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Posted: 04/22/06 10:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We don't tow because we seldom stay in one place for more than one night. We've never had a problem finding a parking place - sometime it meant walking a couple of blocks.


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Here is our plan - MH is on it's own alot of the time. Next time I switch vehicles it will be one that is 4down towable (Jeep Liberty being the leading contender). For now there are days when it would be nice, but I've stuffed the 29' (official size) but really 31' into Wendy's parking lots, view points and even a few shopping mall parking spots. I'm a bit further away than normal but I've done it. Would I do it in the TOAD if it was there, absolutely, have I ever missed anything due to size? not yet. It just takes practice and some times Giblets to go where you want to go. Learn the limits and use them [emoticon] More than once I've had applause from non RV'ers as they watch me pull into/out of spots. Not my first choice always but then I have no choice at the moment.

As a side not I think sometimes not having a TOAD has forced us to stay in the wilderness longer (we boondock almost always) as opposed to breaking down and heading into "town" to kill time. Meant a more "pure" outdoors experience.


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Posted: 04/22/06 11:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We tend to move on each day and rarely spend a second night in the same place. No toad, it's not worth the trouble for the way we travel.


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We just hook up our 1974 VW Super Beetle and go. The only problem we have is that it is so light we forget it is there, that's why we had to put on a back up monitor. No increase in gas milage at all.


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Posted: 04/23/06 12:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

the way I look at it, if a toad is needed at a specific spot, rather than tow, easier to rent a car.


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It would depend on how far from your mh that the sightseeing trip might be!

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Posted: 04/24/06 12:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You do not want to sightsee with a 30' MH. Not to mention the work required to hook and unhook the thing each time you want to pull it out.

Most RVs with slides can only tow 3500 pounds or less. I was amazed that the Winnebago 31' with one or even 2 slides can tow 5000 lbs. That is pretty darn good and also a rarity. If you wanted to go a Class A route or a Super C, you could probably tow more.

The Dodge Grand Caravan that I had weighed in at about 4500 pounds so, that might be something to consider. The other idea might be to get a couple of scooters and/or golf cart to cruise around in. Then again, I think you might be happier with a TOAD so, scratch that idea.

Before we hooked the PT Cruiser behind the MH, my wife either followed behind the MH or we rented a car once we got there.


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Posted: 04/25/06 07:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Driveby..... I've never towed and have motorhomed for 34+ years in 49 states. In some ways it is more adventurous to make your way without a toad. Been to Alaska twice and recommend not towing on the long trip there, too. We feel that hitting the road in our coach is setting off on a quite different style of adventure; one that should feel quite different than "normal" life. If it feels like "home", you are somehow cheated. Making things a bit too easy by having a toad available undermines the unique quality of the experience. Can never understand why some folks cringe at the thought of spending just a few minutes unhooking! It is just not that involved a process. We also really appreciate having our "stuff" with us at all times, rather than driving a toad and giving up conveniences of a coach-owner, such as the fridge and a handy john. It all boils down to your camping style.
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Posted: 04/25/06 10:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You do not want to sightsee with a 30' MH. Not to mention the work required to hook and unhook the thing each time you want to pull it out.



What am I missing?

Maybe I have it down to a science, but:
1) disconnect one water hose
2) turn off LPG
3) un hook drain hose
4) put " stuff away"


20 minutes tops,...............

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Posted: 04/26/06 12:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You do not want to sightsee with a 30' MH wrote:



I agree, I've done it without, and I've done it with - you see soo much more with a toad. And, I don't know of any rental agencies in the national parks. and, where the roads in the back country are so small I wouldn't think of doing it in the coach.

Take Yosemite for example, with my toad I was able to quickly pull over and find a little nook to pull off and observe, deer, bear, coyote' etc. with the coach I would only have to move on as I wouldn't be able to pull off in that same little nook. And those times when I could observe of photograph the animals made the trip worth it.


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