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Old 10-05-2018, 09:34 AM   #1
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Easy/Fun 4-down Toad

Hello -

Looking for suggestions/information on getting a toad - a fun, easy and CHEAP toad

My situation is -

Typically we trailer the HD with us everywhere we go.. however, during early spring and late fall outings, the weather may not be conducive to bring the bike and we'd like another option. This might mean using this option once or twice a year..

During my research phase, I learned anything under 3000 pounds doesn't need a braking system. That led me to look at Mini Coopers. I like the looks.. they seem fun to drive - but I've heard/read horror stories on reliability and expensive repairs.

So - I'm not looking for the best/most popular - I'm looking for cheap and easy.. The other side of the equation, this will be my kids daily driver. I figure if I'm going to have an extra car, I might as well put it to good use..

So, what is a cheap, fairly reliable car I can have as a daily driver for my kids?

Let me know what you have !! Oh, and I already know about Jeeps.. I'm not the biggest fan.. I'm looking for other options I may not have considered
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I think your comment about "During my research phase, I learned anything under 3000 pounds doesn't need a braking system." is bordering on irresponsibility. Do some research on inertia and what happens if a Toad was to become detached from the tow vehicle. As an experiment, go out to a flat parking area and push your car, then run around to the front and try to stop it. That force would be pushing on your RV in any kind of a braking action. I personally want all tires on the road to have braking action.
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Plus if it broke loose, would you want to be the person maybe hitting it head on at 65mph!
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Chevy Sonic at 2700 ibs
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Jeeps do not meet your desire for cheap. 2014 or older Honda. Automatic trans OK.


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Old 10-05-2018, 12:56 PM   #6
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Hello -

Looking for suggestions/information on getting a toad - a fun, easy and CHEAP toad

My situation is -

Typically we trailer the HD with us everywhere we go.. however, during early spring and late fall outings, the weather may not be conducive to bring the bike and we'd like another option. This might mean using this option once or twice a year..

During my research phase, I learned anything under 3000 pounds doesn't need a braking system. That led me to look at Mini Coopers. I like the looks.. they seem fun to drive - but I've heard/read horror stories on reliability and expensive repairs.

So - I'm not looking for the best/most popular - I'm looking for cheap and easy.. The other side of the equation, this will be my kids daily driver. I figure if I'm going to have an extra car, I might as well put it to good use..

So, what is a cheap, fairly reliable car I can have as a daily driver for my kids?

Let me know what you have !! Oh, and I already know about Jeeps.. I'm not the biggest fan.. I'm looking for other options I may not have considered
I have a Fiat 500 which I have had for 6 years. The car has 65,000 miles plus towing miles and all I have done to date is tires, oil, filters. The brakes are still at 80% and everything on the suspension at last check is good. You can get a good used one, low miles for $6000 plus. Towing is dead simple, neutral and brakes off. You will be surprised how much room is inside.
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Hello -

Looking for suggestions/information on getting a toad - a fun, easy and CHEAP toad

My situation is -

Typically we trailer the HD with us everywhere we go.. however, during early spring and late fall outings, the weather may not be conducive to bring the bike and we'd like another option. This might mean using this option once or twice a year..

During my research phase, I learned anything under 3000 pounds doesn't need a braking system. That led me to look at Mini Coopers. I like the looks.. they seem fun to drive - but I've heard/read horror stories on reliability and expensive repairs.

So - I'm not looking for the best/most popular - I'm looking for cheap and easy.. The other side of the equation, this will be my kids daily driver. I figure if I'm going to have an extra car, I might as well put it to good use..

So, what is a cheap, fairly reliable car I can have as a daily driver for my kids?

Let me know what you have !! Oh, and I already know about Jeeps.. I'm not the biggest fan.. I'm looking for other options I may not have considered
Also, the Fiat can seat 4 and is only 2300lb curb weight.
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Mini Cooper convertible!!!! Has been a fun car so far with 6 speed tranny. DW loves it. Economical and tows 4 down. No horror stories yet
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Also, the Fiat can seat 4 and is only 2300lb curb weight.
Plus I get over MPG.
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Plus I get over MPG.
Over 40 MPG
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Eric, you might consider my Ford Focus hatchback. See ad in classifieds. Kids might like 5 spd transmission and 150 hp in 2600 lb car. Fun to drive. But not dangerous.
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I think your comment about "During my research phase, I learned anything under 3000 pounds doesn't need a braking system." is bordering on irresponsibility. Do some research on inertia and what happens if a Toad was to become detached from the tow vehicle. As an experiment, go out to a flat parking area and push your car, then run around to the front and try to stop it. That force would be pushing on your RV in any kind of a braking action. I personally want all tires on the road to have braking action.
X2! It won’t be cheap or fun when you have to do a panic stop and without a toad brake your toad pushes you 5 feet into the vehicle in front. Even worse, it could be a kid on a bike or a pedestrian.
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