf for a local dealer. Don't be afraid of Chinese brands if you are mechanically oriented, otherwise stick with one of the major Japanese brands.

Yaj, I like your setup. What brand are your carriers? Been wrestling with some similar ideas myself.


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I knew somebody who was killed on a scooter... I would highly suggest using a 4 down vehicle, especially on unfamiliar roads. I prefer a 4 down standard shift Toyota Yaris because of great gas mileage and super easy to tow.


4 whopping cylinders on Toyota RV's. Talk about great getting good MPG. Also I have a very light foot on the pedal. I followed some MPG advice on Livingpress.com and I now get 22 MPG! Not bad for a home on wheels.


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hillys - Since you have stated you will be going cross-country, that implies wanting to see scenery and doing sight seeing. I'm prejudice as I ride 2 wheels so I would buy the scooters and a trailer to haul them. Your 24' likely does not have enough difference between actual weight and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to haul them.

A 4-wheel toad is nice, but you miss the real experience of 360* view and the smell of the country. If it is windy or cold, it won't be that much fun in a 4-wheeler.

If the weather is not suitable for riding, we look for indoor fun.


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Posted: 03/06/12 07:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want a fighting chance of parts and service and maintenance, get the established Japanese brands that do a lot of volume like Honda or a cult like brand like Vespa.

If you want disposables, any Chinese scooter bought from eBay (preferably new) will do, note warranty is nearly worthless because the importer will not be around to service it, or the dealer will decamp.

Note many of these cannot be legally licensed because they don't have EPA number, titles, etc. and don't meet standards.

Ask yourself how much money you have to burn.

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