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Old 10-29-2015, 07:59 AM   #1
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Fun Toad

Now that the mortgage paying chapter is officially closed, a Class A looms on the horizon, which will likely be a Newmar gasser since my books don't quite sell well enough for a new DP .

With that in mind, I'm doing a bit of looking around for a fun toad. Not some boring blue-haired sedan, a soccer momster taxi, nor another pick-up. I've had enough of those in my life (and still do). I'm wanting something that helps me step away from reality. That's what vacations are about .

A couple of things to keep in mind (some of it relevant, some of it just rambling):

I will be buying new (coach and toad). I've got plenty of years of data beneath my belt to justify this decision based on my lifestyle. I have never bought a vehicle, or camper, where I kept it for a short enough time that resale value was a factor.

I'm not interested in a toad that will require a lot of extra work to prep it. I'm not old, but I am old enough to appreciate the simpler things in life.

The vehicle won't be driven much aside from our trips. I typically put more miles on my motorcycle than I do on my cage. (the tires will dry rot before they log their warranteed miles)

Flat tow is simple; Jeep Wrangler. (just a few bolts and drilled holes away from ready) And quite honestly, I'm leaning this way, but I'm fishing for other ideas.

A lot of trips we'll just trailer the bike and leave the toad behind, but sometimes that's just not feasible. So my wife tells me .

What I'm looking for is something with no more than two doors, rag top would be fun, but not a requirement, and can be dollied without ripping apart the spoilers. All the while, keeping it south of $40k
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We have a 97 VW Cabrio convert - love the top down lifestyle since most of our time in MH is I warm climes......do look for a rag top - you won't regret it. Happy Trails to you.
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We use a 1995 Toyota Celica GT convertible.. fun fun car.. We have teased that we can drive it with the top down and wear our motorcyle helmets.. As our Goldwing is safe and warm at home in our garage..
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Manx dune buggy. Can't be more fun.. or more simple than that. Nothing a screwdriver and pliers can't fix.
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Mini Cooper S convertible. I have an '06 that I just love to bits. Haven't set it up for toad yet, but plenty of others have...

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I was at biketoberfest a couple of weeks ago and a guy had a Polaris RZR that had been made street legal. I got to thinking, it's light, its fun, and its reasonably fuel efficient. It has plenty of power for short highway stints and enough cargo space for a shopping trip. I am seriously considering doing this. If you ride, it might appeal to you too.
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Fiat 500 C convertible, 5 speed manual transmission - tows flat with key out. The canvas top goes all the way back to right above the tail lights its kind of like a fabric super size sun-roof. The fact the sides are solid above the windows keeps the car very stiff.

Blue Ox makes a base plate which I had that worked great. I flat towed one, a 2013, for about 10,000 miles but recently sold it. Very zippy with the 5 speed manual, fun to drive. Turns corners on rails. Now I flat tow a more practical but also more boring 4 door Honda HR-V.



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Of course we're biased!!!! We LOVE Jeeps! The issue I see for you is you mention a dolly... you can't dolly tow a Wrangler unless you pull the rear driveshaft.
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Fiat 500 C convertible, 5 speed manual transmission - tows flat with key out. The canvas top goes all the way back to right above the tail lights its kind of like a fabric super size sun-roof. The fact the sides are solid above the windows keeps the car very stiff.

Blue Ox makes a base plate which I had that worked great. I flat towed one, a 2013, for about 10,000 miles but recently sold it. Very zippy with the 5 speed manual, fun to drive. Turns corners on rails. Now I flat tow a more practical but also more boring 4 door Honda HR-V.



And for even more fun driving... GET THE ABARTH version!!!



Different engine, different brakes, insanely fun to drive. This is my daily driver. My last vehicle was an Acura RDX, and I don't miss it!
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2 door Jeep Wangler. Go anywhere and look cool doing it!!!
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What I'm looking for is something with no more than two doors, rag top would be fun, but not a requirement, and can be dollied without ripping apart the spoilers. All the while, keeping it south of $40k
Fun.... You want FUN???

We tow a supercharged Mazda Miata. 2 seater, 6 speed manual, RETRACTABLE hardtop.

I have towed 3 Miatas over 50,000 miles and ALWAYS wearing a BIG grin.

We always get longing looks and thumbs up from other RVers as they climb in and out of their Saturns and Jeeps.

PM me if you want more information about towing a Miata.

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You need to decide, if you want to go trail riding or off roading, or you want a sports car. We have a 2dr. JK Jeep that we tow and have been off roading several times and enjoyed it. With the Jeep you can get off road and see some wonderful sights. But I will admit there are times I would love to be in a sports car with the top down. Because you have a bike the Jeep may be your best choice that will give you the best of both worlds.
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