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Old 05-31-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Toad or no Toad?

We plan to take a trip to Anchorage next summer and my question is. Should we take our toad or not. I have a gas model MH so climbing a lot of mountain grades is something to consider. If there should be a long grade I can unhook and have DW drive it. I did take the toad on a cross country trip a couple of years ago and no problems. I do like the convenience of having a vehicle especially 4 wheel drive to take side trips etc. Mileage is about 1 mpg less with the toad. We are in no rush and do like to sight see. Your comments will be appreciated.

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Old 05-31-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Any issue along that loooong trail that puts your MH in the shop, etc is reason enough.
We put 7000 on our MH in the last year, and 15,000 on the toad just sight seeing! Without the toad we would be broke from buying MH fuel.

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Old 05-31-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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Yup, pulling the toad and un-hooking it when needed (tight gas stations, steep hills, etc.) has worked well for us. When I travel solo, I bring the motorcycle. I do not like being without alternate transportation.

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Old 05-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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For us, being "toadless" would mean no sight seeing side trips, no quick trips into town for supplies, no way to get our bikes or kayak into remote locations, etc. However the highway travel convenience of no toad to drag around might be ideal if we were to pick a long term destination then rent a car while there. Cost might not set well with my tightwad chemistry though.

We chatted with a couple who part time in a motorcoach without a toad. They rent a car at casino destinations. For them, it was working well. At that casino we did not unhook our toad for the three days we were there.

Saw very few motorcoaches without toads this year on our cross country trip.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:41 PM   #5
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We have a 03 Scottsdale and tow a 05 Dakota. We would not be without it. I think the MH is more stable with the toad. Kinda like the tail on a kite. You get a practiced eye for where you can go. Take the grades slow and pull over and let the traffic go.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #6
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This is our third season without a toad, Unfortunately, our daily driver (an 03 Kia Sedona) is within 200 pounds of our hitch limit and would cost more than its resale value to modify it for flat towing. Since we rarely stay more than two nights at a CG and do most of our sightseeing en-route between CGs, not having a toad hasn't been a big issue.

Sure would be nice, but a third vehicle (insurance, maintenance, etc.) is hard to justify in our situation. When it comes time to replace the Sedona, we'll be looking at compact station wagons (VW Jetta, Mazda 6 and similar) that are lighter than the Sedona and can still accommodate two Labradors.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:38 AM   #7
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Frankdamp I hear you on the insurance. One reason I bought the jeep classic was I wanted a 4 wheel drive and the weight had to be under 4000 pounds. The 2000 jeep classic is 3400 so it is just right. Most of the 4X4 jeeps now exceed 4000 pounds.

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