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Old 11-19-2010, 06:34 PM   #29
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I would think about keeping the h3. I have had jeeps and never liked the way they ride/handle. I don't see h3's being much more expensive than other comparable vehicles and your comfort will be much better. Plus if you are like me you will sell yours at wholesale and buy at retail plus there may be sales tax unless you trade. and trading down, you will usually loose $. Best of luck.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:13 AM   #30
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Actually the H3 has quite a heft payment. I can get a Saturn Vue or something similar and cut payments by 2/3 at least (not to mention insurance.) I'm trying to simplify. LOL. I'd love to keep it, don't get me wrong!
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:36 AM   #31
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Sherri,

To start out I would go without a toad.

We have motorhomed for 16 years without a Toad and have not really missed having one. If we were full timing, that might be a different story.

Once you get on the road full timing and see how it goes, then I would consider all the advice you have been given and then decide what Toad you need.

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:35 AM   #32
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Ron and Dee -

I have struggled with this one for a long time but have 99% come to the conclusion that I will need a toad. I will have a 40' DP and if I run out of cat food it's a big hassle to unhook to go get it. And since you have cats, you know the mutiny in the house if you run out of cat food.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:42 AM   #33
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We're full-timers and can't imagine living without the toad. Once we set-up at a campround we use the toad for shopping, sight-seeing, quick runs to the store etc. We're able to get everywhere w/ the toad and many places our big 'ol 40-footer cannot go. With the toad we never have to worry about whether we have enough space to pull-into a grocery store or whether we're able to get to a hiking trail, or whether we're too far from "civilization". Also, it's nice to be able to stay put for a few weeks or a month in one place and just run around w/ the toad to see everything. We tow a CR-V and it's a great little vehicle.
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Running out of Catfood is enough of a reason for a toad. I ran out once and it was ugly! My cats cornered me, licking their chops, I feared for my life LOL
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We made several week long trips without a toad and decided that we'd never do that again. When your camped 8-10 miles from town and need groceries (or cat food for you) relying on your "neighbor" to give you a ride becomes a hassle.

We owned a 2008 Pontiac G6 Convertible, and since it ain't worth anything in trade, decided to keep it and make it our toad. With the help of Roadmaster, it is now fun to pull into a park, unhook the toad, and put the top down. You should see the looks we get!! I also rigged our motorhome and toad with bike racks, I can haul 4 bicycels. Currently haul 2 road bikes, and the wifes "grocery getter", it's got basket on the front and rack on the back, perfect for a 24 pack of your favorite beverages, and some snacks to go with them.

If we were to trade toads I would be looking at an SUV type. I'd like the 4-door Jeep Wrangler, wife is thinking Cadillac SRX. Both are easily towable.

Our lifestyle?? We went fulltime on October 2, 2010. We haven't had any regrets. Wife works from the internet, I just fix what breaks, chaffauer, and cook. We like not having a house payment, and taxes. We REALLY like watching our bank account grow!!

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All kidding aside, I think the important factor for having a toad besides convenience, is safety. Say you are driving down the road on your way to your next destination and encounter an issue with the RV. Let's through a glitch in such as no cell range to contact a service center or help. Having the toad gives you that security of being able to react to any situation whether it be mechanical failure or convenience. Safety should be number one.
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Ron and Dee -

I have struggled with this one for a long time but have 99% come to the conclusion that I will need a toad. I will have a 40' DP and if I run out of cat food it's a big hassle to unhook to go get it. And since you have cats, you know the mutiny in the house if you run out of cat food.
Sherri,

After reading further, I now understand you will be working out of your Mh and in that case you would definitely need a Toad. The cat's could survive on their own. Just kidding

Our male cat get's worried when the food bowl is getting close to half empty

I'm sure you have made the right decission,

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Ron and Dee -

I have struggled with this one for a long time but have 99% come to the conclusion that I will need a toad. I will have a 40' DP and if I run out of cat food it's a big hassle to unhook to go get it. And since you have cats, you know the mutiny in the house if you run out of cat food.
we carry 2 bicycles on the back of our moho and tow a nissan altima on a dolly.
have you considered carrying a motorcycle or scooter on a rack behind your moho?
my 2 16 year old cats like to eat mostly at night. they sleep in the daytime. this works well for us as we mostly travel during the day. they sure let me know when their feeder or water dish starts to get low.

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That's why I think I can't live without one!
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lol @ dogpatch - that is exactly what I am afraid of.
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Yes, and I will be doing this alone, so even more reason to have backup transportation.
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Over the past years since our 1974 Shasta , we have toad ;; many times we had other RVers pile into our tow car to go to the store or out to lunch, Well that gets old in a hurry; So we would Put our dog bed in the back seat;; OPPs no room for Hitch hickers;; Having towed a fair number of cars, We Bought a Chev mel; 1 year old low mileage;It's auto; Put it in nuteral IGN; accs, And go;; Good price;; We had some that you got a sore back after 1 hour driving. We had a convertable. Nice but Dirty, Inside, ;; Which is the best,,?? Why it's the one you own;; I have towed My Dodge Quad; Cab, It was just a bit heavy, We have a DP with lots of power. Life is good;;
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