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Old 03-18-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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Motor scooter or toad??

I have a 34 foot class A motorhome, weighing, getting two street legal motor scooters 150cc and carry one front and one back off the hitch, OR buying a small used car and going to the expence of setting it up for towing.
What are your thoughts??????
Weather is not much of a problem-if it rains we stay home.
100 miles to the gallon sounds good to me.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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Larry and Rita,

You have now opened a hornets nest and will get many opinions.
What if you need to go out in the cold and rain?
What if you need to take 4 other passengers?
What about the snow and bad weather you may be surprised by?
What about your safety?

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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I tried doing the same thing with a Honda Trail 90. My wife was a bit cool to the idea but gave it a shot anyway. After our fist trip she would go into an Alligator deat roll whenever I tried to get her helmet on. The good part was that I was able to sell the Honda 90 for more than I paid for it. We really do enjoy our 2003 Honda CR-V.
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Toad. Much more useful.
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Toad. Much more useful.
Agree! We have two scooters and they are great fun but I'm to cheap to get another vehicle just so we can tow . Not about to try and tow our suburban
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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Although I have mucho motorcycle experience (I used to work for Norton), DW won't have anything to do with a vehicle that can't stand up by itself.

Right now, we don't have a toad. Our '03 Sedona minivan is on the heavy side for the max CGW of the rig, particularly if we put it on a dolly. It's worth is about $3.5k, and to modify it for flat towing woukld cost almost 80% of its net worth.

With our previous rig (8 years ago) we managed without a dinghy. We like to walk the trails around the CGs we stay at (usually State parks or COE) and haven't felt the need for an independent set of wheels. If we plan any sightseeing at a stop-over, we usually do it as we're leaving the area and plan just a short day afterwards. We can leave our two Labs in the MH for a couple of hours if we're visiting a museum or similar. We've done that several times, and haven't had a problem. In a hot climate, we'll park way out in the lot, put the genny on and run the a/c.

It's worked so far. I'm not sure Enterprise would like us to leave two hairy, shedding Labs (are there any other kind of Labs?) in one of their cars while we went sightseeing!
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We use a 250cc scooter

I'll add to Steve's list.
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If you're in Yellowstone Denali or another bear inhabited area, a Scooter is a NO NO.

We do it but with caution. Other than that one 250cc scooter works for us.


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Larry and Rita,

You have now opened a hornets nest and will get many opinions.
What if you need to go out in the cold and rain?
What if you need to take 4 other passengers?
What about the snow and bad weather you may be surprised by?
What about your safety?

Bikes are lots of fun BUT!


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We traveled 4 years on our boat. We carried a Honda Elite aboard and when we docked we lowered the Elite to the dock by the dinghy crane (davit). With the two of us on it we were able to maintain 40MPH unless we were going up a steep hill. It worked ok for trips to the grocery or short tourist trips. However, trips of 20 or more miles, my behind went to sleep! The traffic around us was the biggest problem. We had cars pass us using the shoulder if they felt we were to slow and that would happen without warning! People driving cars are looking for other cars, they seem to look right through you. I no longer drive one because I hope to live a long and healthy life. A friend of mine is now on his second artificial knee due to being run off the road while on his scooter. (he still rides and monitors this forum)
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I have toyed with the idea of a scooter but safety concerns won out. As mentioned above there are to many selfish drivers on the road. Also DW is afraid of any kind of bicycle as she was run over by a pickup truck on one of our trips.
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Larry and Rita,

You have now opened a hornets nest and will get many opinions.
What if you need to go out in the cold and rain?
What if you need to take 4 other passengers?
What about the snow and bad weather you may be surprised by?
What about your safety?

Bikes are lots of fun BUT!


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Thanks for the input.
Iguess I saw the scooters as a way to get back some of my youth, but after revewing the above posts I think I'll walk.
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Thanks for the input.
Iguess I saw the scooters as a way to get back some of my youth, but after revewing the above posts I think I'll walk.
Larry,

When it comes to distance, 4 wheels are better than 2 feet except where 4 wheels can't go and 2 feet have shoes.
You don't have to gas up, tuneup, polish, repair, or insure your feet so I'm with you, at least, part of the way!


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Since the majority of our camping is at local state parks or CG for a long weekend at the most, a scooter that we can put on a rack works great for us. When we take our vacations a week or two at a time, then a rental car (usually using points from corporate travel) works fine.

Toad would be great, but right now for us, nowhere near the added expense or trouble. After retirement, that will likely change I'm sure.
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