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Old 06-15-2013, 05:11 AM   #1
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Traveling without Toad??

On our upcoming trip to Buffalo Point, Arkansas I am thinking of not taking our toad. Being the campground is so far from anything I do not anticipate driving much anyway. The campground has electric and water hookups with a dump station. We will be there for 7 nights and my brother (with his vehicle) will be there for 4 nights. This will be my first trip into Arkansas so I am anticipating that the hills/mountains, curves, etc. would be easier without the toad. It will take us one additional night of camping each way to get there and come back. I understand that I would need to make sure we have all the food, drinks, etc. we will need. Are there any other suggestions that we need to do to prepare for this trip?

I also had a fellow camper tell me to never travel without the toad being the coach rides better - is this true?

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Old 06-15-2013, 05:49 AM   #2
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Not sure why you are reluctant to tow a toad, particularly when the campground is that far from home. The toad really does follow the track of the MH. Windy roads, sharp curves, turns at intersections, it really doesnt make much difference. It doesn't take that much more care to off set the convenience of having the toad.
Speaking strckly for myself I would not go anywhere without my toad. Even on short two or three day trips to local state parks we take the toad.
That's my opinion and you know what they say about opinions.

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:26 AM   #3
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I vote toad ! Really, how are you going to know how it handles in the mountains without trying it?
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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Think as, the toad is a spare if the MH breaks down.
It can get you to a motel when the MH is towed to a shop.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:53 AM   #5
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We just started RV'ing in our n2u MH and don't have a toad yet. We have considered renting a car once we get here. So far we haven't had the need to rent yet.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:30 AM   #6
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After 'many' year of traveling without a toad, this is our first trip with one. Boy am I glad that we did take one this trip. We were broke own and waited 6 days for parts/authorization for repair.
Take the toad and have fun.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:50 AM   #8
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One time without and never again I'd either pull a toad or rent a car when I got there.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:59 AM   #9
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I took a 5 day trip without a toad once. Never again. No matter what your plans are, you WILL need your car.
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I view the toad as insurance...need a part, get bored, run out of beer, MH breaks down, medical emergency...got to have a toad.
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I always take the toad along "just in case" - breakdown, urge to go see some sights, etc. Sometimes it sits at the CG and never gets used. That's OK.
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I view the toad as insurance...need a part, get bored, run out of beer, MH breaks down, medical emergency...got to have a toad.
X2 many times over. Cat320 has said it all.
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Never had a toad because we tow a cargo trailer. A toad wouuld have been handy is a few instances, but a rental car covered most of those occasions. Your RV fuel mileage should improve without a toad, leaving more money for a rental car.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:49 PM   #14
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We take the toad if it is further than 50 miles from home but long trips such as Yellowstone over extensive mountain passes we rented a car at the destination. Less than 50 and it's the bike rack.

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