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jojolou

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Posted: 04/22/06 12:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tried it with our 31ft. and decided a toad was a MUST! Tried rental cars and mass transit etc., a toad gives you freedom to go anywhere and whenever you want.

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A toad is absolutely not required. Certainly it can be a convenient option. Also a heavy rig with a slide does not limit your ability to tow 4 wheels down, assuming you want to.

You have this great vehicle that fits every one, has a bathroom and is very comfortable. Our "31" is 32'11" and we have never towed anything behind it. We find it really handy to have all our stuff with us. We have always found parking wherever we have wanted to go.

Occasionally we dig in (camp trailer style) and then we rent. Most campgrounds have at least one rental place that will come pick you up. We find that on long trips the .5-1 mpg loss when towing makes a rental car cheaper, and no wear and tear on our vehicles, not to mention the thousands a towing set up costs.

When we camp near home sometimes one of us will drive a vehicle seperately.

But most often, we keep the amount of junk we spread out to a minimum so we can break camp in just a few minutes. That's the beauty of a motorhome, you can always have all your stuff right with you where ever you go - kind of like a yacht.

It really comes down to your camping style. If you set up camp in a way where you can disconnect or reconnect in a few minutes, and you are comfortable driving your motorhome, a toad is of minimal usefulness. If you are uncomfortable driving a motorhome to the places you want to go, or if setting up or tearing down camp takes you a really long time, you probably want some alternate way to drive around.

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Well....we just bought a 26.5 Lazy Daze and do not plan to tow a car. We have two 10 day trips planned, just will not unpack so much stuff that we have to pack. We also plan to take a screen room and will probably just put chairs, little what nots in the screen room while we are gone. We just go for day trips anyway, can always cable lock stuff to picnic table if we have to. We will be using the hitch on the back of the C for our bikes and will take them with us if we can park on the edge of a town, etc and bike around. If not, we will lock those to the picnic table as well.

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TXSKIBUM wrote:

Hooking and unhooking. HA ! I had a TT for awhile. It takes me 10 minutes to set up the Class C vs over 40 to set up the TT. Therefore about 10 minutes maybe 15 to break camp to go shopping. Good Luck.


Love this! We have loved our travel trailer for the last two years but are so looking forward to not having all the set up. Maybe my husband will use that extra time to help me cook!

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We don't tow - we have been thru lots of parks, state parks, etc in our 29' C and never had any problems with driving or parking. Plus - it saves money when you have your kitchen right there - feed the kids - then go hiking or seeing the sites.
Like HiTech - if we are going within a few hours of home for the weekend - DH drives the car - I drive the MH - then we park the car behind the MH in a pull thru - when we want to go - we just hop in the car. Longer vacations - we leave the car at home - don't need it (that's just us) - buy a good Class C with towing capacity and then "SEE" if you really need to go out and buy the towbar/hitch set up after your first trip with the kids.


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We use a toad a lot. I think you'll want to have one, especially w/ a motorhome that size. It's nice to have the convenient transportation when your motorhome is hooked up at the campsite.


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We did a 2-week, 5,000 mile sightseeing trip last fall in our 28' MH. Did NOT pull a toad - just rented a car at the 2 places where we were spending a few days each (National Parks, where we were glad we didn't have to worry about parking the MH).

Since then, we bought a toad - but still will not bring it with us on our trip to Alaska. We suspect the wear and tear isn't worth the few times we might actually use it? In our minds, we need the toad for those weekends we spend in one place; where we can hook up the MH and leave it that way.

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I have a Four Winds 28A which is actually 31 feet long, and I tow a toad. It doesn't seem to affect the gas mileage and the way we use the motorhome, we go to a CG, and sightsee in the surrounding area by car. Last year we went to the Pacific North West (from Vermont) and put 4000 solo miles on the toad, 10000 on the MH, so it saved some money. Did it save the cost of outfitting the toad? (Tow bar, base plate, brake thingy) I doubt it. It's also easier to park and to turn around.

There are only 2 of us and our toad is small. That's what works for us.


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We have a Jeep toad, and tow it because it's part of the experience. We camp where we can four wheel drive and get into the county - driving on the beach, going through back country jeep traile, driving around the dunes. Our thoughts are use the camper as a mother ship, and shoot out from there. Also if you can't get into major areas because they are full to campers you can camp outside the park and just drive in for the day, then back to the camper to sleep.
alstly if you do have a break down in the middle of nowhere you have a backup vehicle to solve your problems.


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Hi,

In my opinion, the more people you have travelling with you, the greater the need for a toad, especially when the extra bodies are kids. Depending upon the type of camping you'll be doing and the available facilities, you'll probably find yourself needing something at an odd hour. You probably don't want to break camp and drag everyone along to head down to the drug store to pick up bug-bite stuff or allergy spray or baby formula...the list goes on.

When we first got our motorhome we travelled without the Odyssey in tow. If you're always on the go, it's not a big deal. When you settle into a campground for a few days, it's really nice not to have to tear everything down.

Can you live without the toad? Probably, but it's just not as convenient.

As was mentioned, if you flat tow, then there really isn't any weight penalty added by towing that a slide/non-slide model would raise. Assuming you're looking at units on the Ford E-450 chassis, your major limit will be the 14,050 lb. GVWR. A 30'+ slide floorplan motorhome on this chassis with a large family is an automatic recipe to be overweight. However, if you can manage to stay under the 14,050 lb. weight, most models will let you tow a vehicle up to 5,000 lbs. Again, you have to be careful 'cause some only have 3,500 lb. hitches on them.

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