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Old 05-13-2016, 07:48 AM   #1
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To toad or not to toad

That is the question...for this 1st time class A rv'er. I'd like to hear from those who don't & those who do. Our 1st 3 month trip begins, Lord willing, June 15th. Fla to Canada & back in our 2016 37' Thor Windsport. Ron & Claudia
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We picked up our Tiffin which is our first RV, last March, and pulled out of the dealer with our Jeep hooked up. Over 8,000 miles and 150 nights on the road since, and could not imagine traveling without the toad...........
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That is the question...for this 1st time class A rv'er. I'd like to hear from those who don't & those who do. Our 1st 3 month trip begins, Lord willing, June 15th. Fla to Canada & back in our 2016 37' Thor Windsport. Ron & Claudia
No other way would work for me, a Toad is absolutely a necessity if you want to enjoy all the sights, not to mention the short trips to the market for the goodies. No kidding, get and use a toad, I wouldn't want the hassles of renting everywhere I went. Just have a toad set up correctly and it will not even be noticeable while driving.


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That is the question...for this 1st time class A rv'er. I'd like to hear from those who don't & those who do. Our 1st 3 month trip begins, Lord willing, June 15th. Fla to Canada & back in our 2016 37' Thor Windsport. Ron & Claudia
I would with a DP but don't with the gasser. Too hard to maneuver in gas islands. But I know lots of gassers do toad. Rent from Enterprise when you settle somewhere and join Costco which is the only discount Enterprise honors.
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We've pulled one behind a TC for the last 15 years. We now have our first MH, which is 26' 454 powered Flair, and it will also be pulling a toad. Our toads are light, a Tracker at about 2300# and a Metro at about 1700#.

It seems to me it would be even more desirable to have one with a large MH because of all the places that would be inaccessible, or at least difficult to access, with only the MH.

Best of luck with the choice.

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That is the question...for this 1st time class A rv'er. I'd like to hear from those who don't & those who do. Our 1st 3 month trip begins, Lord willing, June 15th. Fla to Canada & back in our 2016 37' Thor Windsport. Ron & Claudia
we started this RV thing back in 1986 but didn't start towing a car until 2003. our first MH was a 1985 26' no-slide Winnebago Chieftain.
we went everywhere in the MH and generally didn't have an issue. we just had to be sure that we did our stock-up grocery shopping before we hit the campground. and we got pretty good at breaking camp to sightsee or go somewhere. parking wasn't a major problem...I even parallel parked her on the street in Metropolis, IL one time!

in 2000 we traded Banana Boat I for a 2000 35' 2-slide Itasca Suncruiser. still no toad. after 2-seasons we decided that we needed a toad as it became more time consuming to break camp and the extra 9-feet made parking a bit more problematic. we bought a 2003 Jeep Wrangler and...wow! honestly, looking back we wonder how we ever got along without a toad. if were primarily a weekend warrior going to a nearby park then you might not need a toad but you will enjoy your 3-month trip a whole lot more with the flexibility a toad provides.
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Good for you on planning your 3 month trip. Enjoy...
As to the toad...definately. Your going on the road for 90 days. Imagine having to unhook from the campground everytime you want to go sight seeing, run to the store, or see a local event or fair. Your probably going to be static at some campgrounds for a few days. A toad makes it so much easier to go shopping, visit small town and villages without having to worry about being in a 37 ft box, looking for parking and navigating small streets.
Some will chime in about renting a car, but you'll find that many, many small towns and villages have no car rental available.
Pulled our Subi from day one with our class c, and won't leave home without it.
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I made a 4000 mile out west a year or so ago and did not have a toad. Never never again, just to difficult without a way to get around. The larger the rig the harder it is to use as a sightseeing ride.


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[QUOTE=WD5DBV ROY;3066314]I made a 4000 mile out west a year or so ago and did not have a toad. Never never again, just to difficult without a way to get around. The larger the rig the harder it is to use as a sightseeing ride.
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Not only the larger the rig. The more one wants to relax and see the sights the more one needs a towed. That way park for a couple of days at a time.
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Picture this: you go to Yellowstone and get a site inside the park. Great. How much of the park can you see on foot? Not a lot. Even if you drive the coach there are so many of the spectacular pull offs that cannot accommodate a coach.
That's not just Yessowstone but most parks.
Renting a car every time you stop so,ethereal would just be a PIA. Make your life simple, tow a car
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Once you have a toad you'll wonder how you got along without it. We take ours every time.


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Not having a toad restrict where you can go, where you can shop, and what you can see. As easy as it is to pull a toad why not?
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