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Old 01-03-2012, 05:09 PM   #15
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Compare the costs of a tow bar and braking system and lighting system - probably 2 to 4 thousand bucks - with just driving the car. The toad will sustain both tire and brake wear in either case, so it may just cost you a couple of oil changes and fuel to drive rather than tow. Plus, you don't have the down side of hooking/un-hooking.

Also, when we get within 5 miles of an exit, I have the DW drive the car ahead while I slow down a bit. She can then do a recon of the gas station or restaurant and call back to me on the CB radio to tell me about any trouble spots. Especially handy for spotting which lanes have diesel, and guiding me to the right roads to get to those pesky Cracker Barrels that are hidden in the bushes.


I agree with everyone that you do need some kind of transportation along with you. When I go by myself, I carry my dirt bike on a hitch carrier. A friend of mine carries an electric scooter the same way.


I bought a little dual-sport just for this purpose. Plus depending on where we go, some have some fun trails and such.

My understanding is if you have an automatic car you have to get underneath and disconnect the linkage, or will placing it in neutral suffice?
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:14 PM   #16
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"Compare the costs of a tow bar and braking system and lighting system - probably 2 to 4 thousand bucks - with just driving the car. The toad will sustain both tire and brake wear in either case, so it may just cost you a couple of oil changes and fuel to drive rather than tow. Plus, you don't have the down side of hooking/un-hooking."

So, in other words both vehicles are driven all the way? My wife wouldn't be too happy with an arrangement like that, it would cut into her napping time.
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:19 PM   #17
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"My understanding is if you have an automatic car you have to get underneath and disconnect the linkage, or will placing it in neutral suffice?"

Each car is a little different on how you tow it. On most Jeeps you basically put the transfer case in neutral and the auto. tranny in park. On my Edge you just put the tranny in neutral and the key on the first notch to unlock steering. For the CR-V there is a big procedure you have to go through that takes several minutes. Some you have to remove a fuse.
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So, in other words both vehicles are driven all the way? My wife wouldn't be too happy with an arrangement like that, it would cut into her napping time.

I have to admit that I could pick up 2 hours of driving time per day by towing. I could be driving the MH while the DW applies all the "necessary" lotions, etc. to her sweet face.
Since we usually shoot for five hours a day driving time it's not a real problem.
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