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Old 07-01-2014, 10:21 PM   #1
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Rent-A-Toad?

My family and I were planning on taking a trip to Mount Rushmore and towing my VW Jetta behind our MH so that we could drive around the area. My mother in law wants to visit us the same weekend that we were planning on going. The problem is that I can't fit all of us into my little Jetta.

Is there a concept of renting a vehicle that I can tow behind the RV? If I can't tow a bigger vehicle we'll need to abandon our plans...or I could just stay home

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Old 07-02-2014, 05:58 AM   #2
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I'm not aware of any rental vehicles set up as a toad.

However, UHaul rents tow dollies and that would work if you have a larger vehicle that can be dolly towed, or you could rent a vehicle that can be dolly towed.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:29 AM   #3
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Sam:

When we went to the Mt Rushmore area, we stayed at an RV park that had an arrangement with a car renting agency to bring the vehicle to the RV park, which alleviated the need to pull a toad. I believe the RV park was Holiday Hills, but I would think that more than just them have this same arrangement. Check with the local RV parks to be sure.

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My family and I were planning on taking a trip to Mount Rushmore and towing my VW Jetta behind our MH so that we could drive around the area. My mother in law wants to visit us the same weekend that we were planning on going. The problem is that I can't fit all of us into my little Jetta.

Is there a concept of renting a vehicle that I can tow behind the RV? If I can't tow a bigger vehicle we'll need to abandon our plans...or I could just stay home

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I have never seen a "Toad Rental" but that is no reason to abandon your plans...or stay home.
If/when we need a different while traveling we rent one in the area we visiting.
BTW, that's exactly what people who travel by bus, rail and/or air...(and RVers who don't tow), do.
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Enterprise car rental will deliver vehicles to some out of the way places. If you are putting a rental car on a dolly or trailer I would read the small print very carefully as there may be restrictions on such use of the vehicle.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:41 AM   #6
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Great suggestions. Thank you. I was so busy thinking about getting a vehicle TO Mt Rushmore that I hadn't considered the option of having a vehicle brought to me there. Sometimes when you are trying to solve a problem you get into a mental rut and fail to think of other ideas. Another reason why this community is so helpful.

Thanks all! I'll make some phone calls to the campgrounds we were considering staying at and get something figured out.
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You are fairly close to Rapid City. If you were towing your Jetta you could run into RC to pick up a larger rental vehicle for the day or weekend.

You make no mention of whether or not your MIL is staying with you in the MH or at a motel. You also make no mention of how she is getting to the MH. Is it possible she could rent a larger vehicle when she comes to visit you?
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You are fairly close to Rapid City. If you were towing your Jetta you could run into RC to pick up a larger rental vehicle for the day or weekend.

You make no mention of whether or not your MIL is staying with you in the MH or at a motel. You also make no mention of how she is getting to the MH. Is it possible she could rent a larger vehicle when she comes to visit you?
Good point on towing the Jetta and using that to pick up a larger rental vehicle. I hadn't considered that option either although towing my car just to get another seems a bit much unless there really are no car rental places nearby.

My MIL will be staying with us in the MH. She will be coming to our home in Colorado, then we will all be driving up in the MH together. My Jetta isn't big enough to drive us all around after we get to South Dakota though, hence the need for a larger vehicle while there.

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Yup - no point in taking the Jetta with you to pick up the rental. I read your OP as she would be joining you at the campground. Wrong on my part.

The last option as I am now reading this as a weekend excursion would be to pick up the rental vehicle as you near the campground. Hopefully you will be passing through a town that has the appropriate vehicle to rent.
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The last option as I am now reading this as a weekend excursion would be to pick up the rental vehicle as you near the campground. Hopefully you will be passing through a town that has the appropriate vehicle to rent.


What a great idea, I had never thought of that, or ever seen it mentioned. I had only thought of having a vehicle delivered to a campground. At 32 1/2', I probably should have a toad for our longer (anticipated) excursions, but I really don't want to tow a vehicle. Duh
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We rented a vehicle from one of the Enterprise locations in Rapid City a couple of years ago while I was having some work done to our toad. They will pick you up to get the car and take you back once you return it.
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Yup - no point in taking the Jetta with you to pick up the rental. I read your OP as she would be joining you at the campground. Wrong on my part.

The last option as I am now reading this as a weekend excursion would be to pick up the rental vehicle as you near the campground. Hopefully you will be passing through a town that has the appropriate vehicle to rent.
That's exactly what we are going to do. There are a couple of places nearby that rent cars. We are really looking forward to going somewhere new and checking another state off of our list!
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That's exactly what we are going to do. There are a couple of places nearby that rent cars. We are really looking forward to going somewhere new and checking another state off of our list!
I would make sure to make pre-arrangements re: the car rental before you leave on your trip. When we began our motor home trips, we thought we would rely on renting cars at our destination rather than towing a car all the way to the destination.

We now pull our toad (which can comfortably seat 8) everywhere we go.

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I'm really curious about how you make out.

Be sure to post next week about your adventure.

By the way, the cafeteria at Mt Rushmore has the worlds best beef stew and next door is the best ice cream cones.

Try to see the night show. A thunder storm came through the night we were there and the lightning really lit up the faces.
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