Originally Posted by homeless
Thanks for the reply's. I am working on my case for no toad. I under stand the conversance of having one. But considering the idea we do a lot of squatting and don't like to leave my rig unattended very long anyhow. Bikes can be more healthy and think renting a car or motorcycle when needed can be a good option!
We too are weighing the pros and cons of a toad. Since we're only three months into full-timing, don't have a conclusion yet. MPG is not a major consideration for us, but anyone saying that adding 10% of weight behind their rig has no affect on gas mileage is either always going down hill or not very observant. It would have to make some difference. Most reports I've seen come to about 1 mpg.
So far we've rented a car for one day and didn't even need to do that. We just wanted to combine some city exploring and errands. There has been one day I would have preferred to have a car when our dog needed to go to the vet. We made the best of it by taking care of a few other things while in town.
I really enjoy the nimbleness of a 32' rv without towing. I back up and otherwise maneuver in tight spots quite often. I rarely worry about entering parking lots or gas stations or boondocking areas. We plan by the week for shopping and laundry. If we run out of bread, we go without.
Like I said, too early to make a definite conclusion, but am getting along fine without a toad for our current traveling preferences. If we routinely stayed in the same place for weeks or months at a time I would likely want a car.