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Old 04-09-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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To tow or not to tow

We are new to the RV travel and are planning a 3 week trip between Michigan and Stanford University this summer. We plan to see several National Parks along the way (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone & others) and are wondering if we don't pull a tow vehicle we will be sorry. We would rather not tow a vehicle, but aren't sure if we will get frustrated trying to see the parks from the motorhome. It's 34 ft. Thanks for any help you can give us. CSI

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Old 04-09-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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You will definitely be sorry if you don't take a toad! Too many places you won't be able to get into!

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Old 04-09-2016, 09:53 AM   #3
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Depends on the park. I can't see touring the Grand Canyon with a motorhome. We did the south side a year ago and parking is a real problem even with a car. Aside from that there are places that the shuttles do not go to and you will not see without a car.

Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert you can see from your motorhome with no problem.

In the end we find our car quite handy.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:59 AM   #4
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I think you'll be sorry if you don't tow. Park and drive the toad.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:02 AM   #5
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Hate to bring it up as we don't know how old your rv is, etc,
but there's always the possibility of a breakdown and needing a toad for transportation.

Even though there are usual three couples of us together in our coaches and usually only need one 6 seater to run around in once there, we still all tow our own toad.

BUT, if you chose, you could always get a rental car...
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:02 AM   #6
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Always tow.

That way you don't have to break camp whenever you go out.

Also, it's just much easier to get around in a car vs a MH.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:10 AM   #7
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DW and I went to South Rim Grand Canyon, Vegas, Zion, Bryce, then North Rim Grand Canyon last year. We put over a thousand miles on the toad. Before we left DW tried to talk me out of taking a toad. When we got home she was glad we took it. You have much more freedom with it.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:20 AM   #8
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CSI, You will find it frustrating to find places to park, if at all, in these Parks with a 34 foot MH. We sometimes have difficulty finding a place to park with our Jeep. If you have not towed, having to deal with hooking and unhooking can be foreign; it will become route with practice. You will be able to enjoy the experience in these parks with the flexibility having your vehicle with you. Get your reservation in early the hook-up areas fill up quickly. There are plenty of private RV parks on the outskirts of these parks. It will require some driving time form the private parks before you enter.

Yellowstone is vast and you will need to travel around for many days to enjoy the expansiveness of the park. There are areas to camp where there are no hook-up that can be reserved. You should drive to Grand Tetons Nat park approx. an hours drive south.

If you camp in the grounds at Grand Canyon you will be able to take the shuttles to the various site in the park. As I recall they restrict autos in the park.

I think you will find it very difficult and impractical to travel around Yosemite especially in the summer time with the MH. To much traffic in a small road system. I would not recommend.

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:24 AM   #9
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It will depend upon where you will be camping. We have managed many times to avail ourselves of a tour company for the sight seeing. Many campgrounds have a shuttle bus or are visited by private tour companies.

I expect campgrounds near the parks you mention will have an abundance of tours available. It should be easy enough to check with parks in the area you are planning on staying to check for the availability of tour companies.
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TOW! TOW! TOW! I would not take such a trip without a toad. If your coach and toad are rigged correctly, towing in a non event. You won't be inconvenienced by having the toad back there and where you are traveling you will find many unmissable (is that a word) things you will want a car to visit. I have never made a trip without a toad, it's all part of the program to me.

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Old 04-09-2016, 11:52 AM   #12
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I would tow. There are some places where you could never take an RV. You'll miss some great sights, if you don't. Some even find it necessary to have a 4X4 so they can get everywhere.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:15 PM   #13
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Towing allows you to control where you go without regard of will the MH be welcomed, or finding a place to park it. I recently became a "yes tow" convert. Much easier to tow than to deal with the rental car hassle. Good to have a car available if your MH breaks down.
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We don't have a Toad yet as that is our current project( working on a new Jeep set up). We have done trips without any other vehicle and like said you really need a Toad to get the most out of your trip and not really worry about where you find a CG. We have been a few places where we rented a car, and that was ok and worked out well. When we are within about 400 miles from our house, my wife has followed me in our Camry Hybrid. That is still cheaper than renting a car, and I would really rather drive my own car than a rental when we go exploring. So if you can't get a Toad by the time you take your trip there are some ways to work around it, but having a Toad would be the best option.

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