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Posted: 12/12/20 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I fell in to this completely restored 74 GMC. We are planning a trip from NC to California via Grand Canyon and other major sites. Wife and I and two boys- 10 & 13.

I'm just looking for opinions on whether or not i'll regret not having a TOAD.

At 23 feet the GMC gets around pretty well but will it work to to explore the big parks, also planning to do Yellowstone in the way back.

Also, my wife and i are older (like 110 between us)



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Can't answer your question but I'm very jealous of a Grand Canyon trip in a restored GMC!


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IMO take the toad.


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In some cases there are buses which can help with accessing areas within the parks GC for example, but for most a toad would be preferred . If you are in or near towns you may be able to rent a car for side trips, but in many areas that doesn't work.
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Posted: 12/12/20 08:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would be taking the toad.
Day tripping in it will give you better touring advantages and easier on MH driver. Some areas have roads that are not always the widest for MH.


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Why would you not want to tow a toad? Not having a toad will limit and be more inconvenient on your trip.

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On our usual trips, of 2-3 months around the country, it was not unusual to put almost twice as many miles on the toad than on the RV, especially when we traveled out West. It makes it so much easier to see all of the sights, get groceries, and it is a great emergency vehicle if we had RV problems and needed to pick up a part, etc.

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Some scenic pull outs do not have much room or parking spaces for an RV. Some have RV parking spaces, but are often filled with cars.

The Grand Canyon has a shuttle bus service lessening the need for a toad. At Yellowstone you are pretty much on your own.

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We've done both and I'd recommend taking a towed. Rental cars are a PITA. Yes, it's nice to drive someone else's car and not having to pull something behind you, but you have to spend a lot of time getting the car and then returning it when you're planning on leaving. We rented ONCE and said never again. You'll not enjoy the Yellowstone trip in the moho although many people do. You won't be able to stop at all the pull outs as many are accessible only with a passenger vehicle. The Grand Canyon stop will be easy. You don't need a car there. The bus will pick you up at the campground and you'll be able to change busses as necessary to get around. I have some pictures in my blog. Enjoy the trip...Dennis


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ditto to taking a towed with you, for all the reasons already listed, plus, it will be a real asset if you have a breakdown out in the middle of nowhere, and believe me, there are still places out west where you can be 50 to a 150 miles from any mechanical or other services. Some places won't even have cell phone service.
you won't need a toad at the Grand Canyon because they have a great shuttle service, but Yellowstone will be a real drag trying to tour the park in your rig.


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