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Old 06-26-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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I bought a Winnebago Access 31C last year. Spent 9 weeks traveling in it with the family up and down the east coast.

This year, we thought about adding our Jeep Liberty to our rig.

WOW, I was blown away by the cost of tow bar, cables, brake system and accessories. It appears to range from 2000-3000 for everything needed.

I can rent a lot of cars for this price at $35 a day.

Am I missing something here or is just that expensive to have the convinience to add a toad?
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:02 PM   #2
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I bought a Winnebago Access 31C last year. Spent 9 weeks traveling in it with the family up and down the east coast.

This year, we thought about adding our Jeep Liberty to our rig.

WOW, I was blown away by the cost of tow bar, cables, brake system and accessories. It appears to range from 2000-3000 for everything needed.

I can rent a lot of cars for this price at $35 a day.

Am I missing something here or is just that expensive to have the convinience to add a toad?
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:09 PM   #3
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Welcome Squid, to our forum. No one said it was cheap to travel but I have heard that many do rent instead of towing. Your choice! Have a good one and safe travels!!
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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If you shop wisely on ebay or the like, you can do much better. Used, quality equipment can be had reasonably. Good luck Mike
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Old 06-30-2007, 04:30 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Squid:
I bought a Winnebago Access 31C last year. Spent 9 weeks traveling in it with the family up and down the east coast.

This year, we thought about adding our Jeep Liberty to our rig.

WOW, I was blown away by the cost of tow bar, cables, brake system and accessories. It appears to range from 2000-3000 for everything needed.

I can rent a lot of cars for this price at $35 a day.

Am I missing something here or is just that expensive to have the convinience to add a toad? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

A lot depends on where you camp. I.E. how far from the campsite is the rental outfit? You have to go get it ,usually, so you can lose a lot of camping time. Also, what if they are out of cars? I have found few places that rent in a tourist area for $35.00/ day. (maybe you can I wasn't able to)

So what am I trying to say? That is why I now own a 2007 Ford Escape and have it towed behind the MH. When I get there it is 2 minutes to "drop" and I am off exploring. (Or is that Escaping? sri )

Anyway, I got everything I needed to Tow including cables, connectors, towbar, lights and Unified Brake controller (don't even think of towing without "toad brakes" IMHO) for $1700.00 delivered. Installation took me about 18-20 hours. It works, and my wife loves the new found freedom on our trips.

And after all this "blather" the choice is yours. How much do I want to spend for convenience? Remember that decision when you have just gotten set up at a campsite and the wife discovers that you forgot something that you have to go to town to get.

Obviously, you know my choice. I just chose to spend the dough and have the convenience. But, a lot of people don't. You can shop around and DIY install. This forum is great for helping out on install problems.

Good luck, no matter what you finally decide.
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:08 AM   #6
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True. For 9 weeks use a year it may be cheaper to rent a car. Considering the total costs of hitch, brackets, lights, installation, fuel use to tow the car and inconvenience of not being able to back up. Not to mention possible damage to the toad.

I rented our first winter in FL because we weren't certain we'd like the motorhome lifestyle. Enterprise, Fri-Mon ~$60.

And if you only motorhome a few weeks a year it's also cheaper to rent a motorhome than own one.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Squid:
WOW, I was blown away by the cost of tow bar, cables, brake system and accessories. It appears to range from 2000-3000 for everything needed. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I don't see it costing quite that much just for the towing gear but you can always pay a visit to RV Upgrades.com our primary sponsor and speak with someone about your towing needs.

One of the devices that will add to the price is the auxiliary brake system which you should pay close attention to. SMI our forum sponsor makes excellent units. You can click on the overhead banner for more information about their products.

All in all the investment you make this one time should last you for quite a long time.
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well let me give you our experience recently.
We went to yellowstone and our tranny went out. So we rented. BUT! the next week was ruined because we weren't planning on staying anywhere long enough to rent. We couldn't leave the campground except for some kind souls that took us to dinner one night. Devils Tower didn't have enough room for a RV so we had to park further down the hill and look up. ETC. I will tow
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