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Old 03-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Local transportation options.

We're newbies trying to decide on the best choice for taking extra transportation with us. I love to hear some opinions and experience on the advantages and shortcomings of the various options, such as local car rental, 4 wheel car trailer, 2 wheel dolly, mopeds, bicycles, etc.
We are both about 60, so I'm pretty sure that bicycles aren't useful for more than pleasure riding.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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It depends on what vehicle you are talking about towing with you.
Bicycle's can be hung off the back on the ladder or if they fold up you can store them underneath in a bay.
If it is a vehicle that you can tow 4 down on the ground then no need for a dolly or trailer but you would require some modifications to the vehicle like a tow bar and/or a Remco pump.
If it is a motorcycle then you have several options and that would either a trailer or a lift of some sort to hook on the back of the RV. And depending on the weight of the bike it depends on if you could do that. Some RV's don't have the ability to take that much weight without some welding done to the RV.
Now you could get a Tandem Tow Dolly (about $6k and up) and then you could take both a bike/golf cart and car.
You could get a large trailer and take both a motorcycle and car like we do, ours is 20ft long. But then you would need to know how much weight you can tow to see if that is feasible.
Then there is the covered trailer option .....
As for renting that depends on how often you were gonna rent as to how expensive that ends up being.

As you can see there are lots to decide.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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It would certainly depend on how far you want to travel from your coach. If you are going to stay in the park then a bike or moped (if permitted) would be fine. However, if you want to venture out and about you will need a car. Before we started towing, early in our RV life, we would arrange to rent a car for our travels. That can become difficult if you go somewhere that rentals are not available and it can be expensive. I would suggest, it you have a car than can be towed to have it outfitted to do so. All cars cannot be towed 4 down and you might need to use a dolly....we never have. Once we began towing, we always bought our car with the option of towing 4 down. It can be expensive getting everything outfitted in the car (base plate install), but it is worth it in the long run. You will always have a car to get you from here to there and if you would need to make an "emergency" run anywhere your keys are in your pocket.
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Hi Raining Star,
Welcome to iRV2. When touring, we tow a GMC ENVOY XUV. In the back of the ENVOY is the wife's scooter. When we go to the Tampa RV Super Show (January of each year) the ENVOY is towed and a 1/2 size golf car goes in the back of the ENVOY. When parked at the resort where we own a lot (months at a time) The ENVOY is with us and a full size golf car for use in the resort. In all cases, the ENVOY is by our side. The secondary mode of transport depends on the type of trip.
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So what's a good source for finding out what cars can be towed four wheels on the road and what can't?
I assume my 06 Hyundai Tiburon can not. Don't know about the 02 Toyota Tacoma pickup. It's about to time replace the pickup so selecting a light truck that is a good towed vehicle.
My RV is a 36' Winnebago Chieftain with the Ford V10 engine. I assume it can handle the load.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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Here's one source: http://towingworld.com/resources/201...ing_guide1.pdf

For what your RV can handle, check this information out and calculate. The rating of the hitch is NOT the capacity of what you can tow.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #7
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Motorhome Magazine MotorHome Magazine -- Motorhome Reviews - RV Camping puts out a dinghy towing guide every year. The one for 2013 just came out a few days ago. The current year's version is free but if you want the prior years then they cost $1.99. They used to not charge for you to download any year but 2 years ago that changed.
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If your mh is a gasser, chances are you cant tow more than 5000 lbs. Check your owners manual. This might limit what toad you can pull to a smaller car or suv.
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You can also go here to look up specific vehicles;
http://www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php
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My brother and I caravan in our own rigs. He has a scooter which he puts on a platform on the back of his rig. I tow a Honda FIT. I had to go a short time without a tow vehicle and will not be without one again. I rented a car a couple of times, but it's so much easier to just jump in the car to go to the grocery store or sightseeing. My brother uses his scooter in the RV parks and to go to the store if it is not far away.
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When I had my class A, I used a car hauler trailer, used axle straps and tie downs on all 4 corners. I could load and tie the car down in less time than it takes to install the brake buddy and tow bar. Another advantage is you can back up without unhooking, and also you can see the trailer in the mirrors. IMHO this is the only way to go, car hauling trailers can be had for $2000 or less, towed over 20,000 miles this way without a problem, old P30 gasser chassis.
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Trailers and dollies become additional maintenance items plus license plates plus, plus, plus.. Scooters are ok until it rains. You can pick up an inexpensive saturn or like vehicle to tow 4 wheels down.
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Check with the dealer of the brand vehicle that you wish to tow, they would be the ones I would trust to give me the correct answer. I happen to have a 1990
Isuzu Amigo and it can not be towed, must be trailered.

My motorhome is small enough to be easily driven and parked plus I only go for a few days at a time so I make sure I have what I need before I get to the campground. If I take the trailer then I have the truck to use.

This works for me but may not work for you.
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Extended hitch holding a Vespa scooter, towing a Nissan Frontier 5 speed w/extra tall topper, holding a Segway & two bicycles. All bases covered.
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