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way2roll wrote:

I will never go back to a dolly if I didn't have to. I'd actually probably stop towing and rent a car.
I'd give serious consideration to a 5er.


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I’m the ‘odd man out’ I guess.....

I travel a LOT, over the course of a year, probably more than once a month, and Toronto to Florida probably 4 times a year. My average trip is 7 to 10 days.

I’d NEVER drag a car behind.

On a recent trip to Florida for an air show, a buddy who always brings a toad 4 down came along for a ‘boys trip’. He was VERY surprised that I not only wasn’t taking a toad, I flat out refused his offer of his.

When we got there and a nice young man arrived a few hours later with a shiny new Mercedes SUV rental car he got pensive.

When he found out that that rental, delivered to us, and ours to use for 3 days was going to cost $135 ($$45/day) and that was likely considerably LESS than the added cost of gas to drag a toad 3,000 miles round trip he was dumb-founded.

On many trips I never even get a car, when I can’t get a ride but need one, Uber, Lyft or a taxi is just a couple of dollars.


Uber Lyft and rental cars are an option when you city camp. And for the short duration trips you do. 7-10 days FL to Toronto means you’re piloting the RV most of the time anyway.
Just like most other claims on rvnet, it’s fun to see how one person’s unique to them experience is touted as THE way to do it.


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When he found out that that rental, delivered to us, and ours to use for 3 days was going to cost $135 ($$45/day) and that was likely considerably LESS than the added cost of gas to drag a toad 3,000 miles round trip he was dumb-founded.


I've never noticed any real impact to MPG towing a car behind our MH. If it is it's negligible and certainly nowhere near $45/day. Just rough math tells me that if I avg 8 MPG without my car, and say for the sake of argument it impacts my MPG by 1 when I tow(which I doubt) bringing it to 7 mpg, travelling 300 miles/day with gas at $2.50, I would pay an extra $13 a day to bring my own car. That's $31 less than the rental. I would have to see a decline in performance down to almost 5mpg to achieve $45/day. But using your 3000 mile round trip still comes in at $133, which is still less and I've had my own car for 10 days - not 3. Never mind that I am still paying for my car and it's insurance anyway while it sits at home - so if I rent I am now paying for 2 cars, one of which is sitting in my driveway. I like to be self sufficient, and towing my car is not only easy and cheap but I never have to worry about not finding a rental, one that hasn't been smoked in, not finding an uber or even a breakdown on the road. Renting a car has it's merits and we've done it, but it's not cheaper than towing your own.

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JaxDad wrote:

I’m the ‘odd man out’ I guess.....

I travel a LOT, over the course of a year, probably more than once a month, and Toronto to Florida probably 4 times a year. My average trip is 7 to 10 days.

I’d NEVER drag a car behind.

On a recent trip to Florida for an air show, a buddy who always brings a toad 4 down came along for a ‘boys trip’. He was VERY surprised that I not only wasn’t taking a toad, I flat out refused his offer of his.

When we got there and a nice young man arrived a few hours later with a shiny new Mercedes SUV rental car he got pensive.

When he found out that that rental, delivered to us, and ours to use for 3 days was going to cost $135 ($$45/day) and that was likely considerably LESS than the added cost of gas to drag a toad 3,000 miles round trip he was dumb-founded.

On many trips I never even get a car, when I can’t get a ride but need one, Uber, Lyft or a taxi is just a couple of dollars.


Uber Lyft and rental cars are an option when you city camp. And for the short duration trips you do. 7-10 days FL to Toronto means you’re piloting the RV most of the time anyway.
Just like most other claims on rvnet, it’s fun to see how one person’s unique to them experience is touted as THE way to do it.


I clearly said I was the odd man out, I did not say everyone must do it my way.

You’re math is flawed too, I get from Toronto to Florida generally in 1.5 days, 15 hours the first day, 7 the second. 3 days out of 7 is less than half, out of 10 it’s less than a third. Certainly a lot less than “most of the time”.

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JaxDad wrote:



When he found out that that rental, delivered to us, and ours to use for 3 days was going to cost $135 ($$45/day) and that was likely considerably LESS than the added cost of gas to drag a toad 3,000 miles round trip he was dumb-founded.


I've never noticed any real impact to MPG towing a car behind our MH. If it is it's negligible and certainly nowhere near $45/day. Just rough math tells me that if I avg 8 MPG without my car, and say for the sake of argument it impacts my MPG by 1 when I tow(which I doubt) bringing it to 7 mpg, travelling 300 miles/day with gas at $2.50, I would pay an extra $13 a day to bring my own car. That's $31 less than the rental. I would have to see a decline in performance down to almost 5mpg to achieve $45/day. But using your 3000 mile round trip still comes in at $133, which is still less and I've had my own car for 10 days - not 3. Never mind that I am still paying for my car and it's insurance anyway while it sits at home - so if I rent I am now paying for 2 cars, one of which is sitting in my driveway. I like to be self sufficient, and towing my car is not only easy and cheap but I never have to worry about not finding a rental, one that hasn't been smoked in, not finding an uber or even a breakdown on the road. Renting a car has it's merits and we've done it, but it's not cheaper than towing your own.


If I was a ‘flat-lander’ I might agree, but for me, Toronto to Florida involves well over 1,000 miles of mountains.

Even if the gas money (never mind wear & tear, tires, tow hardware, etc., etc.) was the same, and it’s not, not even close, the other issue for me is that a toad means I have to deal with 40+ hours of extra work driving, dealing with extra hassle of gassing up, etc., etc.

Also, because I normally travel for ‘work’ (the DW calls it play) I fairly regularly have to tow a trailer, if not the entire (one way) distance at least a few hundred miles. That’s impossible with a toad.

I’ve had a toad, and for me, it’s NOT cheaper, or more convenient, or a workable solution.

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