Originally Posted by Stevepkam
How is it traveling with toad? Don't know how many times I have had to do a U-turn. How tightly can you turn with toad? Can't back up at all with a toad rift?
When you first start driving a MH, you start looking out above you as you never had to do in a passenger vehicle. After a time, it becomes automatic. Everyone seems to panic about the possibility of low bridges. I worry a lot more about low tree limbs in towns.
I think that the same is true for turning with a toad. Pretty much any place that I can put our MH, I can take the toad. After several years of making turns, I've developed a sense for how much space I need to make 180 degree turn. We wanted propane at a little RV store in Arkansas and DW nearly panicked when I pulled in with the toad. The propane pump was at end of a long and somewhat narrow corridor. Though I needed the help of the propane attendant to watch the front of the MH as I made the last of the exit turn, we got in and out without unhooking. I won't have even tried it during the first two years that we owned this RV.
As others have suggested, making the go/no go decision about where you pull into is the most important. I've bypassed many places because I just didn't like what I might have to do. We've also gone down narrow roads by mistake and had to unhook so that we could back the MH in order to get out. That has probably happened less than a half a dozen times in all of our travels.
Of all the things that I worry about when we are traveling, this is not in the top 5 items. Frankly, my biggest worry is the silly campgrounds who cannot keep their trees trimmed high enough for RVs to make the turns that their roads dictate. That would be the same toad or no toad.