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Old 11-16-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Question Take Toad

I am torn between taking the toad this winter or not taking it. First year going Southwest as snow birds.
This would only be the 2nd trip with out it.
We will be close to a town and am planning on staying put in 1 resort till April?
I have no fears the old gal will pull her but that we won't need it that often and mileage is pretty close either way.
Wonder how many sno-birds go Solo
Thanks , Tim
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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You know you'll miss the ol' girl if you leave her at home! The convenience and flexibility of having a car available 24-7 for weeks on end plus the missed cruizin' opportunities make this an ez choice.

We tow our '99 D'Elegance on some trips just for fun!
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:47 PM   #3
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A comment about "first trip going southwest".

As a general rule distances in the west are on a different scale than the eastern US...and westerners just seem to have less interest in mass transit systems compared to the east.

When living on the East Coast, it was easy to get around by bike and transit...not so much in the Southwest. Maybe it is the age of the road system or maybe it is the love of cars in the west(?).

We would not leave home without the toad.

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Always take the toad. It gives you freedom to go.
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I think (know) you folk's are correct,
She's going to go with. Plus there's extra room/storage
Thunderfoot,
Like the name, I am one also or Leadfoot ?
Nice D'Elegance , is it Blk or Drk Green both nice, ours is the 99 concours White Diamond, Tinted windows, just turned 195,000,- 5000 as a toad/daily driver. I had her up too 120 once and I backed off
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For that length of time, you will need the toad to get groceries, go out sightseeing, dinner, etc. I would not leave mine home, especially if there isn't that much difference in mileage.
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I can't even imagine sitting in one place until April...and not going anywhere. We always take the toad. The reason we go different places is to do and see different things, eat in different restaurants, etc. Can't do any of that without a toad.
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Take the toad... IMHO
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I think (know) you folk's are correct,
She's going to go with. Plus there's extra room/storage
Thunderfoot,
Like the name, I am one also or Leadfoot ?
Nice D'Elegance , is it Blk or Drk Green both nice, ours is the 99 concours White Diamond, Tinted windows, just turned 195,000,- 5000 as a toad/daily driver. I had her up too 120 once and I backed off
Happy travels,
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Glad you've decided to take her... can't go wrong there. Ours is Black/Black but I have a friend with a White Diamond that I really like. The performance and fuel mileage of these cars is amazing considering their age and the fact they're a big ol' "boat"! 23-25mpg up to triple digits, good acceleration, and ridiculously comfortable make it one of my favorites.

Enjoy your travels and be safe!
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Unless there is a reason NOT to take the toad, we always do. It's as natural an assumption as making sure there is food in the fridge. It doesn't cost anything to take it, and you have all of the freedoms and flexibility you will ever see need to once you "make camp." As an added bonus, if the MH has a breakdown somewhere, you won't be stranded! \ken
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When we first bought our current Class A we didn't have a vehicle that was towable. Too bad because we went to Alaska without a toad, which limited us on what we could do and see.

We now have a Jeep that is towable and we take it everywhere, no matter how far or how long we will be gone. It provides us transportation for convenience and safety.

While pulling the toad we do not even know it's there, I'm sure it impacts our fuel economy a little but the cost is minimal compared to the benefits.
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I wished the MH got this,
We took the toad to get the father in law and bring him home for Thanksgiving. 560 miles on 1 tank
Have great Hoilday, Tim
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I went west a number of years ago and left the car home, I wound up flying home to get it and was happy I did.
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I never go without it. That would be like leaving my right arm.
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