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Old 08-13-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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Tow a car or not?

We are planning on driving from fl to california in november. We have never done anything like this! Was thinking if we should bring a car. I have a car trailer. We have a 2004 vw jetta 5 speed or a 2007 saab 9-3 that we can bring. Do we even need to bring a car? will pulling the trailer rather than tow barring the car just suck even more gas ? We drove the motorhome thru the mountains in north carolina without the trailer or towing anything and really never needed one. Our motor home is 28 foot and maneuvers pretty easily..but not sure about driving that far.. never been so dont know what to expect. i like the idea of having something else to drive in case the motorhome breaks
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It sort of depends on what you are doing. If you are just blowing across the country to visit people with a car to borrow or rent you could go that route. If you are wandering across to go into less populous areas you will find having a towed is a lot more fun.

You probably will not see a huge difference in milage. You may have a weight problem if you use a full trailer. Check your weight limits.
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We seldom go anywhere without taking the toad. Alternatives are rental cars, Uber, etc.
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thanks! definitely in no hurry to get there! This is all new! We are not big fans of campgrounds . When we went to n carolina we stayed at walmarts and one state park...we were the only ones at the park! We didnt have to make reservations or worry about which way e wanted to go. just stopped when and where we wanted.We had to make a reservation at the state park the day before. We were only gone for 5 days though with my wife ,son two dogs and I. one thing I would worry about would be leaving the motorhome anywhere unless it was in a park...but we dont plan on staying in alot of parks unless there state or national parks
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We always flat tow a car, no matter where were going, and can't think what the last 2 cross country trips would have been without one. All the stuff we would have missed.
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We always flat tow a car, no matter where were going, and can't think what the last 2 cross country trips would have been without one. All the stuff we would have missed.

what would you have missed? without the trailer our motorhome seems to go pretty much anywhere.
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Cool

We did a similar trip, last year and the biggest mistake we made was NOT towing a car. We thought we would be able rent cars and/or use public transportation to get where we wanted to go. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case in most places you stop.

We were in a 37' Class A and once parked and connected to sewer, water, elec., it was just not conducive to disconnecting to make a trip to the market or to an attraction.

We are able to rent a car in Seattle and take public transportation in San Francisco, but many other places, we were stuck in the campground.

If you have the ability to take along a car, I'd do it.

Good Luck and enjoy your trip!
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We got our coach in Dec, got our tow dolly last month. (neither car can be flat towed and not where we can buy one that could be flat towed right now.

Did three trips so far...one to my mother in law's, borrowed a car from daughter. Went to Charleston with friends, they toted us around. Went to a rally in NC, I drove behind the coach so we could have a vehicle that time.

I am GLAD we finally have the ability to take our own vehicle.
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Did the California run in June from Tennessee to see the in laws. I wish we had taken the toad for side trips along the way. Lots of stuff to see and without the toad it makes it hard. Will never travel without one again
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It's extremely rare that we don't tow the dinghy. The Coach moves from campground to campground in the most expedient manner practical. The Jeep is used for shopping, sightseeing, etc. Sure, we sometimes stop at "supercenter" type places to grab groceries with the bus while enroute from Point A to Point B - but it's certainly NOT anything I'd want to have to do in order to pick up supplies or do any sightseeing!

Plus, in our case - our little Jeep serves as the platform for carrying the toys that we take (2 kayaks and 2 bicycles).

I can't imagine going anywhere in the coach without having the Jeep in tow.
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On a trip out west over a two month period in 2009, we drove 5400 miles in the motorhome. We drove 6500 miles in the car. 8.32 mpg in the motorhome. 35+ mpg in the car. No way would I leave the car at home.
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When my son was racing Motocross we had a 31ft Race Hauler (class C) we did drive that to restaurants, the Mall anywhere we wanted, but we were conscious of where to park. Now with a 45ft Motorhome I wouldn't think of going anywhere without a car, towing flat makes it easy, I did a car on a trailer and it would be more of a pain than just driving the RV around.
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Back when we had our '88 17' Type B MH we just drove it. Then in '97 we moved over to a larger Type C and towed our '95 Odyssey on a dolly. Have never been without a towed since. Would be impossible to do much siteseeing without one in the present monster.
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what would you have missed? without the trailer our motorhome seems to go pretty much anywhere.
Most places. Hard to park in town. Hard to park at a lot of attractions as you get shunted to bus parking areas designed for tour operators to hide in not customers to park in.
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